Title: Private Demon (Darkyn #2)


Author: Lynn Viehl


Publish house: Signet; Reissue edition

 

Release Date: 2005


                                                       Content

Having eluded capture by his fellow Darkyn, Thierry Durand is now in Chicago to protect a woman he believes was tortured by the Brethren just as he was. Weak and hungry, he comes across Jema Shaw, an antiques expert who moonlights as a police forensic consultant, and takes her blood. However, his fascination with this secretive young woman has only begun.

 

Using his talent, he slips into her dreams every night, and together they escape her dreary reality where she’s trapped between a domineering mother and a debilitating illness. Hard on Thierry’s heels in order to capture him come Michael Cyprien and his lover, the newly-turned Darkyn, Dr. Alexandra Keller. Intent on her research to isolate the virus causing Vampirism, Alex soon finds herself repeatedly attacked - and all signs point to her brother, the priest, as the culprit. No one is really as they seem to be, and therein lies the crux of the matter.

                                          Style  of Writing

Just like in "If Angels Burn" the author stays close to her pictorial writing style, showing us dark sides of society, pervert desires, illness and family problem.

What I like best this time is Lynn Viehl shows to the reader that insanity and dark beauty are sometimes only one step away from each other.

                                             Conclusion

I loved this book very much for the same reasons like I loved the first part. Therry is a very controvise character without any romantic reasons at the beginning and also without the self-consciousness from a typical hero.

But the reader will have to deal with brutal scenes and medical words as well.


Title: Lost Souls 


Author: Poppy Z. Brite


Publish House: Dell


Release Date: 1993

                                                     Content

At a club in Missing Mile, N.C., the children of the night gather, dressed in black, looking for acceptance. Among them are Ghost, who sees what others do not. Ann, longing for love, and Jason, whose real name is Nothing, newly awakened to an ancient, deathless truth about his father, and himself.

Others are coming to Missing Mile tonight. Three beautiful, hip vagabonds - Molochai, Twig, and the seductive Zillah (whose eyes are as green as limes) are on their own lost journey; slaking their ancient thirst for blood, looking for supple young flesh.

They find it in Nothing and Ann, leading them on a mad, illicit road trip south to New Orleans. Over miles of dark highway, Ghost pursues, his powers guiding him on a journey to reach his destiny, to save Ann from her new companions, to save Nothing from himself...

                                            Style  of Writing

The writing style of the author is very vivid and what I dare to call really dark. It's not just the normal romantic thing like something happens and later everything will be alright. Instead, the reader gets in contact with the gloomy sides of dark cities where mistery, violence and hopelessness are normal.

                                                Conclusion

Although it sometimes is a little complicated to read, I like this book very much. Because it shows that vampires doesn't have to be the "romantic-rich" creatures which they used to be this days but also the dark, beautful, a little sardistic seducer. People who are too much into the modern pictures of vampires should definitly read this book.


Title: If Angels burn (Darkyn #1)

 

Author: Lynn Viehl

 

Publish House: Signet; Reissue edition

 

Release Date: 2005

 

 

                                                     Content

Dr. Alexandra Keller is a nationally known plastic surgeon working in Chicago and dividing her time between her paying patients and the pro bono cases she accepts. Her life is busy enough without being complicated by the mysterious M. Cyprien who has offered her four million dollars to make a house call on him in New Orleans. Sure, the money would be great, but Alex simply can’t get away. She can’t leave the patients who are depending on her skills to satisfy the whim of a wealthy man.

Rich as he is, Michael Cyprien can’t afford to take Dr. Keller’s no for an answer. His job and his sanity are hanging in the balance. When Alex turns down his latest offer, Michael has her kidnapped and brought to his estate in New Orleans. Once she performs the surgery, he has every intention of letting her go, even though what she’s about to learn about him can never be revealed. Michael trusts in the pact they form, but his assistant doesn’t. She leaves Alex locked in the room with her now healthy and hungry patient – one who’s a Darkyn. And an out of countrol Darkyn is a very dangerous thing indeed.

Alex isn’t sure what to believe. After nearly dying at Michael’s hands, she wakes in a Chicago hospital, days after she disappeared, with no memory of how she got there. It’s only when Michael seeks her out that the memories of their last encounter come flooding back. Michael’s explanation of being a Vrykolakas or Darkyn seems too impossible to believe. An almost vampire who has infected her with his blood? But the physical changes she’s experiencing convince her that at least some of what Michael says must be true. And though she hates what Michael has done to her, she is forced to join with him if she’s going to figure out where her life goes from here.

                                          Style  of Writing

The writing style of Lynn Viehl is obviously influenced by Anne Rice very strongly. Although the ancient tone of Rice which she even uses in the modern world, is completly gone and replaced by a more brutal touch and humour as well.


                                              Conclusion

Even through "If Angels burn" is "just another vampir romance novel" these days, it would be unfair not to read it. Because it's a good story with a very confident writing style and who knows what happens in the next books?


Title: Villette


Author: Charlotte Bronte


Publish House: Wordsworth Classics (Edition 1995)


Release date: 1853 (First Edition)


                                                    Content

Lucy Snowe, a young Englishwoman of the educated class, narrates the story of her life—in a particularly partisan and sometimes unreliable manner. She is left destitute after the death of her mysterious family and, after briefly being a nurse-companion, takes herself off on a blind, daring trip to the Continent. She goes to the kingdom of Labassecour (perhaps modeled on Belgium) and, through a series of very fortunate occurrences, manages to land herself a job and a place to live on her first night in the town of Villette. She becomes a nursery governess to the three daughters of the proprietress of a large school for girls. During her time as the bonne d'enfants, she impresses her employer, Madame Beck, with her modesty and excellent English. She is elevated to the position of English teacher, though she has no qualifications for it and has a poor command of the French language spoken in Villette. Lucy, however, comes to excel at teaching and to love it.

                                         Style of Writing

Charlotte Bronte uses her typical strict kind of writing without giving up the emotional part of the character which is given in "Villette" very strongly because it's a first person irrator. During reading this book I was able to feel and watch Lucy's subjective portraits of the other chracters. But don't get it wrong; the reader will recognize Charlotte's well educated style and her personal background as well

                                             Conclusion

Although Charlotte's book was not (and never will be) easiy to read, I enjoy it very much, especially at the end it shows very much that the prending best solution is not always the right one.

However, I will continue reading Charlotte's books and not only because I love Victorian literature