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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Series Review: Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason

*Originally posted at our sister blog, Paranormal Romance Addict


Gardella Vampire Chronicles
By Colleen Gleason

Beneath the glitter of dazzling 19th-century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil...
In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy of hunting vampires, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake.


Beneath the glitter of dazzling 19th-century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil...
In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy of hunting vampires, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake.




The glorious nineteenth-century city of Rome gives rise to a new threat from the Immortal Undead...
Victoria Gardella has been a vampire slayer for just over a year, balancing her life as a peer of Society with the dangerous role that takes her out on moonlit streets, stake in hand.



The undead of Rome are racing to unravel an ancient mystery – and only one woman can stop them...
As Rome prepares for its Carnivale, the new leader of the city's vampire hunters – Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy – must prove herself as never before.




After narrowly escaping from Rome, she returns to London, where not even sunrise can stop a vampire's carnage...






As Shadows Fade

As Shadows Fade
In the fifth and final chapter of her story, Victoria Gardella faces a greater evil than ever before as London is besieged by malevolent entities no mortal was ever meant to encounter...





My Thoughts:
I was enthralled from the first page of The Rest Falls Away until the end of As Shadows Fade. I devoured all five Gardella novels with in a week.

The Gardella Vampire Chronicles is a historical paranormal romance with a heroine, Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy, struggling to balance her normal life with her not so normal. I don't want to give any spoilers but she has a lot to deal with throughout the series; along with a few love interests with a bit of a love triangle later on.
Gleason takes the classic route with vampires, not adding anything crazy without explaining why. The one thing that is off about the classic vampire myths is nothing permanent and I’ll leave you guessing with that one.
The series arc is full and well rounded with romance, mystery, murder and treasure hunting. Each character is endearing and well fleshed out with incredible world building, you can easily picture yourself hunting down the dark alleys with Victoria.

The only thing I was disappointed with was the end, and that is because a certain character didn't get their HEA. But who knows, Gleason might write one for that character someday and if she does I will definitely be reading it.
The whole series is centered on the same characters so if you don't like trying to remember a million different characters throughout the series you'll like this one. I recommend this to historical romance, paranormal romance and urban fantasy lovers. A must read series!

Rating: 5 Wine Glasses!

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