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April 20, 2012

Bewitching Book Tour: Vaempires: Revolution by Thomas Winship – Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway

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Vaempires: Revolution by Thomas Winship!
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It is the morning of Princess Cassandra’s sixteenth birthday. Everyone’s attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the momentous event.

Cassandra’s boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He’s still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires—former vampires who mutated into warm-blooded creatures with an insatiable hunger for cold blood—have launched coordinated attacks across the globe, with three goals: the eradication of humanity, the enslavement of vampires, and the ascension of væmpires as the dominant species on the planet.

The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons—væmpires with special powers.

What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, or walk through walls?

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Loved it! Before I even say anything else I have to say that I loved this novel. I loved it for a number of reasons, the main one being that Vaempires: Revolution is Crusade meets X-men with all of the violence and gore from Mortal Kombat… the perfect mixture. Seriously, being the comic book nerd that I am—I loved that every Vaempire ability managed to remind me of some X-men character. Anyhow, I feel that I should just say right now that there is some mature content that may not be suitable for all YA readers and that content would be the single attempted sexual assault scene in the novel. Just a forewarning of what you will find should you choose to read Vaempires (which I highly recommend).

The novel started off with a fast paced action scene with the main character, Daniel. Now, you might be wondering “does this have dystopia? The answer is yes. Yes it does. Not only does the beginning chapter introduce us to the main aspects of this new vampire ruled world, but it also gives us a highly detailed version of what happened in history and what lead our world to be run by vampires, with only few humans left.  Personally, I loved that there is a monarch family that rules over this new world and that with this new and unexpected war taking place right before the reader’s eyes—you were able to feel the complete and utter shock when we learn that not only were the King and Queen killed, but that you got to read about the detailed slaughter.

That being said, author Thomas Winship gave us chapters with the character Cassie (otherwise known as Princess Cassandra) as the chapter protagonist. Have I forgotten to mention that Cassie and Daniel are also dating? Well, now you know that too. Something that I worried about personally, was if the romance genre in the novel would ruin the action story and turn the killing machine Daniel—into some wimpy vampire who writes poetry (not that there’s anything wrong with those types of vampires or anything *cough* yes there is *cough). Luckily for us, the romance aspect of the novel only made every single killing that Daniel commit while under the influence of bloodlust all the more vicious and seriously addicting.

What with the great and detailed writing style, I found this novel to be above and beyond. I would recommend this to fans of vampire novels as well as horror and readers who want a seriously vivid and gory dystopia. Fans of dark and beautiful things are bound to be impressed!

Excerpt:

Cassie was there, bloody and weary, with a look in her blue eyes that said she’d been to the depths of hell and fought her way back, but she was there and nothing else mattered.

The young lovers fell into each other’s arms and, for a brief time, were the only two people in the world. Words failed and thoughts escaped as they surrendered to the most basic of needs—the need to be held.

They broke apart, neither knowing how long they’d been that way, but both experiencing the same conflicting emotions.

Given the circumstances, it hadn’t been long enough.

Given the circumstances, it had been too long.

“Cassie,” Daniel sighed, “I thought I’d lost you.”

“You almost did,” she said, and what he saw in her eyes—fear, pain, and something else he couldn’t identify—was so intense, his heart broke, releasing the flood of tears that had been threatening to come.

“I don’t …,” he started, suddenly a teenager again, “I don’t know what I would’ve done if I had.”

And Cassie cried too, great big tears that pooled at the bottom of her blue eyes before flowing over her long lashes to run down her cheeks, the salty stream cutting a path through the blood and dirt coating her face. The sight of it was at once the most heart-stopping—and heart-wrenching—thing he’d ever seen.

He took her face in his hands, the tenderness in his touch feeling odd after all the death he’d dealt out that day, and kissed her, a long, lingering kiss that was unaffected by their crying or the taste of tears on their lips or the death littering the courtyard around them.

Eyes closed, Daniel breathed her in, this girl—no, this woman—who owned his heart. Her scent, as familiar as his own, was buried beneath a plethora of aromas. Many, including the stench of bloodsuckers, were unpleasant, but it still made his heart skip a beat.

When the kiss ended, he peered into her eyes and whispered, “Did I ever tell you that I’ve loved you since the first time I saw you?”

She smiled. “We’ve known each other since birth.”

“Okay,” he amended. “Since the first time I remember seeing you.”

“Then, yes,” she giggled, “you have told me on several occasions.”

Daniel realized that her giggle wasn’t incongruous with their current situation as much as it was in defiance of it. They were on borrowed time and they knew it.

“And have I told you that I’m going to love you forever?”

“You’ve done more than that,” she said.

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3 Comments

  1. Tom Winship
    4/20/2012

    Thank you so much for hosting my Blog Tour today … and thank you for the wonderful review!

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  2. JennyC
    4/20/2012

    Book seems amazing:) Can’t wait:) thank u for the giveaway

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  3. Tom Winship
    4/22/2012

    Thank you, Jenny. Good luck!

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