Teen Fantasy / YA Paranormal
Date Published: 12/27/2014
Publisher: Green Press / Eva Pohler
Some call them “tramps.” In Greek, they are called vrykolakas, or “vryks,” which sometimes gets translated to “freaks.” They are the vampires of Athens, created centuries ago by the Maenads. They live in caves beneath the acropolis, without economic resources and according to rules imposed on them by the Olympians. They are forbidden from turning humans into vampires, which happens when all of the blood is drained; however, they are allowed to drink from a willing mortal. Some mortals are willing because a vampire bite will infect the body for six hours, and, during that time, the mortal has the powers of flight, invisibility, strength, speed, x-ray vision, and mind control. Such great power can become irresistible, though dangerous and addicting to mortals.
As seventeen-year-old Gertie, studying abroad from New York, uncovers the unfathomable secrets of this ancient city, she unwittingly becomes a catalyst in an uprising led by Dionysus, the god of wine and lord of the vampires.
Vampire Addiction is advertised as a combination of Rick Riordan and Twilight for young teens and I'd have to agree. I enjoy both vampire stories and mythology, but this was written for a much younger audience as myself; therefore, I didn't enjoy it as much as I suspect its target audience does.
The author uses some of the oldest vampire myths and intermixes them with Greek mythology in a way that is refreshing and interesting. The book is well written, but I found a few plot holes and some of the action is incongruous. The rules seem to change as needed: a vampire can't enter until invited and then there's exceptions; a vampire can only take an ounce of blood from a human per month and then there's more exceptions. I suspect that teenagers are more caught up in the love triangle and the action though and that's fine; Vampire Addiction wasn't my cup of tea.
Eva Pohler is the Amazon bestselling author of The Mystery Book Collection and four series for young adults: The Gatekeeper's Saga, The Gatekeeper’s Saga Spin-Off Series, The Purgatorium Series, and The Vampires of Athens. Her books have been described as "thrilling" and "addictive." A Kirkus reviewer said of The Gatekeeper's Sons that it was "sure to thrill Hunger Games fans."
A reader herself, Eva writes in multiple genres, but all of her stories blur the line between reality and fantasy, truth and delusion, and draw from Eva's personal philosophy that a reader must be lured and abducted into complete captivity in order to enjoy the reading experience.
To learn more about Eva, visit her website at http://www.evapohler.com.
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