“Dorina Basarab is a dhampir-half human, half vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing.
Now Dory’s vampire father has come back into her life. Her Uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), infamous even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped his prison. And her father wants Dory to work with gorgeous master vampire Louis-Cesare to put him back there.
Vampires and dhampirs are mortal enemies, and Dory prefers to work alone. But Dracula is the only thing on Earth that truly scares her, so when Dory has to go up against him, she’ll take all the help she can get…”
Dorina is a very carefree character. She’s sassy, feisty and has a scary temper. Dorina has issues with her dad and doesn’t trust people easily. One of the reasons why she doesn’t trust people easily is because she’s a dhampir, she lives her life knowing that the vampires are disgusted with her and that she’ll never truly be accepted in the human world. Her temper is a big part of her, it’s one of the reasons for her troubling past and her temper is like the sword hanging above her head, if she lets it take over she’ll end up dead the next morning. Even though Dorina sounds like this scary confident dhampir she does have her issues. Overall I liked Dorina, I found her to be funny throughout the book and overall just entertaining to read about.
Louis-Cesare is the exact opposite of Dorina. He’s serious, focused and a bit arrogant at times. He seems tough and stone-cold but Louis-Cesare has some insecurities. His journey of becoming a vampire wasn’t easy and he had some very troubling experiences. Louis-Cesare is protective of Dorina because of an experience that happened to him in the past. Even though Louis-Cesare went through so much pain in the past I like how strong he acted. I liked Louis-Cesare I just wished he was a bit more involved when it came to some parts of the book.
The plot focuses on Dorina and Louis-Cesare as they attempt to track down Dorina’s uncle, Dracula. One thing I liked about the plot was that there were multiple problems that Dorina and Louis-Cesare faced, Dorina is trying to find her roommate, Louis-Cesare past begins to catch up with him and crazy Dracula is out on the loose. I also liked how all their problems began to entwine towards the end. Overall the plot was pretty entertaining but there were some moments where they would pause one problem to focus on another.
The romance in the book wasn’t as strong as I would have liked. Dorina and Louis-Cesare have chemistry but only when they’re fighting. I think because there complete opposites with troubled past that they connected on they both seem to attract each other. They only ever got together three times throughout the book. It’s clear that they both care about each other but it isn’t really acted upon until the end of the book. Whenever they did act upon their feelings it was always Dorina that ever did anything. As the book continued there seemed to be a love triangle between Dorina, Louis-Cesare and a new character you meet later on in the book. I wouldn’t say it’s a major problem but there was a little fling between Dorina and the new mystery character. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the romance
Overall, I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5. I liked all the characters and the plot was entertaining the only thing I wasn’t a big fan of was the romance between the book. I feel like it could have been more involved throughout the book. The ending of the book surprised me in a way and but I feel like it could have been better.