Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Review - The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason @colleengleason

The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason
Publisher: Avid Press
Publication Date: September 15, 2014
Date Read: February 26, 2018
Length:  298 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★☆
Beneath the glitter of dazzling nineteenth century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil…

Vampires have always lived among them, quietly attacking unsuspecting debutantes and dandified lords as well as hackney drivers and Bond Street milliners. If not for the vampire slayers of the Gardella family, these immortal creatures would have long ago taken control of the world.

In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous moonlit streets, Victoria’s heart is torn between London’s most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her dark, dangerous duty.

And when she comes face-to-face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make a choice between duty and love.

My Review

I liked this book quite a bit.  I am so glad that I finally was able to get around to reading this book.  I am kind of ashamed that I have had a review copy of this book for so long and neglected to read it until now.  I really had a good time getting to know Victoria as she worked to find a husband at the same time she was becoming a vampire hunter.  This book was a whole lot of fun from beginning to end.

I have read a lot of paranormal romances since it is one of my favorite genres.  I haven't read too many that had a historical setting though and I really liked that aspect of this book.  I think it would be hard enough to learn to kill vampires without worrying about being a proper lady or finding a husband at the same time.  I really liked this aspect of the story and found it to be very well done.

I love a good vampire story so I do have to admit that I liked the parts of the book where Victoria was battling vampires the most in the book.  Victoria really has some pretty amazing vampire hunting skills and it was just a lot of fun to watch.  When she fought alongside Max, it was even more exciting because the stakes were usually just a bit higher. 

I liked the characters in this book.  Victoria was tough and not afraid to try to get what she wants in a period of time where that was pretty unusual for a woman.  Max was a bit of a mystery but he seemed to always watch out for Victoria.  I have a feeling that there is a lot more to learn about it and I am looking forward to that in future installments.  Sebastian was a character that I was never fully trusted.  It seemed like he was Victoria's ally at times but I was never completely sure.  There were other characters that added to the story and were very well done.

I do recommend this book to others.  It was just a whole lot of fun to read and I had a great time with it.  I am a little mad that I waited so long to start reading this series and can't wait to read more very soon!

I received a review copy of this book from Avid Press via Edelweiss.

The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria Series
Book #1 - The Rest Falls Away
Book #2 - Rises the Night
Book #3 - The Bleeding Dusk
Book #4 - When Twilight Burns
Book #5 - As Shadows Fade
About the Author

Colleen Gleason is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author. She has written more than two dozen novels in a variety of genres, including the internationally bestselling Gardella Vampire Hunters series and the young adult steampunk Stoker & Holmes books. Her novels have been translated into a number of different languages. She lives in the Midwestern United States with her family and two dogs and is always working on her next book.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

21 comments:

  1. I like the new covers. I did read it like years ago and I haven't finished the series so I should go back to that again

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    1. I am excited to read more of this series. I think I had a paperback copy years ago but never got around to reading it. Better late than never!

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  2. I have this one and a couple of the others and so need to try this series!!

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    1. I have another 2 book plus a novella and I am looking forward to them.

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  3. and I realised I liked pnr better in audio, hihi

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  4. Lord I didn't realize there were that many books out in this series already. Glad to hear you enjoyed it though.

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    1. It's not a new series so I think that is all there is of it. It was a nice combination.

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  5. oops have a bad feeling that I too have this book and have not reviewed it yet :( I do remember that it did get some really nice reviews when it came out and it sounds super exciting. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Been a while since I read anything with vampires in it

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    1. I love a good vampire story every once in a while and I really liked that these vampires were definitely the bad guys.

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  6. Ooh I like Gleason's stuff even though I've only read her YA series Stoker and Holmes. These look more like adult books and I have to add these since I love the premise. Vampire hunters *nods*

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    1. I think that this is the first book by Gleason that I have read but I have several more on my kindle just waiting for me. I hope to get to more very soon.

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  7. It's hard to find a historical paranormal that does well with both genres. I think I'd like this one. Thanks, Carole!

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  8. I haven't read anything by this author, but the synopsis sounds good! I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'll have to try it soon. It's been awhile since I've read anything with vampires.

    Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. Vampires can be fun every once in a while and I really liked this take on the genre.

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  9. I have this series, but I still haven’t had a chance o read it. It sounds like I need to do that very soon.

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  10. Vampire and husband hunting? Give a girl a lot on her plate! lol Sounds like a lot of fun.

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    1. And, well, I've owned a copy of book one since 2015. *hangs head* #KindleEbookHoarder

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    2. I have so many kindle books that I don't even remember buying anymore. #bookloverproblems

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