Marchwood Vampire Series
August 1, 2011
by Shalini Boland
Sixteen-year-old Madison Greene is in foster care until one day she inherits a fortune, she inherits a house, she inherits a cellar full of danger.
Eighteen-year-old Alexandre lives in 19th century Paris. On an archaeological expedition, he discovers a lost underground city where his life changes forever.
Something lies buried which should have been forgotten. A Pandora's Box that was meant to stay shut. But Madison and Alexandre have never been any good at following the rules. They are about to find everything they've ever desired and everything that could destroy them.
Falling in love has never been so dangerous.
"White knuckle joy ride." By Michelle Pennington 2 years ago
This book was a bit like a really good hay ride through a haunted forest. Some parts of the ride were slow, and you just have to wait for the action to get going. You know that you're heading somewhere cool though, so you tell yourself to be patient. Then all of a sudden, you're plunging into complete terror. I was asking myself, why in the world am I reading this right before bed? The adrenaline was definitely pumping in places. Then slow and gentle again. Then a headlong rush into "no no no no no" land again. Repeat.
While parts of the story dragged for me, I enjoyed the attention to detail and dual time settings. The characters were flawed and interesting, and I always enjoy a story set in England. There's definitely some insta-attraction going on here, if not insta-love, but it's understandable in the scope of the story and the characters have ample time to develop a real relationship, so it was good. As this is the first book in a series, I was happy to get a satisfying conclusion with enough left open to bring me back for more.