When Darkness Falls b Ellen Chauvet #Review
Posted by brriske
Lexie Miles, a southern belle living her dream life in Paris, is devastated when her best friend Emma is brutally raped and murdered by vampires. From that moment Lexie’s “perfect world” begins to crumble. She discovers her entire life has been a sham and everyone she cares about has been lying to her. Angry doesn’t begin to describe her reaction to the news. Plunged into a two-thousand year old war between good and evil, she is propelled into a world of blood, lust and dark secrets. She must embrace her birthright to fight an ancient threat to humanity. Bequeathed with the dubious gift of being the “Chosen One,” Lexie meets the enigmatic Etienne Benoit. She falls hard for him and when he betrays her, she vows to get revenge. After all, she is a vampire executioner and killing vampire is what she does.
In an absolutely saturated market, as is the case for paranormal romance in general and vampire romance in particular, it can be very difficult to have a completely new and unique spin on the genre. Unfortunately, this debut novel from Ellen Chaivet doesn’t give an extremely original view of vampires and vampire fiction. Aside from the less-than-original plot, the frequent references to France, including the quotes in French with minimal translation, really got annoying. The constant “southernism’s” really bothered me as well, especially as someone who has spent the better part of half my life in the southern United States. The linguistics and plot issues aside, I did enjoy the book. I don’t, personally have anything against books with familiar plots, unless the work feels derivative, which this one doesn’t. The characters are interesting and the sex is pretty hot. I really want to know more about Lexie’s boss, Tom, as he struck me S one of the most interesting of the characters.
I have read and I have renewed a LOT of paranormal, and others, series fiction. And, unfortunately, the biggest issue I have with a lot of it is the cliffhanger ending, which this book definitely has. I am hopeful that means that there is more in store for some of the secondary characters, but that makes it no less annoying.
So, don’t read this book for an original plot. Don’t read this book for clear and concise language or even prose completely in English. Read it because it is entertaining and because, if we read her books, maybe Rachel Chauvet will consider writing more on the topic and in this world.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock