Adduné: Part I. The Vampire’s Game By Wendy Potocki

Publication Date: December 29, 2010

 

WP_The_Vampire_GameIn [easyazon-link asin=”145646874X” locale=”us”]Adduné: Part I. The Vampire’s Game (Addune)[/easyazon-link], Miranda Perry’s father is dead and she must assume the reins of his vast business empire. In assessing the assets of the business, Miranda comes upon an item that her father hid and that will lead her into a world of danger.

 

 

If you look over reviews of [easyazon-link asin=”145646874X” locale=”us”]Adduné: Part I. The Vampire’s Game (Addune)[/easyazon-link], you will find this novel to be polarizing. You love it or you hate it. This reviewer falls into the latter category. While not one to comment on punctuation and sentence structure, there seemed to be a constant restatement inherent in the text that if edited could have cut this fatty 534-page novel to a trim 300. For example, when the author is introducing us to her main character, she describes her hair several times and her pugnacious spirit in several ways, and the affection of her father’s business associate for her again and again. Is this the curse of the trilogy? The need to bloat the text so that a complex story line that can be resolved in one or two novel expands to three?

I once attended a seminar where an author encouraged her audience not to tell the reader that a sunset is beautiful but to describe it and let them come to their own conclusions. We are told that Miranda is wonderful in many different ways, but what we see from the character belies that description. Miranda is irrationally contrary at times and displays what I call “The Stephanie Plum syndrome”; if a course of action is suggested for Miranda, she does the opposite. Miranda could fall into the first-book curse that allows an author time to work out a character and get to know her. In this novel, she’s really hard to connect with as Miranda is simply so inconsistent. Unpredictability is good, but can go too far. She was maybe a bit wonderful at times to her author.

The vampires, on the other hand, were in the spirit of Bram Stoker. The idea behind the story is true horror. If you’re sick of the Twilight type vampires (and I haven’t read, only heard) but love vampires, this may be the novel for you. The vampires can be, at times, a little illogical and irrational, but that hitch isn’t as distracting as others. [easyazon-link asin=”B004LX096C” locale=”uk”]Adduné (Part I: The Vampire’s Game)[/easyazon-link] is a novel in which you won’t be able to predict what happens next.

The plot was okay…rather hard-fought to get there with all of the extraneous text. There’s a lot of violence and some graphic sex—no more than you would find in any other novel of the horror genre. This is a difficult topic to expand on without the use of spoilers, so I’ll say that the plot line moved slowly, but it moved.

If you like vampires and can get beyond editing problems; this could be the book for you. Normally I can say, “Well, this wasn’t great but it was a good idea.” A lot of character and editing problems would have to be stripped down before I, as a reader, felt that I would want to try this story again. Don’t take my word for it. If you like vampire novels, head over to Amazon and see some of the people who truly loved this book before making the decision to either read or turn away.

I believe this may be Ms. Potocki’s first novel and, crazy as it sounds, I would be interested in reading her most recent just to see if perhaps this was a novel of growing pains. On the other hand, I did learn of Starbucks Apple Chai through this experience and plan to head out and find one today!

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For more information about Wendy Potocki, visit her website and blog. You can connect wither her on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter @WPotocki.

 

 

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