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Saturday, July 16, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire Book 1) by Clay and Susan Griffith

The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book 1)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book 1)Summary:  In 1870, Vampires rise up from the shadows and from underground and begin their rise to power. They no longer hide from the world and freely attack and kill  as they wish. By the year 2020, the world is divided into sections, and the prince and princess of Equatorian empire, Simon and Adele are on an airship for a tour when their ship is attacked by Vampires. The airship crashes to the ground and a fight ensues. Adele is rescued by The Greyfriar; a warrior that is working to take down the Vampire's at every possible moment and rescuing those they intend to capture or kill. Adele believes her brother to be dead, so she runs with Greyfriar only to be captured by the Vampire Clan from Britain. They want answers and they are willing to hold her for as long as it takes but Adele doesn't break so easily.  Along the way, she meets with Gareth, one of the Vampire royalty that doesn't seem to be like the others, he seems almost human but Adele knows that's not possible, Vampire's are savage beasts bent on destruction and death. Or are they?

My thoughts: I found this book really hard to get into at first. I was really torn between enjoying it and hating it. For several chapters I wondered why I was even reading it. The reviews for this book were excellent and the price was great with the Kindle Sunshine deals back in June, so I bought it and I really wanted to like it right away. The Vampire's in this book are what people traditionally think of as Vampires which was refreshing but it's so hard to enjoy the story.

Then, things began to turn. We learn more about the Greyfriar and where he's coming from. We also learn about his motives for his actions and Adele rightfully so, acts with hate. It's a nice touch from how girls in these stories act around vampires and other worldly beings.  Near the end, I really began to enjoy the book more but it's still not a great novel, at least not in my opinion. There is another book coming out later this year that I may or may not purchase. It would probably have to be on sale again for me to consider buying it because it just wasn't that spectacular for me to consider spending almost $10 on this at full price.

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