Also by this author: The Gatekeeper's Sons (Gatekeeper's Saga, #1)
Some call them "tramps." In Greek, they are called vrykolakas, or "vryks," which sometimes gets translated to "freaks." They are the vampires of Athens, created centuries ago by the Maenads. They live in caves beneath the acropolis, without economic resources and according to rules imposed on them by the Olympians. They are forbidden from turning humans into vampires, which happens when all of the blood is drained; however, they are allowed to drink from a willing mortal. Some mortals are willing because a vampire bite will infect the body for six hours, and, during that time, the mortal has the powers of flight, invisibility, strength, speed, x-ray vision, and mind control. Such great power can become irresistible, though dangerous and addicting to mortals.
As seventeen-year-old Gertie, studying abroad from New York, uncovers the unfathomable secrets of this ancient city, she unwittingly becomes a catalyst in an uprising led by Dionysus, the god of wine and lord of the vampires.
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Vampire Addiction by Eva Pohler is the story of a young woman who is from a wealthy family who is sent to Greece by her parents. When she arrives, she is escorted from the airplane and train by her host family, which are not as wealthy as her own family. She is very surprised to find that she is staying with a family of five who have a secret that they are not willing to tell her. That secret has a chance to kill her.
Enter a young man who is a hot, large, blonde that is a good friend of her host family. He seems to always be around when something goes bad, but he also starts to fall in love with Gertie, he finds out she has a secret as well. Also enter Jeno, who is a young man who seems to have her best interest in mind, but he also holds a deep dark secret that once Gertie learned about it, she should have run far far away, but what did she do? She ran towards him.
I was really excited about this book, it had all that you want from a book, it has Greek Mythology,Vampires, secrets, really the whole nine yards. Sadly the book did not live up to my expectation, not by a long shot. One major issue that I have is that she calls vampires “Tramps” yes there is a reason but every time that I see that, I think of a tramp stamp and really takes away from the story.
The other main issue is that she is willing to follow Jeno to the end of the world, but when someone tells her to leave him alone because they know he is a bad guy, she doesn’t listen, even when she knows that something is wrong. I just don’t understand a lot of what was going on, and about halfway through the book, it moved into the land of make believe, so the point that it becomes laughable honestly. If a family tells you to stop doing something, you don’t turn your back on them and say “Screw you” just because you get addicted. Oh and I am tired of her telling people that she was not addicted, when everyone including her knows she is.
For me the characters were not well developed and the relationships between the characters are superficially created and not developed in the sense that no matter what they said or did, Gertie did not pay attention. I personally like stronger lead characters, and Gertie to me seems one dimensional and it was hard to shallow at times.
I am giving it a three star not because I liked it, but honestly because I really like the overall plot and thought that if it had been thought out better, and less fangirly, I would have liked the book so much more. One thing that I did LOVE about the book was the addition of the Greek Mythology.