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The Rest Falls Away (Anglais) Broché – 28 avril 2008

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In every generation a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy of vampire slaying. This time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen to carry the stake. But as she moves between grandiose ballrooms and dangerous moonlit streets, Victoria's heart is torn between London's most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley and her enigmatic ally, Sebastian Vioget. When Victoria comes face to face with the most powerful vampire in history she must ultimately make the choice between duty and love. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Poche .

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Colleen Gleason is an award-winning, NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author who has written more than thirty books in a variety of genres. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Là où commence notre histoire, les demoiselles de bonne famille se pressent dans des bals pour la rencontre opportune, celle qui fera d'elles l'épouse de, afin d'asseoir leur réputation et leur futur. Victoria Gardella est une jeune beauté de 19 ans, également promise à se trouver un riche mari, mais qui se voit confier un héritage familial d'une autre envergure : être une Venator (une tueuse de vampires).
C'est sa tante Eustacia qui va tout lui apprendre et la préparer à affronter ses missions. Notre héroïne n'est point farouche, et compte bien prouver à Max Pesaro, son soutien appelé d'Italie, qu'elle n'est pas qu'une péronnelle soucieuse des fanfreluches, des quadrilles et des bons partis. Sa famille a d'ailleurs désigné pour elle le candidat idéal : lord Rockley, marquis de son état.
Entre les soirées mondaines, les séances de badinage avec son élu, ses chasses nocturnes, ses rencontres fortuites, Victoria sent poindre la migraine ! Qu'à cela ne tienne, elle a juré de retrouver un livre ancien, de l'arracher des griffes de l'ennemi, de protéger les simples mortels et de préserver son secret. Or, un autre cas de conscience s'impose à elle - entre la félicité conjugale et la destinée à accomplir, le choix est crucial et n'accepte aucun compromis.
J'étais très curieuse de découvrir cette série (je la convoitais depuis deux ans !), mais j'ai été un peu déçue du résultat.
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HASH(0x8c5c9d8c) étoiles sur 5 I've been bitten by this new series and it is oh, so good (No spoilers) 3 janvier 2007
Par Carl V. Anderson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
It has been a long time since I have stayed up past the witching hour to finish a book, but what better time to be reading about vampires? Within the first few chapters this book had grabbed ahold of me and would not let go.

Let me start by saying that it has been a long time since I have read any book that would be shelved in the romance section, 15 years or more. Initially, as the first chapter sets the scene and introduces the characters, I struggled a bit with the romance underpinnings of the story. By the time the chapter ended...with a very nice twist...I was immersed in the world and in Colleen's language. Chapter Three was the point of no return. By that time I was lost in the story and understood well why my wife tore through this book so quickly. By the end I could practically feel my own blood coursing through my veins, my heart beating with the anxiety of the final pages.

Let me add that guys should not shy away from this book because it is classified as a `romance'. There is a reason that this book is being and will continue to be compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you enjoyed that series, or at the very least the idea behind it, you will enjoy The Rest Falls Away.

If Jane Austen were alive today and rewrote Pride and Prejudice with visits from the undead, the result, in part, would be The Rest Falls Away. I enjoyed the conventions of historical romance juxtaposed against Buffy-esque vampire hunting. While mostly serious throughout, Colleen inserts some very entertaining societal humour reminiscent of Austen's work. Victoria Grantworth is a worthy heroine whose struggles against the demands of society and her vampire hunting legacy are skillfully wrought by Gleason's hand. Whether dancing at a ball or staking vampires, there is never a dull moment in this entertaining tale.

The Rest Falls Away is truly an amalgam of genres: historical romance, horror, mystery, adventure, suspense, comedy...all are present and yet they flow together so well that it feels natural, not forced. And while there are homages to tales both classic and modern it never feels as if Colleen Gleason is copying anyone. Her style and voice are uniquely her own. There is something in this book for everyone and reading it one realizes that shelving it in only one section of the bookstore would be a huge mistake.

And while I respect everyone's opinion and right to their opinion I disagree with the other reviewer's remarks on there being too many characters. There are really only a handful of characters in the book, the majority of which are given enough time for the reader to form a picture and opinion about them. I personally did not find the book meandering. Is it non-stop action. Thankfully no! The Rest Falls Away achieves a nice balance of action with dialogue and more contemplative moments that help establish the various characters and their relationships, allowing the reader to both take a breath and to get to know who these people are who inhabit Colleen Gleason's world.

After having the pleasure of staying up late, anxiously turning page after page, caught up in the suspense as The Rest Falls Away reaches its climactic end, I highly recommend this book. Once finished you, like me, will be anxiously awaiting the release of Rises the Night this June.
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HASH(0x8c5c9de0) étoiles sur 5 Incredibly stupid characters 28 janvier 2015
Par Glinda Good - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Lots of spoilers coming. But, in the interests of doing an honest public service, that can't be avoided.

A Regency vampire slayer? Count me in, I thought, when I read the synopsis. Getting into the story was a bit rocky. The first few pages seemed like a young author's attempt to write Regency after reading a few romance novels. The fluidity and quality of writing improved over time . . . as the plot, situations, characterization and world-building took a nose dive.

While I love a good story, and am willing to suspend disbelief and accept extraordinary departures from reality and normality if an author is telling a good story, I loathe avoidable stupidity in characters. I loathe stupid, avoidable bad choices that are used to manufacture angst, suspense and tragedy.

I'm not saying characters shouldn't make stupid or bad choices. The outcome of less than perfect moments gives characters the impetus to change, hopefully to grow. Even refusing to change in the aftermath of bad choices can add dimension to a character. In Rest Falls Away, every choice by every character is deepest shades of stupid. And I'm not reading another Gardella novel to find out if, ultimately, anyone changes.

You've got your Family Line of Vampire Slayers here, (Victoria!) with a newly awakened slayer who also happens to be "coming out," (in Regency times this meant going to interminable balls and social events) at the same time she's searching for a husband, as they did in Ye Olde Regency Times. Victoria's Aunt is in charge of training her niece to the Ways of The Slayer, arranging for Victoria to learn kickboxing in skirts, and sending her to the ball to stake her first vampire. Armed with a stake up her garter, and precious little information about vampires except that she'll Just Be Able To Sense One, Victoria barely passes her first social slaying encounter, and qualifies for magic navel jewelry that will somehow protect her, make her stronger, and help her heal faster. (WTF? Must be a chakra thing.)

Victoria's Aunt, who has been the subject of a long-time search by the Big Bad Lilith the Dark Queen of Vampires, doesn't feel it necessary to give Victoria practical information or warnings about vampire society and habits (there are three kinds of vampires, escalating in powers and scary-ness), or why it would be a Really Bad Idea to get married without telling her potential husband what those unchaperoned nightly prowls through the Bad Streets of Regencyville are for, or how to prevent pregnancy when you don't plan to give up vampire slaying to raise a family.

"Philip wants an heir, and I cannot (drug) him every night!"
Her aunt nodded, her black hair gleaming like the night. "It's a very difficult situation you're in, Victoria. As for the baby . . . well, that's easily preventable. I'm surprised you didn't ask about that sooner."

No, Auntie Eustacia, I'm surprised and appalled you didn't think that training a young woman to fight monsters included every scrap of knowledge you have acquired over your years of experience. And that includes telling your niece that 1) full disclosure before marriage must be done to prevent stupid loss of life, and 2) birth control, because YOU'VE had sex and your niece is a romantic and rather air-headed virgin who hasn't made the leap of logic that kissing ultimately leads to babies, so if you neglect this part of her education -- fail!

After much additional fail, including husband Philip's refusal to believe in vampires (although even the lady's maid and apparently much of the rest of society knows about vampires), leading to stupid husband behavior resulting in hostage status/new vampire status, Victoria has to make her widowed status official by staking poor dumb Philip.

Thus ends novel one, with Victoria vowing to now take her slaying responsibility seriously. Even with no stupid husband, knowledge of birth control, and practical experience with the evil undead, I'm still not interested in the further adventures of Victoria, Regency Vampire Slayer. Unless, upon reading reviews I stumble across the fact Victoria has to stake Auntie Eustacia at some future point in time. I'd SO read about that.
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HASH(0x8c5d00d8) étoiles sur 5 An Interesting Start 22 février 2007
Par Lauren Dane - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
I'd just read several paranormal contemporaries in a row and it was hard to get into the historical set language. But, IMO, that's a good thing because Gleason did it right.

Anyway, after my initial stumble in the first fifty or so pages, I fell into the story. This is a historical, yes, but it's got a decidedly modern feel - and it's done well. Gleason treads the line between historical accuracy and modern vampire hunter novel with skill. I liked Victoria a great deal even though I often have a hard time identifying with characters in regency romances who are so very young. But Victoria, while wanting a normal life, didn't storm off and cry about her fate, although she did challenge it and yes, with some tragic results.

The meta story of the Venators was really well done and interesting and I want to know more. I loved the backstory about Victoria's great aunt and I hope to hear more in the next book. The vampires are baddies, which was delicious and most of the characters were not so much virtuous or evil but flawed, as humans can be. The secondary characters were memorable and not so many you lost count.

I loved this book. I loved the spin Gleason gave the vampire genre, keeping it alive and interesting. I will definitely be back for more!
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HASH(0x8c5d0600) étoiles sur 5 Great Reading! Reawakened my love for the historical romance! 5 avril 2007
Par D. Rae - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
I had the chance recently to finally sit down and read Colleen Gleason's The Rest Falls Away and I have to say it is one heck of a book.

I cut my teeth in the romance genre back in my teen years. I bypassed the lighter, contemporary fare that so many of my peers read and headed straight for the lusher historical epics by romance mavens Kathleen Woodiwiss and Johanna Lindsey. I read every one I could get my hands on but eventually moved away from the genre when someone put the Dune chronicles by Frank Herbert in my hands. They, along with many other sci-fi books, fed my need for meaty reads, especially book series. I've read other types of books as well - I enjoy non-fiction and am particularly fond of the Scarpetta book series by Patrica Cornwell - but it was many, many years before I returned to reading romance books, and it's been even longer since I read a historical one.

Enter The Rest Falls Away.

In this, the first volume in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Colleen spins a wonderful, suspenseful and sexy tale that left me wanting more. Indeed, I can't wait for the second installment in this series. (Note to Colleen: I'm not usually one for the bad boys, but Sebastian ... what a very hot and naughty fella. The darkness in Max is also rather ... stimulating ... yes, that's the right word, stimulating. There's definitely a story there. )

I devoured each page of The Rest Falls Away and was reminded of how much I had loved reading about different time periods, the way people dressed and behaved, even spoke. It was always like looking through a window into the past, albeit a sometimes fogged one from all that action between those hulky heroes and lovely heroines. The Rest Falls Away gave me the chance to look back again, this time into 19th century London, moving back and forth between high society balls and parties, and midnight raids as part of a secret battle between good and evil. What great fun!

Victoria, our tough, fiery and passionate (damn, that Sebastian knows what buttons to push ... and undo ... so naughty) heroine wears ballgowns and frets about where to hide the wooden stakes so necessary to her job as a vampire hunter.

I really enjoyed The Rest Falls Away. I found it an engrossing read with compelling characters and a detailed and intriguing mythology that holds great promise. I am eager to see how things go for Victoria and her vampire slaying compatriots. Something tells me we've not heard the last from her archnemesis, the evil vampire queen Lilith. Victoria has, after all, a destiny to fulfill.

So, bring it on, Colleen! I'm ready for more!
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HASH(0x8c5d0618) étoiles sur 5 Stellar Debut Novel by Up and Coming Author 3 janvier 2007
Par Jana DeLeon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
Let me start this review by saying, I don't read historicals OR vampire books, but I got the opportunity to read this book and it blew me away! What a fantastic concept - a woman on the eve of her debut into society finds out she's part of a birthline of vampire slayers. In an era where women couldn't even wear pants or go out unescorted, Victoria's presented with quite a challenge in order to live her double life.

The author does a fabulous job of bringing this story to life on the page. The plot is full of action and the characters are fully developed and very interesting. I can't wait for the next in this series - and to see which man is the keeper for Victoria.
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