✫.•° Blurb °•.✫
The Bathory Academy series by internationally bestselling and award winning Young Adult author, Katie M. John, promises you a darkling romantic adventure that lovers of Twilight, Vampire Academy, Vampire Girl, and A Shade of Vampire will fall in love with.
HE’S A NEWLY EMERGED VAMPIRE. SHE’S THE DESCENDANT OF THE MOST PREDATORY VAMPIRESS IN HISTORY. WILL THEY BE EACH OTHER’S SAVIOUR OR DOWNFALL?
Alexander Augustine’s secret has been revealed. He nearly killed a human girl. Now there’s no choice but to run, and there’s only one place to go…
Bathory Academy, home to the next generation some of the world’s most notorious vampire families, is a college like no other. It offers Alexander both sanctuary and a very different kind of education; a place where he can truly be.
As Alexander begins to slowly accept his supernatural life, and all the needs that go with it, he is drawn towards the beautiful, but potentially deadly, Scarlett Bathory, soon discovering their history is as tightly knotted as their present.
With revolution, bloodlust, and desire for vampire world domination taking hold, Alexander starts to fear he’s nothing but a pawn in a very dangerous game.
Enter the world of Bathory Academy and find yourself enchanted under the spell of the vampire.
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✫.•° My Review °•.✫
This is only the second book of the Katie’s that I’ve read. The first was The Crow Man.
I’ve got to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Because of my love are vampires and the supernatural I was more than a little excited to see this released! I read it in about 6 hours too.
Bathory Academy is the school/college supernaturals, Bathory is no ordinary college, it has been home to some of the most notorious vampire families in the world. Now it has become the home of Alexander Augustine.
Alexander is there because he’s only just emerging as a vampire and had an incident with a human that meant he had nowhere else to go. He was taken to Bathory by his grandfather. Bathory has everything he needs to complete his emergence into the vampire world.
The plot, I thought was good, it flows seamlessly through every scene. I love the idea that there is a school/college for the supernatural. But it’s not just the supernatural, there are students there that aren’t quite supernatural, but they identify with being supernatural, for example:
“The rest of the academy, which is made up of
approximately a hundred students, are vampeers, those who identify themselves as vampires, or otherkin, those who identify themselves with other supernatural beings. They are sons and daughters of the night; they all have extraordinary creative, technological, scientific or sporting talents; empaths, artists, poets, alchemists, athletes, creatives–those who see beyond the boundaries and limitations of being human. In most cases, there is some distant familial vampire blood connection, but not enough to fill them with the same vital needs as true vampires.”
Katie M John has set up this world extremely well. Within the walls of the Bathory Academy, there is an entire world. There appears to be a very clear divide between the students; they appear to be divided into groups and each group appears to have its own structure that is respected.
Each character has their own role to play and the more of the story I read the more I discovered about them, they interact well together, and the relationships are very realistic, easy to identify with from when I was at school (many, many years ago)!
Alexander, for me, was really easy to identify with. I’m sure most of us have been in a situation or 3 where we felt completely out of place, or where we don’t really belong, to me that’s how Alexander came across. Not only is he trying to find his feet is a vampire but also within the Academy too, not an easy feat.
Katie M Johns writing is fabulous. She has set the scene well, she has given each of her characters complex and realistic personalities. I love how the more I read the more I discovered about the families, the characters and their backgrounds. I felt as though I was being led through the story by a breadcrumb trail.
Vampire Hearts sets up the beginning of this series well, it gives the detail that is needed to allow the reader to create a firm and clear image of the story and its characters. It is a great start to this series and I think it will get better with each book.
I cannot wait for book 2, and to see what is in store for these characters next.
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
Married to a handsome giant and mummy to a two foot mud-fairy, Katie has been writing stories and poetry since childhood and has always been away with the woodland fairies.
She is author of the Amazon UK Best Selling YA Fairy Tale Romance series, ‘The Knight Trilogy’ www.katiemjohn.com and a dark, Gothic paranormal detective novel called ‘Beautiful Freaks’
She has a love of writing weird and wonderful short stories and can be found ‘visiting’ writer friends’ anthology collections.
Katie likes to keep it varied and pinning her down to a particular style or genre is hard; she mainly writes for YA and NA and in the Dark Fairy Tale Genre. However, she also dabbles in more adult works of horror and issue-focused work.
Katie often draws on her ten year experience of teaching in a London Comprehensive school in her work.