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Book Title: Descent into Dust|
Date of issue: 2010
ISBN 13: 9780061878121
The author of the book: Jacqueline Lepore
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.30 MB
Edition: Avon Harper Collins
Read full description of the books Descent into Dust:Descent into Dust is a silly read, but it could've been worse...hence the 3 stars. It's a cheesy sci-fi movie on paper. You know you should change the channel, but the entertainment factor is just enough to keep your finger off the remote.
So. Bad things first.
The narrator's voice is bland, the historical setting is extremely thin wallpaper, the non-action scenes drag like heavy boots in mud, & the dialogue is (often) ludicrous. The goofy thread of Dan Brown church conspiracy is totally unnecessary; the vampires & their Evul Plan(tm) should've been enough to propel the plot without secret societies & symbolic paintings. Important information is withheld from the characters for no good reason & key conversations are postponed for flimsy suspense-building -- made even flimsier because the main characters are a perfectly matched pair of brain-dead bimbos. Our heroine is a standard bluestocking Mary Sue with extra-spesh Dhampir abilities (of course), while our hero is a nose-wrinkling Gary Stu with an annoying tendency to wallow in emoz -- because that makes him romantic. *eyeroll*
The vampires were un-romantic, un-sexy, soul-sucking villains, which you don't see nearly often enough in newer paranormals. Aside from Emma's annoying Spesh Dhampir Disease, the author goes for classic undead hunting a la Dracula -- garlic, stakes, mirrors, crosses. And excepting that goofy bit with the snakes, the action scenes were decent with some fairly graphic details -- which is as it should be, given the nature of the vamps. (Apparently the book hit a better stride when it wasn't poncing around with bland conversational filler. Go figure.)
I can't say I'd particularly recommend it, but you could read worse in the latter-day Avon publishing catalogue.** The pacing is the biggest flaw, IMO; too much filler that was trying to lighten the mood between bouts of darkness, whereas a shorter, steadily oppressive atmosphere would've better served the plot.
**No lie. Have you seen the newest crop of Regency roms? Even the blurbs are painful.
Read information about the authorI am a native Philadelphian, born in South Philly and raised first there, then later in the suburbs. I attended the University of Pennsylvania for both undergraduate and graduate studies, earning a Ph.D. in psychology. I moved with my husband to Maryland immediately after that and have practiced here for more than twenty years as a licensed psychologist. I have three children and a houseful of pets.
Every writer begins as a reader. I cut my teeth on Gothic novels and Nancy Drew mysteries, which I consumed with a voracious appetite, loving every heart-pounding moment of suspense. I began writing when I was in the seventh grade, filling notebooks with unfinished stories of horror, science fiction, and romance. By senior year in high school, I was doing short story collections, but these were never shared—writing was my "dirty little secret."
It was always my dream to write a full-length novel, and I began attempting this in college. I eventually succeeded many years later, and years after that got the courage to “come out” about my peculiar hobby of making up stories. I found a terrific second career as a writer of romantic fiction, but after a while I wanted to challenge myself again to create a new, completely different sort of story. With the Emma Andrews series, I have found my way back to all those Gothic traditions I had treasured growing up. So, I’ve come full circle and just as Emma found her true self, so have I.
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