The Rest Falls Away is about Victoria, who finds out her family has a line of vampire slayers, and she’s given the opportunity to join her aunt in the fight to keep the vampires from taking over the world, or rejecting her destiny and living a normal life. Certainly not an easy choice, and it’s not one that Victoria takes lightly. In the meantime, she’s being courted for marriage by the Marquess of Rockley, making her decision particularly difficult. If she rejects her destiny, then someone in the next generation will be chosen. Her mother, in fact, had rejected this destiny, so really, why shouldn’t she?
I’ve been avoiding reading this book because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. I’m already five or six books deep into the Anita Blake series, and I kind of have a love affair with her already. Want a bad ass heroine? Anita’s your girl. I know the Anita Blake series has gotten totally trashy, but the first five books are awesome in their this-girl-kicks-ass way. And I wasn’t sure that Ms. Gleason’s series would be able to win me over.
I liked the book for the most part. I COULD’T HELP but compare Victoria to Anita Blake. And she wasn’t nearly as cool. But I liked her so I continued on.
Ms. Gleason has this way of writing that’s almost nostalgic. I think she has a way of not taking herself too seriously. Most chapters are titled “In which…blah blah blah”, which I’m assuming is reminiscent of how books used to be written. And I liked this! I found it refreshing.
But there was this thread that I didn’t like where Victoria meets and falls in love with the Marquess of Rockley, and for those of you who’ve read it, I DIDN’T LIKE HOW THIS PART OF THE STORY ENDED. So I don’t mean to be whiny, but I can’t help myself. Wah! *stomping feet*
The writing was good, though, and apparently the series just gets better. So don’t be surprised if you find me gobbling up the rest of the series. Just don’t remind me of my whining about this book, because I’ll pretend like it never happened.
Rating: 84 out of 100
Other reviews: Melody, Book-a-rama, Bookgirl’s Nightstand, Bold. Blue. Adventure., Alice, Literary Feline, Reading Adventures, Stainless Steel Droppings, Stephanie, Lesley’s Book Nook, In Spring It Is The Dawn, Ex Libris, Stephanie’s Written Word, A High and Hidden Place.