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Review – The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason

The Rest Falls Away
by Colleen Gleason
360 pages
Fiction
Published 2007

I won The Rest Falls Away from Bookfool a looooong time ago. It’s even autographed by the author. To me! Not just to some random person! But to me!

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

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12 Responses to “Review – The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason”

  1. chartroose

    It looks like it should be called “The Dress Falls Away.”

    I rewatched your cute video! You’ve got the nicest and most tolerant dogs ever!

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  2. serena

    This looks like a good read. I’ll have to check this out and the Anita Blake series.

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  3. Christine

    Darn, chartroose beat me to it. I was going to ask whether the rest that falls away refers to the remainder of her clothing.

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  4. Bookfool, aka Nancy

    There are some rough bits in this series, but I love Victoria, Sebastian and Max. Maybe it’s good I haven’t read the Anita Blake series?

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  5. Marg

    I think that I didn’t really enjoy the first one as much as I expected because of the mood I was in. I recently read the second book and liked it a bit better.

    My review of The Rest Falls Away is here

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  6. Marg

    Then again, if I read to the end of the post properly I would have seen that you have already linked to me! Whoops!

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  7. S. Krishna

    I haven’t read this one, but I have it on my e-reader for the next time I travel.

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  8. Amy

    I haven’t read Anita Blake but I have read the first two in this series and I have really enjoyed them. The other two that have been released are waiting on my shelf for a time when I need a reading “treat.”

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  9. Ti

    I’m not into vampire stories but I got a kick out of your review. I have mixed feelings about books written for a series. I like when books are written for a series and we know it upfront. It’s known from the get go that the story will continue. I don’t like when a book is successful and then the author decides to do a sequel. I sort of went off topic (it can happen) but just wanted to toss the series comment out there.

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  10. Ladytink_534 (Jen)

    I swear I’ll read this eventually. So many of the blogs I read seem to really, really, really love these books.

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  11. Lisa

    I’m with you, and I LOVED the first 5 or 6 Anita Blakes. I’m way behind on the series now because I stopped reading them when it started changing to a different focus. I have them, just haven’t read them. I read the first 3 or so within a day because it was the first thing in years that was so fresh and new and totally grabbed my attention. Now paranormals are everywhere, and while I enjoy them a lot, it’s not NEW to me. Same thing, done differently, you know?

    I have The Rest Falls Away, perhaps I should make an effort to get to it. Did you compare it to Buffy at all?

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  12. Kim L

    One of the very few books of the romance genre I can honestly say I enjoyed. I think Victoria’s coolness as a kick-ass heroine helped the book stay so enjoyable.

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