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A Dowry of Blood de S T Gibson
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A Dowry of Blood (edició 2021)

de S T Gibson (Autor)

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Membre:AngustiaCosmica
Títol:A Dowry of Blood
Autors:S T Gibson (Autor)
Informació:Nyx Publishing (2021), 248 pages
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Valoració:*****
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A Dowry of Blood de S. T. Gibson

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This was really good! A lot of my friends on here gave this five stars and while I didn't like this that much I still really liked it.

One thing I didn’t like was that this was being described as a polyamorous romance and I would not describe this as any sort of romance. It's not any spoiler to say that the main thrust of this book focuses on an abusive intimate partner relationship and the effects of that abuse. Sure, there are romantic elements but I think it is a bit misleading to describe this book as a romance especially since the remaining characters separate at the end .

I do think this book is very well written and that it's ideas are conveyed very effectively. I liked the open letter format, a seeming holdover from the original Dracula. The writing in this book is very florid. This is absolutely not a problem. The author is described as a poet and you can really see that in the writing in this book. I think the more elaborate prose is very well done. I personally don't really like that style of writing, even when it is very well done. I don't want to suggest this is a fault of the book because it really is an issue of personal preference but it did effect my enjoyment somewhat.

The characters were interesting. Just through the nature and format of this story we don't get to know the characters too well as far as their background but that's done very intentionally. I still grew to really care about the characters over a really short period of time, which is so important for the themes of the stories.

This is a book I would definitely recommend it is very well done and I think it is well deserving of the praise it had received. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
Luckily for my sanity, I was constricted by time and sleeping bouts, otherwise I'd have read myself silly trying to finish this book in a single gulp. Which I almost did, really.

And boy oh boy, what a book. There's nothing I didn't like about it. As someone who suffers from intense emotions about everything, this was something I kept vibing with at every sentence my eyes fell upon.

You could stop at any page and find something worth tattooing onto your body, that's how beautifully written it is. I feel aesthetically hungover after finishing it. That's the feeling I have.

Now if you excuse me, I have to go weep some more over this artpiece. ( )
  AngustiaCosmica | Jul 11, 2021 |
Wonderfully written but i found the plot occasionally dull. Mostly during the time between when they found Magdalena to a little after they found Alexi. But even when the story felt a little slow the prose kept me reading. Would love to read more by Gibson.

At times it failed to hook me and at others I couldn't put it down.

Spent so much time wavering between 3 and 5 stars and just figured I'd split the difference.

Side note: It was also a very good depiction of an abusive relationship and how shedding one is empowering. ( )
  Yeti21 | Jun 25, 2021 |
A Dowry of Blood is in parts very uncomfortable to read and, at the same time, beautifully written. Because of the main thematic focus I even found the letter format to be believable, meaning I can believe someone would actually sit down and write this kind of letter.
Bonus points for the first sentence. They are usually not very important to me, but I did really like this one!

I did enjoy the characters of the brides, their interactions and character arcs, the atmosphere, the gothic style, the flowery language and the rather slow pacing.

The main villain felt a little flat to me, and his pursuits besides imprisoning others in abusive relationships, mainly his scientific interests, which I expected to play some important part in the story, don't have any impact, which I felt was a bit of wasted potential.

I was invested in the overall story and did enjoy reading it, but here's what broke this book for me: It's not a vampire story. The main story could have been told in any setting, at any time, it could even have been a contemporary story without any supernatural elements. The characters being vampires has no real impact on the story. But this book is marketed as a vampire story, so I expected vampires. And on top of that, it is marketed as a retelling of Dracula from the perspective of one of the brides. That was the point what got me really interested and why I wanted to read this book so badly. But the villain is neither Dracula, nor do we find any elements of the Dracula story, expect for a castle being in Romania. And again, that castle could have been anywhere, it didn't even neccessarily need to be a castle.

Maybe, probably, this is marketing's fault, because the story itself is good. But I was promised something different and finishing this book, I felt a little cheated. ( )
  booksandliquids | May 3, 2021 |
Thanks to Netgalley for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinion.

A story within a story about a young vampire navigating through her new eternal life with a rag tag group of vampire family and dracula? Consider my interest piqued with that description.

I finished this book in a short four days and upon finishing my final thoughts were that this book was...interesting. I'm conflicted with my review of this because I'm not totally sure what I thought of it upon completion. I think I just liked it, not hated but I didn't love it either. I'll be honest that I read this because the descriptions/reviews that I was seeing was promising me a prominent sapphic vampire story, and I don't think that is what I ended up getting which was a little disappointing. I always appreciate LGBT vampires, but man, I wanted more.

Listen, it wasn't a terrible book, but I definitely didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

The narrative of abusive relationships was probably the best written part of the book and having Constanta as the narrator and subject of said abuse made it much more real and compelling to read. I appreciated that Constanta was a layered character, and a self admitted flawed one. The way the book chronicled her life from her death to becoming a vampire made you really get to know her on a deeper level so that when the finale of the novel happened you felt vindicated and joyous with her when she got what she wanted. Hurrah for justice!

I have to mention one thing in particular and that is that the prose was beautiful! There were so many well written moments that even if the plot wasn't interesting me I was always impressed with the prose. It was almost poetic at times. It took me a little while to get used to the way the story was written, as a letter being written and the switching tenses, but once I did I enjoyed it. It was fun, and not something I have read before.

If you're a fan of vampires, and complicated mess that is eternal love and devotion then you just might like this book. It's a quick and easy read so it won't take too much time to devour it once you start. ( )
  taleszofwonder | Mar 25, 2021 |
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