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Susan votes THUMBS UP on the cover for “The Snow Vampire”. Let’s see how the book itself fared…
In 1914 Hungary, Hendrik and Ferenc hide their love amidst the deserted ruins in the hills above their tiny, sheltered town. Hendrik is engaged to Ferenc’s younger sister, and a place to escape the rigid strictures of their families is worth braving the legend of the snagov vrolok—the snow vampire—who is said will claim the blood and flesh of anyone foolish enough to wander near.
Yet sometimes dark tales are based on truth, and something wicked does lurk in the abandoned monastery. Suddenly the lovers find themselves faced with a heartbreaking choice: brave a world in which their love is impossible or face the evil that lives in the snowy heart of a cold Carpathian mountain.
A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
There is something very haunting about this cover. I find it really subtle and quite gorgeous. It evokes an eeriness that fits the book perfectly.
The Snow Vampire is quite a sad book. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to things that aren’t sticky sweet. I’d do anything to avoid a broken heart while reading. I guess in contrast to this, it’s a bit odd that I enjoy historical gay romances since the ‘forbidden love’ factor of society and time makes sadness and angst inherent. *shrug* I’m an enigma.
This book is about two teenaged boys in a small Hungarian mining village. It’s about their attraction and sweetly innocent love for one another. It’s about the sadness of having to hide that love. It’s about the resolution of what life has to be like for men who love men in those times. And oddly, it’s about an old village tale of a “snow vampire’ who haunts the ruins of a monastery in the mountains overlooking the town.
It’s part YA, part historical, part paranormal (small part), part mystery. And the voice of the author is lovely. The writing style reminds me a bit of Harper Fox, to be honest…very lyrical. The first person narrative of Ferenc works in this story…his emotion, his confusion, his desire, his love, his sadness are all tangible and I felt drawn to him. I felt sympathetic towards him. I felt protective of him. And in the end, his story broke my heart.
I don’t think I realized that Dreamspinner Press had this “Bittersweet Dreams” line of stories…the ones that show love without a happy ending. I’m not much for these, my heart can’t really take it. But, I found this book to be enjoyable, it moves quickly, a tiny bit info-dumpy, but for the most part really worth a read…
PS – the cover is SPOT ON for the story…