The Vampire Wish
Dark World: The Vampire Wish #1
by Michelle Madow
Narrated by: Patricia Santomasso
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Release Date: August 23, 2017
Length: 4 hrs 59 mins
Format Read: Audible
Source: Author for Review
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Reviewed by Megan
I was introduced to Michelle Madow’s writing in mid-2017 with her Transcend Time Saga and instantly fell in love with it. So, when she offered up review copies of her novel, The Vampire Wish in audio format, I jumped on them! More Michelle and a book I could add to my Audiobook Challenge – sounds like a win-win to me 🙂 And I am so glad that I did.
I have been struggling to find a vampire story that I really enjoyed. They all tend to be fairly similar, almost repetitive. I read (and really enjoyed) Twilight but there are only so many ways you can hear the same vampire boy meets naive girl love story before it gets boring.
This book was nothing like that. I loved the Aladdin references in this book. First, we have Annika – totally the street rat thief, Aladdin. And Prince Jason, the young vampire prince who is being forced to pick a bride but wants nothing more than to escape the palace, is Princess Jasmine in every sense! Then we have the genie and, of course, the witch Camilla is Jafar. No doubt about it. Was this what the author intended? No clue. And I didn’t start seeing these connections until the very end of the book. Then, they were plain as day and I couldn’t believe I missed them! Whether she intended them to be or not, they work 🙂
It was an audiobook, so let’s talk about the narration. Patricia Santomasso did a fantastic job! The part that stood out the most to me was how she made Camilla sound evil, maybe even a little mentally unstable. It was extremely easy to distrust and even dislike her. It brought her to life, and her callousness even gave me chills at times.
The pacing was great. I tend to speed audiobooks up (especially if I am reading them with the Kindle version – I guess I read faster than I listen). With the way Patricia narrated this one, I had no problems doing that. I noticed, also, that immediately after finishing this book, I was itching to continue with the series and I needed (yes, needed) to do so in audio.
This series is definitely unlike anything I have read before and I am eager to continue with the next book and see what happens!
Until next time ❤