Caroline's Path (The Vampire Empress Chronicles) by A.S. Johnson
Review by Anne
First I’d like to thank A.S. Johnson for the opportunity to read this wonderful book; I won this as a first reads through good reads and have thoroughly enjoyed the pleasure. Thank you once again.
Caroline Fantolini, the future vampire Empress whose destiny to rule the oldest vampire empire in Italy was set in motion before she drew her first breath and a plan to stop her reign before she knew it. This food critic from New York City must be reborn and overcome a great loss before she takes the th...more First I’d like to thank A.S. Johnson for the opportunity to read this wonderful book; I won this as a first reads through good reads and have thoroughly enjoyed the pleasure. Thank you once again.
Caroline Fantolini, the future vampire Empress whose destiny to rule the oldest vampire empire in Italy was set in motion before she drew her first breath and a plan to stop her reign before she knew it. This food critic from New York City must be reborn and overcome a great loss before she takes the throne. Primo Gozzoli, a sexy Italian vampire is charged with her protection and education. He has plans of his own to conquer more than just the throne as he ignites Caroline's desire or will another love interest spoil his seductively sinister plan.
The Vampire Empress Chronicles takes the reader into a mystical world within the human world. The storyline and concept takes on a level of excitement, passion, and shakes the evolutionary tree in the process.
This is a beautiful poem written by the author that I’d like to share with all the readers that haven’t as of yet to read.
Today I took my first breath of life
Many days past not knowing
Many weeks past giving nothing to my life.
Today I took my first step of life
Walking slowly towards a path unknown
Running as my mind was set free.
Today I took my first taste of life
Flavors like this only appeared in my dreams, how could this be
Sensations danced like the wind blowing through the weeping willow.
Today I took my first chance of life
Was it really a gamble or something locked away like a forgotten dream? moving forward, never looking back, and risking everything to live.
Because today, I just learned to breathe.
I found that I was captured and fully immersed from the very first page. Pulling me into feel the emotions, seeing what is being described, my full attention held until the very last page! I didn’t want it to end.
Caroline is from a very powerful line of royal vampires ingrained it Italy. Unlike most Italians who have very large families, there was only Caroline and her twin sister. She has always lived in New York City where she grew up. Caroline was born a vampire, but it’s unknown to her until after a break up with a guy who she loved and also lived with.
She receives an email sometime later from an old crush who will be coming to town and asks to meet up with her while he is here. Things happen, old feelings re rekindled. He asks her to come to L.A. where he lives to see if things will blossom further in the relationship.
Caroline decides to take a weeks’ vacation and goes to visit him. After returning from dinner they bump into his old girlfriend in the hotel lobby. Angry at the turn of events, Caroline goes for a drink in the lounge before returning to her room.
Theo’s ex is in her room, sitting on her bed while he’s in the shower. She finds out that he had slept with his ex. Caroline decides to end her trip with Theo and goes to visit her Aunt who lives nearby. Taking a taxi to her Aunts, Caroline falls asleep in the backseat only to be awakened by the cab driver that she is here, and that he couldn’t tale her any further.
Things seemed strange; nothing looked as she remembered it, like she had never been there before. Yet she finds herself drawn it to, and she explain why. THEY have been waiting for her. She knows and feels that things aren’t just right, knows that she should turn around and leave, but can’t seem to make herself do it.
Walking into a new life, and leaving her old life behind. She has now been reborn. After Caroline is reborn the confusions become clear, her appearance and strength have changed, (as it does with all vampires) but the best is her luck with love and men changes as she finds someone who adores and loves her for who she really is.
The epic romance you find with Caroline and Nerio was so loving and sweet. The thing I found awesome about this love is all through the story, it takes them into the throes of hearted passion, you don’t find erotica in the novel. This makes it a novel for YA as well.
The family heritage and the research into historical Greece were very interesting to me, its rulers, and the surrounding villas and the areas.
I liked the interesting concept of Vampires being the original race of our world and how it in turn re-evolved into a human race. A race where vampires DNA have been allowed to become dormant, because of rivals between the clans fighting for leadership.
If you have a passion for vampires with a twist, and a trace of history thrown in, then this book is A MUST READ. Some areas are a bit slow, but are quickly followed by an area of fast paced excitement. All in all a very good read.
Recommendation: YA and up
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