Saturday, March 9, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Valerie:Daughter of the Dragon by Robert Fuller: Review

Welcome to my stop on the Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon blog tour.  My stop includes my review of this book.

Book Info:
Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon
Book #1
By Robert S. Fuller Jr.
Publication Date: November 2012

Book Blurb:
While collaborating on a fashion show, Samantha Hammond, a forty-something Display Manager, draws the attention of the mysterious clothing designer Valerie Ross. Samantha’s journey of self-discovery takes her from the security of her hometown in Lexington, Ohio to the shores of a secluded paradise called Sabbatical Island. As their relationship flourishes, Samantha learns that Valerie harbors a terrifying secret. The revelation thrusts Samantha into a nightmarish world where vampires and witches dwell in the darkness. Pamela Darius, a murderous adversary from Valerie’s past, uses Samantha and those around her as pawns in a deadly game filled with seduction, pain, betrayal, and death.


My Review

 This book took me completely by surprised.  Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon was a captivating read that had me hooked after the very first page.  Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down.  I had to know what was going to happen and how it was going to end.  Even though it is around 700 pages, it is a fast and quick read.  The story is beautifully written and well thought out.  The world-building was on point and very descriptive.  I was able to picture everything going on in the story.  I love the fact that this book contained witches and vampires.  It kept the book very interesting.  I haven't read another book like this so its originality gave it some extra bonus points from me.

The character development was  great in this book.  I got to see the characters grow as the story progressed. 

Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon had so many twists and turns that it kept me on the edge of my seat.  I couldn't believe some of the stuff that was happening.  I had to reread several pages to make sure I was reading it correctly.  I was floored, completely shell-shocked.  There are so many heart-wrenching twists in this book that it left me in tears.  The ending of this story leaves me in tears, but definitely wanting more.  I can't wait to see what Robert has planned for the next book.

About the Author:

Robert is a fan of all things relating to vampires. It’s this obsession with vampires that makes his debut, “Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon”, the perfect vehicle to launch his writing career. Robert was born and raised in Northeast Ohio at a time when late night television stations filled their programming with old horror movies. Robert gravitated towards the motion picture vampire, but also the vampires depicted in the writings of Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, and Robert McCammon.
Robert worked at JC Penney’s, where he spent 10 years in the Visual Display Department. His love of vampires, and a decade in the retail/fashion industry, provided the inspiration to create his own vampire tale. After several years of writing and re-writing, “Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon” was born.
When Robert isn’t writing, he enjoys going to the movies, or listening to his extensive music collection. Robert is a huge sports fan, but prefers football and baseball to all other sports. One of his favorite pastimes is participating as team owner and Commissioner of a long running fantasy football league. Robert manages to travel to the beaches of South Carolina at least once a year to recharge and enjoy some ocean time. Robert is married to his best friend and soulmate, Jackie. They have a son, Dustin, and two rambunctious cats, Meeps and Benny.


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