{Book Review} Dark Heirloom by J.D. Brown

April 15, 2012 Reviews 6

Pages: 256
Publication Date: March 2012 by Muse It Up Publishing
Age Group: Adult/ Urban Fantasy
Source: Blog Tour
Series: Ema Marx #1
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, 150+ reading challenge, ABC challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon
Summary(from Goodreads):

You’re a vampire” is so not what Ema Marx wants to hear when she wakes from a two-day coma in a cryptic yet exquisite castle in northern Finland. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like why she’s able to see in the dark and walk through solid objects. What she doesn’t understand is why the other vampires expect her to have all the answers. It’s their fault she turned into one of them…right?
Jalmari’s hatred for his old-man intensifies when he’s ordered to bring that troublesome girl to their castle. He has a clan to run; there’s no time for babysitting newborn vampires no matter how they were converted to their culture. But when a two-thousand-year-old premonition threatens to take the crown and his life, Jalmari sees no other choice than to take out the catalyst, Ema Marx. Fortunately for Ema, she could also be the clan’s only savior.
The race to figure out her vampiric origins is on. And maybe she’ll get the hang of the blood-drinking gig along the way…

Dark Heirloom is your standard Vampire book. Now I should preface this with the statement that I really enjoy vampire books. The only reason I said this one is standard is because it stays pretty close to the typical vampire lores. Now I did really like the explanation of the different clans and the description of the evolution of the creatures. I especially enjoyed learning about the various powers and abilities the vampire clans have.

Ema is a very strong willed character. I liked her a lot. But one of the main problems I had with this story was that I didn’t connect very deeply with Ema. She had her moments where I felt like there was real development and that she was planting roots with the readers, but for the most part she seemed kind of stagnant to me.

I like Jesu the most. He is adorable and so cute. I loved that he turned blue when he blushed! I wanted to learn more about him but he is so closed off that we didn’t get to see too much of his insight. I would have loved to see a little bit more of his feelings for Ema and some of his emotions. Maybe there will be more of that in the second book. I am going to be reading the second book more for Jesu than for Ema.

Overall, Dark Heirloom was a good book. It didn’t blow me out of the water, but it did hold my interest and the writing was good. I didn’t particularly like the ending. I felt like it kind of just cut off. But not in a huge build up kind of way, it just stopped. I would certainly continue the series because I am really interested to see what is going to happen next. Mostly for Jesu. If you like Vampire books, Dark Heirloon might be a good one for you to check out. 

3/5 gavels

About the Author:
J.D. Brown graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her two Pomeranians. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, her writing is influenced by the multicultural urban society of her youth which she continues to visit each summer. J.D. loves paranormal characters; from vampires and werewolves, demons and angels, to witches and ghosts. Her writings are often a combination of suspense and romance. J.D. enjoys helping and promoting her fellow writers and leads an active life on the web. She also writes erotic romance for the MuseItHOT division under the pen name Danielle Ravencraft.

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6 Responses to “{Book Review} Dark Heirloom by J.D. Brown”

  1. bookbitereviews

    Thanks for the review! Sometimes its good to read a “standard” themed book, but sometimes its not. Just depends on the mood. I know exactly how you feel.

  2. Denise Z

    Well I definitely like vampy books and this sounds like there might be a little something new. Thank you for sharing, I look forwards to meeting Jesu 🙂

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