|Plot Summary of The Blood Waltz|
The Blood Waltz begins with Selena D'Agostino feeling burned out and frustrated with her writing career. She is a popular author of young adult books, but her last two books were not as well received. Her agent suggests that she take a break. Selena is not sure where she will go when she receives an unexpected invitation to visit the DeMontforts in their English castle. It seems that the DeMontforts are distantly related to her and would like to meet her. When Selena arrives at the castle, nothing is as she expected. All of the servants are mute, her "aunt" Eugenia hardly has any time to spend with her, she doesn't meet her cousins for a couple of days, no one eats dinner with her, they have no modern conveniences - what is going on? When Selena finally meets her two gorgeous cousins - Philip and Kieran, she finds them vying for her affections. Philip is very handsome, but she finds that it is the frustrating Kieran who haunts her dreams. Before too long, Selena starts "seeing" things, discovers that her mail is being confiscated, and that someone doesn't want her to leave...
I felt that, as a whole, the book was kind of flat and shallow. Nothing was treated with any depth. The author had some great ideas, but she would just introduce them and never follow through. My biggest complaint is that the book ends abruptly. One reviewer described it as a cliff-hanger, but I would say that the author just decided to stop writing and call it a day. This was a bit startling at the end of the book, especially since she kept putting her characters through the same senarios over and over again throughout the book. I think that this author has a lot of potential, though, and look forward to giving her another chance on her next book.
This synopsis report prepared by Debbie
|Chapter Analysis of The Blood Waltz|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
- two lovers coping with tough mission
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- vampires taking a quick bite
Type of couple:
- Both human, he has magical powers
- current (early 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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