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Reviewed by Mary C. Blowers for Readers' Favorite
Dark Diary by P. Anastasia flowed well in that the back story led logically to Kathera meeting a vampire, though he hid his identity from her for quite some time, until he could no longer avoid revealing it. She quickly fell under his spell but there was a love triangle at work with the two men in her life eventually coming to blows. Kathera had given her heart to one and her head to the other, which often leads to neither option being entirely satisfying. This story is no exception. Her difficult and abusive living situation ultimately demanded that she move to a new location where she thrived. I wondered about the post traumatic stress she seems to have suffered and whether her reactions to men might be extreme, but they served the purpose of the story.
Dark Diary by P. Anastasia is a fun vampire read. It is unique in that the protagonist is a well developed character with issues and sympathetic tones. I immediately felt for her upon reading of a loss she had suffered, which led to a difficult living arrangement, and to the ritual she acted out almost every night. I have read and reviewed many vampire stories and this one reminds me of Twilight as well as of Vampire Diaries. P. Anastasia has written a compelling and entertaining, as well as quite clean novel and she will do well in this genre. I would have liked to read more about Kathera’s tattoo artistry though, perhaps including some drawings of the pictures described or tattoo-like images of the scenes in the book.
I like listening to books in audio format sometimes, just for a change. I enjoyed the narration by P. Anastasia. Her voice is well suited to the long passages of inner dialogue of romance novels. Her voice is also clear and easy to listen to. Watch for the perspective change, denoted by the chapter titles, and you should have no trouble determining who's talking. Dark Diary offers something enjoyable and different for fans of vampire stories.