Dark Heirloom (Ema Marx #1) by J.D. Brown (Review By #NerdGirlJulie)


Title: Dark Heirloom (Ema Marx #1)

Author:  J.D. Brown

Published Date: April 5th 2012

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy


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 “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…


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***#NerdGirlJulie’s Review***
Dark Heirloom is filled with rich detail.  The author has created a complex fantasy world and vampire lore for her setting.  Fantasy readers will love the world building in this book.

The characters and premise of the story are interesting.  The author’s effort in describing the main and secondary characters and giving them backstories was incredible.  Unfortunately, the same effort was not spent on moving the plot along.  The book starts off strong, but loses its punch to the explanation of the fantasy world.  The detail really bogged down the plot progression.  Too frequently for my taste, a miraculous jump in the plot occurs when the main character, Ema, faints or passes out and awakens in another country or back in the realm of the living.

I appreciated that this was not another vampire romance novel.  I enjoyed that the author toggled between the POV of Ema and Jalmari which gives the reader  more insight to the characters.  While not all the content is appropriate for young adults, the writing style will appeal to young-adult fantasy fans.

For me, the detail was a little much, the pace a little sluggish, and the story premise not built up enough for the cliff-hanger to hook me.


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