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The Rest Falls Away (The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria #1)

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Beneath the glitter of dazzling 19th-century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil...

In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy of hunting vampires, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake.
Mass Market Paperback, 347 pages
Published January 2nd 2007 by Signet
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new_user
Jan 01, 2010 new_user rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical and UF fans
Recommended to new_user by: Shannon Doerfler
I started The Rest Falls Away with some misgivings. Away opens with a cheesy ceremony, some cliché about destiny, and a series of infodumps through a wise aunt, teaching the audience along with Victoria Gardella, vampire hunter. However, once we're up to speed, there seems to be a spirit of, "Now let's get to the good stuff!" as author Colleen Gleason moves us swiftly into plotty goodness, beginning with Victoria's coming out ball, where she begins her vampire -and husband- hunting careers with ...more
Fani
Victoria Gardella is ready to make her debut in society. At the same time, she finds out she's a Venator or a Vampire Hunter. Looking forward to some action and freedom offered by her new role she jumps in readily to accept the challenge. She has her aunt and another Venator, Maximilian Pesaro, to guide her through her new duties. But things get complicated when she meets and becomes attracted to the Marquess of Rockley. He's innocent and ignorant of her night life and wants to marry her. Can Vi ...more
Inara
Victoria Gardella Grantworth is called on the eve of her debut to London´s society to accept her family legacy to be a vampire hunter, a so-called Venator. Mentored and trained by her old aunt Eustacia she´s supposed to follow into her steps as the head of the Venators and destroy their arch-enemy the vampire queen Lilith the Dark. Victoria embraces her fate to be a vampire hunter fully but she has also to follow her social callings and find a suitable husband. When Phillip de Lacy, Marquess of ...more
Katie(babs)
The Rest Falls Away is all about girl power. Victoria is a great heroine who goes through so much and walks through the fire to come out on top. Victoria’s calling is to be a Venator, which is a vampire slayer who must sacrifice her life to eradicate the world of these evil undead beings. Victoria has been waiting for this moment to be welcomed as the newest slayer. But poor Victoria has her mother to put up with who wants her only daughter to have her coming out in London to find a husband. Vic ...more
Zeek
The author has billed her first novel as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Pride and Prejudice" and seeing as these are two of my all time favorite stories and settings- I was all over it!

I read it in one sitting, because after the first chapter I had to see how it all played out. Actually, it was around page thirty-about the time Ms. Gleeson laid out her idea of how the vampires came into being. (No Bram Stoker rip off this!) After I read it, I heard that familiar voice inside my head say "Oh, th
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Sarah
Victoria is a normal young lady looking forward to her debut into London Society - until she discovers she is the latest in her family to be chosen as a Venator or vampire hunter. She has the choice to accept her calling and become a Venator or to deny it and have her memories of the existance vampires taken away. Thinking it will be a big adventure and she will have more freedom than most young ladies she decides to accept her destiny and is given a vis bulla - an amulet that will give her the ...more
Summer
If I could give 2.5 stars, I would, but given the choice between "it's okay" and "liked it," I definitely have to stay with "it's okay."

My main beef with this book is simply style...or rather, the lack thereof. Not everyone can be a gifted writer, no, but I felt like I was reading a teenager's second or third "novel" on some sort of free internet publishing site (no names named). And even saying that might be insulting to some of those teenagers who tell a lesser story in a damned more compellin
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The Flooze
Dec 19, 2009 The Flooze rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to The Flooze by: Shannon
At the start of The Rest Falls Away, Victoria is arrogant and naïve in embracing her calling as a Venator. Her induction into the hunting elite is handled almost too easily. Vampires poof to ash with practically a flick of a well-turned wrist. She stubbornly maintains a duality--dancing debutante vs. ruthless killer--and she seems to get away with it.

But as the story unfolds, the dichotomy takes its toll. And that's where Victoria becomes interesting.

Gleason lists Jane Austen and Joss Whedon as
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BJ Rose
I wanted to like this more than I did, but it was just too inconsistent and far-fetched for me. The inconsistency was resolved - the beginning gave the feeling that perhaps the author was going for tongue-in-cheek with the opening behavior of the heroine, but then it became obvious that it was meant to be a serious approach to staking vampires. But that led to the far-fetched aspect: here is this young debutante carrying stakes to ton events so she can poof any vampires that show up. Actually, I ...more
Jane
I wanted to love this book. I mean, it's a good story. Buffy set in Regency England--what's not to like? I usually give a book 50 pages to interest me, but I gave Gleason 100. Even after she referred to a horse as a stallion in three consecutive paragraphs only to call him a gelding in the fourth, I kept reading. Eventually, though, the story didn't enthrall me enough to lift me past Gleason's awkward prose and wooden dialogue. A girl can take only so much of someone writing forsoothly. I skippe ...more
Katyana
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Celly
This book has been labeled romance. Don't even try and find it anywhere else in your bookstore/library. It's really too bad though, because true believers in romance novels will be disappointed and those who like a good romp will forever miss out!

This first book in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles lays out the ground work for what I think is a very promising series. We meet Victoria Gardella who has been born into a legacy of slayers that precedes her by hundreds of years. She trains by day and
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Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Series Review:
04.20.2011
http://paranormalromanceaddict.blogsp...

I was enthralled from the first page of The Rest Falls Away and was captivated until the end of As Shadows Fade. I devoured all five Gardella novels with in a week.

The Gardella Vampire Chronicles is a historical paranormal romance with a heroine, Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy, struggling to balance her normal life with her not so normal. I don't want to give any spoilers but she has a lot to deal with throughout the ser
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CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
3.7-3.8

I'm gonna come right out and say that I hate Sebastian. Love the name, hate the player.

Max isn't any better but he's marginally more reasonable and trustworthy.

Ok. So aside from the possible love triangle (which already pisses me off), the story was a good one. Entertaining, action packed and if times it became a little melodramatic, well, the dialogue between Victoria and almost anyone made it worth it. When she herself wasn't causing her own problems.

The vampire mythology is your stand
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Holly
I tried...I really tried to get into this story. I put this book down and went back to it three times. Unfortunately, even though I love the concept (an historical romance meets Buffy The Vampire Slayer), I was just unable to feel anything but frustration and boredom.

The story moved so slowly, it nearly drove me mad. It felt like the same sequence of events kept playing out repeatedly over the first 150 pages. The action did end up picking up towards the end (which is why i was finally able to g
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Angela Ryan
Davvero, ho difficoltà a scrivere una recensione su questo libro. Non l'ho amato particolarmente per una serie di motivi che spero di riuscire a spiegare. Primo motivo: Victoria. Quella che pensavo dovesse essere un'eroina determinata, dalle idee chiare e con pochi fronzoli, si è rivelata invece una ragazzina viziata, che sembra aver scelto di seguire la sua missione di cacciatrice solo per puro capriccio invece che per vera dedizione. E' lei stessa ad ammetterlo ad un certo punto e gliene do at ...more
Tarra
“The Rest Falls Away” is the first book in the Gardella Vampire Hunters series. Described as Jane Austen meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this book offers a lot of fun, romance, surprises, and a unique Vampire mythology. This is one of my favorite paranormal series. I love the combination of historical romance and paranormal thrills.

Victoria Gardella is a young woman getting ready to make her debut in proper society. She learns there is an evil underbelly of the world and that she comes from a lo
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Alex
Tre stelle - - (dato che siamo in periodo di pagelle scolastiche!).
Ho iniziato questa saga, credo, con troppe aspettative, ragion per cui sono rimasta tremendamente delusa.
A parte l'ambientazione, una Londra ottocentesca, resa frivola da sontuosi balli,e tetra e pericolosa da vampiri nascosti nell'ombra...
Non ho trovato tra le pagine di questo urban fantasy, quello che mi sarei aspettata.
Come da copione, la nostra eroina accetta il suo destino, un po' per provare il brivido del pericolo e in gr
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Ben Babcock
I didn’t expect to be reading another one after the last one, but I guess what they say about vampire romance novels is true: it never rains but it pours.

Actually, The Rest Falls Away has been on my to-read list since 2009, long before Dracula, My Love waltzed its way into my life. The tagline everyone uses to describe this book is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Regency England”, and I’m unoriginally repeating it because it’s so damn accurate.

Trigger warning in this review for romance nerds, becau
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Amanda
To be honest, there was nothing terribly wrong with this book. Like many reviewers I've seen, I, too, had a few misgivings about picking it up, but I was neither disappointed by the plot nor the characters.

Since this is the first book in a series, it does suffer from the usual syndrome that often plague other series' starters. Gleason is burdened with creating a believable reality and introducing the main players of her story without losing the interest of the reader. The pacing at the start of
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Anna

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The Rest Falls Away... was different from what i expected it to be.And in a good sense different!At the begining of this book i couldn't help but feel like reading a Jane Austen novel.Not that the writing style was same or the story in any way,but the picture of the 19th British society Gleason built had the same "feeling" with the one Austen used to describe in her books.All those balls,the husband pursuit the society events an
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Yulia
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Pia
(Ich hätte auch null Sterne gegeben, wenn man es bei Goodreads tun könnte)

In dem ersten Roman der Das Buch der Vampire Reihe geht es um den jungen Venator Lady Victoria Gardella. Da ihre Tante an Athritis leidet und ihre Mutter und dessen Vater davor das Erbe der Gardellavampirjäger abgeleht hat, ist Victoria die Einzige, die ihrem größten Vampirfeind - Lilith, die Tochter des Abtrünnigen Judas Ischarot - gefährlich werden kann. Neben Victoria gibt es nur noch Maximilian, ein Freund ihrer Tante,
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Carolyn F.
I'm not sure if I'm going to stick with this series, but I'm going to read book #2 and see if I like it better.

Victoria has vampire dreams and if she has four in a row, then she's the next Gardella vampire hunter. Okay, no one but her aunt knows that they are a family of vampire hunters, but somehow Victoria knows about the dreams. Then she jumps into the training and the new life right away, no long questions about how this is going to change her life, just "Okay, let's go Auntie!" In the mids
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SATIN SUE
This book starts with a very dramatic start, where Victoria is having a dream about being chased by a strange man... when she awakes it starts to tell you about how its Victoria's first season and how she is a vampire killer, it goes into great detail about how she has to cope with acting like a proper young girl as well as training to be a vampire killer. Along the way 3 guys come into her life. An may i say all very sexy in there own way, theres Max is tall and sexy but very moody, Phillip is ...more
Jennifer C
This is the first book in a series of vampire hunter books. This is not a series I will be continuing on with. I did not enjoy this book. When I read in an historical Romance about the characters reading gothic novels or dime store novels – this is the exact thing I think of. I have read some vampire stories, and although they are not my favorite, as long as the story is good and the romance makes me sigh, then I will enjoy them. I thought the storyline was childish, I didn’t feel a clear romanc ...more
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
I found myself enjoying this even more than what I had expected I would. It was surprisingly good and I'm not much for historicals. However, since it was historial mixed with PNR and UF, it held my attention really well.

I loved Victoria. She learned quickly and was competent in her slaying. The problem came with trying to balance her personal life with her life as a Venator. I felt so awful for her when she had to lie. Should she have let things happen and follow her heart. Maybe not. She certai
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Debora
Che dire di questo primo romanzo della Saga dei Gardella? Personalmente, l’ho trovato molto coinvolgente, intrigante ed a dir poco appassionante. Devo ammettere che l’idea di una Cacciatrice nel periodo ottocentesco mi ha intrigata in modo formidabile. Forse questo è dovuto dalla mia convinzione che il fenomeno ‘vampiresco’ appartenga, per l’appunto, a quel periodo. Vittoria è affascinante, testarda, pungente, ribelle e determinata. Accetta la sua Eredità con maturità e sicurezza per poi finire ...more
Avrelia
I do not regret it. :)


So we meet a girl on brink of an adult life, who suddenly learns that she possesses unique strength and skills – and a destiny to kill vampires. She doesn’t mind killing vampires, but she would rather have a normal life – with balls and entertainments, beautiful gowns and dances, and with handsome men who would want to marry her. Sound familiar? Duh!

She is not the Vampire Slayer, she is the Venator, and she is not the chosen one, though she has the potential to be the best.
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Kit
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Award-winning, NEW YORK TIMES and USA Today bestselling author Colleen Gleason has written more than twenty books for major publishers such as Penguin Group, Harlequin Enterprises, Chronicle Books, and HarperCollins (as Joss Ware). Her books have been translated into seven different languages.

Colleen lives in the Midwest United States where she is fortunate enough to be working on her next book.

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