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4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The life of a vampire’s live-in food supply is never long.

Richard is a modern vampire who likes to eat in. That's why he always keeps a fresh victim trapped in his home. All of his captives eventually die; Lenore hopes to be the first to escape.

Life at Richard's is short but never dull. Not with Richard's vampire friend, Paul, constantly popping in. Paul loves toying w
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Samhain Publishing (first published December 6th 2011)
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David Bernstein
May 23, 2012 David Bernstein rated it it was amazing
I loved Elena Hearty's Donor. It's way way more than just another vampire book. If you think you've read enough vamp stuff, think again. Elena has breathed new life into the vampire world. Even if you are not a vampire fan, but you love great writing, witty dialogue and a ton of tension, you'll love this book. My favorite thing about this novel is the interaction between the characters. I never knew when to relax or worry. Her use of dialogue is incredible--and the whole thing basically takes ...more
May 20, 2012 Fred rated it really liked it
I won this book through a Goodreads Book Giveaway, and as part of the terms and conditions I am required to disclose that when giving any review.

Now that we have that out of the way. Wow. There are a few things that really got me about this book. First, almost the entire thing takes place in a single apartment. Which makes it one of the only books that I've ever read to attempt something of that sort, not to mention pull it off by being able to make it interesting.

Basically, the plot of the book
Ok. I liked Lenore, though she's not your typical heroine. Their really is very little "hero" about her. But she's about as real a character as I've ever read. Totally flawed and not much to recommend her. She's an addict, not overly brave, though she has "staying power". She's like the common cold. Not particularly powerful, but lasting, resilient, and hard to get rid of. She didn't have sudden changes of heart or do anything out of character. She wasn't endearing, but her character didn't try ...more
Allysa Peck
May 30, 2016 Allysa Peck rated it really liked it
I received my copy of Donor from the publisher in return for an unbiased review.

As a big fan of vampire fiction, I was incredibly excited to read another vampire story that didn't go in the way of Twilight. Don't expect to find another Edward in this novel, as these vampires are more true to what a vampire should be. If I had to compare, I would call the vampires in this novel closer to those of The Queen of the Damned, which is something I really appreciated. The vampires are brutal, but also i
Danielle Burnette
Feb 15, 2016 Danielle Burnette rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (and won the sequel, "Bait", in a book giveaway), and to be truthful, I'm not completely sure what I think about it. Did I like it? Not as much as I hoped I would. I love vampires--I was a huge Trueblood fan and love paranormal-but I really like fresh takes on the paranormal, and there wasn't a lot that was fresh about this. The vamps had the typical weaknesses and typical superiority complexes, but for some reason can't bring ...more
Catherine Cavendish
Oct 05, 2015 Catherine Cavendish rated it it was amazing
I loved this. It’s original and, in a way it shouldn’t have worked. Indeed, if the author hadn’t handled her subject so masterfully, it wouldn’t have. Elena Hearty presents us with a flawed main character – Lenore – who is introduced to us with precious few redeeming qualities, but it is down to the skill of the author that I really wanted her to win through. Lenore has had so many problems in her troubled past, and now she is locked up – a literal meal ticket for her captors. But Lenore’s ...more
Akaria Gale
Feb 14, 2012 Akaria Gale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, horror
I wasn't too sure about this when I bought it, but the premise seemed too good to ignore. Boy was it worth it. It's kind of slow to start but after the first 70 pages or so I couldn't put it down.

There are no sparkly vampires here. No tortured heroes needing the love of a good woman to save them. These vamps are cruel and callous and beautiful in their sinister behavior. Lenore is food and nothing else to Rich and Paul, yet she still manages to outsmart them to her advantage in several places. E
Apr 06, 2012 Billie rated it really liked it
This book just flew by and I was at the end before I realized it.

This review is based on a free copy of this book received from the publisher through the Goodreads First Read program.

This was a fun book to read. Lenore just wanted some action and boy did she get it. Turn’s out Richard is a vampire who likes to eat in, thus the invitation back to his place.

Even though he looks in his 20’s he has been around for a lot longer. Lenore is his latest live in food source and he’s going to slowly drain
Ok. It really got me. I couldn't stop reading! It's such a breath of fresh air that "vampires" are different from those we imagine these days (I mean in books, as sexy arrogant bastards with killer smiles and hard chests). Cruel. Sadistic. Human. I like Lenore too - all the characters came out natural and seriously well matched. I'm glad there was no real romance and all this sweet-eternal-love thing that conquers all.

Argh!! Great! It was seriously great! It will keep me up at night thinking abo
Kari (BookandCoffeeLover)
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Despite the macabre premise, this book was oddly compelling. Donor was intriguing and Lenore was a deeply flawed and realistic human struggling to survive in paranormal world. These vampires are cruel, callous, and often entertaining in their antics. This is a story where the lines between good and evil, compassion and cruelty, and hope and despair are blurred. A good read. 3.5/5
Danielle Woodman
Mar 01, 2012 Danielle Woodman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of Donor in a goodreads give away and boy I am sure glad I won. This book had me hooked and I was disappointed when it ended as I wanted the story to carry on even more. I loved all the characters especially Paul and Lenore, Paul had me in giggles and Lenore was strong and weak all in one. Loved it.
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Unique. Really LOVED it! Waiting for more!
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Elena Hearty graduated from the University of Virginia in Y2K with a BS in computer science. After that, she bought a house, got married, and had two children, all while working full time to ensure that your online and mobile experience is replete with banner ads and pop-up windows.
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