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When Twilight Burns (The Gardella Vampire Chronicles #4)

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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  1,433 ratings  ·  79 reviews
After narrowly escaping Rome with her mortality, vampire hunter Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacey returns to London - where not even sunrise can stop a vampire's carnage. Not only is Victoria unable to detect the vampire with her heightened senses, but she's being framed as the prime suspect behind the killings.

Meanwhile, the legacy of a vampire's touch has left...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Signet
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Kimberly
SIGH... GASP....SIGH...CRY...SQUEEEEELL...SIGH...CRY....BITES HANDS...REMEMBERS TO EAT....SIGH AGAIN....CRY AGAIN... DOES A HAPPY DANCE.

Thats pretty much the rollercoaster of emotions i experienced whilst reading this book. I'm only saddened now by the fact i only have one book left in the series to read. Fantastic prequel to the final installment.
FlibBityFLooB
Is it wrong that when I read this series I wish it would turn into an episode of BIG LOVE? I can't decide who I prefer for Victoria. I love them both ;)
Zeek
I've been following Gleason's Gardella Chronicles from its inception. A mix of sub-genre's- is it historical romance? PNR? Fantasy? who can say, either way I love the hook of a Venator, (that's vampire slayer to you and me), from Jane Austen's world.

Like many of you following this series as well, the love triangle between Victoria- head Vamp Slayer and Illa Gardella in Gleason's world- and her two men, Max and Sebastian, keeps me coming back as well!

Continuing where Book 3- The Bleeding Dusk- le...more
Mika
I can't believe I never wrote a proper review for this book. Well, I'm reading it again because I just missed Max and Victoria's romance too much. So I will write one this time. Plus, I'm preparing myself for the spinoff that comes out today.

Review with Spoilers

This book is my favorite in the Gardella series because we finally see the culmination of the slowly built romance between Max and Victoria. It took two years for Victoria to finally realize she loved Max. It's not quite clear when Max st...more
Megan
I will not give any spoilers in this book, but, I will talk about spoilers from the previous books, so if you have NOT read the previous books in this series- then I do not recommend reading this review until you have, because it DOES contain SPOILERS from PREVIOUS books.

WOW!!! This book is amazing! There is more action than any of the previous books! In my opinion the second and third book were very dark. While this one seems more of the same, you can start to see the light at the end of the tu...more
Erin
Aug 26, 2008 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal fans interested in PG-13 sex scenes
Shelves: paranormal
Book four of five - Gleason continues to deliver great characters and action. Follow Victoria as she struggles to overcome the effects of Beauregard's vampire blood infusion. Sadly, the heroine makes a choice between suitors (Max and Sebastian) - and it was not the choice I wanted!
Amygal
Best book of the series so far. So glad I continued reading this series.
Kim
With each book comes a new evil. In this case the greatest evil has come back for more.

Victoria once again finds herself facing off against Lilith, the Vampire Queen. This time however, it's personal.

With Beauregard's blood still coursing through her veins, Victoria finds herself full of rage and seeing red, literally. Not only is she fighting the change, the return of George Starcasset along with Sara Regalado, and worrying with the appearance of the new Marquess of Rockely, but there are now...more
P.Z.
วิกตอเรียมีเลือดของแวมไพร์ปนเปื้อน แต่หล่อนไม่กลายเป็นแวมไพร์ แม้ว่าเซบาสติยงจะสามารถสัมผัสได้ว่าทุกครั้งที่อยู่ใกล้หล่อนต้นคอของเขาจะเย็นเฉียบแค่ไหนก็ตาม

ศพของหญิงสาวที่ถูกพบในเวลากลางวันทำให้วิกตอเรียสันนิษฐานว่าตอนนี้มีแวมไพร์บางกลุ่มออกมาเดินเพ่นพล่านและฆ่าผู้คนตามใจชอบ สาเหตุก็มาจากหน้ากระดาษที่เซบาสติยงเคยขโมยจากคอนซิเลียมไปให้โบรีการ์ด(เล่มที่แล้ว)

วิกตอเรียตกเป็นผู้ต้องสงสัยในทันทีที่มีคนมาพบเธออยู่กับศพ แม้ว่าวิกตอเรียจะสะกดรอยตามซารา อดีตคู่หมั้นของแม็กซ์มาก็ตามที ทุกอย่างถูกจัดฉากขึ้นโด...more
Sadia
The plot keeps getting twisted. There's no end to the horrors of the undead, each day [in this case each book] bringing forth a fresh nightmare. This book sees the return of some characters I've come to loathe, Lilith, Sara [the alleged Fiance' of Max] and Gwendolyn and her brother.

A new kind of undead walk the streets of London, killing people in broad daylight. On top of that, Victoria has her own problems to deal with, and they are not only related to the fact that she fed from a vampire and...more
Natasja
Victoria Gardella, one of the youngest Illa Gardella venators is dealing with the fact that she drank vampire Beauregard’s blood. Nobody knows what will happen with Victoria after all of this, it’s possible that she turns into the very creature she hunts every night. But because of the two “vis bulla’s”, a piercing that give powers to the ventator, Victoria was able to hold back the turning.

When she is healed enough, Victoria returns to London where her mother immediately starts planning for her...more
Roberta
Quarto libro della serie dei Gardella (attenzione spoiler sui precedenti libri!), When Twilight Burns (Il crepuscolo dei vampiri nella traduzione italiana) mette molta carne al fuoco. Sopravvissuta all'incontro con Beauregard, Victoria sembra essere sempre la stessa ma ben presto si rende conto che il sangue del vampiro ha lasciato un segno su di lei, e di essere costretta a combattere in continuazione con la sua parte cattiva ed egoista che tenta continuamente di emergere.
Nel frattempo la madr...more
Angelique
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Debora
Prima di tutto non posso che dire che Colleen Gleason scrive divinamente.
Dopo un inizio un po' criticato date le visibili somiglianze con il telefim Buffy, ogni nuovo libro si è rivelato decisamente migliore del precedente.
Questo quarto volume della Saga dei Gardella è a dir poco entusiasmante.

Victoria si trova per tutta la durata del romanzo a dover combattere su più fronti cavandosela egregiamente seppur con qualche, ovvio, scivolone.
I vampiri sembrano aver trovato il modo per eludere le limi...more
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...more
Fani
4.5 stars
Much better than the last two that took place in Rome; that setting just didn't work for me. And the msytery and action were high in this one from page one.

Though a joy to read, my problems were mainly Victoria and her inability to act as Illa Gardella. Despite not being stupid, she does tend to act more impulsively than wisely and also has the awful tendency of walking into traps she knows they're there. I guess that's not as much Victoria's fault as the author's, who's trying to contr...more
Karissa
This is the fourth book in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles. There are five books in this series, the fifth is As Shadows Fade and is already out. I thought this was the strongest book of the series yet. Victoria has really stepped up to her position of head of the Gardella.

Victoria returns to London to deal with her husband’s estate. However, while there she uncovers a strange murder done by a vampire that can walk in the sun. Mysteriously she seems to be at a number of the murder sites at inopp...more
Yukino
LEI ERA ILLA GARDELLA!!!

Per tutti i vampiri!!!
si che lei è Illa Gardella!!!

Libro bellissimo...pieno di amore, suspance, lotta interiore e avvenimenti da lasciarti con la bocca spalancata e fare versetti di gioia, di stupore e di rabbia...e giurooooooooooooo non me ne sarei accorta se il mio ragazzo non mi avesse dovuto dire in continuazione "puoi per cortesia smettere di farmi venire gli spaventi?" eh già..perchè poretto mi ha dovuto sorbire mentre leggevo.

Ragazzi che libro! davvero...la trama è...more
Madeline
Well, I don't think I will be continuing with the series. Also, I'm probably overthinking the issues in these books.

The first two books were fun and charming, the third one less so but enough to interest me. And, to be fair, I think the best parts of Gleason's idea are still here, notably the conflict between Victoria's supernatural destiny and her highly ordered, extremely proper public life and position, as well as the interactions between the female characters who are all strong willed and i...more
Sarah Iles
Quarto della saga, "Il crepuscolo dei vampiri", mi ha attirato nella lettura. Devo dire che è un mix di alcuni clichè già visti in tv o letti qua e là ma la cosa che si può dire di bello all'autrice è che scrive molto bene, con dettaglio e con "movimento" direi. Non ci si stanca mai di leggere o di voler capire... come va a finire, cosa c'è dopo.

Ho trovato la traduzione in italiano ovviamente ottima ma devo dire che, e non ne capisco il motivo, c'è un uso spasmodico della parola -Egli. Quando si...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Here is a summary of events that happened at the end of The Bleeding Dusk that lead directly to what happens in When Twilight Burns.

Victoria has been bitten by the vampire Beauregard, Sebastian’s great grandfather times many times over. As she fights for her mortality with the vampires’ blood coursing throughout her veins, Sebastian and Max stand by her side, with Max ready at a moment’s notice to stake her if she turns completely. By wearing two vis bullae, she may have overcome the change to h...more
Miraphora
Saltello di qua e di là come una scimmia impazzita per la felicità!
Era ora che la Gleason si decidesse a rendere le cose più chiare, ed era ora che Max (oooooh Maaaax *_*) diventasse più reale e meno bidimensionale degli altri romanzi. Finalmente succede quello che volevo che succedesse. Finalmente Victoria si toglie le fette di salame bergamasco artigianale dagli occhi e vede, sul serio, chi ha attorno e cosa le può riservare il futuro. Si comincia a parlare di piccoli/e Victoria ed è quindi l...more
Katie(babs)
When Twilight Burns brings the action back to London, England after the last two books took place in Rome. Not only are vampires still sucking the blood and lives of unsuspecting people at night, but now there is one or perhaps more who are striking during the day, and Victoria is being framed for these crimes. Poor Victoria never gets a break. Her mentor, aunt Eustacia who was the oldest living Venator, was killed and now Victoria has no one to guide her. Victoria is adrift, trying to keep her...more
The Flooze
The compelling aspect of this series rests within the bristling action, as well as the scathing and amusing banter between Victoria and the two men she's closest to. I especially love those moments where all three characters share the same space, goading and teasing one another with alternately coy and cutting remarks. The dynamic is marvelous, and it's a thrill to witness. It makes me giddy and inspires much girlish squealing.

In When Twilight Burns, Victoria returns to London with Sebastian by...more
Blake16
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Theresa
This series grows on me with each book. It's a shame there's only 1 more, but I've discovered that there is a spinoff series.

Victoria is a facinating character. Strong, willful, intelligent and not too perfect. Her two men each are sensual in their own way, making it hard to decide between them.

I love the historical setting/time in this one. Before, during & after the coronation of George IV. The use of Queen Caroline in the story is a good touch.

The new Marquiss shows up and has to be dealt...more
Cherie
My ratings system is as follows. One star is GOOD. The book is entertaining, easy to read and you don't want to stop reading because something about the book is compelling you not to. Two stars is GREAT! This time the story is not only entertaining, but highly creative, unique, easy to read and hard to put down. Three stars is EXCELLENT. Here the book has all aspects of one and two stars, but now the book is thought and emotionally provoking. Four is AWESOME. This is the read that is not only cr...more
CriCra CriCra
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Jackie (Literary Escapism)
Overall, When Twilight Burns was a great addition to this series and now I’m upset that I have to wait until March to read more. As Shadows Fade will be released on March 3, 2009 and will be the last novel in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles. I’m really hoping that the one underlying story arc that has been magnificently played out so far (see spoiler for more details) will be concluded, because it’s obviously going to be a major part of the ending (see the As Shadows Fade description over at Gle...more
Bec
Really enjoyed this book. The whole series has been described as a cross between Pride and Prejudice and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I certainly agree with that. I've been enjoying these books, and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

The only "beef" that I have with the books is that each one ends on a cliffhanger and has the first chapter of the next book at the end of it. I find this to be most annoying, I much prefer for a story to end, and then have the option of purchasing t...more
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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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