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

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,826 Ratings  ·  510 Reviews
Beneath the glitter of dazzling nineteenth century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil…

Vampires have always lived among them, quietly attacking unsuspecting debutantes and dandified lords as well as hackney drivers and Bond Street milliners. If not for the vampire slayers of the Gardella family, these immortal creatures would have long ago taken control of the world.
ebook, 368 pages
Published January 2nd 2007 by Signet Book
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Tammy Reed I wouldn't consider this read for the younger generation. Young adult readers should enjoy.
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Ben Alderson
Mar 14, 2015 Ben Alderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨

So this is about a family of vampire slayers who live in the Regency period - where the females had the long gloves with very short sleeves and their boobs out and hair put up with curls (and tons of hair product, whatever they used in those days).

Victoria is 19 and the biggest stress in her life to date is whether her dance card gets filled up at her debut until she has strange dreams and finds out she has been selected to be the next family slayer in a long line of slayers spanning generation
Jun 24, 2015 new_user rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 21, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Milda Page Runner
Light girly and fluffy but entertaining enough to blitz through the series in a few weeks. Due to Victorian setting and comedy element reminds a bit of Soulless but admittedly not as sophisticated and funny.
Weaknesses: YA level writing - too simplified and naïve at times, and character depth. (gets better later in the series)
Strengths: fast moving engaging plot, good balance of action-adventure vs romance, comedy element, well done fight scenes.
I wouldn’t look for original ideas or any deep tho
Cathy (cathepsut)
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, meets Jane Austen. A lot of frocks, debutantes and dance cards mingle with the undead. Funny, entertaining, a little off the well beaten track of the usual vampire romance lit. Nice, even with some drama strewn in. There are different types of vampires. Your run-of-the-mill recently undead, the older Guardians and the very old and scary Imperials. The silly bit about it - you can tell the difference by the colour of their eyes. But otherwise a good read.
May 24, 2015 JAIME rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Hmmmmm. This is another instance of 'I hate the protagonist, but the story is quite good'.

Do with that what you will.
Victoria Gardella Grantworth is called on the eve of her debut to Londons society to accept her family legacy to be a vampire hunter, a so-called Venator. Mentored and trained by her old aunt Eustacia shes 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 Ro ...more
Apr 13, 2010 Zeek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2009 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather *live on coffee and flowers*
Jan 03, 2016 Heather *live on coffee and flowers* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather *live on coffee and flowers* by: Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
January is vampire month for me and Karly.

I love vampires, but a vampire-hunting debutante and a Jane Austen-era setting had me doubtful at first. I hate "chosen ones" even more than insta-love and I one-starred Pride and Prejudice. However, this freebie quickly sucked me in and it turned out to be quite an enjoyable read!

For a while there didn't seem to be much of a plot—just Victoria going to fancy events and making excuses to leave early so she could stake vampires, all the while trying to re
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
Sep 10, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
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
The Flooze
Dec 19, 2009 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sometimes I think maybe I shouldn't rate books. Or at least some books. This is maybe more of a two, but I'll read more, so I guess three.

The worldbuilding in this isn't bad (not terribly original, but I generally don't care about that in this genre), but the process of worldbuilding isn't good. It's all, "Okay, you're the Chosen One. Moving on . . ." except you actually don't even get the scene where she finds out she's the Chosen One. That's all exposition.

Which, in a way, is what makes me loo
So this was my read for 'in-between-work' and I rather enjoyed it, but there are also a few things I thought could have used a little more convincing as for the emotional part. This occured more in the middle Part of the book, but I thought some of Victorias feelings felt rather rash and more like a crush than really the deep feeling of love the reader is supposed to believe she feels. So although she is supposed to be a kickass female character (which she is partly) I felt like her emotional st ...more
May 21, 2015 Lorna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few days ago I found this book, and it immediately jumped ahead of all the other books I have waiting. I had never even heard of this series, or this author, and since it's a best selling series, that was kind of different for me. Reason? Because I really wish I had heard of this series before! It was just so, so good.

Victoria Gardella is a member of the ton, otherwise known as the high society of London. It's the time of Jane Austin, she's nineteen, and is getting read for her debut. She begi
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
Sep 05, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the eve of her debut to society, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is told by her Aunt Eustacia that vampires exist. She is also informed that she is a Venator, a person who has inherited the ability to slay these vampires. At the ball, Victoria is busy both hunting her first vampire and hunting a husband. Just when the Marquess of Rockley shows interest in her, she must make her excuses and rescue a damsel in distress. As Victoria and another Venator, Max, work with Aunt Eustacia, they find that ...more
Kristen Burns
3.5 Stars

Full Review:
First off, a warning—my comments in this review on how this book made me feel could have you predicting certain outcomes, but I’m not actually going to discuss the plot , and there are still numerous possible outcomes. So no actual spoilers, but I went into the book pretty blind and felt it would be unfair to not allow everyone else the same chance.

I’m actually finding it hard to write this review though. The thing is, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million times agai
Blodeuedd Finland
My first question would be..was this YA? It really felt like YA for some reason. No one is calling it that YA. And it was not cos she was young, it's not like she can be a 30 year old debutante. It was just this feeling, that then got weird when she wanted more.

SO she is told she can't take lovers or marry. Ahem..plothole?`Where on earth does all the babies come from? But oh the ones that do not want the legace go on to have babies..hello! No, because there can't be any babies wh
Nov 17, 2014 Tarra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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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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
Jun 18, 2008 Celly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-romance
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
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Apr 09, 2011 Crystal ♥ RBtWBC rated it it was amazing
Series Review:

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
CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause somethin' don't feel right

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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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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