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Dark Heirloom

(Ema Marx #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  600 ratings  ·  134 reviews
"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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published July 25th 2015 by NightMare Publishing (first published March 1st 2012)
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All up I found this one fairly annoying. The main character isn't too bad, and there's a fair amount of creatively worked circumstances. The fact was it dragged on too long in too many places with information overload, that wasn't truly necessary. This bogged down the story big time. Hence my skimming.

I didn't enjoy this enough to consider going on to the next novel.
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ema goes from being a woman cheated on by her boyfriend to having a scary guy try to kill her in an alley. Even though Ema escapes her life goes downhill from there. After being tracked down by scary guy Ema wakes up in Finland of all places. The worst part isn’t waking thousands of miles from home it’s being told she’s now a vampire. Ema can’t return to Chicago, her mother, or find closure with her ex-lover, Anthony. What does she do now?

Ema Marx is an ordinary woman thrust into extraordinary c
ugh...I had good expectations for this one but just seemed to be lacking in too many areas. the romance was basically non-existent. the storyline pretty vague and never really pulled me in. the characters seemed one dimensional. I doubt this will be a series I continue.
Ernie Jr.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires-etc
First let me say I did enjoy this read. My wife (who ironically won't watch zombie or gore An Incovenient Truth) got me into vampire books more heavily than my casual enjoyment of the Vampire Hunter D animes. They are entertaining for their part, though I'm definitely more of an epic fantasy reader.

The Good

J.D. has a good handle on the technical writing. The story is first person from just a few main characters' points of view. She physically structures her prose to match the story
Oct 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was a waste of my time the h/ was TSTL the author had a serious effort habit of info dumping throughout the book.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I really did enjoy the story, but there are some things that could be improved in future works that I'd like to point out.

What I did really enjoy was the sense of place and world building. Also the narration was excellent.

What needs to be worked on:
-Character development. They seemed a little flat. And some things they did were absurd for their characters.
-The ending. Too many weird twists popped up in the end. I do like twists, but these seemed to not really connect with the main story.

Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
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2.5 stars

At a Glance
Dark Heirloom was exciting from the beginning then it lagged for the majority of the book and picked up a little at the end. This book had potential that it didn't quite reach.

The Good
Ema is mysteriously turned into a vampire. She is taken far away from her life and pretty much held prisoner for reasons unknown. The master of the house hates her but the brother is nice. The brother, Jesu, starts to teach Ema how to enhance her new
Carole Ingram
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable YA story. Ema becomes a vampire and does not know how it happened. Nice touches of genetics, geneology and history along with vampire lore.
The characters need more development and I am hoping to see this in the next novel
With complicated characters, a “How did I become a Vampire” mystery, a few personality conflicts, some “budding romance” moments and a demon entity living within his vampire son’s mind, one would think that being held captive upon finding out you are now a vampire would be a little overwhelming, but Ema is no shrinking violet! So what if she gags at the thought of drinking blood, that is, until she gets a bag or two in her hands. I also wouldn’t call the main character, Ema a completely adorable ...more
Denise Campbell
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a freebie I picked up on instafreebie. I went into this series with no expectations and was pleased at how good it was. It is the story of Ema Marx and how she went from being a human to finding out she was actually born a vampyre. We see what she goes through as she discovers her powers and hear the prophecy of her future. I am looking forward to the next book.
Dark Heirloom is your standard Vampire book. Now I should preface this with the statement that I really enjoy vampire books. The only reason I said this one is standard is because it stays pretty close to the typical vampire lores. Now I did really like the explanation of the different clans and the description of the evolution of the creatures. I especially enjoyed learning about the various powers and abilities the vampire clans have.

Ema is a very strong willed character. I liked her a lot. B
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a good beginning to the Ema Marx series!
It's an interesting twist to the same old vampire story.
The characters are well developed. We easily fall in love with the lovable characters and instantly hate the villains.
Ema was being chased by supernaturals all of a sudden wakes up as a vampire and has no idea what happened.
She is brought to a castle by the person she is sure wants her dead. But why?
There she meets Jesu and he instantly takes to her and begins to rest her to see what kind
Paranormal Books R Us
I absolutely loved this book! It grabs you from the very first page and sweeps you through to the end. I had a hard time breaking myself away from the story to do that pesky sleeping and working thing, and could have easily read it through in one sitting. J.D. has invented a intriguing vampire history and it certainly made me think of gypsies in an entirely new way. I adored her characters and with the open ending I'm thrilled to know there will be a second book so that I can delve a little deep ...more
Paranormal Books R Us
I absolutely loved this book! It grabs you from the very first page and sweeps you through to the end. I had a hard time breaking myself away from the story to do that pesky sleeping and working thing, and could have easily read it through in one sitting. J.D. has invented a intriguing vampire history and it certainly made me think of gypsies in an entirely new way. I adored her characters and with the open ending I'm thrilled to know there will be a second book so that I can delve a little deep ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is surprisingly very good and well put together. The author touches on things that most authors in this genre forget about and really gets you thinking on how it feels to be in each character's shoes. This book also touches on theories that I've contemplated before about origins of the race. I highly recommend to any new coming readers looking for a refreshing new take on on vampires.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
My notes and highlighted section pretty much sums up how I felt about this book.

Not to be read if you have been a victim of sexual assault, because the author likes to write about it (not graphically, because she passes out), and then have the main character literally say it was “my fault” and actually be cool with waking up without pants/underwear on.
She’s really quite nonchalant about it to be honest. Since were reading it from inside her head, I could understand if she was acting that way i
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was over the top good. It has depicted the next phase of this series where Apolliyon is supposedly dead. But not all evil dies in a traditional way, and now Jalmari and Jesu are grown men dealing with their own secrets where Ema is concerned. Jesu saw her in a premonition that meant the destruction of his father and Jalmari, but how can that be when his father is already dead. Twists and suspense are strong factors in this story and once again gives you a completely different outlook o ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
The writing was good enough, but the story went on and on. I think this author needs an editor. Worse, the main character is not someone you can easily like. She selfish, clueless, and scared throughout the novel. I never really liked her. I don't see the point of reading any more of this series.

The heroine, Ema, was attacked by a vampire, but not bitten, and then she turned into a vampire anyway. WEIRD, even from the vampire's perspective. Someone tells the vampire to keep her alive, and he has
Liz  Christensen
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A vampire story with a refreshing, old-fashioned, classic twist.

This is not your modern vampire tale. Ema, the main character, is turned into a vampire against her will but doesn't instantly become some sexy, kick-butt, powerful vamp. For quite some time she can't get a grip on what has happened to her or why, or even where she is. As the story progresses, she slowly comes into her own and her character begins to develop into one that grabs you and doesn't let go just because the book ends.

Jennifer Holzapfel
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First off, I have to say I love this book. It is so descriptive, you can actually feel yourself in the middle of it all. It is written by multiple points of view. Ema Marx is a woman who was nearly murdered by vampyres twice in 24 hours. She is swept up from Chicago and ends up in Europe with vampyres and vampires. They want to know who sired her before they kill her, but she has never been bitten. They kill all Romani offspring they find, but she is not killed on orders of Jalmari, who is posse ...more
Brandi Williams
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
J.D. Brown pulls you right in from page 1 with Ema being assaulted in an alley not once but twice back to back days. Then she wakes up in another country! All in the first chapter!

So Ema becomes a Vampire and no one knows which clan she is from. Which I like that there are different clans of vampires and vampyres. Never known of a difference. I feel so bad for Jalmari with Apollyon in his head giving him commands that has to be followed weather Jalmari wants to or not. It gets sketchy in one sce
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Dark Heirloom (An Ema Marx Novel, #1)
J.D. Brown
*Disclaimer I received this book as an ARC. This review is my own words and feelings about this book*
This book was a faced paced entertaining story with vampires a little different then the ordinary. That is what I liked best about this supernatural storyline. It was slightly different. Very entertaining and makes you want to read what happens next. It’s not all love and hero’s save the day. It was real, and gritty and not just sunshine and rainbows
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Could not put down

I can't wait to see what happens next. Ema thinks is is just a girl from Chicago only to find out she is the descendant of a evil Vampyre named Apollyon . She first meets his son Jalmari and the his son Jesu. What comes next is a great story . That has a whole new twist on Vampires and history . I can't wait to get my hands on the next one to see where it will take me. Loved it.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book by J.D. Brown! I loved Ema! With everything that happened to Ema, being hunted to waking up in a whole new world learning of a life she never new existed. I was in the edge of my seat through the whole book. I absolutely love vampire books. And J.D. Brown certainly delivered with this story. I can’t wait to see what happens with Ema, Jesu, and Jalmari! Reviewed by a Nerd Girl.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this book. This is the first book in the Ema Marx series. This book was really different from any paranormal book I have read before and I really enjoyed getting to enter this world. This book was really easy to read and I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see what happens.
Cristine Hand
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was absolutely intriguing. Ema Marx is an incredible character. the book kept me wanting more. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to read what's going to happen next. Absolutely loved it. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
This was the first I have read of this author, and I have already one-clicked the 2nd book. I literally couldn't put it down! The characters are great and the author did a great job with the lore and world building. Plenty of twists, a little action and some secrets revealed.
Pat W
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow I was thrilled to have read this. The characters were great and how the mystery surrounds them. I was gripped from the start and couldn't put the kindle down. I wonder what will happen next, I cannot wait to find out. I was given this book as an arc for a honest review
Tara Choyce
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a refreshing look at a world I thought I knew fairly well. There were aspects in it that were classic vampire that has been done a thousand time but then there were the bits that came out of nowhere and managed to stun me. Loved it and will recommend to other vampire loving friends.
Leona Randolph
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great and chilling book.

I love it from the beginning to the end. It was one of the best books I ever read. It had me like excited and intrigued. And I can't wait to read the next book. Judging from this book I can already say I will be well satisfied.
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