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Birth of the Bacchae

(Immortal Relics #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  62 reviews
When the Roman god of wine and frenzies claims you as his own, things get chaotic. Fast.

Ever since archaeology student Serafina Finch found an ancient Roman amulet on a dig in Italy, she's been having dreams. Strange dreams that leave her with an eerie sense of foreboding. But between a busy college schedule and a boyfriend she's hoping to marry, she doesn't have time fo
Paperback, 316 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Tannhauser Press
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Interesting take on Vampire origins and myths

This was a good story and a new take on the origins of the Vampires and myths surrounding Vampires. It also had a good storyline as to how the original Vampire(s) changed from being created from the blood of a God to Vampires being able to create or make other Vampires. The storylines were very detailed and the writing was done well.

I was a bit disappointed in the romance aspect. I mean most Vampire books are also romance novels due to the long histor
Jessica Belmont
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alright, I was slightly skeptical with Birth of the Bacchae because we’ve been overrun with vampire fiction, and I wasn’t sure how unique this could be. Well, I am fine with admitting when I’m wrong because this truly is a unique vampire origin story. I’ve never quite read anything like this.

Stephanie Mirro has taken a topic that has been done to death and created a world I didn’t want to leave. I had trouble setting this down. A mix of romance, mystery, horror, fantasy, adventure – the pace was
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 Stars)
Title: Birth Of The Bacchae: A Vampire Origin Story
Author(s): Stephanie Mirro
Serafina Finch: Brunette, Gray Eyed
Tag(s): Contemporary, Supernatural, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Content Rating: PG-13
POV: Alternates between Heroine/Hero
Smexy Level: Subtle
Favorite Quote(s):
― “Invisible. Powerful. Immortal. We are Bacchae.”
Overall Opinion:
Immortals? Vampires? Witches? And an evil villain trying to take over the world? That my friends are th
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since I'm a sucker (no pun intended...) for vampire stories, the title of this one caught my eye on Netgalley. This is the debut of Stephanie Mirro and she choose to make the vampires the bad guys, who are actually descendants of Bacchus, ancient God of wine. So a very intriguing angle for the story and with the POV changing between Serafina (an archeology student) and Solomon (a vampire), you both get a glimpse of the dynamics within the Bacchae and the 'normal' world.
Sera finds a strange amul
Jean Grant
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first read from Ms. Mirro and quite the joy! I read a range of books: historical, contemporary, romance, mystery, and paranormal. I would classify this one as urban fantasy/paranormal. I enjoyed the story's concept, the polished writing, descriptions, the voice, and pacing. I loved that it took place in D.C. (a former stomping ground of mine). This story put a new twist on the vampire/witch genre and the author's research and plotting were quite evident. I enjoyed the alternating vie ...more
Holly Davis
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This story was chock full of solid prose, great descriptions, and relatable characters! It was a unique take on the vampire story that was refreshing and engaging! I wasn't sure if this was considered adult vs YA based on how the book read, as I usually read YA and it felt like it was for an older audience. *edit: just saw this is considered new adult which all makes sense now, lol* I still enjoyed it nonetheless! I'm usually not a big fan of f ...more
Danielle Guzman 5amzn Aivitu
this book is really fantastic
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
One book down in the #stayhomereadingrush!! Review coming soon...

Birth of the Bacchae is another one of my much overdue Netgalley ARC’s. I selected this ARC because of my love, or perhaps obsession, with vampires. What started out as an infatuation with Twilight, quickly led me down the path of Bram Stoker and Anne Rice. I couldn’t wait to jump into a new vampire tale, set in a more modern world.

The premise of this story is awesome. An archaeologist, following in her mother’s footsteps, discover
The Mother Cover Lover
So, I haven't read a vampire or Bacchae story in like forever. Perhaps I had too much overload with the Twilight rage way back when. So when I saw the Birth of the Bacchae, I was intrigued this wasn't just the run of the mill vampire and blood novel. That and I love when Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres mash.

The interesting aspect for me that Stephanie Mirro incorporated was the lore. For me, it adds a wonderful touch when authors weave it into their stories. So I do appreciate that Stephanie Mirro doe
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book one of the Immortal Relics series and starts with archaeology students and best friends Sera and Nora working on a dig in Italy. Sera ignores their dig leader about where to dig, getting a feeling she should be digging elsewhere, and uncovering an ancient Roman amulet, which looks like it has a huge ruby in the centre of it. She thinks their dig leader Chad will take the credit for her find, but he just continues to be a sleaze, hitting on her inappropriately all the time. Sera feel ...more
J Kap
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This new adult novel by Mirro starts with a slow burn that ramps up to a fervent pace before flickering out on a cliffhanger. For an urban fantasy vampire novel, this story packs a lot of historical punch. Mirro has cleverly woven telltale signs of the underlying plot all around you, but you'll have to pick at the threads slowly to understand everything that's there.

For the debut novel of an indie author, I'm quite impressed with the level of quality here. From the grammar to the printing, this
Boo Vickery
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. It grabbed a hold and sunk it's teeth deep into me, and wouldn't let go...

Mrs. Mirro is a very talented Author. I will be buying all her releases. How she weaves you into the mindset of each character and scene is breathtaking...

Bacchus, he was an interesting character. I love how he came to be and loved reading the back story of Liviana. As a woman who has never read up on Roman creations, it was very neat to read about in this book.

Serafina was an enjoyable char
Peter Buckmaster
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban
I bought this book after it came up in a reader's group, with a tag-line something like "wine, witches & immortals". Along with the title, that line hooked me, so I gave it a shot. And am pleased to say I enjoyed it!
I have to be honest and say if somebody had told me it was "urban fantasy with vampires", I would have passed on it. Gothic vampires I like; smooth-skinned modern vamps who fall in angsty love is not my thing. So I am glad I came at it from the wine & Roman history angle, as Twilight
Emé Savage
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I must really love urban fantasy because here is yet another book series that is so well done and entertaining.

Meet Sera, a graduate student who is studying to be an archaeologist like her mother who died when Sera was 10. She finds a pinecone shaped amulet at a dig in Italy. It will change her life, but not in the way she thinks. The amulet is sought by an immortal race who are the subject of lore. They want the amulet so they can make more immortals.

What I liked:
I really liked the worldbuild
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
„Curse of the Vampire“ the start of Stephanie Mirro’s new UF series “Immortal Relics” with Serafina, an archeology student, as its main character. Serafina is an academic student with a very realistic approach to events, who does not believe in the supernatural, until the supernatural itself proves her wrong. After making the find of the season, an ancient Roman amulet, she begins to have what she catalogizes as “strange dreams”, which in fact are visions about a violent ancient cult with connec ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating book! So unique on its take on vampires, immortals etc...combined with gods of old. Sera is an archaeology graduate student on a dig in Italy. She alone was digging in an area nobody else cared to dig. More fool them as she discovers the find of a lifetime. A stunning necklace with a bright red stone bigger than a quarter. If only she knew her entire world was about to change. Her love of archeology instilled by her mother who herself died on a dig years before. Not long after ...more
Angel Hatfield
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ever since archaeology student Serafina Finch found an ancient Roman amulet on a dig in Italy, she's been having dreams. Strange dreams that leave her with an eerie sense of foreboding. But between a busy college schedule and a boyfriend she's hoping to marry, she doesn't have time for strange. Then a mysterious cult takes an obsessive interest in the artifact. Serafina finds her life in chaos as she's thrown into the supernatural world, where Immortals and witches alike claim ownership of the a ...more
Ashton Abbott
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book not only rewrites the origins of vampires, it touches base on several genres to form a novel that will have you on the edge of your seat and reaching for the wine!

I loved the use of mythology and mystery in this book! The writer keeps you guessing and alert the entire time while weaving a tale so descriptive that you can feel the Italian sun on your shoulders.

Archaeology has always appealed to me so I was swept up by the dig site descriptions and how much these people go through for ea
Jessica Rodrigues
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(I've read roughly 47 million vampire novels, and I can honestly say that this is the first time I have read this particular origin story -- so 47 million points to Gryffindor for that.)

In this universe, vampires are the creations of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and madness, made to be his companions. However, they have gone astray from his ways and become violent predators, betraying their creator. When Serafina discovers an ancient Bacchic relic on an archaeological dig, she sets of a chain
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
If you didn't know, I am trash for a good vampire story. I read the description of this story and found the idea of vampires being connected to the god Bacchus to be a cool take on it. I dowloaded the book and was not disappointed. 

I liked the connection of the vampire element with different mythologies. In this story, it was mainly based on the Roman mythology, with Bacchus being the main focus. Our main character, Sera, his an anthropologist, which I loved since I have a degree in anthropology
Rachel Green
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Birth of the Bacchae came to me by way of r/FreeEBOOKS and what grabbed me right away was the tagline:

When the Roman god of wine and frenzies claims you as his own, things get chaotic. Fast.

Okay, so I'm definitely getting some Percy Jackson vibes from the jump but there's witches and vampires in this, too? I was concerned that there might be too much going on with having all these elements in one universe but Mirro did some phenomenal world-building to make all the pieces fit. Almost everyth
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never read this author until this book, but I think I have found a new favorite (to add to all the others LOL!). I have been a little put off recently with vampire books, but I am always willing to read one. This book was a very interesting take on the vampire myth. Not only was the writing fantastic, the plot line, the characters, and the way the writer made the book so engaging are aspects you really need to read. I was drawn in almost from the first page, and I enjoyed every single mom ...more
Erica Rue
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This story was so much fun. I'm a slow reader, but Mirro's writing style flows so well that I breezed through the novel in a couple of days. I enjoyed the mystery of the amulet, and the friendship between the protagonist Sera and her best friend added a lot to the story.

It's a classical twist on vampire stories, and at the end, I was eager to keep reading. There's a cool reveal that I won't spoil that sets up the se
Caroline Doig
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serafina is on an archeological dig in Italy where she is pulled to a site and finds a ruby necklace it’s whispering to her she doesn’t want to let it go but she has to when the necklace is put in the safe, Serafina feels it’s pull until that night she has a strange dream about two girls. Little does Serafina know that her whole life will change because of that necklace and there are vampires that want the necklace for themselves. There is so much going on in this story but I’m not going to get ...more
Heather Venkat
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.** This is a solid debut by Stephanie Mirro! I enjoyed the way Mirro kept me intrigued and thrown into the adventure alongside Sera. She does a great job of describing the scenes without bogging the reader down with unnecessary details. I am glad that I won't have to wait too long to find out what happens next in Book Two! If you're a fan of or interested in trying new adult, urban fantasy, and/or vampire-related stories, check out Birth of th ...more
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story. It was interesting and had a mystery or two weaved into the paranormal that kept me guessing. I enjoyed how everything ended up connecting to each other and I loved the characters. The good and bad guys were all well written and easy to like and hate. Plus it was so easy to picture the characters and what was going on at any given time. The story was well written and just sucked me in as I had to see what was going to happen next. Just a fun read. Loved the Roman feel and the ...more
Jennifer Layne
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read from this author and I did quite enjoy it! I read a small range of books: contemporary romance, mystery, and paranormal. I would classify this one as urban fantasy or maybe paranormal fiction.

I enjoyed the story's concept, it was a refreshing twist on the Vampire / Witch genre. The polished writing, descriptions, the voice, and pacing and the author's research and plotting were quite evident.

It was a good read!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am vol
Linda K.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised by how I got "sucked" into this book (pun intended)! I have to be honest, this is not a genre I usually read but, once I started I, I couldn't put it down. I reached a part in the book when I had to know what happened - even if it meant staying up late and reading into the morning. I was very satisfied with the result of book one and can't wait to "sink my teeth" into book two!! Great read and well worth your time.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first vampire novel and certainly not my last! I was hooked from the beginning. Seamless writing flowed from current times to past events and dreams all while switching back and forth from a human's and a vampire's prospective of the events. I loved the way vampire history/origin was sprinkled throughout the book allowing readers to continue to learn as they read. I wont say anything to give away the ending, but WOW. I cannot wait till the next book to follow these characters more.
Kimmy Jung
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I LOOOOOOOVED this book! I can not believe I have been missing out on all this goodness. I am down for this series. I can not wait for the next 2 books to come out! If you have not read this book you definitely should! I am excited to see how this series pans out. Thank you Stephanie Mirro for giving us your wonderful book baby!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Stephanie Mirro is an Amazon Charts bestselling author with a lifelong love of ancient mythology. That love led to majoring in the Classics in college, which wasn't quite as much fun as writing her own mythology stories as she did as a child. But an overactive imagination combined with her education and being an avid fantasy reader, resulted in a writing career.

Starting her days with coffee and en

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