Vampire Addiction (The Vampires of Athens – 1) by Eva Pohler
Some call them “tramps.” In Greek, they are called vrykolakas, or “vryks,” which sometimes gets translated to “freaks.” They are the vampires of Athens, created centuries ago by the Maenads. They live in caves beneath the acropolis, without economic resources and according to rules imposed on them by the Olympians. They are forbidden from turning humans into vampires, which happens when all of the blood is drained; however, they are allowed to drink from a willing mortal. Some mortals are willing because a vampire bite will infect the body for six hours, and, during that time, the mortal has the powers of flight, invisibility, strength, speed, x-ray vision, and mind control. Such great power can become irresistible, though dangerous and addicting to mortals.
As seventeen-year-old Gertie, studying abroad from New York, uncovers the unfathomable secrets of this ancient city, she unwittingly becomes a catalyst in an uprising led by Dionysus, the god of wine and lord of the vampires.
Eva Pohler is the Amazon bestselling author of The Mystery Book Collection and four series for young adults: The Gatekeeper’s Saga, The Gatekeeper’s Saga Spin-Off Series, The Purgatorium Series, and The Vampires of Athens. Her books have been described as “thrilling” and “addictive.” A Kirkus reviewer said of The Gatekeeper’s Sons that it was “sure to thrill Hunger Games fans.”
A reader herself, Eva writes in multiple genres, but all of her stories blur the line between reality and fantasy, truth and delusion, and draw from Eva’s personal philosophy that a reader must be lured and abducted into complete captivity in order to enjoy the reading experience.
To learn more about Eva, visit her website.
Gertie is a junior in high school and her parents send her to Athens to be an exchange student. At first she is against this plan but as she gets to Athens she starts loving it. Her loving exchange family is trying to protect her from the vampires but that is not going to happen when she meets Jeno, a vampire. We learns the history of the vampires which is mixed up with the Greek Gods.
Gertie gets swept up with the vampires and the humans that are addicted to the after effects of vampire bites. As she finds herself deeper into this world she becomes part of the uprising lead by Dionysus, the god of wine and lord of the vampires.
I really enjoyed this story. I will admit that Gertie could test my patience. I understand how she would rather live in her books but I also agree that she needs to get out in the world. You can tell that she has not had a lot of worldly experience by her decisions. She became a touch obsessed with vampires and getting herself in more trouble trying to help.
Having said that I loved the setting and the mythology behind the vampires. This is a great change from the standard explanations. I did like Vampire Addiction and will be looking out for Vampire Affliction.
I received Vampire Addiction for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.