Dark Diary by P. Anastasia

Title: Dark Diary

Author: P. Anastasia

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Worlds collide when a young woman with a dark past encounters a young man with an even darker one. More human than vampire, Dark Diary is a quaint, sophisticated romance detailing the accounts of two lovers who have paid the ultimate price… 

Forbidden romance in the vein of classics like Wuthering Heights, frosted with the seductive allure of the original Dark Shadows, Dark Diary documents a pair torn apart by time. The story is told by a 400-year-old immortal and a 21-year-old modern-day artist.

He’s haunted by guilt over the passing of a friend and lover–the daughter of an English Baron in 17th century Ireland.

She’s tormented nightly by visions of her own untimely death. Together, they find solace by sharing secrets beneath the light of the moon.

From the author of the Fluorescence Series, this timeless, genre-crossing love story with supernatural undertones, will capture your heart and never let go.

Review:

Dark Diary is one of those special novels that takes two different genres and bends them together to create a completely original story.  It is both a dark fantasy/horror novel as well as a romance, and it couldn’t be a more perfect fit for me.

The premise of the novel involves a vampiric love story, but it is filled with tragedy and dark emotions that immediately draw you in.  Many times I find that these vampire novels are overdone, but that is not the case with Dark Diary.  It is one of a kind novel that brings out the horrific nature of the vampire as well as a romance that will become trapped in your heart and stay with you forever.

P. Anastasia writes with a hand similar to classic authors such as Jane Austen.  Her detailing is not overdone, but it does draw you into the story and let you experience it for yourself without forcing you to see the plot or characters a certain way.  She presents vampires in a way that separates them from humans to show that even though they do come from humans, they are an entirely different species. Her simple descriptions for this are remarkable, and they demonstrate the pain of dying and the human condition within a creature that has escaped humanity altogether.

“In all art, there is passion,” he clarified, pressing the lid of the box closed.  “And there is no passion in what we are.”  

Overall, Dark Diary is clearly a hidden gem of the literary world and it needs to be read.  If you are a horror fan or a romance fan, you will love this book.  It is a breath of fresh air.

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