Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rachmaninoff


Title: Rachmaninoff
Author: S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Publisher URL: http://stormmoonpress.com/
ISBN: 978-09827008-4-6
Genre: {M/M}, Vampire
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Date of Publication: December 1, 2010

Aric is a musical prodigy. He is also ill mannered and becoming more difficult for his parents to control. His parents hope that forcing him to spend the next year in a remote area of Serbia with Nikola, a renowned master and tutor, will straighten him out.

The authors of Rachmaninoff have done an excellent job mixing the old world vampire with the modern one readers have become familiar with. Nikola was made a vampire during the 1500's and since he was made against his will, he has become more or less a recluse. Trying to keep as much of his humanity as possible, he clings to old world values and manners. Nikola’s actions and desires become understandable, once the reader learns just how and why Nikola was made.

Aric is the complete opposite of Nikola. A modern day teenager, he knows just what he wants and could care less what any authority figure might have to say about it. While it is obvious that Aric needs to be taken down a peg or two, his actions are also believable once the reader learns more about his family life. Seeing these two clash will leave you wondering just how the authors ever plan to bring them together.

Both characters have a lot to learn about themselves and each other. This time of learning is not an easy one for either of them, and at times, I wanted to pop one or both on the head for their actions. Rachmaninoff spans a period of several years, and is at times dark and intense; yet watching Aric and Nikola find their way will keep you turning the pages. I was happy with the way the authors wrapped up the story and will more than likely read it again.

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