Saturday, June 21, 2014

Birth of the Vampire by Gayla Twist (The Vanderlind Realm Book #1)

Birth of the Vampire
by Gayla Twist

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Vanderlind Realm - Book 1
Publication Date: May 25, 2014
Publisher: Self published
ISBN-13: 9781499647488
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Print Length: 156 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Dorian is a vampire who doesn’t believe in love. Haley is a human who doesn’t believe in vampires.

At seventeen, Haley Scott’s life is pretty miserable. She lives with her uncle in a small town where she has absolutely no friends and barely any social life. Haley knows for a fact that there are very few people on the planet who care if she lives or dies.

Dorian Vanderlind is a vampire with a past he’s reluctant to face. He visits his cousin as a favor, only to find himself entangled in the enticements of the mortal world.

What happens when these two are thrown together in the most complicated of circumstances? Find out in Birth of the Vampire ~ Book 1 in The Vanderlind Realm. 

Birth of the Vampire (The Vanderlind Realm Book 1)My Review
Birth of the Vampire by Gayla Twist
My Rating:  4 Stars

Do you believe in vampires? Do you believe in love? When a lonely teen who has lived a troubled life lay dying after a car wreck, a troubled vampire, intrigued by this girl makes the decision to save her by turning her. Haley has lived a sad life, with no one to trust or believe in, she is old beyond her years and catches the attention of the handsome Dorian Vanderlind when she asserts her theories on vampires and immortality. Both Haley and Dorian will discover that their new bond isn’t exactly what they imagined. For Haley, she discovers that vampires do exist and for Dorian, well, he is learning that NO ONE is prepared to be a maker to a teenager!

Gayla Twist’s Birth of the Vampire is her own special “twist” on YA paranormal fantasy. Light on the romance, as in non-existent between her two main characters, she has brilliantly allowed us into the minds and hearts of both Haley and Dorian as we see events unfold through their unique perspectives. The dialogue and attitudes of these two could not be more polar opposite and the humorous moments this causes just adds more flesh to this tale. Ms. Twist writes with a crisp voice and her POV changes are perfectly executed. Imagine, getting your dose of teen attitude in a vampire, now that’s realism in a fantasy world! As this series continues, it should be fascinating how these two deal with each other in the future!

I received a review copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Lovely review!! I really love the layout of the story, will need to add this one to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Thank you Renee! I think you'll like the slightly different "flavor" to this book!