Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade Book Review

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Vampire Girl

by Karpov Kinrade

Published by Daring Books

Book #1 in the Vampire Girl series

Amazon top 100 bestseller Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Fantasy "Action and mystery and the feels!! Wow!" - Happy ★★★★★ "Phenomenal and lively." - Sabrina ★★★★★ You think it's safe to walk alone at night. It's not. You think the only threat is other humans. It's not. Monsters are real. Demons are real. Vampires are real. And I'm about to become one of them. My name is Arianna Spero. I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until my mother lapsed into a coma. Now, I am her only hope. She made a deal with the devil, and on my 18th birthday he came to collect. But there's a way to save her. There's something the princes of hell want more than my mother. Me. So I signed my soul away and promised to pick a prince to marry. I would take the blood oath, become one of them, and give them an heir. I would become a princess of hell, and my mother would live. I expected fire and brimstone. I expected pain and misery. I didn't expect beauty. I didn't expect magic. I didn't expect love. But the princes are keeping secrets from me. Secrets that could shatter everything.


Fantasy Feel Good

Romance Exciting

Vampire Girl is the first book in the Vampire Girl series, and is written mostly in Arianna Spero's point-of-view, with a few chapters, and the epilogue, written from Fenris Vane's point-of-view. I was first introduced to this story through the interactive stories app, Chapters. I am so happy that I did, because if I came across this book at a store, I would have passed over it for the awful title and cover alone. Once I started playing through the story on the app though, I became hooked!

Vampire girl's story starts when Arianna Spero (called Ari), finds her mother unconscience, and close to death, the morning after the 18th birthday. After finding out her mother was in a coma, and didn't have much time left, a handsome man named Asher comes to her, and tells her that her mother made a deal with a demon (his father, the King of "Hell") to bring back her child (Ari). In payment, after Ari had reached adulthood, her soul would be his, and Ari would be taken to Hell, where she would need to choose one of his sons (each cursed with one of the deadly sins), to marry, and to rule. By Ari agreeing, and fulfilling her part of the contract, she in turn would save her mothers soul. She is to spend one month with each prince before making her decision. In this book, she stays with Fenris Vane, Prince of War, and the only Prince who doesn't want to be King. After a few weeks of getting to know one another, Fenris teaching her how to fight, learning blacksmithing from Kayla, the Prince's half-sister, and learning everything she can about the laws and customs of Inferna (the true name of Hell), she quickly falls in love with him, and he reluctantly falls in love with her. We are left with a cliffhanger, when after invading Fae attack Fen's Kingdom, Ari is taken to an unknown part of the world, where the Fae live, and is told she is one of them, and is in fact a Royal fae. On top of that, she finds out King Lucien is still alive, despite his sons believing he is dead ... all but one son ... Asher, who appears to have been deceiving everyone the entire time. The epilogue shows us Fen waking up after Ari's kidnapping, hellbent on finding the woman he loves and swore to protect.

This is the first book I have ever read where demons were "the good guys". Or mostly good guys. And the first time I had encounter a demon and vampire being the same thing. I really liked the premise. While reading the summery it sounds outlandish ... and some parts, it kind of it, I liked it! Vampire Girl is a very unique story. The setting of the story was kind of brilliant, making "Hell" not the fire and brimstone we picture, but this beautiful, picturesque, alternate dimension.

We only truly get good looks at two of the princes, The Prince of War, Fenris Vane, Ari's first host, and the man she falls in love with, and Asher, The Prince of Pride, who is the one who escorts Ari into Inferna. We see a bit of the other princes. Liam, Prince of Envy seems the most monstrous. Dean, Prince of Lust, seems ... well, "lusty". Zeb, Prince of Gluttony seems okay. Ace, Prince of Sloth seems interesting, mostly because he doesn't seem lazy at all, and is rather kind. Asher is a fun character to read, as he is quite insightful, and smart, but his sin of pride gets in the way when it comes to beauty vs. practicality. He seems to be one of the voices of logic in the group of brothers though, and despite the cliffhanger in the end showing that he was deceitful, he has always been kind to Ari. Fenris is one of those prickly men I tend to fawn over in books. His sin may be war, and he is an amazing fighting and leader, but he is also tender and kind, and those are the qualities that Ari is drawn to. He doesn't treat her as an inferior. He teachers her to fight. And while he doesn't believe anything can be done about slavery in Inferna (captured Fae are either executed or enslaved), he doesn't stop Ari from researching the laws surrounding it, and trying to find ways to pay those who were given to her. He does nothing but treat her with respect, and I really appreciate that, especially when they could have gotten away with making him a jerk, seeing as he is a demon.