Christmas wouldn’t be the same for me without our annual viewing of the 1951 film adaptation of Charles Dickens‘ classic novella A Christmas Carol. I am particular to the version featuring Alastair Sim eschewing the colorized version for the original B/W, but I digress, A Vampire’s Christmas Carol caught my attention. Though I never questioned Scrooge McDuck, the idea of this iconic character portrayed as a vampire gave me pause. I was intrigued enough that I had to read it and quite frankly my expectations were low, Cynthia Eden surpassed them and then some.
Ben Prescott hates Christmas–he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows. Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey.
Three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can’t be saved by anyone or anything.
‘Tis hard to be in the spirit of Christmas particularly when it is the anniversary of the loss of the woman you loved and the end of your life as a human. Ben (get it, EBENeezer) is teetering on the edge of losing his soul entirely not that he cares over much but the powers that be are not prepared to let him cross over without a fight and so begins the battle to prove to this vampire that Christmas is the season for miracles.
There was something apropos about a vampire as the cynical hardened character made famous by Dickens. Until recently I was pretty much over the whole vampire thing, “been there, done that, got the t-shirt” but Cynthia Eden in A Vampire’s Christmas Carol has managed to take a trope that has been so done it is practically a cliche and reinterpret a classic inventively while preserving the integrity of the original plot something I have found authors of classic variations often bungle. If you looking for a quick holiday read with bite this is the story for you.
AUTHOR: Cynthia Eden
RATING: 3 1/2 Stars
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review.
- A Vampires Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden Book Blitz (vampyandracey.com)
- *Release Day Blitz* + Excerpt: A Vampire’s Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden (bookloverslaceycat.wordpress.com)