Some call them “tramps.” In Greek, they are called vrykolakas, or “vryks,” which sometimes gets translated to “freaks.” They are the vampires of Athens, created centuries ago by the Maenads. They live in caves beneath the acropolis, without economic resources and according to rules imposed on them by the Olympians. They are forbidden from turning humans into vampires, which happens when all of the blood is drained; however, they are allowed to drink from a willing mortal. Some mortals are willing because a vampire bite will infect the body for six hours, and, during that time, the mortal has the powers of flight, invisibility, strength, speed, x-ray vision, and mind control. Such great power can become irresistible, though dangerous and addicting to mortals.
As seventeen-year-old Gertie, studying abroad from New York, uncovers the unfathomable secrets of this ancient city, she unwittingly becomes a catalyst in an uprising led by Dionysus, the god of wine and lord of the vampires.
Interesting mix of Greek mythology in Vampire lore.
Gertie was forced into studying a year abroad by her parents used to Posh living, so it is definitely a culture shock when she finds herself sharing a room with her host families daughter as well as the roaches that tend to run around.
It it doesn't take her long to realize that the family is keeping secrets as are many of the people she meets. Uncovering no secrets though will change everything for her.
The storyline is interesting the Mythology and the Paranormals aspect were well explained and well written. They blended well together making a cohesive story.
I do wish the characters would have had a little bit more depth to them. Gertie in particular seems like she should have been a lot smarter than she was and ended up coming off as far more immature then I would have liked.
Overall an interesting read and I'm excited to see where things go with this series!
Eva Pohler is the Amazon bestselling author of The Mystery Book Collection and four series for young adults: The Gatekeeper's Saga, The Gatekeeper’s Saga Spin-Off Series, The Purgatorium Series, and The Vampires of Athens. Her books have been described as "thrilling" and "addictive." A Kirkus reviewer said of The Gatekeeper's Sons that it was "sure to thrill Hunger Games fans."
A reader herself, Eva writes in multiple genres, but all of her stories blur the line between reality and fantasy, truth and delusion, and draw from Eva's personal philosophy that a reader must be lured and abducted into complete captivity in order to enjoy the reading experience.