Dark gothic Nadija’s life’s going nowhere at the beginning of Rebekah Armusik’s Memoirs of a Gothic Soul. Dija's friend’s addicted to drugs. Her ex-boyfriend’s abusive. Her family doesn’t understand her. And she’s still living at home as she studies in college. But she has a dream (of a handsome young man), a quest (to write a thesis on vampires) and a destination—the hope of staying with relatives in Prague. She also has a destiny, as the rest of this novel reveals. Told in first person, the novel often reads like a diary, filled with a young woman’s heart-searching and angst. Some odd word choices reflect the character’s youthful enthusiasms as she stands “statuequely,” recognizes another character’s lifestyle as “nearly stereotypical,” and bemoans having been “murdered emotionally several times in my pathetic life.” The Slavic and Austrian foods have me longing to taste. The evil boyfriend gets away with far too much. And evocative dreams promise hope—which is what Dija’s name means in Russian. The story takes off when Dija finally goes to a club in Prague. An interesting blend of vampire and creation mythology binds Dija’s present to the past, adding magic and power—a dangerous combination for an almost average American Goth. Can a young women truly be promised to an ageless ancient? Can a young-ish vampire wait? And what will happen next? First in a series of 13 novels, Memoirs is a fairly slow read with some complex ideas, occasional soaring descriptions offset with occasional typos, and teen angst offset with the promise of vampire romance. It will be interesting to see where the series goes and just how far Dija’s burgeoning magic might grow.
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Gothic Beauty Magazine Memoirsis the beginning installment of what promises to become an apocalyptic series: a string of torments, sultry characters and vicious bloodshed, unanimously pooled together with one undying motivation, one underlying, bold promise. And that word is love, however, and whatever cleverly Armusik defines that to be.