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Vermilion Tears is a gothic paranormal novel set in Victorian times. Lydia comes from humble beginnings living with her family in New Haven. Her life gets turned upside down when she is on a train to New York City to start her new life. Lydia is attacked by supernatural creatures she didn’t even realize existed. Now a supernatural being herself, she finds herself fleeing from a brutal captor and trying to keep her family intact. Will she be caught or will she succeed in escaping and restoring her family?

Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Paranormal, Gothic
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: July 19, 2017

Review

Lydia's beginnings are humble and normal; born into a poor family, Lydia works two jobs to keep the family from starving and falls in love with a rich patron of the restaurant she works in. The adventure begins when the two are married and the couple relocates to New York City for his work. Excited by the prospect of living in a new city and with child, Lydia is attacked at the train station in New York City by paranormal creatures that she didn't even know existed. After being imprisoned by a professor who conducts experiments on paranormal creatures, Lydia escapes in order to prevent experimentation on her unborn child.

On the run, Lydia finds out more about her nature and the existence of even more paranormal creatures. However, none of her newly acquired knowledge gives her a clue to what she will give birth to.

An intriguing premise and a well-developed protagonist made Vermilion Tears an enthralling read for me!

There are some gaps in the timeline that other readers criticize saying that the plot is choppy and doesn't flow well. Personally, the gaps didn't bother me and I think they made the book more concise and easy to read. I think that Lydia's character was well-developed, she is a great protagonist and is very clever and resourceful. I also enjoyed that I was given a brief break in the action to learn more about Edgar, one of the vampires in the "underground" who helped her escape. However, Lydia's husband, Ruben, felt more like an inept sidekick at times. We don't really learn about what he was doing during Lydia's captivity and Edgar feels more like Lydia's equal and partner than Ruben does.

The premise of the book is pretty cool; however, without any indication that this book is part of a series, the plot feels a little incomplete. We know that the professor was experimenting with paranormal creatures, but to what end? The plot also ends on a cliffhanger that the epilogue doesn't fully address. I also felt that the setting lacked depth; I had the feeling that the setting was supposed to be dark, but I felt like details that could have made it as dark as was implied were glossed over.

I really enjoyed Vermilion Tears. It's concise enough to be read in one sitting, but still easily read if you need to put it down frequently. However, I'm not really sure on how to rate the book. If there will be a sequel, then it's a solid introduction to a series to keep an eye on. If it's a standalone novel, then there are a few elements that leave much to be desired.

About Tia Lee

I'm author Tia Lee and I am a self-published author and live in one of the most humid places in the USA: Houston, TX, but I love it here (sans the humidity of course.). I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful kids. My passion is writing and I can't stop thinking of more stories for the future. My debut novel is Vermilion Tears. It is a Victorian gothic paranormal, that starts out like any other boy meets girl book, until vampires, werewolves, and witches show up. I absolutely loved writing this book and it will always be my book baby. I am currently writing a novel about a self-absorbed mob wife, who has aspirations of being at the top herself. Not sure when it will be out yet, it’s currently going through beta reads.

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