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Vestal Virgin (2010)

by Suzanne Tyrpak(Favorite Author)
3.41 of 5 Votes: 3
review 1: Hm. The language in this book is actually quite good; it’s a pity it takes more to tell a story well. I found it hard to care about the characters, because they weren’t believable. Actually, it didn’t seem like they believed particularly in the story they were in themselves, even. For instance, the main character, a vestal virgin called Elissa, is repeatedly threatened with the punishment for losing her virginity, which is being buried alive. But she doesn’t seem to take it seriously, so why should I? The story is well researched, which probably is the reason why I finished it, since the ancient Roman culture interests me. But the characters are unfinished and unbelievable, and the ending very unsatisfactory with lots of loose threads. Like Elissa’s little sister... more. She was the by far most interesting person in the book.
review 2: 'Vestal Virgin' is a well written book that is a little confused - it can't make up it's mind whether it's historical fiction or romance. Set in the Rome of emperor Nero, the full horror of having a man with the morals of a monster, masqueraiding as a god and all the power that entails, is vividly brought to life. However, where this books slips slightly is in being neither one thing nor the other. The premise of the story is that a vestal virgine, sworn to a life of chastity a) falls in love and b) is determined to avenge the death of her brother. But where the book let's itself down (slightly) is that it is neither one thing nor the other - the romantic thread stop it from being taken too seriously and yet the tension between the main characters is not sufficient to make the read a satisfying romance. A good book, whilst not being wholly satsifying. less
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This book isn't amazing, but I couldn't put it down. Don't know what that says about me.
So-so reading. Lots of inaccurate facts and a far fetched storyline.
Great book. LOVE anything about ancient Rome!!
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