From the author's website: "Olivia is a vampire bored with modernity. Tattooist, boyfriend, black-metal singer: everyone you don’t love tastes the same. Since the fall from Eden, she has hungered for love, but fed only on desire. Dominic O’Shaughnessy is a neuroscientist plagued by impossible visions.
When his research and her despair collide in Ireland’s L’Otel Mathillide – a subterranean hell of beauty, demons and dreams – rationalist and angel unite in a clash of desire and damnation that threatens to destroy them both."
I got this book from the library solely because I loved the title and the tiny bit of the first chapter I read. Sadly, I returned this book to the library loving only that part of the book. While the author clearly has a way with words, I often felt the plot wasn't moving along at all and that we were seeing the same complaints from Olivia over and over again only phrased differently (though still beautifully). Or, I'd stop and half to check back a few chapters to make sure the scene I was reading wasn't one I had read before because the same things seemed to be happening. After a while, I just got bored of the characters and their incessant desire to be angsty and overwrought. I'm saddened I couldn't even power through the book but none of my normal tricks to overcome a DNF worked. (Three tricks I use: (a) leave the book where it's easily accessible for toothbrush or snacking reading, (b) opening the book to random sections and seeing if any of them capture my attention, and (c) if there are multiple character plotlines, follow only the one I think is most interesting.)
Verdict: DNF. I'm sad to say it is so.
Thoughts: I really wanted to like this one. I loved the title. I loved the summary. I even found the first chapter engrossing. Sigh.