Ordeal review and giveaway

Title: Ordeal
Author: T. K. Varenko
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: February 7, 2010
paperback, 214 pages
ISBN:  1450549896 (ISBN13: 9781450549899)


It is a verse-ornated story
About love, betrayal, wrath,
Royal vampires' bliss and glory
Bringing them straight to their death.

Luella, fierce, strong vampire,
Falls for a pretty human catch
Sent on her fiancé's desire
To celebrate they are engaged.

This unexpected turnabout
Is doomed to come to a dead end:
Her human sweetheart's dead to shroud;
Her fiancé's avenged for that;

And she is punished for blood treason,
Banished into a mortal child,
Whose human body is a prison
For all her powers to bind.

Her memories obliterated,
She is to find her love at last
Who proves to be too much related
To the misfortunes from her past.

Ordeal by T.K. Varenko is a novel told in verse. It's the story of a complicated relationship between Alice and Derek. Alice and Derek are both loners. They are mysteriously drawn to each other. When Alice starts having strange dreams she realized that she and Derek must have known each other in another life. Derek, a vampire, wants Alice. He doesn't care about the consequences he'll have to face for breaking the law and being with a human. Complications come at them from all sides.Derek and Alice have to find a way to be together before they are doomed to spend an eternity apart. 
I don't have a lot of experience with reading books in verse but I found this book enjoyable. T.K. Verenko weaves an interesting tale of two star crossed lovers. Although I'm a sucker for love stories I was happy to discover that this one is different from other stories out there. It's full of heartache, deceit, and true love. 

To find out more about the author and the novel, check out: website | facebook 

I'm giving away my gently read copy of Ordeal. If you would like a chance to win this book all you need to do is:

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  • This giveaway is only open to US residents
  • Giveaway ends July 28, 2011

*I received a copy of this book for review purposes from the author. This in no way influenced my opinion.


  1. My verse skills are next to none and I have a great respect for people who excel in this art, such as Varenko.

  2. @Ondrej I agree with you. Writing verse takes a lot of talent. I'm in awe of any writer who accomplishes it.

  3. I agree too, specially if is a story. It sounds interesting! I hope I get to win it


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