The Scribbled Victims

Narrated by: Laura Bannister
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Living the immortal life of a vampire hasn’t been easy for Yelena Solodnikova. With all her heart, she loved the ancient vampire Marcel, who made her, and expected to spend eternity with him. But after over a century together, Marcel disappeared without a word, leaving Yelena brokenhearted. To make things more difficult, Yelena goes completely against the nature of her vampiric race by developing a conscience, and begins to feel guilt for all the mortals she kills each night in Los Angeles.

A chance encounter with 12-year-old orphan Orly Bialek changes everything for Yelena, as Orly has a supernatural gift. Orly is able to scribble portraits of people and see the evil deeds they have committed. With Orly’s ability to find predators of all sorts - murderers, rapists, drug dealers - roaming the streets of Los Angeles, she is able to provide Yelena a way to feed without feeling guilty even when the deaths are violent and torturous.

The pair bonds quickly, forming a mother/daughter relationship, and this begins to heal Yelena’s broken heart while allowing Orly, who has lived in a string of foster homes, to feel loved for the first time. It’s the perfect symbiotic relationship except for one thing - Orly is rapidly dying of leukemia.

If Yelena allows Orly to die, she will lose the daughter she has come to love, as well as the guilt-free meals she’s grown accustomed to. But if Yelena saves Orly’s life by turning her into a vampire, not only will she be going against the rules of vampiric tradition, she will be dooming Orly to an eternal existence devoid of true romantic love, as Orly will always appear to those around her, both mortals and immortals alike, as untouchable, as she will forever be trapped in the body of a child.

©2017 Robert Tomoguchi (P)2019 Robert Tomoguchi

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"A traditional vampire tale with an emphatic emotional core." (Kirkus Reviews)
 

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A vampire with sympathy

This is definitely not your ordinary run of the mill vampire story. Yelena knows what it's like to lose someone you love and now she must make a decision that will change someone's life but not for the better. I loved how Mr. Tomoguchi developed the character of Yelena to show the side of a vampire that one does not normally see one who has sympathy for the people she has killed. The storyline is well written and sensational. I loved the descriptive language and how well the narrator Laura Bannister voiced the characters. I received this review copy at my request and it was absolutely worth it. I am voluntarily leaving a totally honest review.

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A great story that hits so many different themes

After reeling from the loss of someone she thought she would be with forever Yelena blames herself and hates herself for what she is. She is a vampire and despises the fact that she must feed on life to continue existing, stuck in this spiral she happens across a girl that changes everything for her. A young dying girl named Orly that can sketch people and reveal their true natures leads Yelena to need to be in this girls life for her own sanity. The relationship between Orly and Yelena is really the heart and soul of the book and them bonding and growing closer in the first half of the book really drew me in and got me thoroughly invested in these two. I think the narration by Laura Bannister was quite good, and I enjoyed her delivery and performance throughout. Through the two main characters relationship, we get to experience a lot of self-discovery and insights into their lives and needs. It was a lot more thoughtful than the genre fair I am used to when it comes to vampire books I have read in recent years, and it was a breath of fresh air. If there was any complaint it would be that maybe I would've liked a longer period establishing and growing their relationship. But I can completely understand not wanting the book to take forever to get to the other story beats and it was great all the way through. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read for anyone that is a fan of The Vampire Chronicles by Ann Rice, or a more mature urban fantasy. A vampire tale that has more to it than the creatures that inhabit the night, and it is better for it. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The characters make this story

Tomoguchi has imagined a world that requires total suspension of disbelief. Although he defines the parameters of this world well enough to suit the story, he does little to build a foundation for it. And there remain some glaring unanswered questions, such as how can so many victims not be missed, raising the suspicion of authorities? But I really like the characters, especially Orly as performed so amazingly well by Laura Bannister. It's this that makes this story so great. Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Not your average vampire story!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Delightfully different vampire story! I was very impressed with such a different idea and approach. You have some of the classic blood thirsty vampires we all love. Some wonderful backstory and beautifully developed characters that draw you in. The quick change of point of view was my only complaint. It at times made it hard to follow and I had to rewind a bit a time or two because I thought I had missed parts. Narration was excellent. Looking forward to the next book!

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Amazing Listen!

This book kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time and I found myself craving to listen to it when I couldn't. I was sad when the characters were sad and happy when they were happy. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to part 2!

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Amazing spin on am old vampire idea

Vampire's who desire not to kill? Not a new idea, but Robert Tomoguchi's spin on this idea is thought provoking, and original is its own way. This maybe a Debut full length Novel for Robert, but I've read all his other works and see such tremendous progress as a writer I am falling in love with his work, and Orly's world. I recommend this work if you enjoy such works as Anita Blake, Mercy Thompson, and Discovery of Witches series'.

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Not your traditional vampire novel

I’m not a fan of traditional vampire stories but this one was full of unexpected characters and I loved it. Looking forward to ordering the second book.

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SO GOOD!

I loved this book so much I had to get the second one to see what happened to all the characters! Roberts writing and Laura's voice over is a perfect match! Fingers crossed these books end up as movies! After listening to both books I HAD TO LISTEN AGAIN!!!!!

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The Scribbled Victims

What an awesome book!I loved it!A Vampire love story like no other! Orly is an orphan in hospital with Leukemia.For some reason Yelaina is attracted to her.What a story! Laura Bannister was a terrific narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed this book and loved how the characters progressed, am interested in seeing how the next book plays out.

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  • 06-03-19

A vampire tale for adults

At its core, 'The Scribbled Victims' centres upon love. A need for it, a desire for it, pain from it and most tragically, a life not lived with it. But this book is so much more than just a love story; exploring dark themes and concepts beyond the usual vampire genre. Full of intrigue and suspense, the narrative maintains a steady build as the story progresses, keeping hold of its secrets and not exposing them until the very end. The characters are compelling, further enticing the reader to learn the individual motives and perspectives that drive them; helping establish and maintain a vested interest in their actions and choices throughout. The judgement of one in aid of facilitating their own needs is certainly put under scrutiny as questions surrounding morality are explored. The narrative delivers a thriller style at times, delving deeper into the nastier and darker side of humanity and suffering. Although set against a backdrop of adult sexual pleasure and gratification, central protagonist Orly is but a child. Innocence and purity of youth is sought to be protected and cherished, yet our understanding of what it means to grow and age, live, love and die becomes increasingly poignant. The ending leaves a level of suspense, ready for answers to be found, characters grown and new beginnings begun. Anticipation of the next instalment is underway as soon as the last sentence is read.