Hotel Transylvania: A Novel of Forbidden Love

by  Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Title: Hotel Transylvania: A Novel of Forbidden Love

Genre:  Horror

Publication Date:  1978

Number of Pages:  246

Geographical Setting:  Paris

Time Period:  Mid-eighteenth century

Series (If applicable): Saint-Germain Series (book 1).

Plot Summary:  Yarbro’s story is told as a narrative and through letters between the various characters.  The narrative moves the story forward, while the letters allow the readers more insight into the characters and plot.  Le Comte de Saint-Germain is charming, intelligent, and witty, and with intensely dark brooding eyes, his charms are almost impossible to resist.  Madelaine Roxanne Bertrande de Montalia is beautiful, young, and precocious.  When the two meet, there is instant chemistry.  The love that grows between the worldly Saint-Germain and the innocent Madelaine is intense, but it must be hidden because he is not an acceptable suitor and he just happens to be a vampire.  As there love grows, so does the danger that Madelaine unknowingly faces.  A pact was made many years ago that promised the first born of the Marquis de Montalia to the Satan worshipping le Baron de Saint Sebastien and his brotherhood known as the Circle.  Madelaine is that first born child and her life is about to take a turn she never saw coming.  Will Madelaine discover what is happening in time to escape her terrible destiny?

Subject Headings:  Vampires; Paris; France; Series; alchemy; Satan.

Appeal:  Fast-paced; vampire lore; gothic; horror; historic; dark; atmospheric; engaging; good versus evil; romance; occult; sympathetic characters.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: fast-paced; vampire lore; atmospheric.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:
Sandrine’s Paris: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Romantic City
by Sandrine Voillet.  This guide to Paris focuses on the people and events that made Paris the cultural epicenter that it is today.  The guide will appeal to Yarbro readers who want to experience the history and people of Paris.
THEY BITE! Endless Cravings of Supernatural Predators
by Jonathan Mayberry and David F. Kramer.  This book looks at vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of the undead and human sentiment regarding these creatures. The New Encyclopedia of the Occult by John Michael Greer.  This encyclopedia is dedicated to providing readers with history and modern occult practices.  Occult practices took a sinister turn in Yarbro’s book, for those interested in more information on the occult; this book is a great place to start.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
Interview with a Vampire
by Anne Rice.  Rice’s classic vampire horror brings to life issues of good and evil, using vampire immortality as her mode of exploration.  Fans of Yarbro will be drawn to the characters, the 18th time period, the dark side of human nature, passion, and the issue of immortality.
The Dead Travel Fast
by Deanna Raybourn.  This modern novel channels the gothic novel and brings to life the tale of a woman who travels from Scotland to Transylvania to write a novel and finds herself involved a terrifying mystery that she must solve.  The tone, atmosphere, romance, and myths will appeal to fans of Yarbro’s Hotel Transylvania.
Covenant with the Vampire
by Jeanne Kalogridis.  Told as a precursor to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this novel seamlessly blends history, vampire lore, and horror, which takes readers on a thrilling ride through the Transylvanian countryside.
Jessica Lake



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