Thursday, March 28, 2013

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If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn't hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job… by hand.

Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. And if he’s a vampire, will she be forced to kill him?

I'm just going to come out and say it: this book was pretty awesome. I knew I had to read this one after checking out the synopsis - I mean, this girl is recruited by the government to be a vampire hunter! And she really does kinda kick ass. Aurora is just your average teen - all she wants to do is finish high school and get as far away from her home state of Alaska as she can, but when the government recruits her she learns that she can never leave. Because of this and her new vampire-killing abilities, Aurora really struggles with herself, and even starts to rebel a bit.

I liked reading about Aurora and Fane, and thought it was pretty entertaining that there were so many obvious signs to point out that Fane may have been a vampire, but they all had gone over Aurora's head. Liking his character made up for the fact that I was really annoyed by Aurora's mother. I mean, not only did she pretty much sell her kid to the government (in order to her, but still...), but she seemed to want to live in total oblivion, ignoring the fact that her marriage is crumbling, her daughter is now an assassin, and that Fane might actually be a decent person.

I know that there have been a slew of vampire-related YA paranormal romances being released lately, especially after the success of the Twilight series, but I honestly think that this story managed to stand out for me - mainly because I discovered that Ms. Jefford is a really good writer, and formulates her writing in a way that doesn't make me feel like I'm reading fluff. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that I read through this book so quickly - I highly recommend it, and will eagerly be awaiting to read the next book in the series!

Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. She is the author of the Spellbound Trilogy and upcoming Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter series. Nikki married Sebastien, the love of her life, while working as a teaching assistant in France. They now reside in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands, 70 miles northeast of Forks, Washington.
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