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Aurora Sky (Vampire Hunter #1) Review & Giveaway – Nikki Jefford
Book Reviews
March 25, 2013 posted by Nichole

Aurora Sky (Vampire Hunter #1) Review & Giveaway – Nikki Jefford

17061189If 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?

For ages 16+

 

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Aurora Sky started out really strong. It’s about a girl who gets into a fatal car crash, and is revived on a military base. They renewed a lot of her important organs, but there was a catch. They also implanted a virus in her body. Now Aurora must get mandatory shots in order to stay alive. They put this virus in Aurora’s body so that her blood will be fatal to any vampire who bites her and sucks her blood. But Aurora doesn’t want this life. It’s something that she can’t get out of, and her life slowly starts to spin out of control.

I was a big fan of the very beginning of Aurora Sky. I thought that it was well-written, the characters were interesting and relatable, and the idea of the book was eye-catching and fascinating. I find the concept of vampire hunters really interesting. This is something that the YA community really hasn’t gotten a chance to read about. We’ve read about vampires before, sure, but vampire hunters? That’s a new idea…and one that I like!

The character of Aurora got on my nerves a little bit as the story progressed. Obviously she had some major changes happen to her, and she spiraled out of control. All of a sudden she was drinking, having sex, being a disrespectful little brat, and…well, she was just really upset. I don’t like reading about characters who are so out of control and depressed. This is just a personal thing though. I know that there are a lot of people out there who enjoy these types of characters.

I was also a bit bothered by the amount of sex and romantic scenes included in the book. I would categorize Aurora Sky as a new adult book, so it was perfectly acceptable for that genre. However, I had to skim a lot of those scenes. I’m not opposed to romantic scenes, but it bugs me with high school students. I know they do stuff…I was a high school student once…but it’s a little uncomfortable for me to read about.

The story itself was a little predictable, but I actually ended up really liking the storyline. Nikki Jefford’s is a very strong writer, and I found myself really drawn to the words that she created. I was also a BIG fan of Fane, the leading male character. He was SO gorgeous! I would recommend the book simply for him! You have to read about him!

Overall, I thought that it was a great first book in the Vampire Hunter’s series. I didn’t fall head over heels in love with it, but it kept me interested. Again, this is a New Adult book, so there are some scenes maybe not so appropriate for the younger crowd. Other than that, I would recommend that fans of paranormal reads give this one a chance!

 

Pages: 242

Publisher: Createspace

Publication Date: December 9th, 2012

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

Nikki

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. (YAY for another WA girl!)

 

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Giveaway:

We are hosting two awesome giveaways. The first is for an Aurora Sky Door hanger (can also be used as a bookmark.) The second is the grand tour prize. The giveaway will be open internationally and will run from March 25, 2013 to April 5, 2015. The winner will receive their prize the week of April 15th.

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The Vampire Diaries: Todd Williams Cast
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August 17, 2012 posted by Nichole

The Vampire Diaries: Todd Williams Cast

 The Vampire Diaries, originally inspired by L.J. Smith, will be hitting the small screen for its fourth season on October 11, 2012. You’re going to start seeing me gushing about updates for VD because it is my FAVORITE show in the WORLD. Funny, because I detest the books.

It has been announced that Todd Williams has been cast in The Vampire Diaries as a vampire hunter. He will appear in the second episode.

The Vampire Diaries is known for it’s gorgeous cast, and Todd Williams is no exception. I am so excited to spend an entire episode (maybe more) looking at him.

Sound off in the comments!

That’s all for now, folks. See you next time!

 

Book Reviews
December 27, 2010 posted by Kiona

Blog Tour: Out for Blood (The Drake Chronicles) – Alyxandra Harvey

Hunter Wild is the youngest in a long line of elite vampire hunters, a legacy that is both a blessing and a curse at the secret Helios-Ra Academy where she excels at just about everything. Thanks to her friendship with Kieran Black, Hunter receives a special invitation to attend the coronation of Helena Drake, and for the first time, begins to see the difference between vampires that must be hunted and vampires that can become friends – or even more. When students at the academy fall victim to a mysterious illness, Hunter suspects they are under attack from within. She will need someone she can trust to help her save the future of Helios-Ra…help that shockingly comes in the form of Quinn Drake, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire. Who said senior year would be easy?

The third book in The Drake Chronicles finds us back in Violet Hill with a focus on a new relationship. Hunter Wild is seemingly perfect: smart, gorgeous, strong, and youngest in a long line of revered vampire hunters. She’s excited to begin her senior year at Helios-Ra as she finally gets to room with her best friend, Chloe, and even gets to witness a vampire coronation ceremony due to the fact that her oldest friend and brother-figure, Kieran, is dating a vampire.

But Hunter’s senior year isn’t as perfect as she’d been imagining. Chloe keeps having weird mood swings that threaten her friendship with Hunter. Hunter hears a rumor about mysterious pills that students are taking and believe these pills make explain Chloe’s weird behavior. In addition, a huge band of Hel-Blar threaten vampire hunters and vampires alike. The hunters have an alliance with certain vampire families, such as the Drakes, and so Hunter enlists the help of Quinn Drake in trying to solve all the mysteries facing Helios-Ra.

This book was so much fun to read that I didn’t want it to end. Hunter is an amazing protagonist. While she seems perfect, Chloe often complains, she is actually very real. She gets good grades because she studies and her grandfather raised her with a strong work ethic. She’s strong, but not invincible. Unlike other female heroines, she cannot take on a horde of blood-thirsty vampires by herself. She actually needs help. But that’s okay because she has a solid group of quirky, easy-to-love friends. And while Hunter may be good-looking, her flirting skills leave something to be desired.

The best thing about Out for Blood is the dialogue. It is witty and charming and so fast-paced that these characters jump out of the pages. Most notably, Quinn has the best quips and snarky, yet seductive lines. The great thing about Quinn is that his appeal doesn’t stem purely from good looks – though those certainly don’t hurt – but also from his charm and charisma. It’s easy to see why girls fall for him and also easy to understand why he falls for Hunter. Refreshingly, these two don’t fall in love. They certainly fall for each other, but love is never mentioned, nor the idea that they are soul mates and will be together forever. For once, they just plain like each other and develop a natural, believable relationship.

The other great thing about this book is that the romantic relationship is not the entire focus. The mystery of what the pills are and why students are falling ill is gripping and unpredictable. The ending really surprised me. Interwoven throughout the story are fast-paced, fun fight scenes that maintain a sense of action and solidify the world of Violet Hill. Quinn’s nickname for Hunter, “Buffy,” completely fits in this world. It also highlights the balance between the modern real-world and the paranormal aspects of the book. Alyxandra Harvey does an excellent job merging these two worlds, describing text messages alongside stakes. Out for Blood is a thrilling book, sure to satisfy followers of The Drake Chronicles itching for another glimpse into Violet Hill and the alluring Drake family.

Pages: 292
Publication Date: December 2010
Rating : ★★★★½

Teaser Quote: All the Drake brothers were ridiculously gorgeous, but he had that smoldering charm down to an art. The kind you only read about in books. I’d always thought it would be annoying in real life. So not. Although the fact that he called me “Buffy” all night was less fun.


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Finally out this month is the much anticipated third installment in The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey, Out for Blood. Head on over to Facebook and become a fan of Alyxandra Harvey or the official Drake Chronicles page. You can also check out the author’s website, read her blog, or follow her on twitter. I know you’ll be dying to stay in the loop after reading Our for Blood!

Alyxandra is also set to debut a new novel, Haunting Violet, and is offering an exclusive sneak peak at the cover design and fifth chapter. Haunting Violet is a Victorian ghost story set in 1872 about a young girl named Violet Willoughby. Violet never believed in ghosts, but after being visited by the persistent ghost of a murder victim, Violet realizes she can’t keep ignoring her gift. While trying to communicate with the ghost and find its killer – someone still dangerous and on the loose – Violet struggles to keep her ability secret from her mother. The only person she can trust is her childhood friend, Colin. But Violet has grown to love Colin and accepting his help also risks their relationship.

To celebrate the release of Out for Blood, Bloomsbury Teens is offering a giveaway of one copy to a U.S. resident only. The book will come with a beautiful new bookmark and must be sent to a street address (no PO Boxes).

The Nitty Gritty:

  • Simply fill out the form below with your name, email, and mailing address. We randomly draw the winners using random.org.
  • Giveaway is open to US residents only.
  • Ends on January 03, 2011.