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Monday, January 7, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Niki Jefford (Blog Tour & Giveaway)


Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter

Vol #1: Transfusion

by Nikki Jefford

Publisher: Self-Published (Dec. 2012)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, New Adult/YA

Format: eBook (242 pages)
Source: SupaGurl Tours
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars) 
Summary
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?


For ages 16+
 
~Short Review~
At A Glance
I really enjoyed the concept and dark elements of this book but the execution was a little off.

The Good
With graduation looming, eighteen year old Aurora was finally going to get to leave Alaska. But almost dying in a car crash screwed that plan all up. Now the weird government agents who saved her life are telling Aurora that she works for them. Why? Because she has unique blood that incapacitates vampires. Doomed to stay in Alaska and let vampires chew on her neck then slay them, Aurora tries to assimilate to her new life by making friends with vampire groupies and dating one of the sexiest guys at school. But her knew boyfriend has some secrets of his own.

The Alaska setting was a nice change of pace. As well as the fact that the vampires weren't necessarily super strong. Sure, some of their senses are enhanced but they aren't amazing killing machines. The vampire hunters are just as strong as them. The concept of a vampire hunter having unique blood that once altered incapacitates vampires when consumed was very cool. But dang, being the undead's chew toy would really suck, right?

Aurora was an interesting character. I found her reaction and mannerisms after the crash quite intriguing. She pretty much went catatonic and became almost zombie-like. And can I just say, the way she dealt with her v-card had me cracking up. Aurora does slowly gain her fire and will to live back. I felt so bad for her most of the time because she had to deal with some creepy government agents who pretty much now control her life. They often threw her into situations with little training. It was all so frustrating. Dante made the whole situation a little better once he came into the picture. He is a fellow vampire hunter who is suppose to mentor Aurora. Though he may be a little laid-back when it comes to mentoring, his easygoing, fun personality was a great counterpart to Aurora's moodish personality.  

But my favorite character was Fane. You think he is just a horny jerk in the beginning. Well, he is both of those things, but he is also really sweet and caring as well. I loved how Aurora and Fane's awkward relationship came to be. They didn't fall madly in love with each other at first sight. They just grew closer together after every meeting. It was nice to see Aurora start to really feel something for someone. Too bad Fane's secret could pull them apart. I saw it coming, but I was still heartbroken when everything was revealed and Aurora had to make some tough decisions.

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter did a great job of mixing the dark with light. This book has some very horrific scenes as well as scenes that will have you rolling on the floor laughing. I think this series has potential. I for one would love to read book 2.

The Bad
I think the writing as a whole and the transitions were somewhat awkward. Some parts felt stale and some of the characters needed more fleshing out.

There was less vampire hunting than I expected. I wanted more action and less high school drama type stuff. Maybe next book.

The Snuggly
We get an awkward kinda sex scene then some hot and heavy petting between Aurora and Fane. This is between a YA and New Adult book to me.

Final Thoughts
I think the idea was very refreshing when it comes to the vampire genre. Fane made the whole book for me. I want to see more of him. I just wish the execution of the book was a little more cohesive. Recommended to vampire fans.
Quotes
"Fane took my arm and led me down the hill. "Here we go———back home."

"I don't want to go home. She'll want me to decorate and eat cookies."

Fane laughed. "Clearly you come from a dysfunctional family."

*****

The clammy lips on my neck felt like a suction slowly draining the life from me.

I was spinning out of control, lapsing into darkness. With a sudden jerk, I was released.

The thing, whatever it was, began to spasm beside me. It thrashed and gasped as though in agony. Its eyes widened until they looked like they would pop out of their sockets.

I lay spent across the floor, like a bloody human rag. I looked toward the mirror. "What did you do to me?" 
Author Bio
Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt – especially ones who go by the name of Buffy. She is the author of the YA paranormal romance trilogy SPELLBOUND. 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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 This Blog's Giveaway. Two US winners will walk away with Signed Aurora Sky Door Hangers.
 
 
 
 
 
Blog Tour Wide Giveaway
 


25 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway, this sounds like a really interesting book!

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  2. Ooo I would want more action and fleshed out characters too. I am glad that despite some issues you did enjoy this. awesome review!

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    1. I did. It was a diffeent kind of read. I like change.

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  3. Oooh, a new take on vampires - sounds like fun! Thanks for the lovely giveaway chance. :)

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  4. I read this back in December and enjoyed it :) The story was pretty interesting. I loved the different take on the whole blood transfusion thingy lol

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. Me too. I love new concepts when it comes to vampires.

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  5. This is a great giveaway! Thanks!

    mestith@gmail.com

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  6. Aurora and her reactions to the crash sound like it makes this book. Well, that and Fane.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    1. Yeah, I have never seen an author have a character react the way Aurora did.

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  7. Ah, another new book to me as I'm visiting tonight. :) Thanks for sharing it. And lol. those door hangers. That's good. :)

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  8. Great review Jennifer! This book actually sounds really cool. I read the synopsis and the first line totally hooked me. I was like "LOL does she *actually* live on a tiny little iceburg or are they talking about a bigger picture Alaska, here?" Anyway it's kind of a bummer that the execution wasn't great, because I think the book sounds really good. I wonder if I might like it a bit more since I'm a little more open to the high school drama type stuff :D Also, those door hangers are so freaking cute!

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    1. I think you would like it. You don't need as much action as I do in books to enjoy them. And yeah, you are a little more open to YA type stuff than me. I think you would really enjoy it.

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  9. What an excellent review! I think Fane does sound like he would probably steal the show. We all like the jerks/bad boys/horny guys that end up having that soft sweet side don't we? That just made me think of Bones, Ha Ha. I really enjoyed reading what you have to say about it. I am a vampire fan myself and YA reads don't bother me...I like them all. Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

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    1. LOL. Yes, this does kind of remind me of the YA version of Bones. Hope you get a chance to read this book.

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  10. Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!

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  11. Amazing giveaway, love the door hangers!

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  12. I LOVE the door hangers! they are so cute! <3

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  13. I so want to read this book. And me needz me door hangers xD So much love <333

    Thanks for the giveaway <333

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