Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Book 1 (Unabridged)
by Nikki Jefford
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Her blood is toxic to vampires. 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. (Mature YA/New Adult. Contains mild language, violence, sexual situations...and blood sucking.)
a unique take on vampires and a vampire hunting
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford is a the first volume in a series by the same name about a young adult who abruptly becomes drafted by a secret government agency fighting vampires when she almost dies in a car crash. Quickly, Aurora must learn how to deal with her feelings about her near death experience and balance a new life that involves normal high school and secretly fighting vampires.
I really enjoyed this novel. It was a unique take on vampires and a vampire hunting. Vampirism was transformed into a medical condition rather than a random supernatural event that is difficult to explain. And therefore, the vampire hunting was also unique and having to do with their blood type rather than this fighting abilities, which I suppose they have to develop anyway. The government involvement was well done. It would have been nice to know more about it, but the “hush-hush” secret government agency aura was present whenever the agents were around. The vampire hunting was exciting with a lot of action and emotions. Most of the characters were well-developed. Even if a character wasn’t present much in the story, it was possible to imagine that there was more to him or her. The romantic aspect of the story was complicated and believable and I really enjoyed the twist even though I expected it. The one aspect of this novel that I didn’t like was how it felt like the end was so abrupt. As it’s a series I can understand that to some extent, but I wanted more closure.
The narration by Em Eldridge was good. I found that Aurora’s voice was a little too whiney for me, but I thought everyone else sounded appropriate. The production quality was good. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes young adult fiction and a good vampire story with a science fiction twist. There is a lot of action and emotional events and I’m looking forward to the next novels in the series.
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Stars Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
AudioBook Review: Stars Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
I wanted to mix up the audio a bit and go for a straight vampire saga, and after the first few twists, Aurora Sky fit the bill.
Aurora is soon to graduate from high school when her entire life flips upside down. Saved by government agents after a near fatal wreck, she is offered a bargain: become a vampire hunter or die. At eighteen no less. Of course, she takes the offer at life: she has plans. She wants to leave Alaska for college at Notre Dame, she’d like to not always be the ‘good girl’ and experience life a bit. She made a bucket list even. Aurora was easy to like and understand. BUT, taking the bargain means that she is staying in Alaska, and working for the government means that she has a NEW list of tasks. Can she get any or all of it done?
Along with the tasks, the government sends her a mentor in Dante, to ‘break her in’ and adapt to life as she now needs to live it. But, that means that Fane, the cute boy from gym class who has suddenly started turning up everywhere just may not be acceptable to Dante. Forget her mother, one look at Fane and his odd dress sense and she was against him.
Every twist and turn brings new delight: Jeffords has brought anew creation story to both vampires and hunters, as Aurora and the reader learn about her new life. Choices will have to be made, some with little information, and every character brought into the story adds a bit more to the depth and choices for her. I was drawn into the story early and never looked back.
Narration for this book is provided by Em Eldridge and she has a solid presentation for Aurora: the snarky teen whinging about the lack of defense in a volleyball game, the dreamy tomes when she takes a quiet moment in a world of her own creation, and the growing sense of confidence she develops with each new conquest. Variations for different characters, action and emotional situations and a solid sense of enjoying what she is reading highlight this narrative performance.
If you are a fan of vampire / hunter sagas and want a character who is growing both in maturity and in skill, this is the book and series for you.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.