Afterlight by Elle Jasper
Release Date: September 29th 2010
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I have more positives to say about this book than negatives and as a debut novel – amazing!
Firstly, I love Riley Poe, she is a refreshing portagonist and isn’t weak like protagonists such as Bella from Twilight or just plain arrogant/annoying like Sookie Stackhouse. Riley has turned her life around from being a junkie, trouble making teen who someone who has gone to college and started their own successful tattoo shop. Riley is a big sister who raises her little brother after their mother passed away and was under the care of an awesome old guy called Preacher and his wife who practice wicked African magic. They helped Riley turn her life around.While Riley has turned her life around she is still a kick-ass female protagonist who thnks for herself rather than for the man who comes into her life, Eli.
The book is generally about Riley’s brother, Seth and his friends who accidently release two evil brother vampires by disturbing “Da hell stone” and due to this, slowly begin a transformation that will make them the most savage type of vampire.
In order to save her brother from becoming a creature of the afterlight, Preacher introduces her to the Dupre family – A local family of vampires (who by the way, are a type of vampire that can go out in the sun) and Riley meets and falls for Eligius Dupre, a hot-tempered, protective vampire who falls for Riley the same. With some hardcore training and dark underground club hopping to figure out where her brother and his friends are hanging out to lure bait for the vampire brothers, Riley Poe, the Dupre family and Preacher man has less than a month to save Seth and as many lives as possible and to try and kill the brothers.
The premise for this book is Riley’s brother, Seth and his buddies apparently release two brother vampires who were captured centuries ago. While doing that these vampires make the teenagers into their minions, and they slowly begin a transformation to becoming vampires which will be complete when they make their first kill in about a month’s time.
The only thing I can think of that I didn’t like about the book was that there was a fair bit of talking about nothing (although its a nice change considering I just finished the Sookie Stackhouse series) and the chapters are really long, however it is still a book that is difficult to put down and will keep you wanting more of Riley Poe.