Jul • 29 • 2010
Genre: Young Adult-Paranormal/Fantasy
Author: Amanda Marrone
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 5, 2010
Book: Sent by Publisher
“The family slays together, stays together.Daphne Van Helsing hates being a vampire slayer. All she wants is a normal life–friends, school, her own room,–but herv parents have devoted their lives to the cause, and Daphne’s along for the ride.Their lastest job is in Maine, where not only are they hunting a firece strain of vamps, but they’re forced to work with The Harkers, a rival slayer family. Just her luck: Tyler Harker, totally crush-worthy, and he’s her sworn enemy.But just when things start looming up, something truly evil comes to town. Something more powerful–and more frightening–than anything Daphne’s encountered before.She thought she’d seen hell on earth. She ain’t seen nothing’ yet.”
My gosh this book is something out of this world. Never have I heard of a vampire slaying family that totally kicks butt!
Daphne Van Helsing’s life is anything but normal. Bound to serve the world as a vampire slayer, Daphne is tired of what she is doing. From the very moment she entered this world, Daphne has been trained and honed in to a hunter. She’s never had the opportunity to live a normal 17 years old life. When her family comes to the town of Bristol to extinguish their vamp problem they run into The Harkers. They are forced to work together, ruining their every plans. But fate has its own plans.
Kiki Crusher is a uppity type of girl who just happens to witness Daphne’s slaying of a vamp. In order to keep her mouth shut, Daphne’s family agreed to show Kiki the ropes of a vampire slayer. At first Daphne was upset and didn’t want to do it at all. But in the end, Kiki grew on Daphne becoming her first real friend.
Tyler Harker is the son of Nathan Harker, her rivals. Even since a falling out years back, her parents have told her that they are bad news and to stay away from them. They both were raised the same. She knows just how hard it is to live this life.Yet she can’t seem to fight the pull she has toward him. And with her every waking step, he is always just around the corner.
Bristol poplutaion is quickly going down. People are dying and no one seems to know exactly what is going on. The vampire that they hunt are much stronger, and are even stronger during the day. Some say it is demons, other vampires. Will they learn to put the past behind and move forward?
I had a great time reading this book. Amanda Marrone did a wonderful job writing this. She was able to get into the mind of a deprived teenager expressing her feelings truly, making her character real. I loved reading about Daphne and was glad to see her character grow. She was able to make new friends and learn from the past. I was glad to see her parents saw the wrong of their ways, that Daphne was able to stand up for herself once and for all.
The love interest in the story was a great asset. Tyler and Daphne has such great chemistry going on. Plus, they were rivals. Who wouldn’t want to fall in love with something that is forbidden to you? They understood each other the best and they were perfect together. Her new friend Kiki was a great addition. She definitely brought the laughter and humor in this book. Kiki smart-remarks and funny antics had me laughing hard. Kiki was there for Daphne in every way a friend should be.
While reading this you feel pulled into her world, experiencing everything with her characters. The plot, her writing was fabulous. It was a easy read and everything was describe with such great detail. If you love a good action packed family who slays vampires then this story is for you.
Amanda Marrone delivered a heart-stopping, action-packed, drama filled story, with a great romance.
I would recommend this book to older teens. There was cursing, drinking, etc in the book.
I give it 5 BITES!