Aurora Sky by Nikki Jefford
(Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #1)
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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 series. Contains mild language, violence, sexual situations . . . and blood sucking.)
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Northern Bites by Nikki Jefford
(Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #2)
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Thanks to Dante’s recklessness, Aurora is now partners with Valerie: the redheaded, backstabbing vixen.
Dante is in full flirt mode. Fane’s tactics are more ruthless. Something carnal has awakened in Aurora and neither boy is helping tame her cravings.
When a member of the unit’s team is found dead, Aurora and Valerie are sent after a vampire in Sitka, but Aurora suspects the killer’s much closer to home.
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #1
by Nikki Jefford
4 of 5
Aurora Sky is a fresh and, most of the time, funny start to Ms. Jefford's "Vampire Hunter" series. It starts with Aurora being hit by a car. Obviously, that part wasn't funny at all. Aurora nearly dies, but the government saves her with some organ transplants. She even gets a new heart which came off as a little creepy.
Well, the worst part was, that due to her rare AB negative blood type, Aurora was infected by a Virus and will turn into a vampire, if she doesn't get a monthly dose of an antidote. And let's guess who has that antidote... the secret government organization that implemented the virus in the first place! Aurora has to work for them as a Vampire Hunter or otherwise she'll be killed.
It's sad that when Aurora nearly gets killed by the car, her mother practically makes a deal with the devil (the government agency in this case) and afterwards tries to hide everything from Aurora’s father.
Her family is messed up, so it's kind of understandable how Aurora acts next. After she nearly died, she makes herself a kind of "bucket list", albeit a somewhat self-destructive bucket list. Things like getting drunk and losing her virginity to a less than scrupulous boy are some of the ways she tries to deal with the trauma. It’s kind of disturbing.
The secondary characters, good and bad were engaging and entertaining. I definitely didn’t like Aurora’s mother. She was as much an antagonist as the government. It's understandable why she wanted to save Aurora from dying, but the way she handles it is immature. There is also Fane, Aurora's crush. He is not your usual high school kid. He is totally antisocial, but still dated the prettiest cheerleader, Valeria. So yeah, who can't understand why Aurora likes him?(eyeroll) In my opinion the best character is Noel. I kind of liked her, but even if you wouldn't guess it at first, she has some secrets on her own.
Although the idea of AB negative people catching a disease and turning into vampires is becoming a somewhat overused spin on the vampire genre, it was a nice explanation how Vampire Hunters are stronger than normal people.
Aurora Sky was a fast-paced, action-packed read. It doesn't require you to put on your thinking cap, learn a new language, science, or religion. You won't need your dictionary and you will care about the characters, flaws and all. It wasn't deep, but I loved it!
Northern Bites: Vampire Hunter #2
by Nikki Jefford
5 of 5
Northern Bites is a fast-paced and very thrilling continuation of Ms. Jefford's "Vampire Hunter" series. It starts with a bang, when Aurora and Valerie must team up in order to find some killer vampires. Naturally, everything ends in disaster. However, to Aurora's disappointment, it's not the last time they are teamed up. When one of Aurora's schoolmates and Agent Crist are killed, Jared, a recruiter for the government organization, Aurora, and Valerie have to travel to Sitka in order to find the murderer.
I don't pay a lot attention to covers, but this one hit me as odd. In this regard I prefer the other/old cover more. There Valerie looked more like the dangerous seductress she is supposed to be.
At first I didn't expect a lot from their travel to Sitka, but Valerie and Aurora get a lot of time to interact and I have to admit Valerie grew on me. Who would have thought the "vixen" could be likeable? LOL. She is a tough one to figure out though, at one moment she seems like she cares and in the next she doesn't . There also was a twist with Jared. I don't want to say a lot about it, but it was thrilling and a little bit scary at the same time.
In this book there is a lot of focus on Aurora’s personal relationships with different men. Like the characters in the first book, I like some much better than others.
In my opinion Northern Bites is a action-packed novel with the exact right amount of social interaction. I loved it! The end was very surprising. I definitely wouldn't have guessed the outcome, so it was thrilling until the end! I can't wait to read the next book in this series. :)
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Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who found paradise in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands (Wash.) where she is once more neighbors with Canada in a town without a single traffic light. She loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt.
When she's not reading, writing, working, or out on a nature walk, she's out riding her Suzuki DRZ400SM.