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.)
©2013 Nikki Jefford (P)2014 Nikki Jefford
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This is not just your standard True Blood or Twilight-type vampire story. I thought there was an interesting twist in this one, despite being another vampire love story with a female main character. It wasn't the best story I've ever listened to, but it was good enough that I will probably continue with the rest of the series when it is available.
Aurora, the main character, is involved in a near fatal accident that nearly kills her. She discovers that a secret government agency offers to save her (with millions of dollars in treatments) in exchange for her continued service to the country by hunting and killing vampires. Her mother accepts, essentially leaving her indebted for the rest of her life.
Aurora's is told that her rare blood type allows her to carry the vampire virus with significant modifications that make her a weapon against vampires. When they drink her weaponized blood, they are temporarily incapacitated allowing her to kill them. The down side is that she could turn into a vampire if she doesn't receive periodic injections.
She is forced to kill a zombie-like, violent vampire during her agency initiation, but she soon discovers that not all vampires are alike. The boy she has long had a crush on, who is finally showing an interest in her, turns out to be a vampire himself. How can she possibly kill him when he is nothing like the violent killer he is supposed to be?
Narration was pretty good in this book. Overall I give it 4 stars and will probably continue with the series.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
Always loved reading, now I love audio books because I can listen to my favorite books on the go!
I really liked Em Eldridge as a narrator. She brought life to the story which is important with paranormal books to me.
I liked all the characters she did. I felt she performed really well with the male voices
I liked this book. It was just the right length and I enjoyed the time spent. It ends on a cliffhanger but I'm excited to listen to the next book.
Audio Reviewer under Audio Flow. I enjoy delving into the imagination of writers and hearing it read aloud by seasoned and new audio actors.
Ok. So I've had this book since last summer and it finally made it to my TBL list. Because my TBR list is just way out of control, I decided to go with the audiobooks instead. I'm glad I did.
Nikki writes a very different version of vampires. I'm not really into them, but the way the story begins to unfold had me captivated. It was not just about Aurora and her "new self", but about her as a person and how she handles life and its sense of normalcy. That's what I loved most. She was not written as a character who has a super power and is in charge of saving the world. No she is 18, and now has to come to grips with her "new life".
I love how Aurora is developed and how she was written as a teenager, with normal feelings inside and outside the classroom. Not only that, but she develops even more throughout the story, so much so, that I've binged Volume 1 so I can learn more about her.
Em Eldridge grows on me as the narrator. I was thrown off by her pronunciation of Notre Dame. Being from Indiana, I knew it wasn't correct and hopes that it is corrected in the next series. Other than that snafu, she does a good job of pulling off the characters and seems in tune with helping each of them have a voice.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
Isn't it always? But I only listened!
She was perfect...she nailed it!!!
This would make a great weekly series, like for the CW....or even a movie!
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I do love YA...but lately have came across some that were a little to YA for me...This was perfect! I love Aurora!!!!
Aurora is a senior is high school...and she gets into a deadly car accident...She is rescued by a secret group who save her life, transfuse her with vampire blood and find out she is a special type of person....that her blood is deadly to Vampires...she is now a Vampire hunter, and she is not happy about this....her mom has to agree to this to save her daughters life and basically seals the deal for Aurora, and Aurora cannot back out....well she starts training and realizes she is now stronger and more in tune to things...and she goes though a mini wild phase...She meets a boy named Fane...and they are drawn to each other...he is actually a really great guy, but he is a Vampire...and this is a no no! Lots of good things in this book, great characters, an awesome story....and I loved it! The narrator was darn good too....on to book 2 for me!!! I recommend!!!!
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An entertaining and engaging read.
First things first, I have to say that I loved the twist the author put on the Vampire Hunter!! I loved that it's her blood that is toxic and she isn't a "special" girl. I grew tired of the "girl wakes up only to realise that she is "special" story", so this was a refreshing change! Not only that, but it was the government who "made" her! She basically died, but because she had a certain blood type the government were able to inject her with vampire blood to reawaken her. To stop her from becoming a true vampire, she has to take an antidote and to receive that she has to comply with the government! So she is in a catch 22 situation. See, a unique and interesting take on an old myth.
Now onto Aurora. I loved her character. She is a typical smart girl, she is considered a goody two shoes by a lot of people, that is until she nearly dies, and then learns the truth of what she is and what she will have to do. She then becomes a kick ass, take no names, kind of gal, but not without a lot of work!! She was sassy, brave and yet her goodness shone through too. My heart broke for her and what she was feeling!
Then we have Fane. A gorgeous mysterious guy that would never normally give Aurora the time of day. But when she starts rebelling, he notices her and is drawn to her. But of course, he isn't all he seems either!! What will she do when she realises who he is??
I think my favourite character though was Dante! Auroras partner in crime. He was handsome, witty and I was secretly rooting for him and Aurora ;) But who she ends up with is something you have to find out for yourself!!! ;)
The setting was another major plus! How many vampire books have you read that are set in Alaska!!! The descriptive writing was amazing and I could picture the cold!
So anyway, I think you can tell that I enjoyed this!! Lol. From it's unique and intriguing plot, to it's lovable characters, Aurora Sky is a must read!! It's a fast paced and engrossing read and one that will leave you reeling. This is the type of book that once you start, you won't stop!! The author has created a world I didn't want to leave!!
I listened to the audio and had it finished within a day! I just had to keep listening to see what happened next. The narrator, Em, did an amazing job of breathing life into this story. Her rendition of Aurora was flawless. She captured her personality perfectly. I really can't wait to listen to the next edition of the series because it promises to be epic!
Instead of being able to escape home state and parental discord with college scholarship, Aurora is railroaded into experimental anti-vampire program after life-destroying auto accident. Book to be much enjoyed by 16-19 crowd, but I was out of the loop with all the high school interpersonal politics. Strong plot line and development. Characters are well defined and villains clearly easy to despise.
Audio performer did well in delineating who is who and in expressing Aurora's emotions.
Received in exchange for honest review.
This is the first of Jefford’s books that I’ve read, but I’ve known about her work for quite some time. Now, with this one under my belt, I’m not going to put off the rest for as long. This was a great start to what seems like an addicting series, and it seems I have some catching up to do with yet another book coming out soon.
I really enjoyed Aurora Sky, even if I had some issues with it, which I’ll get to. The big picture was great and I think the story was paced well to keep me hooked and moving forward. I think Jefford’s developed some enjoyable main characters and at times it felt like I was really in the cold, barren setting of Alaska.
I also thought the premise was a great one. (I’m not giving much away, this is mainly in the book’s description) The government has a “secret” vampire hunter department and Aurora is forced into it. I say forced because she doesn’t have much choice since they spent a lot of resources on keeping her alive after her car accident. This leads me to one issue: the government agents don’t train Aurora, but throw her out in the field hoping she’ll land on her feet. She’s a dull teenager before all this and is only taking kickboxing classes after school for a few weeks. I felt that if these agents were trying to rid of the world of bad vampires, they’d take the time to really train their hunters and communicate with them better on what their job is.
There was also a “big reveal” that I saw from very early on, which Aurora was oblivious to. It also supports my questioning of the agents’ training methods. Yet, despite all of this, I don’t feel it dampened my enjoyment of the book that much. It was easy to gloss over it and let the story grab me. I think it will be a great series after this, and more will be developed in terms of building this “underground” vampire/government world, and also the characters will have some room to grow and I’m sure many more great characters will show up along the way.
It was a quick, fun read and I don’t read too many vampire books. I’m going to have to start the author’s Spellbound series soon as well to see what that series has in store for me.
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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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This is a great book written by Nikki Jefford; this is the first book in the Vampire Hunter series. Aurora Sky is eighteen years old and she can’t wait until she can leave her “iceberg” home. When she is in a near fatal car wreck everything changes. The government forces her to become a vampire hunter, she also finds out that her blood will paralyze a vampire giving her time to kill it. The characters in this book are great and you will love them. If you are looking for a great paranormal book then you need to read this book. I can’t wait until the next book comes out.
The narrator Em Eldridge did a great job with this book, and was very easy to listen to. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to in one sitting and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end.
If you are looking for a great book with great characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.
A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
"A great start to the series"
Fierce, exciting and modern
I loved this modern twist in the vampire genre. The characters are full of life, energy and attitude which makes it very relevant for young adult readers.I loved Aurora and how she dealt with her trauma. She isn't given any choice in the matter of becoming a government assassin/vampire hunter but she faces it head on and deals with it in her own way.I felt that Aurora's emotional transformation after her accident was very well written and I thought that it made her seem more realistic. I could understand why she would grow apart from her normal friends and start hanging out with a more rebellious crowd. Her change in personality made the story line very interesting and the way she toughens up with each new experience with vampires makes her seem very believable as a vampire hunter.I loved the supporting characters and I look forward to seeing how Aurora deals with the conflicting task of hunting and killing vampires whilst being in love with one of them.The story was fast paced and the narration was excellent. I will definitely be checking out the rest of this series.I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.
"Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter"
When Aurora Sky is involved in a fatal car accident, she wakes in a white room to discover that her life has changed completely. Due to her special AB- blood, she's had her organs replaced and literally been brought back to life. But it's for a good cause, she's now a vampire hunter. When a vamp drinks her blood, he is temporarily paralysed, giving her the opportunity to finish him off. But Aurora thinks she may have been better off dying, because this is not the life she wanted, she had plans. Get out of Alaska and go to college.
I really took to Aurora. She's angry with her new situation and not very pleasant in the beginning but that's to be expected. I really wouldn't want to be her.
Fane is an enticing love interest and I really enjoyed their moments together. I'm not sure how I feel about Dante, sometimes I like him and sometimes he just annoys me. But overall, I enjoyed the characters in this book.
This book definitely left me wanting more. I only listen to audiobooks on my drive to and from work, but I found I wanted to listen to this one more. I couldn't wait to see what was coming next. I've bought the second audiobook and I can't wait to get started on it.
“You are about to meet your first vampire, Aurora. I’ll warn you, he’s no Edward Cullen.”
On a side note, the narrator of this book was probably the best I've listened to so far. Her name is Em Eldridge, and I'll definitely be looking out for her again.
I received this copy free from the author, producer, or narrator in exchange for an honest review from Audiobook Blast
"A great main character in a great book"
I like the realistic way that Aurora reacts to the situation that she finds herself forced into. Her new normality. This culminates in her new years list that then propels her for the rest of the book.
I'm not sure as its not like most of the books I read. But maybe a cooler and more adult and grittier version of twilight.
Aurora is brilliant. The narration really brings her to life in an accessible way.
Yes. I listened to it in two sittings in fact.
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