Book Review: Bad Blood by Nikki Jefford

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Title: Bad Blood
Series: Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #3
Author: Nikki Jefford
Publication date: June 4th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

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Bad BloodBad Blood
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #3
Nikki JeffordNikki Jefford, June 2014
ISBN 978-1499690941
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From the author—

Aurora returns from boot camp to a new assignment, an unwelcome roommate, and the increasingly amorous attentions of a certain vampire hunter.

College is starting, and so is Aurora’s undercover work at a network of swanky parties known as “Tastings” for high rolling vampires who like their blood laced with fine wine. But Aurora’s not the only one on the prowl. An underground investigation is under way to find out who killed one of Anchorage’s most prominent vampires… and Aurora is a prime suspect.

These days, there are only a handful of series that I manage to keep up with; I have so many TBRs that I just can’t stay on top of new entries coming out, much less read them. As a result, there are just a handful I make a point of not missing and the Aurora Sky series is one of them. I’m happy to say that Bad Blood has left me wanting much more.

There’s a lot to love about this series, not least of which is the ingenuity of the plot, longrange as well as in each book. Add to that the natural maturing of a high school girl who has been thrust into a world far beyond her expectations and terrific character development of all the players, major and minor, and there is very little to not like. I love the details, the little things that set this apart from other vampire stories—the whole AB blood thing is brilliant—and I really enjoy spending time with Aurora and Noel (how I love that girl!) and Dante and Valerie and Fane and even the government guys and nasty vamps.

This time, Aurora is on another threshold, moving from boot camp for vampire hunters to her first year in college. Think about it—that must be a little like going from CIA spy/assassin training to college. One minute she’s murdering a killer vampire to pass her last test and the next she’s getting the sex protection talk from her mom and meeting…er, confronting…her new roommate. Oh, and there’s the little matter of having two hunky guys, Dante and Fane, pushing all the right and wrong buttons, not to mention having to balance college classes with her vampire hunting duties.

And being a key suspect in a vampire murder investigation adds a little excitement to life, doesn’t it?

Once again, Nikki Jefford has given us a gem of a story but Bad Blood ends with everything turned topsy turvy and all I can say is thank heavens Hunting Season will be out in just a few months. Waiting to find out what happens next  just may be the end of me 😉

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, July 2014.

About the Author

 

Nikki Jefford 2Bookaholic, nature girl, and animal lover.

Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who found paradise in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands (WA) where she is, once more, neighbors with Canada in a town without a single traffic light.

She married the love of her life, Sebastien, while working as a teaching assistant in France. They reside with their Westie, Cosmo in Friday Harbor.

Loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt.

 

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The Shadow Aspect

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Title: The Shadow Aspect
Series: The Harvesting #2
Author: Melanie Karsak
Publication date: Summer/Fall 2014
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Young Adult, Zombies

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Synopsis:

When Layla took the final step through the labyrinth, she
knew she was saving the ones she loved.

She couldn’t have been more wrong.

The unwitting victims of a grudge seething for eons, Layla and the other
survivors now find themselves in a war for our world. With vampires lurking
and shapeshifters plotting vengeance, Layla must learn who to trust if
humanity has any hope of survival: the carnie girl? The quiet doctor? The tarot
reader? The stranger with alluring gold eyes? Or the man she loves?
And then there are the voices. What does it forewarn if the dead can speak?

When the world burns, mankind’s shadow side rises. Do we deserve to survive?

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Melanie KarsakMelanie Karsak grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.


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