Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Vampire Hunter's Daughter Part III: Becoming

It's Christmas. Chloe is surrounded with friends and her small family, but she still feels completely lonely without her mother. She decides that she wants to go visit her mom's grave for the first time. Drew takes her to the cemetery where she sits and sobs for half an hour at her mother's grave. As they are getting ready to leave, Chloe is seized by a strange warm tingling sensation, starting into her stomach and stretching into her fingertips. They are being visited by Sostrate, daughter of Artemis, who is giving Chloe the guidance that she so desires from her mother. Sostrate also gives her a special gift. Later, Chloe discovers her own personal gift or superpower while she and Drew are out for a run. There is no end to all of the learning. As the vampires begin to close in, she can't learn it fast enough.

This installment of The Vampire Hunter's Daughter is yet again fast-paced and sucks you in. As Chloe learns more about herself, you can't help but wonder what else you are going to learn with her. You want to see her succeed and to hone the gifts she has been given. Immediately after reading Part III: Becoming, I couldn't wait to download Part IV!

Download the first three parts all together!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Vampire Hunter's Daughter Part II: Powerful Blood

I did it. I gave in and actually spent money on Kindle books, just so that I could continue reading The Vampire Hunter's Daughter series. I usually prefer to have physical books in my hand, especially when spending money on them. But the free first installment that I had received was so intriguing, it was worth the low price to continue the story.

In Part II, "Powerful Blood," Chloe is working herself ragged learning the tricks of the vampire hunter trade. She struggles with hand-to-hand combat, but is getting better with her daily run. She has also found that her particular skill is in shoot with both guns and a bow and arrow.

She is anxious to know more about her history, as well as that of vampire hunters in general. So she goes to the library and is surprised by what she finds out. She also finally asks Luke, her grandfather, to tell her more about her heritage. By having a vampire hunter for a mother and a vampire for a father, she is definitely in a unique situation.

Typical teen angst also sets in as Chloe goes to school. She finds her nemesis in Christina Livingston, the school bitch/slut, who has also dated Drew. She and Drew continue to develop their relationship, whatever that is meant to be. Chloe also witnesses her first vampire fight since her mother's murder.

Chloe is also trying to cope with her first birthday and first Thanksgiving without her mother. I felt particularly connected to her on this level, as I have recently gone through my first birthday and first holiday season without both of my parents. Whether you are a 14 year-old girl or a 34 year-old woman, it is a difficult rite of passage. This part of the story ends with Chloe asking for her mother's help, only to receive silence.

Yet again, I zipped through this installment of the story. I had to immediately move on the the third part. This story is very catchy and fun to read. Characters are easy to understand and are relatable. Even if you don't like vampires, as I typically do not, you will enjoy this series.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Vampire Hunter's Daughter Part 1

I have been following author Jennifer Malone Wright's journey with The Vampire Hunter's Daughter almost from its inception. We have been Facebook friends for a few years now and often encounter each other on various writing sites and forums. I remember when she came up with the idea and decided upon her main character's name. I remember her finding a cover and the early promotions. And of course I remember her finishing up the series. I wanted to support my fellow writer, but couldn't bring myself to pay for it.

I hate vampires.

Sure, I enjoyed Dracula. I first read it in 8th grade. I reread it last year when I got my Droid with the Kindle app on it and liked it even more. It is THE original and quintessential vampire story. But I have tried to do the Twilight series and the True Blood series and can't stand them. I do not like vampire shows. So, I didn't want to spend the money on something I was sure to dislike. I would feel guilty about it.

Recently, Jennifer made the first installment of the series free. I knew I was headed out for a long day of shopping while my friend found himself the ultimate pair of sneakers for his street hockey games. So, I decided that would be a good time to give the book a perusal, while sitting in the stores waiting for him to debate the best treads for lateral movement.

I sat down on a quiet stool and started to read. I finished the installment before my friend was even done looking around the store. And I have finally downloaded the rest of the installments so that I can finish the story.

Chloe Kallistrate is awakened by her mother in the middle of the night. Felicia throws Chloe into the closet and tells her she loves her, just as some men burst into the bedroom. Chloe watches in horror as her mother is murdered before her very eyes. As she is being dragged out of the house against her will, another group of people burst into the house to save her. And thus, Chloe finds out the truth about her heritage, her parents, and her life's destiny. She decides to embrace it all and avenge her mother's death by becoming the greatest vampire hunter.

This first installment ends with Chloe making her vow and leaves you wanting more. It is told in the first-person and you can hear and feel the teenaged cynicism and attitude. Perhaps Jennifer was able to pull on her own teenage years?

The Vampire Hunter's Daughter is a quick and easy read. Granted, I read fast, but this first part was devoured in less than an hour. Get it for free on Kindle or other reading apps and see what you think! I will keep you posted on the other parts.