Originally having grabbed this title for one of my teen read slots, I wanted some fantasy to add in the mix. Aurora Sky, the first in Nikki Jefford’s Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter series is really best read or listened to by older teens / mature YA/NA readers. Please read on for my review of this audio title.
I wanted to mix up the audio a bit and go for a straight vampire saga, and after the first few twists, Aurora Sky fit the bill.
Aurora is soon to graduate from high school when her entire life flips upside down. Saved by government agents after a near fatal wreck, she is offered a bargain: become a vampire hunter or die. At eighteen no less. Of course, she takes the offer at life: she has plans. She wants to leave Alaska for college at Notre Dame, she’d like to not always be the ‘good girl’ and experience life a bit. She made a bucket list even. Aurora was easy to like and understand. BUT, taking the bargain means that she is staying in Alaska, and working for the government means that she has a NEW list of tasks. Can she get any or all of it done?
Along with the tasks, the government sends her a mentor in Dante, to ‘break her in’ and adapt to life as she now needs to live it. But, that means that Fane, the cute boy from gym class who has suddenly started turning up everywhere just may not be acceptable to Dante. Forget her mother, one look at Fane and his odd dress sense and she was against him.
Every twist and turn brings new delight: Jeffords has brought anew creation story to both vampires and hunters, as Aurora and the reader learn about her new life. Choices will have to be made, some with little information, and every character brought into the story adds a bit more to the depth and choices for her. I was drawn into the story early and never looked back.
Narration for this book is provided by Em Eldridge and she has a solid presentation for Aurora: the snarky teen whinging about the lack of defense in a volleyball game, the dreamy tomes when she takes a quiet moment in a world of her own creation, and the growing sense of confidence she develops with each new conquest. Variations for different characters, action and emotional situations and a solid sense of enjoying what she is reading highlight this narrative performance. If you are a fan of vampire / hunter sagas and want a character who is growing both in maturity and in skill, this is the book and series for you.
Stars Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: Aurora Sky
Author: Nikki Jefford
Narrator: Em Eldridge
Published by: Self-Published, Self-Produced
Published on: 1 August 2014
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 6 Hours, 44 minutes
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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 that becomes progressively more mature. Underage drinking, sexual situations, mild language and blood sucking.)
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A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.