Book Review : Afterlight by Elle Jasper

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Afterlight (The Dark Ink Chronicles, #1)
Afterlight (The Dark Ink Chronicles, #1) by Elle Jasper

Product Details:
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451231678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451231673
  • Purchase the book on Amazon / Barnes & Noble / IndieBound


Savannah's most unconventional tattoo artist, Riley Poe, lives on the edge. Now she's put over the edge when her younger brother is taken by a sinister cult led by vampires. Her only ally is the hot-tempered vampire Eli Dupre, attracted to Riley's beauty and rare blood type. To save her brother from certain un-death, Riley faces dangers she's never dreamed of, ruthless bloodthirsty enemies, and an evil of endless hunger that wants to devour it all...

What do you get when you combine a kick-ass female with a wild past and a two-centuries-old sexy male vampire originated from France? You get Afterlight, of course! Elle Jasper's debut is wicked cool! In this book, Elle shows readers the darker, creepier side of Savannah, Georgia, besides adding her own touch of Gothic elements in it. You can observe it in Riley's dressing code and fashion sense.

Riley Poe is an amazing heroine. She's spunky, badass, witty and loves her brother a great deal. I'd really like to see the dragon tattoo on her back and arms if she were a real person. She has a soft spot for her younger brother Seth, whom she cares for since her mother died. She always calls him "my baby brother" and I think that is cute, since I did the same with mine.

When Seth and his friends disrupts an ancient stone
in Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery, they accidentally release two evil, powerful vampires --- Victorian and Valerian, descendants of the Strigoi. Then, all hell breaks loose. The two evil vampires, Victorian and Valerian, are out for blood, and they are using Seth and his friends to do lure victims.

To save her brother from eternal damnation, Riley seeks help from her surrogate grandfather, the Preacher, who is a Gullah conjurer. His grandfather introduces her to the Dupre family, who agrees to aid her in saving Seth. But there's something strange about the Dupres. They possess amazing speed, and they can change into terrifying monsters in a blink of the eye. They are actually vampires. And Eli Dupre, one of them, has been ordered to act as her personal bodyguard. As time passes, the mutual attraction between them heightened.

Eli Dupre is like the perfect guy, he's hot, handsome and protective. But he can be pretty scary too, when he gets angry or hungry. He grows fond of Riley, and eventually falls in love with her despite the fact that they are two different persons from two different worlds.

Elle Jasper is a talented writer. She weaves the tale perfectly, and ends each chapter with a surprise. I was eager to continue reading and stopped only when my eyes cannot resist the urge to rest. The setting is written in detail, giving me a clear mental image of the charms of the historical sites in Savannah. There is a quote that reminds me of Twilight, but that's a small thing. I loved the book nevertheless. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the second book in The Dark Ink Chronicles, Everdark!

Rating: 5

Note: This book is intended for adults / readers above 18 years of age only.

Many thanks to Elle Jasper for sending me a signed copy of the book for this review! Thank you for including the extra goodies! I love them!


Elle Jasper
Elle Jasper spent her youth buried in the pages of Mary Shelly, Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker, and Stephen King. Growing up on the salt marshes of Savannah, Georgia, she was always fascinated by the city’s ancient cobblestones, eerie church spires and Gothic Revival architect—as well as the dark, not-so-publicized side of Savannah, both steeped in tumultuous history. After an education at Armstrong Atlantic University, she forged her love of Gothic literature with an active imagination to pen her own stories. She is now a full time writer and lives amidst the moss and shadows of Savannah. Follow Elle Jasper on Twitter

25 creative remarks:

fredamans said...

Beautifully written review! It sounds exactly like what I look for in a novel. I'm adding to my wish list!

Aik said...

Thanks for visiting, Freda! I'll be having a contest for this book soon, so stay tuned! ;)

Misha1989 said...

Loved the review! This book has been on my wishlist for quite a while.

Miss Delirious said...

Just my sorta book! Kickass female, tattoos and R18!

Can't wait to read it.

Maidenveil said...

I'm so psyched to read this one! Thanks for the review. :)

Dea S. said...

Nice review. Can't wait to read this one. :)

justpeachy36 said...

Really looking forward to reading this one...

Love the cover.

EVA SB said...

Great Review! This book sounds dark and exciting.
I love the idea of a Georgia setting and the fact that the main protagonist is a tattoo artist

Julie said...

This sounds like a really good read!

Kristen said...

Loved your review I cannot wait to read this book!!

Kristen
My Bloody Fairy Tale

Alexa said...

It sounds like a great UF with a little bit of romance thrown in. Thanks for the great review if I didn't already have this one on my wish list it would be added. :)

fs1 said...

Thank you for letting me know about not only the giveway but also your great blog.
(the language's portuguese, by the way :$)
I bought this one for a Christmas present for a friend. She'll love it :x And I want a copy for me to lol
*bows*

Llehn said...

The book sounds like something right up my alley!

Rosa said...

This book seems soo good! I really want to read it! Thanks for the great review! :)

Patricia Duarte said...

great review, now I want to read it!

Katrina W said...

Great review !!! ;) 18 + something a lil saucy indeed with a hint of romance, hot handsome man !! Woot woot !!! thank for posting the great review !! Its def on my tbr pile ;) Love vampires and this is somthing Id def love to sink my teeth into.. :)
Kat
kittee_cat@bigpon.com

Jennifer said...

Great review. I've wanted to read this one for a while now. It sounds fabulous.

BookNoise @ gmail dot com

skyla11377 said...

Wow, this book sounds so awesome. I LOVE Vampires and kick-a$$ female characters. I definitely am adding this book to my to be read pile. Thanks for intorducing me to this awesome sounding book.

Kaza (UF/PR series) said...

I've been hearing some really good things about this book (including your review).

karenbailey@internode.on.net

jmspettoli said...

I can't wait to read this book! I've been looking forward to it for a while. Thanks for the review.

Gilliene said...

Sounds amazing to me! Looking forward to reading it!

Gilliene

Vivien said...

Amazing review. I've been drawn in by this cover but your review makes this sound like a great read.

~evening-green~ said...

Nice review, added the book to my to-read-list^^

latishajean said...

Great review Sounds like a great book I will have to add it to my read list!

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