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I Belong


Review: Everdark by Elle Jasper

TitleEverdark

Author: Elle Jasper

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Dark Ink Chronicles (Book 2)

Publication Date: June 7, 2011

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451233778 (Penguin/Signet)

ISBN-13:  978-0451233776 (Penguin/Signet)

Reviewed by: Kiwi

Synopsis:

Curse the darkness…before it curses you.

Tattoo artist Riley Poe thought she knew the shady side of Savannah—until her brother was taken by a cult of vampires. Allying herself with hot-blooded vampire Eli Dupré, she got her brother back. But her courage—and her one-of-a-kind blood type—made her an irresistible temptation for some very bad bloodsuckers.

After barely surviving an ambush by enemy undead, she has inherited certain traits of her attackers: heightened senses, lightning reflexes, unreal strength. Eli trains Riley to use her new vampiric tendencies, teaching her control and skills she’s never imagined needing. But when a new trait—a telepathic link with a rampaging vampire—manifests itself, Riley knows she has to put her new skills to the test to stop the killer before he strikes again.

Long used to taking care of herself, Riley has trouble asking for help, even from the powerful vampire she loves….

Quick & Dirty: You won’t be able to put it down.

Opening Sentence“Hold her down!”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

Riley Poe and her assorted family and friends return in this second installment of the Dark Ink Chronicles series. This one starts as Riley and a bunch of other young people are going through a change of sorts, becoming not vampires, but mortals with extra abilities. It seems, in the last book, there was some sort of attack by a specific type of bloodsucking vampire. In order to keep all of the victims from becoming vampires themselves, they had all been moved to an isolated island and detoxed, as it were, causing the vamp venom to just make them extra special without making them immortals. This process is especially difficult for Riley and thusly her love, Eli, who must stand by helplessly. And what she’s been holding back is even worse on everyone surrounding her.

After a successful transition, everyone returns to their previously scheduled lives among the merely mortal. But, soon that secret comes back to bite Riley in the butt, and puts her in some rather sticky situations. You see, when a vamp bites those who are mortal, their venom not only turns them, but also gives their maker complete access to their minds. So Riley now has telepathic communication with one of her makers. But worse yet, she is also living out the kills of his brother, whom also took a bite out of Riley. She must suffer through watching these horrors from his eyes, yet she is powerless to do anything about it.

When Eli and his family find out this pretty little bit of information, they vow to murder the two who are responsible. However, there are some unforeseen consequences, and I won’t tell you what happens after that.

Everything considered, I did enjoy this book and found it practically impossible to relinquish so I could do other things, like feed the kids, or talk to my husband. I find the setting, current day Savannah and Charleston, descriptive and vivid, and the mythology and belief systems quite original.

All that being said, I do have two mini warnings about this book. First, so much of what happens in this book is based on a past that occurred in the previous one. So you might want to pick up the first book first. I wish I had. Not that it takes away from this piece of the story, because it doesn’t, but there are a lot of references to the type of creatures they are fighting against, their mythology and characteristics that I am assuming are gone over in the first installment. Second, this ends on a large cliff hanging type moment. So, if you’re not into the waiting game, which I usually am not, you might want to let her finish out her storyline before picking up the series.

Notable Scene:

Nightmares plagued me; hunger plagued me worse. I crawled around on all fours, lunging and gnashing at anything that happened by. Heartbeats thumped all around me, and I could hear blood rushing through vessels. I wanted it. I needed it.

I fought to get it. I didn’t care whose it was.

The big one had to have a lot; I could smell it, almost taste it on my tongue. Like a cat, I waited; he grew close. I leapt, wrapped my legs around his waist, and used all my strength to hold him still. I wanted what pumped through his veins. Hands grasped me; voices yelled. I was pulled off. I thrashed; my body writhed; on all fours I scrambled away. My senses alerted me to another-a smaller one-but the resonating whoosh-whoosh of the substance I craved pumping through his body beckoned me. I crouched, then lunged, wrapping my whole body around him to prevent escape. Something coldcocked me in the head-in the f***ing head! I flew back, my prize released, and I hit the ground hard. Air left my lungs. My head throbbed. I lay there, seeing nothing but darkness and stars. My chest rose and fell. My heart barely beat. Stillness washed over me. I was unsure whether I was sleeping or dead.

I wasn’t dead; I’d learned a lesson. Pretending to be asleep, I waited for another to come to me; the hunger inside me roared as I sensed his approach. Why wasn’t anyone giving it to me? I’d f***ing get it myself. I waited. He drew closer. His breath brushed over me, leaning close. Quickly, I wrapped my legs around him, grabbed his head, and found his throat with my mouth. I held fast, with my teeth and body. Something was wrong, though. There was no rush of blood, no thump-thump as it beat through his body. Weakened, I allowed him to shake me off, I hit the ground, and he landed on top of me. He held me down; at first I thrashed. He allowed me to. Drained, as I was, slumber claimed me and pulled me into darkness.

The Dark Ink Chronicles Series:

1. Afterlight

2. Everdark

3. Eventide

4. Black Fallen

FTC Advisory: Penguin/Signet provided me with a copy of Everdark. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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