Sunday, 24 July 2016

Northern Bites by Nikki Jefford

Title: Northern Bites
Series: Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter (#2)
Author: Nikki Jefford
From: Amazon (Box Set Books 1-3)
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 27th July 2013
Challenges: 2016 Read the Books You Buy, Summer COYER 2016, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Love bites. Probation sucks. Thanks to Dante’s recklessness, Aurora is now partners with Valerie: the redheaded, backstabbing vixen. Dante is in full flirt mode. Fane’s tactics are more ruthless. Something carnal has awakened in Aurora and neither boy is helping tame her cravings. When a member of the unit’s team is found dead, Aurora and Valerie are sent after a vampire in Sitka, but Aurora suspects the killer’s much closer to home.

I'm still not completely over how different the Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter series is from what I was expected. Part of me thought (before I read book 1, I went into Northern Bites with my eyes completely open) that it was just  going to be another YA vampire book, but it is so much more than that. It's grittier, more real feeling and so much darker than I originally expected and I loved that. I wouldn't suggest reading Northern Bites as a standalone as it relies on the events in Aurora Sky too much. 

It was defintiely interesting to see some of the other characters in a different light. Valerie definitely grew on me a little bit in Northern Bites, but I'm not too sure how I'll feel about her character going forward and if that will change. Dante equally got a bit more fleshed out so he was a bit less of a sex-crazed teenager (though he naturally still flirts and acts like that too). 

The character who developed the most though was naturally Aurora. She had all the thought processes of a teenager as well as having the added danger of potentially accidentally becoming a vampire added into the mix. There were a lot of revelations in this book  as well, especially about how she came to be, and it seems that everyone is that little bit shadier than first thought. 

The romance in Northern Bites was only minimal. It's clear that Aurora is still at least a little bit hung up on Fane, but she does seem to get interested in other guys too. It added a more realistic dynamic as well as making Aurora work for her future happiness. 

This was a great read, full of action and the darker side of vampires.