Favorite Lines: “The drive back to my apartment was excruciatingly long and sensually painful at the same time. We didn’t speak—not with words, anyway.” (p. 261)
Riley Poe is has worked hard to put her wild youth behind her. She is raising her brother and running a successful tattoo shop. Until her brother stumbles into a very well kept secret…vampires are real. And they’ve taken her brother.
Riley will ally herself with the Dupré vampire family and risk her life for her brother as she revisits her dangerous and self-destructive past.
Afterlight is the first book in Elle Jasper’s Dark Ink Chronicles. It follows the life of a Riley Poe, a woman with a rare blood type forced to work with vampires. The vampires crave her blood, so when she becomes intimately close with Eli Duprè she is literally risking her life as she chases la petite mort.
Riley is a likeable character. She is caring, brave and willing to put herself out there for her brother. She is the woman you want as a friend because she will always have your back, even against the undead.
The story begins with a preface set in October which names Eli as Riley’s boyfriend and gives a brief introduction to vampires. Why am I telling you this? Well, the back of the lists Eli as an ally and I don’t want you to think I’m giving spoilers. Riley reflects, in an obscure way, about the things she learned in the previous two months.
The first chapter starts in August with Riley stalking her little brother Seth. Seth and his friends are trying to be slick and sneaked out for a night of fun at the local cemetery. Unfortunately, they broke into a crypt belonging to some deadly vamps.
Afterlight is an awesome novel which blends urban fantasy and romance into the story of a tattooed woman’s life. Riley is desirable to men/vamps for both her looks and her blood which causes all types of issues when the bad guys notice her. One of my favorite parts of the story is the dream sequences which involve Riley and an evil vamp. The dreams give the story an erotic/gothic feel which fits right in with the dark, seedy places Riley visits during her hunt for her brother.
I’m glad I bought Afterlight. It’s got great secondary characters, steady pacing and action. Keep in mind the fact that there will be at least two more books in the series: Everdark and Eventide. I really need the next installment in the series which comes out in June 2011.