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  1. says:

    9411I wasn't sure if I wanted to write this reaction particularly since I don't enjoying shitting on people and messing with someone's livelihood But on the other hand I've always been about informing consumers thus helping them choose how to spend their money wiser Which leads me to this über negative reaction to my read of Afterlight by Elle Jasper first book in the The Dark Ink Chronicles series This is not something you'll see freuently from me so enjoy it while it lasts It'll contain a bit of spoilers nothing big but I don't think you guys will care And I'll apologize right now by how crappy this review actually is but not worth the trouble to do better I think Before you go further consider that this is a review aimed for strictly Urban Fantasy readers if you read and like PNR this will not be of much help to you I thinkAfterlight to me is representative of everything that I dislike in Urban Fantasy Might even say to some extent representative of what's wrong with the genre Some won't agree with this assertion but I really feel like I was conned by the person who decided to market this book as member of Urban Fantasy; unless having 90% erotica romance and graphic sex scenes is representative of such a genre Add to that an investigative plot which ends up being dumbfounding and pretty much pointless and it has become the first and only book that I've really regretted buying and reading It's situations like this one which hold backs many readers from trying Urban Fantasy books because they don't care to stumble into books like this one Which is a shame for both the mindset and the books that allow it to festerWhen I finished reading the book it was uite apparent that this could be considered the porn version of Twilight To add to that insinuation going around reading the different reaction of those that have read Afterlight have noticed similarities between the this book and the Twilight series some even uoting passages But I don't care about that One could say then that Afterlight might just be someone's Twilight wet dream come true Even the titles are somewhat similarBefore I'm misunderstood let me just say that I don't like abundance of erotica romance and graphic sex scenes in my Urban Fantasy reading and trust me I've tried That's not to say that I don't understand it's place in it or that I automatically dismiss books that contain such elements else I wouldn't have bothered reading this book to its entirety but I believe there has to be a balance and a relevance to it particularly when a book is littered with it I can handle it when the book is worth it and I don't judge a book simply because it contains them I've read plenty of books in Urban Fantasy that are heavy on those aspects and have thoroughly enjoyed the books so just know it is not a deciding factor but won't lie it is a factor that it influencesThose issues aside I just didn't see anything worthwhile here If you're not one of those readers who closes one's eyes and day dreams about the pulchritudinous alpha male with his banana hammock in full splendor jogging on the beach then this is not a book for you Else you might actually like the book and maybe even like it a lot If you go to some review sites you'll see an abundance of positive reviews But I very much doubt any of those are from people who are strictly Urban Fantasy readers who read the genre because of great characters mystery suspense plot and action where applicableSpeaking of plot what the heck just happen with it in Afterlight? Plot consists of main female character talking about how bad ass she is how awful her life has been up to this point all the awful shit she did to herself when she was young how moist she would get on the thought of getting high on drugs Then someone close to her gets infected with Vampirism she meets the hot alpha male she has recurring sexual dreams she gets horny notices the dude going from supple to full on erection same room masturbation time fucks the dude a couple of times she has some sexual dreams fucks the dude a couple of timesBetween all of this the investigation consisted of she doing tattoos to her customers by day because it wasn't urgent enough to find the infected loved one then by night going to some underground clubs she used to go to filled with skulduggery talk once about how awesome she is while describing how she had underage sex with a sick mofo and was raped pretty much just so she could get her fix talks about how many people are grabbing her ass in the club then someone attempts to rape her We learn nothing worthwhile; she has some sex with alpha dude Rinse and repeat the same investigation tactic one night and get her ass kicked by some of the infected kiddies Then by the end of it nothing of the investigation mattered because the location just presents itself not that the investigation was any good in the first place We have about 15 pages left we do a summary of a crappy training in which it becomes uite obvious that the protagonist is pretty much all talk and not as tough as she think she is final battle comes along 3 pages or so into it she gets knocked out Then she wakes up and all is good and pretty much as resolved as it could be Awesome Actually uite awesome indeed since it might just be the best part of the bookIf you're a strictly Urban Fantasy reader then heed my words and stay away from Afterlight If you are a reader that enjoys paranormal romance and those kinds of elements then best move on to someone else's review because this won't be of any help to you I say once got no problem with paranormal romance or it's readers but I just hate getting conned into reading these types of books because people don't bother to differentiate between the two It's becoming harder and harder to find what you actually want when reactions to books in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance are mirroring each otherIf the argument is that this doesn't fit the Paranormal Romance mold then we better find another sub genre for these types of books because marketing them as Urban Fantasy is not doing anyone any favorsFor Twilight fans well mixed reactions all around So 5050 chances of you liking this bookAnd say what you want about the book cover I actually liked it Viva tramp stamps though she actually has an awesome dragon tattoo in the back and she let us know about 10 times in the story and Truffula Trees


  2. says:

    From the preface In the scene before this she's waiting at a bar for this guy to show up Vampires They're real They exist And they're so not what you think they areAnd I was utterly irrevocably in love with oneSo I immediately thought Hey that's like a pretty blatant Twilight reference Wasn't good ol' Bella irrevocably in love with Edward? Oh I get it wink wink Heh at the end of the book when we come back to this scene she's gonna pop up and yell Gotcha Twitard I hate this stank vampire and I'm getting ready to stake his assSince I was totally in on the joke I sat down and prepared for the punch line while I mentally patted myself on the back for being so cleverAs it turned out I was the punch lineFirst let me say that I am not one of those people who think that every book out there is ripping off Twilight Especially books with vampires in them I mean there were plenty of love triangles stalker ish boyfriends and Mary Sue heroines before Twilight came onto the scene and I'm sure there are still plenty to comeHaving said that I couldn't believe some of the stuff in this book Besides the fact that Riley is irrevocably in love with Eli she also has special blood that for some reason drives vampires crazy if they get a whiff of her Oooookay And really if that was it I wouldn't think it was too weird But you then immediately find out that Eli is from a family of good vampires who has a pacttreaty with werewolves voodoo guys called Gullah Uh huh The Cullen Dupre family is different because they don't kill humans to feed AhThe straw that broke my back however was when Eli admitted that he had been creeping into Riley's room at night to watch her sleep Excuse me Miss I'd like a large cup of Plagiarism and a bagel Mmmmmm Delicious Ok By the middle of the book I was already annoyed so some of the things that started pissing me off may seem petty And yet I'm going to mention them anyway1All of the Goth shitI'm not anti goth I'm not anti anything really How you choose to dress or wear your hair doesn't have any bearing on what I think about youWell unless you're wearing a 'Fuck Anne Hannah' t shirt then I'd probably decide I didn't like you based on your clothing In the book though everything revolved around goth fashions Like somehow the fact that she was wearing earrings that look like spider webs or a fishnet shirt made her super duper edgy And naturally because we readers are stupid we needed to be reminded every few pages not to be judgmental towards people who dress differently Don't stare at them They're just people like youWell not exactly like me because I don't put much effort into my wardrobe On a side not why shouldn't you stare at someone Who Goes Out Of Their Way To Look Different I mean it's obviously what they want right? Why else would you do it? It looks like it takes a lot of time and effort to dye your hair a funky color or colors and seek out clothing that isn't found in your average mall Any kind of 'look' takes a lot of work to maintain so I usually assume that anyone who takes that kind of time with their appearance enjoys something that they get from the experience Let's be honest a lot of the people who are into goth fashions enjoy the looks that people give them because it makes them feel like they are truly different Which is fineBut listen up kids if you are really differentit'll shine through even if you're wearing an old Hanes t shirt and a pair of Levis2Panic RoomAs in We went into the club Panic Room It was smokey inside the Panic Room As I made my way through the Panic Room I saw people making out Some guy touched my ass in the Panic Room I couldn't wait to get out of the Panic Room We went back to the Panic Room the next night Being inside the Panic Room made me nervous Panic Room Panic Room Panic Room Ahhhhh For Christ's sake stop repeating the name of the clubLike I said this may sound petty but after about the 50th reference to the Panic Room I started to wonder if the author had invested in this place or something and was just looking for some free advertisement3Easy OrgasmsOk admittedly this is was not annoying I'm just jealous of this particular superpowerand I needed a #3I can't really say that Afterlight was a total wash though Mainly because of the above mention sex Rowr I can see why you recommended it to me Jilly Bean you dirty dirty girl And I am just shallow enough to give this thing 3 stars based entirely on the nasty bits Sue me


  3. says:

    This is a great example of how a perfectly good idea can be ruined with lousy writing I chose Afterlight because I was in serious need of some vampires and because the main character is a tattoo artist I adore tattoos I have three myself and I honestly thought it would be a fun read I was SO wrong Elle Jasper’s writing is a slow torture – the first 50 pages of her novel are completely useless they serve no purpose at all Riley is drinking tea walking her dog describing her driving skills and taking care of her little brother After that things start happening faster and they even get interesting for a while But not for longHere’s what I found seriously annoying among other things for some reason Ms Jasper adores the words ‘urban decay’ Everythig is urban decayed even the pants on Phin After the third time it becomes ridiculous I’m sorry lady but I honestly have no idea what urban decayed pants are supposed to look like The male protagonist’s name is Eligius Dupré Eli Apparently the author was so proud she came up with such a great name that she used it in full on every single page Ok you like the name we get it But there’s no need to put it in every other sentence is there? Describing unnecessary actions almost drove me crazy “I pulled the Jeep over killed the engine threw it into first gear and set the emergency brake than just sat for a moment as I took in the area” See what I mean? What I DID like is the music on Riley’s playlist Same albums can be found on my iPod Breaking Benjamin 30 Seconds to Mars Yeah Yeah Yeahs Metric and so on To conclude if you’re not a hardcore UF and PR fan don’t bother reading Afterlight The story is not that bad but Jasper’s writing is awful


  4. says:

    I don't often like comparing the similarities between books butTwilight1 Rare blood type that makes vampires go gaga2 A vampire family that's humane3 Male protagonist vamp that tries to stay away from female protagonist but FAILS4 Lurking in the bedroom while she's sleeping5 Female protagonist tries to save everyone by sacrificing herself at the end6 She get's bit D'ohSo yes If Bella happened to meet Edward 10 years later when she's covered in tats has red and black hair looks after her kid brother and wears minimal clothing and if Edward looked a tinsy bit horrible when he got fang and didn't sparkle then ta da TwilightI'll read the second in the series though just in case But I really need to stop reading books because of their covers


  5. says:

    This review was posted at Under The Covers35 StarsRiley Poe is pretty kick ass She has turned her life around and gone from being a junkie and being completely in with the wrong crowd and doing the wrong things to going to college owning a tattoo shop and being a well known artist in Savannah This in big part thanks to Preacher and his wife who took her and her brother Seth in and helped her along just a bit so she could find her way after her mother was killedThe premise for this book is Riley's brother Seth and his buddies apparently release two brother vampires who were captured centuries ago While doing that these vampires make the teenagers into their minions and they slowly begin a transformation to becoming vampires which will be complete when they make their first kill in about a month's timeRiley never knew these creatures of the Afterlight existed but as she sees the changes in her brother and worries about him Preacher takes her to meet the Dupres The local family of vampires who centuries ago made a pact with the locals they wouldn't drink from a human or harm a human as long as they were supplied blood by other means ie blood bank bags Preacher also confesses that she has a rare blood type which is like a magnet and a drug to vampires and that he has been giving her special herbs her whole life to mask that blood so no vampires would be attracted to her and killer herThe Dupres assign their oldest son Eli to watch over Riley while she helps them infiltrate in Savannah's underground which she used to be a part of in order to recapture these two rogue vampires before the full moon so that her brother can be saved and not turnedExcept the magnetism and attraction Eli and Riley feel for each other has nothing to do with her blood and everything to do with herIt took a while for me to get into this book I had a bit of an issue with all Twilight type references I felt like I was reading an adult and at times very adult much to my liking version of the Twilight book To list a few Riley's blood being a drug to vampires which they can scent and have to show a lot of restraint not to drink from her The pact between the Dupres and the locals and if they were to bite anyone even Riley and no biting doesn't automatically change them into vampires they would break the pact and they would be executed Josie is the weird uirky younger sister and her personality comments actions are almost too much like Alice Almost the whole Dupre family could be characterized with the Cullens The ending still leaves us with Riley being wanted by one of the bad vampires and he's coming back for her Sounded too much like VictoriaAll of that aside I will read the second book in this trilogy I want to see where the story goes from here This could've been a much better story had the author worked out all the similarities and just made up some other ways to fill in those details since those things didn't really make the story My rating might've been different then as the book and the story were not too bad after about halfway through and I really like the hero and heroine


  6. says:

    uick Dirty Unfortunately this story is not well crafted The dialog is distracting and repetitive There is nothing uniue or novel to make the story stand outOpening Sentence Afterlight According to the Gullah it meant two things One darkness or dusk Two death the life after or beyond I’m familiar with bothThe ReviewRiley Poe isn’t exactly your model citizen She has a dark and derelict past Highly sexed drug addicted and out of control Riley finally manages to turn her life around Riley is a tattoo artist in Savannah raising her teenage brother Seth after the death of their mother Bored and looking for something to do Seth and his friends decide to raise some hell in a cemetery uite literally Naturally things take a turn for the worse as a result of the cemetery prank Riley becomes increasingly concerned about the crowd that Seth is hanging out with Seth is in trouble and Riley struggles with how to help him Eli a “dangerous” yet “good” vampire decides to make his presence known He’s Riley’s guardian sent to help her through this crisis Seth is experiencing the “uickening” the phase that precedes the vampire transformation Together they embark on a treacherous journey through the underground Savannah to save Seth from rogue vampires and each otherFirst I must note that this book falls under the urban fantasy genre not paranormal romance When I received an ARC of this book for some reason it was billed as paranormal romance From the very beginning Afterlight presented problems and unfortunately it doesn’t get any better If I had to identify two things that really killed the book for me it would be the convoluted plot and the poorly constructed characters It’s hard to connect with any of the characters and the plot would have benefited from tighter and trimmed down revision The opening chapters are too cluttered with minutiae and does nothing to really move the plot forward The pacing of the book is extremely slow and the dialog repetitive Afterlight has too many coincidences that eventually become rather hard to believeRiley Poe isn’t an engaging narrator The narrative is disjointed and isn’t particularly well written first person It was virtually impossible to develop a rapport with Riley’s character It’s not that Riley’s bad decisions make her an unlikable character; she’s just not a well crafted urban fantasy heroine Riley doesn’t have much of a backstory and what we do know is by way of endless exposition rather than through Riley’s actions Despite what we are told about Riley’s past she herself never feels authentic Riley has supposedly experienced a troubled past lived her life on the edge Yet nothing in her behavior or mannerisms suggests that she’s street smart hardened let alone hard core Just because Riley works at a tattoo parlor dresses a certain way and speaks “street” lingo from time to time; doesn’t make her “down for the cause” I never once believed for a second that she was tough capable or smart Without a doubt Riley is trashy than she is classyEli Dupre is a forgettable vampire There isn’t anything really groundbreaking or sexy in terms of the vampire lore and nothing really sets this novel apart or stands out in the sophisticated and crowded urban fantasy market I never felt that Eli and Riley had much of a connection Their relationship seemed based on convenience and circumstanceI couldn’t escape the feeling that Afterlight tried really hard to be something that it’s not – complex layered dark and gritty I got the impression that Ms Jasper was striving to capture the gritty elements of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J R Ward The street lingo and the characters constant desire to be badass hip cool and in their “element” felt contrived and painfully transparentAnother aspect of the novel that didn’t work well was the Gullah speech For example some characters speak Gullah a type of pagan English While it’s a nice attempt to achieve some level of authenticity it falls somewhat flat in light of Afterlight’s aforementioned weak characterizations and poor pacingOverall Afterlight has too many problems to recommend It isn’t particularly exciting or suspenseful Its lack of depth and poorly written characters are the final nail in the coffin for AfterlightNotable SceneI was somewhere completely different and unfamiliar and I immediately knew it was a place where I was definitely not welcome a total stranger As if I inhabited some weird apocalyptic world I lived in a derelict warehouse with rats flaking paint and broken windows and when I looked outside everything was gray bleak and lifeless – except for me Then I saw them – vampires – and at first they were on the street below maybe eight or ten of them; young raggedy punks In the next second they’d leapt onto my balcony and I stumbled back then started to run All through the warehouse I tried to escape but they were all around me leaping from the rafters overhead toying with me laughing; I knew then that I would never outrun them so I turned to fight I was surprised to find a small silver blade strapped to my thigh; it hadn’t been there before Against a wall I turned drew my weapon and aimed One flew toward me face contorted into monstrous bloodlust and hatred jaw hyperextended It was Seth My fingers froze on my weapon I couldn’t do it Then the others joined him as they descended upon me merciless and horrific and I screamed my brother’s name so hard the lining in my throat was scorchedThe Dark Ink Chronicles Series1 Afterlight2 Everdark June 7 20113 EventideFTC Advisory The author provided me with a copy of Afterlight No goody bags sponsorships “material connections” or bribes were exchanged for my review In addition I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site


  7. says:

    More of my reviews can be found at Flipping Through the Pages25 starsI have positives to say about this book than negatives and as a debut novel – amazingFirstly I love Riley Poe she is a refreshing portagonist and isn’t weak like protagonists such as Bella from Twilight or just plain arrogantannoying like Sookie Stackhouse Riley has turned her life around from being a junkie trouble making teen who someone who has gone to college and started their own successful tattoo shop Riley is a big sister who raises her little brother after their mother passed away and was under the care of an awesome old guy called Preacher and his wife who practice wicked African magic They helped Riley turn her life aroundWhile Riley has turned her life around she is still a kick ass female protagonist who thnks for herself rather than for the man who comes into her life EliThe book is generally about Riley’s brother Seth and his friends who accidently release two evil brother vampires by disturbing “Da hell stone” and due to this slowly begin a transformation that will make them the most savage type of vampireIn order to save her brother from becoming a creature of the afterlight Preacher introduces her to the Dupre family – A local family of vampires who by the way are a type of vampire that can go out in the sun and Riley meets and falls for Eligius Dupre a hot tempered protective vampire who falls for Riley the same With some hardcore training and dark underground club hopping to figure out where her brother and his friends are hanging out to lure bait for the vampire brothers Riley Poe the Dupre family and Preacher man has less than a month to save Seth and as many lives as possible and to try and kill the brothersThe premise for this book is Riley’s brother Seth and his buddies apparently release two brother vampires who were captured centuries ago While doing that these vampires make the teenagers into their minions and they slowly begin a transformation to becoming vampires which will be complete when they make their first kill in about a month’s timeThe only thing I can think of that I didn’t like about the book was that there was a fair bit of talking about nothing although its a nice change considering I just finished the Sookie Stackhouse series and the chapters are really long however it is still a book that is difficult to put down and will keep you wanting of Riley Poe


  8. says:

    I wanted to like this I REALLY wanted to like this A female tattooist kicking vamp ass but I couldn't even get to 100 pagesI rarely leave a bad review but this showed so much promise and failed at the 1st hurdleI will never be a fan of overly describing anything I find it boring and nothing switches me off faster The lead character comes across as terribly conceited stating the people she tattoos treat her like a superstar The author makes a huge thing of her pink streaked hair so much so that we get a page detailing why she isn't a Goth I'm utterly perplexed as to why anyone would think pink streaks and tattoos euals Goth So why would we need a lesson in that?Then there's the clichéd both parents died so the older sibling looks after the younger one but she doesn't resent it This wouldn't be so bad if it hadn't have been flung in at the start while to character was complaining At times I found the writing style rather annoying with additions to sentences such as and I looked and I smiled and I laughed It made the prose far too clunkyI found one line too much to handle It could have been a direct cut a paste from Meyers Twilight And I was utterly irrevocably in love with one I cringedI'm utterly disappointed


  9. says:

    OMG that is what comes to mind after i read this book I was walking by while at save mart one night and i spotted the cool cover i finally decided to purchase it and man what a purchase Definitely for all you vampire lovers out there this is a adult novel so all you adults that enjoyed twilight this will definitely blow your mind Eli and Riley Poe are a match made in paranormal romance They are instantly attracted to each other and at first they deny the attraction till it builds and builds and thenBAM a mind blowing coming together for these two Elle definitely puts a twist in the vampires were use to for example these guys can drink you under the table and daylight is no problem once they throw on a pair of shades Riley is a hard knock talented tattoo artist who has a rare blood type that attracts other vampires but the Dupre family has made a contract to protect the city in trade for blood But an ancient evil is released and Riley Poe's look on life will never be the same again She now knows what bumps in the night Eli has become obsessed with Poe and his attraction to her has become to much for him to deny when Riley becomes threatened he is put to the test in keeping whats his This is a must read for all you vamp lovers its definitely 10 stars easy you will not regret getting in on this action


  10. says:

    Rating 55 too bad i cant give than 5 starsWhat i love about this site is that you can actually discover new authors and new series and thats what it happens with this oneThis is for sure one of my favourite book i read this year 2011 and a book that i am looking forward to read the second oneAmazing story line with details that it actually make me beeing there and It didnt tired me at allI am not so familiar with Savanah and voodoo stuff but it was a good chance learning about those things i had no ideajust a little You wont regret reading this trust me at least those readers who are into Adults booksAnd for the record i envy Riley very very much having Eli to her side jealous faceThe ending make me wanted to read since the new hot and bad ass vampire guy is coming to the picture via dreams P signPS edit Eli music playlist to the car made me suezzeeee even since i both love Breaking Benjamin as well


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Afterlight

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Count on was the powerful love of a sister Riley Poe will stop at nothing to get her brother back The one thing Riley didn't count on was the powerful love of a vampire Eli Dupre will do anything to get her Follow Riley Eli and the vampires of the Dupre House into the shadowy underside of Savannah More of my reviews can be found at Flipping Through the Pages25 starsI have positives to say about this book than negatives and as a debut novel – amazingFirstly I love Riley Poe she is a refreshing portagonist and isn’t weak like protagonists such as Bella from Twilight or just plain arrogantannoying like Sookie Stackhouse Riley has turned her life around from being a junkie trouble making teen who someone who has gone to college and started their own successful tattoo shop Riley is a big sister who raises her little brother after their mother passed away and was under the care of an awesome old guy called Preacher and his wife who practice wicked African magic They helped Riley turn her life aroundWhile Riley has turned her life around she is still a kick ass female protagonist who thnks for herself rather than for the man who comes into her life EliThe book is generally about Riley’s brother Seth and his friends who accidently release two evil brother vampires by disturbing “Da hell stone” and due to this slowly begin a transformation that will make them the most savage type of vampireIn order to save her brother from becoming a creature of the afterlight Preacher introduces her to the Dupre family – A local family of vampires who by the way are a type of vampire that can go out in the sun and Riley meets and falls for Eligius Dupre a hot tempered protective vampire who falls for Riley the same With some hardcore training and dark underground club hopping to figure out where her brother and his friends are hanging out to lure bait for the vampire brothers Riley Poe the Dupre family and Preacher man has less than a month to save Seth and as many lives as possible and to try and kill the brothersThe premise for this book is Riley’s brother Seth and his buddies apparently release two brother vampires who were captured centuries ago While doing that these vampires make the teenagers into their minions and they slowly begin a transformation to becoming vampires which will be complete when they make their first kill in about a month’s timeThe only thing I can think of that I didn’t like about the book was that there was a fair bit of talking about nothing although its a nice change considering I just finished the Sookie Stackhouse series and the chapters are really long however it is still a book that is difficult to put down and will keep you wanting of Riley Poe

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The Dupres have been Savannah's guardians appointed by a band of root doctors and hoodooists for nearly two hundred years They've all grown complacent Now the Arcos brothers who've long been entombed at Bonaventure have been inadvertently freed by a group of teenagers horsing around in the cemeter This is a great example of how a perfectly good idea can be ruined with lousy writing I chose Afterlight because I was in serious need of some vampires and because the main character is a tattoo artist I adore tattoos I have three myself and I honestly thought it would be a fun read I was SO wrong Elle Jasper’s writing is a slow torture – the first 50 pages of her novel are completely useless they serve no purpose at all Riley is drinking tea walking her dog describing her driving skills and taking care of her little brother After that things start happening faster and they even get interesting for a while But not for longHere’s what I found seriously annoying among other things for some reason Ms Jasper adores the words ‘urban decay’ Everythig is urban decayed even the pants on Phin After the third time it becomes ridiculous I’m sorry lady but I honestly have no idea what urban decayed pants are supposed to look like The male protagonist’s name is Eligius Dupré Eli Apparently the author was so proud she came up with such a great name that she used it in full on every single page Ok you like the name we get it But there’s no need to put it in every other sentence is there Describing unnecessary actions almost drove me crazy “I pulled the Jeep over killed the engine threw it into first gear and set the emergency brake than just sat for a moment as I took in the area” See what I mean What I DID like is the music on Riley’s playlist Same albums can be found on my iPod Breaking Benjamin 30 Seconds to Mars Yeah Yeah Yeahs Metric and so on To conclude if you’re not a hardcore UF and PR fan don’t bother reading Afterlight The story is not that bad but Jasper’s writing is awful

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Y Determined to take revenge on the city who entombed them the Arcos' gather strength in the city's youth Within the moon's full cycle the gang's uickening will be complete they'll become vampires Newlings out of control and craving human blood will ravage the city The one thing the Arcos' didn't uick Dirty Unfortunately this story is not well crafted The dialog is distracting and repetitive There is nothing uniue or novel to make the story stand outOpening Sentence Afterlight According to the Gullah it meant two things One darkness or dusk Two death the life after or beyond I’m familiar with bothThe ReviewRiley Poe isn’t exactly your model citizen She has a dark and derelict past Highly sexed drug addicted and out of control Riley finally manages to turn her life around Riley is a tattoo artist in Savannah raising her teenage brother Seth after the death of their mother Bored and looking for something to do Seth and his friends decide to raise some hell in a cemetery uite literally Naturally things take a turn for the worse as a result of the cemetery prank Riley becomes increasingly concerned about the crowd that Seth is hanging out with Seth is in trouble and Riley struggles with how to help him Eli a “dangerous” yet “good” vampire decides to make his presence known He’s Riley’s guardian sent to help her through this crisis Seth is experiencing the “uickening” the phase that precedes the vampire transformation Together they embark on a treacherous journey through the underground Savannah to save Seth from rogue vampires and each otherFirst I must note that this book falls under the urban fantasy genre not paranormal romance When I received an ARC of this book for some reason it was billed as paranormal romance From the very beginning Afterlight presented problems and unfortunately it doesn’t get any better If I had to identify two things that really killed the book for me it would be the convoluted plot and the poorly constructed characters It’s hard to connect with any of the characters and the plot would have benefited from tighter and trimmed down revision The opening chapters are too cluttered with minutiae and does nothing to really move the plot forward The pacing of the book is extremely slow and the dialog repetitive Afterlight has too many coincidences that eventually become rather hard to believeRiley Poe isn’t an engaging narrator The narrative is disjointed and isn’t particularly well written first person It was virtually impossible to develop a rapport with Riley’s character It’s not that Riley’s bad decisions make her an unlikable character; she’s just not a well crafted urban fantasy heroine Riley doesn’t have much of a backstory and what we do know is by way of endless exposition rather than through Riley’s actions Despite what we are told about Riley’s past she herself never feels authentic Riley has supposedly experienced a troubled past lived her life on the edge Yet nothing in her behavior or mannerisms suggests that she’s street smart hardened let alone hard core Just because Riley works at a tattoo parlor dresses a certain way and speaks “street” lingo from time to time; doesn’t make her “down for the cause” I never once believed for a second that she was tough capable or smart Without a doubt Riley is trashy than she is classyEli Dupre is a forgettable vampire There isn’t anything really groundbreaking or sexy in terms of the vampire lore and nothing really sets this novel apart or stands out in the sophisticated and crowded urban fantasy market I never felt that Eli and Riley had much of a connection Their relationship seemed based on convenience and circumstanceI couldn’t escape the feeling that Afterlight tried really hard to be something that it’s not – complex layered dark and gritty I got the impression that Ms Jasper was striving to capture the gritty elements of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J R Ward The street lingo and the characters constant desire to be badass hip cool and in their “element” felt contrived and painfully transparentAnother aspect of the novel that didn’t work well was the Gullah speech For example some characters speak Gullah a type of pagan English While it’s a nice attempt to achieve some level of authenticity it falls somewhat flat in light of Afterlight’s aforementioned weak characterizations and poor pacingOverall Afterlight has too many problems to recommend It isn’t particularly exciting or suspenseful Its lack of depth and poorly written characters are the final nail in the coffin for AfterlightNotable SceneI was somewhere completely different and unfamiliar and I immediately knew it was a place where I was definitely not welcome a total stranger As if I inhabited some weird apocalyptic world I lived in a derelict warehouse with rats flaking paint and broken windows and when I looked outside everything was gray bleak and lifeless – except for me Then I saw them – vampires – and at first they were on the street below maybe eight or ten of them; young raggedy punks In the next second they’d leapt onto my balcony and I stumbled back then started to run All through the warehouse I tried to escape but they were all around me leaping from the rafters overhead toying with me laughing; I knew then that I would never outrun them so I turned to fight I was surprised to find a small silver blade strapped to my thigh; it hadn’t been there before Against a wall I turned drew my weapon and aimed One flew toward me face contorted into monstrous bloodlust and hatred jaw hyperextended It was Seth My fingers froze on my weapon I couldn’t do it Then the others joined him as they descended upon me merciless and horrific and I screamed my brother’s name so hard the lining in my throat was scorchedThe Dark Ink Chronicles Series1 Afterlight2 Everdark June 7 20113 EventideFTC Advisory The author provided me with a copy of Afterlight No goody bags sponsorships “material connections” or bribes were exchanged for my review In addition I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site

  • Kindle Edition
  • 336
  • Afterlight
  • Elle Jasper
  • English
  • 12 October 2017
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About the Author: Elle Jasper

Elle Jasper spent her youth buried in the pages of Mary Shelley Edgar Allan 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 Armstron