- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 39 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Nikki Jefford
- Audible.com Release Date: March 27, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VAOX4Q2
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Northern Bites: Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Vol. 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Pros: I loved the characterization, the voice, and the characters. The plot was good if somewhat predictable, with a Buffy vibe (the Buffy and Angel forbidden love thing between Aurora and Fane), but I still really enjoyed it. The pace was quick, and the romance scenes were sweet and touching. The dialogue was amazing, too.
In the first and second book, I hard time with the suspension-of-disbelief over a few plot points that almost made me stop reading. One, this secret government sector that hunts vampires was never fully explained or how they picked people to join. Two, Aurora is 18, so her mom couldn't legally sign anything on her behalf. Three, I felt like Aurora didn't ask enough questions about these agents or do any research on them. She just kinda accepted this program without too much of a fight or questions. Or her mom for that matter. Why didn't she question these guys or look into them, or consult her husband before signing the contract? I mean, I get it. I would do anything to save my own kid, but I'd have questions. Lots of them. Five, the reader is told (never shown) that Aurora is taking martial arts classes after school. But when? It is mentioned, but after school, she never goes. She never uses any fighting skills or talks about her kickboxing classes. She never once mentions the training or how the course is going, or feeling exhausted afterwards. Those type of classes leave you sore and worn out! Six, the grammar needs to be polished. It didn't really hurt the reading quality, but with a better edit, it would read more smoothly. Seven, how could the government possibly known that Aurora had an AB negative blood type? An explanation would be good.
Anyway, besides my few complaints, these are great books. I already ordered book 3, and I can't wait to read it!
Aurora tries to maintain a normal life at home and school but some things can’t be avoided. She had learned that a few other girls at school, Noel and Valerie who weren’t her friends, were also saved by the Agency and are vampire hunters as well. She meets a guy she likes named Mike who also likes her. He followed her to a party she was invited to and had an encounter with a vampire. The next day the girls get called out of class on an assignment and she learns that he’d been killed. She also learns she has to go to northern Alaska with Jared and Valerie, who has an attitude and whom she’s fought with.
With Aurora and Valerie thrown together on a job and having to share a hotel room, Valerie opens up and they become closer as friends. Aurora also learns that Jared is infected and is a vampire but his case is classified. Jared has a long interesting history which makes him a great character. Aurora is going to become a mentor in the program and is being sent to a new location before she goes to college which is what she really wants. This is a great series and I really enjoyed volume two. It opens the characters up more and leaves room for more in the series. It has everything going for it including a suspenseful ending with Marcus and Jared. I look forward to more in the series. Great work by NIKKI JEFFORD.
EM ELDRIDGE is absolutely perfect as Aurora Sky. I love her character and Em really embodies who she is. She has a great voice with the right voice inflections plus a little sass. I always knew which character was speaking and she kept the story moving at a good pace with good tone. I’m really looking forward to volume three. Fantastic job by both author and narrator.
Jeffords does a better job of story development in this book. The plot is deep, steady, and a study in contrasts. The dangers are greater, and there is a natural flow.
There are new characters who help with the centuries old backstory. Existing characters are further developed, though not as much as I would have liked. The complex character relationships are well-written, never crossing the line into confusion.
I like this book. I think it is better than book one. 4 stars