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Savannah's most unconventional tattoo artist, Riley Poe, lives on the edge. Now she's put over the edge when her younger brother is taken by a sinister cult led by vampires. Her only ally is the hot-tempered vampire Eli Dupre, attracted to Riley's beauty and rare blood type. To save her brother from certain un-death, Riley faces dangers she's never dreamed of, ruthless blo Savannah's most unconventional tattoo artist, Riley Poe, lives on the edge. Now she's put over the edge when her younger brother is taken by a sinister cult led by vampires. Her only ally is the hot-tempered vampire Eli Dupre, attracted to Riley's beauty and rare blood type. To save her brother from certain un-death, Riley faces dangers she's never dreamed of, ruthless bloodthirsty enemies, and an evil of endless hunger that wants to devour it all...


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Savannah's most unconventional tattoo artist, Riley Poe, lives on the edge. Now she's put over the edge when her younger brother is taken by a sinister cult led by vampires. Her only ally is the hot-tempered vampire Eli Dupre, attracted to Riley's beauty and rare blood type. To save her brother from certain un-death, Riley faces dangers she's never dreamed of, ruthless blo Savannah's most unconventional tattoo artist, Riley Poe, lives on the edge. Now she's put over the edge when her younger brother is taken by a sinister cult led by vampires. Her only ally is the hot-tempered vampire Eli Dupre, attracted to Riley's beauty and rare blood type. To save her brother from certain un-death, Riley faces dangers she's never dreamed of, ruthless bloodthirsty enemies, and an evil of endless hunger that wants to devour it all...

30 review for Afterlight

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bastard

    http://bastardbooks.blogspot.com/2011... Updated 9/4/11 I 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 frequent http://bastardbooks.blogspot.com/2011... Updated 9/4/11 I 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 frequently 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 think. Afterlight, 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 more 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 fester. When I finished reading the book it was quite 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 quoting 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 similar. Before 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 influences. Those 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 applicable). Speaking 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 more sexual dreams, fucks the dude a couple of more times. Between 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 more 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 more sex with alpha dude. Rinse and repeat the same investigation tactic one more 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 quite 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, quite awesome indeed since it might just be the best part of the book. If 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 more, 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 other. If 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 favors. For Twilight fans, well mixed reactions all around. So 50/50 chances of you liking this book. And 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. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    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 are. And I was utterly, irrevocably in love with one. So 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 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 are. And I was utterly, irrevocably in love with one. So 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 ass! Since 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 clever. As it turned out...I was the punch line. First, 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, stalkerish boyfriends, and Mary Sue heroines before Twilight came onto the scene, and I'm sure there are still plenty more to come. Having 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 pact/treaty with werewolves voodoo guys called Gullah. Uh-huh. The Cullen Dupre family is different because they don't kill humans to feed. Ah. The 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 anyway... 1)All of the Goth shit I'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 you. Well, 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 you! Well, 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 fine. But listen up kids, if you are really different...it'll shine through even if you're wearing an old Hanes t-shirt and a pair of Levis. 2)Panic Room As 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 club! Like 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 advertisement. 3)Easy Orgasms Ok, admittedly this is was not annoying. I'm just jealous of this particular superpower...and I needed a #3. I 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. 4 out of 5

    Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    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 sk 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 long. Here’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. 4 out of 5

    Narnies

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't often like comparing the similarities between books but... Twilight. 1. Rare blood type that makes vampires go gaga. 2. A vampire family that's humane. 3. Male protagonist vamp that tries to stay away from female protagonist but FAILS. 4. Lurking in the bedroom while she's sleeping. 5. Female protagonist tries to save everyone by sacrificing herself at the end. 6. She get's bit. D'oh. So yes. If Bella happened to meet Edward 10 years later when she's covered in tats, has red and black hair, look I don't often like comparing the similarities between books but... Twilight. 1. Rare blood type that makes vampires go gaga. 2. A vampire family that's humane. 3. Male protagonist vamp that tries to stay away from female protagonist but FAILS. 4. Lurking in the bedroom while she's sleeping. 5. Female protagonist tries to save everyone by sacrificing herself at the end. 6. She get's bit. D'oh. So 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 more horrible when he got fang and didn't sparkle then ta da! Twilight. I'll read the second in the series though, just in case. But I really need to stop reading books because of their covers..

  5. 4 out of 5

    Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    This review was posted at Under The Covers 3.5 Stars Riley 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 killed. The premise for this book is This review was posted at Under The Covers 3.5 Stars Riley 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 killed. The 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 time. Riley 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 (i.e. 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 her. The 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 turned. Except the magnetism and attraction Eli and Riley feel for each other has nothing to do with her blood and everything to do with her. It 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, quirky 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 Victoria. All 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. 5 out of 5

    Dark Faerie Tales

    Quick & Dirty: Unfortunately, this story is not well crafted. The dialog is distracting and repetitive. There is nothing unique or novel to make the story stand out. Opening 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 both. The Review: Riley 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 lif Quick & Dirty: Unfortunately, this story is not well crafted. The dialog is distracting and repetitive. There is nothing unique or novel to make the story stand out. Opening 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 both. The Review: Riley 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 (quite 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 “quickening,” 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 other. First, 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 believe. Riley 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 more trashy than she is classy. Eli 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 more on convenience and circumstance. I 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 transparent. Another 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 pacing. Overall, 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 Afterlight. Notable Scene: I 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 scorched. The Dark Ink Chronicles Series: 1. Afterlight 2. Everdark (June 7, 2011) 3. Eventide FTC 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. 4 out of 5

    Neeks

    More of my reviews can be found at Flipping Through the Pages! 2.5 stars I have more positives to say about this book than negatives and as a debut novel – amazing! Firstly, I love Riley Poe, she is a refreshing portagonist and isn’t weak like protagonists such as Bella from Twilight or just plain arrogant/annoying 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 More of my reviews can be found at Flipping Through the Pages! 2.5 stars I have more positives to say about this book than negatives and as a debut novel – amazing! Firstly, I love Riley Poe, she is a refreshing portagonist and isn’t weak like protagonists such as Bella from Twilight or just plain arrogant/annoying 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 around.While 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, Eli. The 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 vampire. In 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 brothers. The 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 time. The 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 more of Riley Poe.

  8. 4 out of 5

    M.A. Stacie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 pages. I rarely leave a bad review, but this showed so much promise and failed at the 1st hurdle. I 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, 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 pages. I rarely leave a bad review, but this showed so much promise and failed at the 1st hurdle. I 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 equals 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 clunky. I 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 cringed. I'm utterly disappointed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    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 bui 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 then....BAM!! 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. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Rating 5/5 too bad i cant give more than 5 stars What i love about this site is that you can actually discover new authors and new series and thats what it happens with this one! This 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 one! Amazing story line with details that it actually make me beeing there and It didnt tired me at all! I am not so familiar with Savanah and voodoo stuff but it was a good chance learning about those thi Rating 5/5 too bad i cant give more than 5 stars What i love about this site is that you can actually discover new authors and new series and thats what it happens with this one! This 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 one! Amazing story line with details that it actually make me beeing there and It didnt tired me at all! I am not so familiar with Savanah and voodoo stuff but it was a good chance learning about those things i had no idea,just a little You wont regret reading this trust me at least those readers who are more into Adults books.. And for the record i envy Riley very very much having Eli to her side *jealous face* The ending make me wanted to read more since the new hot and bad ass vampire guy is coming to the picture... via dreams :P *sign* P.S edit Eli music playlist to the car made me squezzeeee even more since i both love Breaking Benjamin as well

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie(babs)

    Afterlight by Elle Jasper has an incredible eye catching cover, and when I heard the heroine was a tattoo artist, I decided to give this a go. Set in Savannah, Georgia, this Gothic feeling urban fantasy has a great set up. Riley Poe is a talented tattoo artist (or so we are told) who is her fifteen year old brother’s guardian. Just like any teenager, Seth gets into trouble, but Riley is there to make sure he’s safe and protected. Riley knows what lurks in the darkness and it’s not pretty. One ni Afterlight by Elle Jasper has an incredible eye catching cover, and when I heard the heroine was a tattoo artist, I decided to give this a go. Set in Savannah, Georgia, this Gothic feeling urban fantasy has a great set up. Riley Poe is a talented tattoo artist (or so we are told) who is her fifteen year old brother’s guardian. Just like any teenager, Seth gets into trouble, but Riley is there to make sure he’s safe and protected. Riley knows what lurks in the darkness and it’s not pretty. One night after Seth and his friends are fooling around in a cemetery, Seth’s personality begins to change, and not for the better. The reason Seth has channeled his inner vampire emo is because he and his friends disrupted a tomb and unleashed two nasty souls, a pair of psycho brothers. These brothers will stop at nothing until they have what they want. Riley will do whatever she can to save her brother’s soul, even if it means joining up with a family of Addams Family type vampires. And one such vampire, Eli, aka only my parents call me Eligius (I can’t help but think of Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer here, where the comparison between Eli and Angel is very eerie) wants Riley, not only for her special blood type, but because she eludes that snarky scent that a hot vampire male can’t stay away from. Unfortunately Eli has to work hard for Riley’s affection, because she’s not going to fall all over him. Plus one of the nasty ghost demon brothers invades Riley’s dreams and decides he’ll claim her for his own. I got half way through Afterlight and had to stop. Afterlight is written in such a way that shows off every urban fantasy and paranormal trope possible with very under-developed characters and way to much telling and not enough showing. We are told upon page after page how badass Riley is from her punk wear, how many times she was arrested, and how she was stripped searched by the cops all before she could drive. Not once does Riley really show her true colors. Even by page 150, I was still waiting for something exciting to happen. I suppose this was Elle’s way of building up the tension, but it all fell very flat. If there was a nice atmospheric of Gothic darkness and voodoo magic, I must have missed something because not once did I get I feel it. And don’t get me started on the overuse of a specific word on almost every page. I can’t even tell you how many times “Gullah” appeared. Talk about annoying. Also annoying was Riley and Seth’s foster parent of sorts, Preacher, who should be the voice of wisdom and someone Riley can turn to for advice. His role didn’t really bring anything to the story. Also his dialect, which should add flavor and make him an endearing character that you want to see again, does the exact opposite. Every time Preacher popped in for his cameo spotlight and said, “how do you do?” in his own distinctive way had me rolling my eyes. As debuts go, Afterlight was a big reading fail for me. I had no connection to the story, Riley is a forgettable

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead

    This is the tale of two novels. First 150 pages, poor writing. It felt like the editor used a simple Microsoft Word Grammar checker when editing the first half of the book. I definitely cannot write and I felt like I could have written the first half of the book. Strangely enough, the second half was written much better. It flowed better, the grammar use was better, and it made the story much more enjoyable. On to the story-, it was not anything original but I liked the characters (even the dog). This is the tale of two novels. First 150 pages, poor writing. It felt like the editor used a simple Microsoft Word Grammar checker when editing the first half of the book. I definitely cannot write and I felt like I could have written the first half of the book. Strangely enough, the second half was written much better. It flowed better, the grammar use was better, and it made the story much more enjoyable. On to the story-, it was not anything original but I liked the characters (even the dog). I think the series has potential. If you can get through the first half of the book, you will find a good story with lots of potential. 2.5 out of 5 stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I am always thrilled when I discover a new author or series. I get all giddy inside and I happily add that author to my list of authors on my radar. After reading, Afterlight I’m excited to do the same. Afterlight is a surprisingly entertaining paranormal/urban fantasy story that sucked me in right from the start. Riley Poe is a cool, funky, kick-ass tattoo artist in Savannah, Georgia. The story begins with Riley searching for her brother, Seth. She locates him and his friends in a local cemetery I am always thrilled when I discover a new author or series. I get all giddy inside and I happily add that author to my list of authors on my radar. After reading, Afterlight I’m excited to do the same. Afterlight is a surprisingly entertaining paranormal/urban fantasy story that sucked me in right from the start. Riley Poe is a cool, funky, kick-ass tattoo artist in Savannah, Georgia. The story begins with Riley searching for her brother, Seth. She locates him and his friends in a local cemetery breaking into a crypt known as the hell stone. Riley knows that something evil is released but she is unsure of what it is. When her brother begins to act strange, she knows she needs help from Preacher, an elderly Gullah (an African descendant who is an herbalist and conjurer) and his wife. Riley trusts Preacher and considers him to be her surrogate grandfather. Riley learns that her brother and his friends released two ancient vampires, the Arcos. Soon her brother is missing and she and Preacher seek the help of another vampire clan, the Duprés. It is then, that Eli Dupré (the oldest son) is assigned to protect her and the task is proving to be difficult because Riley’s blood type is rare and all the vampires want a taste it. My first impression of Riley is that she was going to be hard to like. One of the things that I like is that Eli sees through her hard shell. “I think you hide behind your art,” he said evenly, then set my arm down and looked at me.” “Just because you curse, fight like a dude, and ink your skin”―he lifted a forefinger and traced the wing at my eye―”doesn’t mean you don’t need a shoulder.” He rose. “Everyone needs one of those, Riley. Even…us.” Eventually the author reveals Riley’s vulnerable side while keeping that hard kick butt vibe that makes her edgy. Riley has also been through a lot in her life; she lost her mother, escaped an abusive relationship and was heavily into the underground and drugs. Because the story is in first person narration, it is a bit harder to fully connect with Eli. I often hate when authors do this but I’m learning in UF and paranormal this is a growing trend. Eli is very closed off in the beginning but as the story progresses it is becomes more obvious that he is strong and struggles to control his vampire side. When he finally mates with Riley, he becomes completely alpha and protective. The bulk of the book is spent on Riley discovering things in this new world of hers, training and fighting her attraction to Eli so the climatic fight scene at the end is in its proper place, but I wish there were more of them at the beginning of the book to move the action along. That was the only problem I had with Afterlight, the action is slow. I’m actually looking forward to the next book in the series, especially after reading the excerpt in the back. I would recommend this for fans of the paranormal/UF genre.

  14. 4 out of 5

    LIA Kh.

    I had a hard time to finishing this book. first half of the book is really really boring. usually I'm a fast reader, but this one took all my patience away. After arounf 60% the story begin to interest me, but still I don't feel connected. the heroine , i don't know what the author want... a girlie one or the badass one? I feel she is cool but another time she is to weak to hold her own desires. 3,5 star. will try the next book I had a hard time to finishing this book. first half of the book is really really boring. usually I'm a fast reader, but this one took all my patience away. After arounf 60% the story begin to interest me, but still I don't feel connected. the heroine , i don't know what the author want... a girlie one or the badass one? I feel she is cool but another time she is to weak to hold her own desires. 3,5 star. will try the next book

  15. 5 out of 5

    E.J. Stevens

    Maybe Afterlight should have been titled Afterglow...so much vampire sex (and lusting after vampires). Not at all what I was expecting. I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but the badass woman on the front cover holding a knife led me to believe this was an urban fantasy series about a vampire hunter. Afterlight is really an adult paranormal romance. Maybe Afterlight should have been titled Afterglow...so much vampire sex (and lusting after vampires). Not at all what I was expecting. I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but the badass woman on the front cover holding a knife led me to believe this was an urban fantasy series about a vampire hunter. Afterlight is really an adult paranormal romance.

  16. 4 out of 5

    All Things Urban Fantasy

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy It’s a sad but true fact that rarely do excellent covers yield equally excellent books. AFTERLIGHT has one of my favorite covers of the year and I honestly was afraid to read it because I knew the story couldn’t possible live up to the stunning cover. Wow was I wrong. AFTERLIGHT is like The Lost Boys meets L.A. Ink (Elle Jasper actually references the movie in the book). Hot vampires, badass chicks, and wicked tattoos. Seriously, if Corey Haim was someho Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy It’s a sad but true fact that rarely do excellent covers yield equally excellent books. AFTERLIGHT has one of my favorite covers of the year and I honestly was afraid to read it because I knew the story couldn’t possible live up to the stunning cover. Wow was I wrong. AFTERLIGHT is like The Lost Boys meets L.A. Ink (Elle Jasper actually references the movie in the book). Hot vampires, badass chicks, and wicked tattoos. Seriously, if Corey Haim was somehow in this book I could die happy. The fictionalized version of Savannah in AFTERLIGHT is sultry and seductive with a supernatural secret: vampires. Afterlight vampires are the non human killing—most of the time—variety, and strigio vampires are the drain-you-dry-and-feast-on-your-still-beating-heart kind. Tattoo artist Riley Poe is a former wild child trying to make a life for herself and raise her younger brother Sean when he unwittingly releases two of the the most notorious strigois ever. The sibling relationship between these two was instantly relatable and endeared both brother and sister to me immediately. Riley herself is a smartass. She talks a big game but she actually delivers. She’s got more street smarts than people twice her age (and the emotional scars to prove it) but her hard life hasn’t managed to destroy her ability to care deeply. I loved that resiliency about her. I also loved her honesty. She doesn’t play games with anyone including herself. She doesn’t always understand her emotions, but she does freely acknowledge them. I was not expecting the romance in AFTERLIGHT. Usually there are cover clues, or major cues in the description (which in hindsight there were), but I was totally caught off guard by the white hot relationship between Riley and the Afterlight vampire Eli—in a good way. It’s maybe the best I-want-you-but-I-might-kill-you romance I’ve read all year (and that’s saying something). And Eli…I loved Eli. He has a mocking humor and possesses a powerful intensity that I could literally feel while reading. Vampire desires warring with human desires and control barely held onto by willpower alone. This is the kind of romantic lead I want more of. Overall, AFTERLIGHT is very reminiscent of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. The heat of the romance coupled with the UF emphasis on world building is balanced nearly perfectly (no easy feat). There is a preview for the next Dark Ink Chronicles book at the end of AFTERLIGHT which only makes the wait until next summer for EVERDARK, when it releases on June 7, 2011, that much harder. Loved this one! Sexual Content: Masturbation. Graphic sex. References to rape, References to prostitution.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Afterlight is author, Elle Jaspers debut novel. Afterlight is the first novel in the Dark Ink Chronicles. I received Afterlight as an ARC copy from Ms Jasper, and even before I started reading it, I knew I would love it. The cover art is beautiful, very eye catching. I read this book in only a few hours, and one word that comes to mind is, refreshing. And I also received some pretty bookmarks to go along with the book. Riley Poe is a smart, talented heroine. I liked her character from the first Afterlight is author, Elle Jaspers debut novel. Afterlight is the first novel in the Dark Ink Chronicles. I received Afterlight as an ARC copy from Ms Jasper, and even before I started reading it, I knew I would love it. The cover art is beautiful, very eye catching. I read this book in only a few hours, and one word that comes to mind is, refreshing. And I also received some pretty bookmarks to go along with the book. Riley Poe is a smart, talented heroine. I liked her character from the first page. If you want a original heroine, Riley Poe is your gal. A hot tattoo artist, filled with tattoos, black and purple hair, owns her own tattoos shop, she's not your usual protagonist. She's a big sister, who raised her brother Seth, since she was young, with only the help of her two Gullah grandparents. She owes everything to those two, and loves them deeply. But they have a secret. One that makes Riley's life turn a 180. A family shows up. They're different, more excotic. Quicker than eye can see, and they seem to know what she's thinking. What are these people? One word changes everything. Vampire. Eligius, the familys oldest son is mysterious. Riley can't stop thinking about him, his blue gleaming eyes, and his deep voice. He seems to have taken an interest in her as well, but his temper is going to cost him. All the characters in this novel are well written and very likable. I want to have friends like the Arcoses. Especially Phin, Eli's younger brother. I LOL'd at him. Eli is a new favorite hunk for me. Why is it everytime I read a book I fall inlove with yet another male? Eli is something else. He's tall dark and handsome, with a hot temper and a very protective side. I want more of him, now. I cannot wait to read Everdark. Elle Jasper really knows how to tease a gal. I love how Ms Jasper has made the vampire bite leathal for humans. One drink and they cannot stop. No sexy sips in this book. LOL. Elle Jasper has really made a excellent world that is a mirror of ours with the exception of the hidden darkness..

  18. 5 out of 5

    Myhotstylist

    I must be the odd-ball out here because i really really enjoyed this book! As far as the grammar usage goes, the author (in my opinion) was trying to portray the characters with deep southern roots. Ie: using words like: dem (them) and dere (there). For me being born and raised in the south, this didnt bother me a bit and only made the characters seem more colorful and alive in my eyes. On to my review: Riley Poe is one pretty kick-azz character. An ex-wild child, orphaned and now raising her 15 I must be the odd-ball out here because i really really enjoyed this book! As far as the grammar usage goes, the author (in my opinion) was trying to portray the characters with deep southern roots. Ie: using words like: dem (them) and dere (there). For me being born and raised in the south, this didnt bother me a bit and only made the characters seem more colorful and alive in my eyes. On to my review: Riley Poe is one pretty kick-azz character. An ex-wild child, orphaned and now raising her 15 year old brother, Seth. Shes now 25 and owns the tatoo parlor, Inksomnia. Riley's life changes dramatically when her brother dissapears, and she meets Eli and his Dupre family. They inform her that 2 very powerful vampires (Valerian and Victorian) have re-emerged and taken Seth to become part of their army. Other young teens are going missing in the city as well. Riley teams up with the family and go to many underground places to hunt for the boys and their leader. But in the end, it is Riley and her special blood that can save herself and her brother from certain death. All in all, i really enjoyed this book. I ate it up in just a few sittings. While Id wished the chapters were a little shorter, it didnt deter from the book at all. The ending was left open for a sequel, which Im eagerly awaiting.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I cannot even recall how I heard about this book but I am so glad I did! The story is told from Riley’s point of view. Riley is a tattoo artist whose only blood relative is her brother Seth. She has had quite the life and not in a good way. Her adolescent years where filled with a lot of suffering . What I liked about her story is that while she had it rough she does not play the victim however the downside is she tries to remain tough even when she is feeling vulnerable. Seth is out one night wi I cannot even recall how I heard about this book but I am so glad I did! The story is told from Riley’s point of view. Riley is a tattoo artist whose only blood relative is her brother Seth. She has had quite the life and not in a good way. Her adolescent years where filled with a lot of suffering . What I liked about her story is that while she had it rough she does not play the victim however the downside is she tries to remain tough even when she is feeling vulnerable. Seth is out one night with his friends playing around in the cemetery when it all backfires and they free some really dangerous vampire from their prison. Riley is desperate to save her brother and turns to her adopted grandparents and the Dupre family to save him. I really enjoyed this book! I loved the setting and writer did a fantastic job of giving you just enough information to guide you in the setting but not overdone. The plot was also great and it stayed steady even though I was sleepy I kept reading because I wanted to know what came next. The book is mostly urban fantasy with a love interest and I am happy to say I totally brought it. I think I am hooked on a new series!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Summer

    I was on the second or third chapter and got tired of the main character describing in detail how cool her and her friends outfits were. And how goth is not what you wear but WHO YOU ARE... as if this is important to the story. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......

  21. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    The main reason I didn’t like this book is because I have a problem with characters that go on and on about how crap their life is and unfortunately Riley Poe is one of them. I get that the author wanted to establish the fact that Riley has had a hard and traumatic childhood that’s left her scarred and given her a badass attitude, but when it’s being brought up throughout the entire book, any sympathy I might have had for her just turns into annoyance. In fact, this attempt to make Riley a ‘toug The main reason I didn’t like this book is because I have a problem with characters that go on and on about how crap their life is and unfortunately Riley Poe is one of them. I get that the author wanted to establish the fact that Riley has had a hard and traumatic childhood that’s left her scarred and given her a badass attitude, but when it’s being brought up throughout the entire book, any sympathy I might have had for her just turns into annoyance. In fact, this attempt to make Riley a ‘tough-ass’ heroine can only be called a fail because I see her as just another stubborn, dumb-ass heroine who doesn’t know when to listen to other people who’s more experienced than she is. She gets told not to do something, she agrees, and then she goes and does it anyway. Yeah, very street-smart. I found the repetitive use of the words ‘sick’, ‘wicked’ and ‘freaking’ tiresome. They’re the kind of things I used to say to my friends when I was fifteen and now reading about a twenty-five year old women, along with a couple of vampires in their hundreds using that type of lingo just seems very juvenile. Rather than coming off as cool and hip, they’re coming off as wannabes and that’s not attractive. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters and I didn’t care whether they lived or died. Even Riley and Eli’s relationship seemed more about lust than love and I failed to find any romance in it. Most of the time, he was rather gruff with her whilst she was constantly lusting after his body. The pacing of the story was poor and is one of the main reasons I had so much trouble reading the book. The first half of it was incredibly slow and nothing exciting was happening; it took a while for the vampires to be introduced and even then there was nothing about them that appealed to me. I don’t like that it’s never explained why Riley’s blood is so much more appealing to vampires than everyone else’s. It just is. We’re also not told how Victorian came to know about Riley and starts obsessing over her. He just does. The battle scene at the end was very anticlimactic and we don’t even get to read about how the good guys beat the bad guys. They just did. Riley gets knocked out in the ‘fight’, or maybe we should just call it an attack seeing as she didn’t even have the opportunity to defend herself - so much for being a badass - and she wakes up to be told that they’d defeated the villains. It would be nice to have some details, descriptions and explanations rather than just say something is the way it is. I wanted to like this book but there was nothing here that really stood out for me except the cover. I’m not sure whether to read the second because I do see potential for this to evolve into a good story, once Riley gets over her childhood and Eli’s hotness and focuses more on the story. In this book, Riley has begun training and learning how to fight against vampires, but so far she hasn’t been able to put those skills to use. Maybe in the next book, she’ll be more interesting when she can fight back. Also, I have heard a lot of comments about how this book channels Twilight, and I admit there are a few similarities. However, I am sure that some of these ideas have been used way before Twilight even existed, like the idea of good vampires who doesn’t harm humans when they drink. In fact, most PNR/UB books rehash ideas from each other but they only ever get stick for copying Twilight, when in actual fact, Twilight probably got the idea from someone else. But personally, although there were a few similarities, I wouldn’t say this book was actually like Twilight, because the plot is completely different. Does Bella have a brother? No. Is Bella a tattoo artist? No. Is Bella a reformed Junkie? No. And for the record, Eli doesn’t sparkle and he has no qualms about having sex with Riley before they’re married. This book is not a rewrite of Twilight. Quotes: ‘I’d gone through too much in my young life and handled a lot of problems most never encounter in their entire existence…’ ‘Death. I’ve known for a long time. I’ve seen it firsthand, and it left a gruesome imprint in my mind that will haunt me forever. But like most crappy things that have happened in my life, I’ve just dealt with it, and maybe death has made me stronger…’ ‘I’ve walked Savannah’s cobbles the whole of my life, been in the darkest alleys, and I’ve seen a lot of crap go down. I’ve been in a lot of crap as it was going down…’ ‘There’s always potential to fall into bad shit. I know. I’ve been there. I fell and wallowed in it. And sometimes, when you’re in, you stay in. Or you don’t leave alive. I escaped, but not without repercussions. Big ones…’ ‘I’d experienced a million indecencies and humilities in my youth…’ ‘I knew where the darkest of souls hung out after dark; I used to be one of them…’ ‘I’d been a tough-ass since age nine and had grown only tougher as I’d aged…’ ‘I left that wild life far behind, and only scars and remnants of my past were still visible and present…’ ‘I’d spent my teenage years as high as a kite, smoked like a freight train, got into one too many fights, skipped school, and ran with the badasses…’ This is what I mean about the constant repetitiveness of Riley’s childhood and badass status. There are more in the book. And it is not necessary because I get it. She’s had a crap life, she’s been involved in a lot of shit, she’s a bad girl. It would be great if there was less of this in the next book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

    From my blog Auntie Spinelli Reads I had trouble getting through this one. Why? Because it was a cookie-cutter of Twilight. (Am I the only one who noticed this?!) Sure, there were some differences...it had some colorful icing and fancy sprinkles added for camouflage. But the basics were disturbingly similar. I should have known in the prologue when Riley said she was 'utterly, irrevocably in love' with a vampire, and my first thought was easy, Twilight. I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN. *shakes fist* The book From my blog Auntie Spinelli Reads I had trouble getting through this one. Why? Because it was a cookie-cutter of Twilight. (Am I the only one who noticed this?!) Sure, there were some differences...it had some colorful icing and fancy sprinkles added for camouflage. But the basics were disturbingly similar. I should have known in the prologue when Riley said she was 'utterly, irrevocably in love' with a vampire, and my first thought was easy, Twilight. I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN. *shakes fist* The book was fairly decent for a while after that, with the scene at the graveyard and then Riley's brother acting strangely. Until it got to the part where things were explained to Riley, and she finds out she has - dun dun DUNN - special blood. Blood that vampires find irresistible. Groan. And a 'love interest' that can hardly control himself around her because her blood smells so delicious. Gee, sound familiar? Everything went downhill from there. I mean, even the names mean basically the same thing. Afterlight. Twilight. Huh. Then you've got a family of 'good' vampires - Cullens Dupres - with a brooding son named Edward Eli that tends to be a loner. Baddies making an army of fresh vamps - Valerian and Victorian (Victoria, anyone?). An ancient family that keeps the Dupres in line and protects the city (Gullah instead of Quileute). At least they weren't werewolves. "You have no idea how much of a temptation you are to me, Riley Poe. No idea how much control I truly have not to simply taste what rushes through your veins, with barely more than a paper-thin layer of skin to stop me." The romance was basically the same as Twilight, with a few steamy scenes thrown in. Edw- I mean, uhh Eli was controlling, overprotective, stalkerish. Wanted Riley to keep her distance for her own protection, because he was dangerous. (Because it 'always ends badly' between mortals and vampires.) Saved her from a pervert in a dark alleyway and vehemently stated that he should have killed the guy. Riley finds it 'thrilling' that Eli watches her from dark corners - and while she's sleeping. Um? How the hell is it exciting for a complete stranger to be creeping your bedroom, watching you sleep? HOW?! Eli: I've watched you, even before we met. From inside your room. Riley: Ohh, that's so romantic, let's make love! Something else that bothered me? Eli's manhandling of Riley. He was constantly pushing her around (literally). I should have kept count of how many times he shoved her into a wall. I'm not sure how any of these qualities are something to be admired, or what Riley saw in him...but whatever. Thank goodness Riley was different than Bella. Unfortunately, it was the extreme opposite. She was cocky and a total badass. She thought she was, anyway. Eye roll. Her arrogance irritated the hell out of me. Sure, she could fight. But she seemed to think she was invincible. She thought she was the epic hot shit. Anything with a penis wanted her. She was irresistible. Ugh. And I could really deal without a complete in-depth rundown of every single freaking outfit she wore. Good lord. I really don't give a rat's ass about Riley's wardrobe. I had some issues with the world-building, as well. The Gullah weren't explained at all, so I didn't understand their background. Too lazy to look it up, not my job. Also, I didn't understand why they couldn't destroy the Arcoses until they were fully rejuvenated. That makes no sense! Wouldn't you want to off them while they're still weak? The only explanation I got was something about Gullah magic. I don't even know. I didn't get why Riley had to go back into the underground and pretend to be into drugs, either. I know that her brother and his friends were choosing recruits from seedy places like that, but why does it matter whether Riley does it or not? That part confused me. Prologue aside, the book started out alright. But a bit more originality could have gone a long way. ASSESSMENT Plot: 2/5 Writing style: 3/5 Originality: 1/5 Characters: 1/5 World-building: 1/5 Pace: 3/5 Cover: 4/5

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cat Russell (Addicted2Heroines)

    The story started out great. It was flowing smoothly, I enjoyed Kat Von D . . I mean, Riley Poe's character. She was the sexy tough chick that seemed to have her shit together. I was really digging her ... that's until she met Edward Cullen ... I mean, Eligius Dupre and then she reverted to a horny teenager with an obsessive crush. Once Eli made his appearance, there were so many Twilight similarities that I had a hard time enjoying the story. Eli is the over-protective stalker who admits later The story started out great. It was flowing smoothly, I enjoyed Kat Von D . . I mean, Riley Poe's character. She was the sexy tough chick that seemed to have her shit together. I was really digging her ... that's until she met Edward Cullen ... I mean, Eligius Dupre and then she reverted to a horny teenager with an obsessive crush. Once Eli made his appearance, there were so many Twilight similarities that I had a hard time enjoying the story. Eli is the over-protective stalker who admits later in the story to sneaking into Riley's bedroom at night to watch her sleep. He also is ridiculously drawn to her scent because her blood is addictive and he has to struggle with controlling himself so that he doesn't kill her (also sound familiar?). Riley meets Eli's vamp family consisting of his mom, dad, sister, and two brothers. They even have a family crest! Cullens, meet the Dupres. I don't even have to tell you that they are not vampires that drink directly from the source like other vamps do .... but at least they aren't chowing down on deer. Blood bags and wine glasses work just fine for them. Also, instead of a treaty with werewolves, the Dupres have formed their pact with the Gullah, who basically practice dark magic, among other things. So I guess it isn't completely like Twilight. After all, they do have lots of dirty sex. One thing that I didn't really grasp was Riley's "special blood". What purpose does that serve? Why is it special? It basically just causes vampires to want to kill you faster? That really sucks (bad pun intended). Something else that sucks is Eli's sister, Josie, who is 150 years old still has to answer to her parents. Riley says to her "Good. Okay it with your mom and dad first." I didn't really understand that. If she was changed when she was a young teenager, does she still stay that way mentally, or is it just the way that the Dupres treat their children? Personally, if I had to spend my entire immortal existence under my parent's watch, I would say no thank you, just stake me please. Last complaint - and it's a valid one - is about one sentence I read that was kind of disturbing. "Amid the tossing and turning and turbulent sex thoughts of Eli, I'd come to a shocking conclusion: I could no longer whine and cry about what was happening to my brother and me". She basically masturbated, fell asleep, had dirty thoughts about Eli, and then woke up with a sudden realization about her situation with her brother? Oooookay, not exactly how I would have had that scene play out, but it's not my book. The controversy with the Arcoses and Riley's brother was entertaining and if the author would have just changed some things about Eligius, this story would have turned out much, much better. I feel like I have to add that I loved the Twilight Saga, I just don't like reading a story that is 60% ideas taken from someone else's books. I prefer original creativity when I'm reading.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Yin Chien 인첸

    What do you get when you combine a kick-ass female with a wild past and a two-centuries-old sexy male vampire originated from France? You get Afterlight, of course! Elle Jasper's debut is wicked cool! In this book, Elle shows readers the darker, creepier side of Savannah, Georgia, besides adding her own touch of Gothic elements in it. You can observe it in Riley's dressing code and fashion sense. Riley Poe is an amazing heroine. She's spunky, badass, witty and loves her brother a great deal. I'd What do you get when you combine a kick-ass female with a wild past and a two-centuries-old sexy male vampire originated from France? You get Afterlight, of course! Elle Jasper's debut is wicked cool! In this book, Elle shows readers the darker, creepier side of Savannah, Georgia, besides adding her own touch of Gothic elements in it. You can observe it in Riley's dressing code and fashion sense. Riley Poe is an amazing heroine. She's spunky, badass, witty and loves her brother a great deal. I'd really like to see the dragon tattoo on her back and arms if she were a real person. She has a soft spot for her younger brother Seth, whom she cares for since her mother died. She always calls him "my baby brother" and I think that is cute, since I did the same with mine. When Seth and his friends disrupts an ancient stone in Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery, they accidentally release two evil, powerful vampires --- Victorian and Valerian, descendants of the Strigoi. Then, all hell breaks loose. The two evil vampires, Victorian and Valerian, are out for blood, and they are using Seth and his friends to do lure victims. To save her brother from eternal damnation, Riley seeks help from her surrogate grandfather, the Preacher, who is a Gullah conjurer. His grandfather introduces her to the Dupre family, who agrees to aid her in saving Seth. But there's something strange about the Dupres. They possess amazing speed, and they can change into terrifying monsters in a blink of the eye. They are actually vampires. And Eli Dupre, one of them, has been ordered to act as her personal bodyguard. As time passes, the mutual attraction between them heightened. Eli Dupre is like the perfect guy, he's hot, handsome and protective. But he can be pretty scary too, when he gets angry or hungry. He grows fond of Riley, and eventually falls in love with her despite the fact that they are two different persons from two different worlds. Elle Jasper is a talented writer. She weaves the tale perfectly, and ends each chapter with a surprise. I was eager to continue reading and stopped only when my eyes cannot resist the urge to rest. The setting is written in detail, giving me a clear mental image of the charms of the historical sites in Savannah. There is a quote that reminds me of Twilight, but that's a small thing. I loved the book nevertheless. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the second book in The Dark Ink Chronicles, Everdark!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melindeeloo

    In Afterlight, Savannah tattoo artist Riley Poe has been doing a fine job of raising her teenage brother, when the supernatural aftermath of a teenage prank in a grave yard may very well mean that her brother is lost to Riley forever. But Riley will do whatever it takes to save her brother, even though it means that the very human Riley will be fighting against powerful inhuman forces who view Riley as a tasty prize. Fans of Twilight are probably not going to agree with me, but I thought Afterli In Afterlight, Savannah tattoo artist Riley Poe has been doing a fine job of raising her teenage brother, when the supernatural aftermath of a teenage prank in a grave yard may very well mean that her brother is lost to Riley forever. But Riley will do whatever it takes to save her brother, even though it means that the very human Riley will be fighting against powerful inhuman forces who view Riley as a tasty prize. Fans of Twilight are probably not going to agree with me, but I thought Afterlight felt very Twilight inspired, yes I know the story which involves some voodoo and the heroine's attempt to save her younger brother when he falls in with the wrong crowd (euphemistically speaking) doesn't seem like it is paying homage to a book which garnered so many new readers for the paranormal romance genre. But there are elements which make its influence felt: Riley's blood is a rare and irresistible delicacy to vamps. There's a `good' vamp family which doesn't feed on humans and a group of `bad' vamps who prefer to drink blood straight from their victims' still beating hearts. Riley is dangerously obsessed with good vampire Eli who is attracted first by Riley's blood, but later fascinated by the women he tries to resist and who he'll likely kill if he succumbs to the passion between them - oh and Eli likes to watch Riley when she sleeps. Afterlight is sexier than most urban fantasies even though it tries to fit that mold with its first person narration by the edgy, independent, `rebel' heroine Riley. I'm afraid that I just was never able to warm up to Riley. But even though I wasn't that fond of the headstrong leap before you look Riley, I loved Eli. He's a great vamp leading man, mysterious, sexy, and powerful - yet vulnerable in his attractions to Riley. I also really liked his siblings, I enjoyed the brothers' sense of humor and the multi-century-old `teenage' sister was fun too. Actually several other supporting characters deserve an honorable mention as well: Nyx, Riley's upbeat tatoo artist partner and Preacher, a magical herbalist and Riley's adopted grandfather were interesting and their relationships with Riley added to the story too. Overall, my nits with Afterlight may just be first-book-in-a-series growing pains. Since the book starts out rough and gets better as it goes on, it may very well be that the author may have the kinks worked out in her next book. Riley's story continues in Everdark.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Burns

    As seen on Rabidreads.ca: Afterlight shines as a first person narrative with characteristic vocabulary (afterlight, da hell stone, da Island, heiniesca) and variable chronology.   Riley Poe, our vector into this Gothic interior, has been there once before as a devil-may-care youth but when her brother awakens old bloodsuckers, gets bitten, and is quickened, she must go down there to Savannah's underbelly, its clubs appropriately titled Panic Room and Morgue, to help a brother out. Her father figur As seen on Rabidreads.ca: Afterlight shines as a first person narrative with characteristic vocabulary (afterlight, da hell stone, da Island, heiniesca) and variable chronology.   Riley Poe, our vector into this Gothic interior, has been there once before as a devil-may-care youth but when her brother awakens old bloodsuckers, gets bitten, and is quickened, she must go down there to Savannah's underbelly, its clubs appropriately titled Panic Room and Morgue, to help a brother out. Her father figure, Preacher or Preacher man, employs a spry Creole dialect that never ages.   Eli or Eligius, the love interest, remains a complete mystery even by Book's end. And the ending if I may speak of it leaves much plot to be told.   It is as if the budget for the shading of further monster CGI ran out or that the actors, if this were a movie, could not be paid to act even a scene more.   Although this sounds like the mark of a novice when it comes to pacing, I found this decision to be refreshing as well as the fairly long chapters. Rather than go the fifty chapter plus route, here we get maybe ten, which one sort of aches for whichever one is in to be done but then one does not.   The ten chapter route, more than likely, increases the suspense or the dread or - and this is a controversial claim - compresses the otherwise profusion of events.   The way I would explain this is since each chapter is much longer, about five times than the usual, each one carries within it more punch or meaning. This can be most readily seen in the fact that each chapter is headed with both a unique title and frequently an epitaph as well.   In other words, the atmosphere of Afterlight is noticeable, beyond its already colorful main character, a woman with large dragon tattoos on her back and black hair with red highlights, who owns an inking shop. Her dog I am not as sold on as many of the other characters.   I feel more could have been done with him.   Also the vampire family which Eli comes from is far too large.   Keeping track of their names, let alone genders, I often did not bother doing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Where to start? I wanted to like this book, but honestly I thought it was pretty terrible. The plot was a mix between the movie the Lost Boys (ironically mentioned in the book) and something out of the Twilight Series. The characters weren’t particularly likable or well developed. The heroine of Afterlight, a tattoo artist named Riley Poe, is a self-proclaimed badass who uses the word "wicked" way too frequently. Repetition and overused slang that sounds forced and ridiculous was a theme through Where to start? I wanted to like this book, but honestly I thought it was pretty terrible. The plot was a mix between the movie the Lost Boys (ironically mentioned in the book) and something out of the Twilight Series. The characters weren’t particularly likable or well developed. The heroine of Afterlight, a tattoo artist named Riley Poe, is a self-proclaimed badass who uses the word "wicked" way too frequently. Repetition and overused slang that sounds forced and ridiculous was a theme throughout the story. I kept reading hoping the book would get better and live up to some of the good reviews, but it didn't and was a struggle to finish. I wouldn't have minded the unoriginal plot as much if a) the author had used a thesaurus and didn't use the same phrasing over and over, and b) the book had a better editor that cut out all the run on sentences and overuse of semi-colons. Sincerely, this book had more semi-colons than any other I have ever read. Why even two stars you ask? Well, it wasn’t the most terrible book I have ever read, I did finish it, but the saving grace was truly the fact that the some of the scenes between Riley and her love interest, a vampire named Eli, were sexy and believable. Their interactions were some of the only bright spots in an otherwise lackluster story. I’ve read a lot of urban fiction and paranormal romance, and this is not one I would recommend. Needless to say, I don't think the story was strong or interesting enough to warrant a series, and will not bother reading the next installment.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashley S.

    Afterlight has a promising premise. Riley's brother and his friends accidentally release evil twins from a tomb and then slowly change into vampires. Then, we meet Eli and the rest of the Dupre family, who reveal their nature to Riley. It's up to Riley and them to save her brother. Unfortunately... Afterlight took a nosedive right after that and I realized I got my hopes up for nothing. A huge chunk of this book is comprised of filler scenes; Riley, self-proclaimed "bad-ass", goes back to work in Afterlight has a promising premise. Riley's brother and his friends accidentally release evil twins from a tomb and then slowly change into vampires. Then, we meet Eli and the rest of the Dupre family, who reveal their nature to Riley. It's up to Riley and them to save her brother. Unfortunately... Afterlight took a nosedive right after that and I realized I got my hopes up for nothing. A huge chunk of this book is comprised of filler scenes; Riley, self-proclaimed "bad-ass", goes back to work in her tattoo shop, futilely "investigates" underground clubs, and has sex with Eli. Repeat. You could skip to the end without really missing anything at all, unless you're interested in the countless sex (or almost sex) scenes. To make matters worse, during the climax (no, not that kind of climax), the "investigating", which barely even reveals anything to Riley, proves to be completely useless because of the antagonist's first move. I love how Jasper set up the story. It's unfortunate that the plot is lacking, the pacing is all wrong, and there are too many fillers that make readers want to skip, skip, skip. 2.4.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    I was told Twilight = Afterlight and while there are a few similarities and even a hint of the Twilight fanfiction, Clipped Wings and Inked Armour, I felt the story really stood on its own. Riley is a tattoo artist that has a special blood that calls to vampires. The bad vampires are called strigio and they kill humans. The good vamps do drink human blood but they don't kill. Eli and Riley are instantly drawn to each other from the first time they see each other. Eli even comes into Riley's room I was told Twilight = Afterlight and while there are a few similarities and even a hint of the Twilight fanfiction, Clipped Wings and Inked Armour, I felt the story really stood on its own. Riley is a tattoo artist that has a special blood that calls to vampires. The bad vampires are called strigio and they kill humans. The good vamps do drink human blood but they don't kill. Eli and Riley are instantly drawn to each other from the first time they see each other. Eli even comes into Riley's room at night to watch her sleep. He can also read minds. Riley and Eli are really good together and I enjoyed a more adult version of what Edward and Bella's relationship could've been. This is in no means a YA book. Basically there's a whole situation with Riley's brother and some bad vampires that are released and Riley gets to find out about Eli and his family. I won't say more as I don't give it away but the end of the book is set up nicely for the next in the series. One other point that made this book really interesting to me is that it's set in my hometown, Savannah, Georgia and I really enjoyed all the references.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    My rating: 4.5 stars Afterlight's plot and world building kept my interests with a few added twists to the traditional version of vampires plus a dose of hoodoo in the form the Gullah. It was a fast paced, exciting story filled with dark and gritty, sometimes depraved, moments that features a goth-like tough heroine, Riley Poe (I love her name, it rolls of the tongue just right), who has led a life in the fast lane of drugs as a rebellious teen and learned her lessons well from those dark hauntin My rating: 4.5 stars Afterlight's plot and world building kept my interests with a few added twists to the traditional version of vampires plus a dose of hoodoo in the form the Gullah. It was a fast paced, exciting story filled with dark and gritty, sometimes depraved, moments that features a goth-like tough heroine, Riley Poe (I love her name, it rolls of the tongue just right), who has led a life in the fast lane of drugs as a rebellious teen and learned her lessons well from those dark haunting experiences. When her brother falls in with the dangerous and arcane Arcos brothers, Riley's not afraid to play dirty or jump back into her old life to get her brother back, she's head strong about doing whatever it takes. The romance and sexual tension build up between Eil Dupres and Riley was a sensuous torture to read, full of teasing passion, and I loved every single minute of it. The secondary characters are a terrific cast for this book, all having their own unique personality quirks. I will most definitely be reading the next book in the serious.

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