Transfuion (Volume I)
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter
Author: Nikki Jefford
Published November 2012
If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn’t hurt either.
Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job… by hand.
Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. And if he’s a vampire, will she be forced to kill him?
Watch out Buffy. There’s a new Vampire slayer in town. Hmmm.. In Alaska, that is!
Aurora thought her life couldn’t get more boring, especially when she had always been at the sidelines, unluckily dodging an incoming volleyball, or witnessing a couple making out and kissing behind lockers.
Then the unexpected happened. Aurora almost died from a car crash. A team of government agents did everything to revive her, even replaced her other body organs, just to secure her survival.
All seemed OK. Until Agents Melcher and Crist told her she had a very special blood which they injected with “modified organisms and viruses making her a deadly powerful weapon against the demonic beings that plague the earth.” What tough luck she got there!
Soon, Aurora learned the true nature of her being. Her special blood had the unique ability to paralyze the vampire who bit her, and then finish the creature using a stake.
That being said, Aurora was soon sent to an orientation. She was tasked to kill a vampire by letting it bit her neck and suck her blood. Did she have a choice? Of course she did. She actually had 3. Comply, Be a vampire or Die. Hmmm.. Not much of a choice, isn’t it?
Well, the upside of the situation is: Aurora now have confidence with her life. She became carefree, almost carelessly carefree, and soon accomplished most on her short bucketlist: kill first vampire, get drunk, kiss a boy, lose virginity. Ooohh, what an experience those had been!
At school, she became friends with vampire lover Noel. Oh, and there’s another misfit vampire hunter in town: Dante, which Aurora’s mom very much approved of (as her daughter’s boyfriend). Together, they ventured out to kill vampires and even made friends with their informants.
When Aurora learned that her boyfriend, Fane might be a vampire, she did a double-take. Until she realized that her mortal enemy Valerie had her clutches on him! Would Aurora continue to hide her ex-lover’s identity from the Agency, or would she kill Fane with her own hands?
Transfusion is the first in this thrilling Vampire Hunter series, penned by the bestseller author, Nikki Jefford. As usual, Ms. Jefford blew me away with her wit and talent. In this era of vampire and shape-shifters, other people may not appreciate “yet another vampire slayer” story. Personally, I’ve grown tired and weary of vampires and the likes. When I picked Transfusion for my Kindle, I tried hard to forget about Buffy and Spike, Edward and Bella, and even Damon and Elena.
Good move! Because Transfusion is very much and entirely different from Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. The author created likeable characters (Aurora, Fane, Noel, even Valerie). And the story is fast-paced… Not boring at all! Sure, some parts are predictable, but there is still the mystery factor which continually gagged me until today. Like, how did Noel become friends with Marcus? Why was Aurora’s father always absent in her life? Is there a chance that Valerie and Aurora could become allies instead of foes? Who are the other vampires to watch out for? Who is the real face behind the Agency? And sooo much more!
So I will definitely be on the lookout when the second book comes out. For sure, it is going to be another hit!
Caution: There are some scenes in the book that are not suitable for younger bookworms. But the book is definitely recommended to all New & Young Adults 😉 Transfusion deserves a 4.5 bookmark ratings.