Target Audience: Teens/Young Adults
I love this series and my only complaint was that the books aren't frequent enough or long enough! Which isn't a bad thing at all really, but a complaint non the less.
This installment, instead of following Vampires for the most part, tended to focus more on Hunter, a vampire hunter from the Helios-Ra Academy, where all vampire hunters are trained to kill.
The main plot was based around the fallout from the previous novel, which fans of the series will remember that a lot of Hel-blar got loose without a master and are now running around free to murder and maim.
As if this isn't enough a lot of the students at the Academy are getting sick and for no apparent reason, and as the Hel-Blar attacks increase, a certain Quinn Drake gets involved, and not just with killing Hel-Blar...
If there's one thing that makes a good romance, it's the chemistry between the two leads. Now the thing that makes a good Fantasy Romance is that the romance ties in well with the plot, without looking stupid.
This book manages this easily, and Quinn and Hunter's relationship developed in at a natural pace as they worked together and fell for one another.
The Hel-blar and the Illness storyline was very well done too, and i loved how the actual enemy in the book turned out not to be vampires but humans; the irony was not lost on me.
This book also contained some of the more tear-jerking scenes as the more emotional side of losing or risking losing people via vampires is explored and there are some truly sad moments that nearly had me in tears and did a great job of reminding me as a reader of the serious and dangerous nature that the characters in these books face every day.
On a character basis, the leads truly shone. Quinn and Hunter had such sparking chemistry between them it wasn't hard to imagine those two together. Not to mention how well they worked together whilst hunting vampires, which again seemed extremely ironic, but then these books are full of controversial relationships and events.
This honestly is the best book in the series (well a close tie with My Love Lies Bleeding) and as well as reading like a roller coaster ride it is seriously funny. And some of the witty dialogue had me doubled up laughing, especially the exchanges between the Drakes, Lucy and Hunter.
Seriously, if you haven't read any of these books yet, give them a go, you won't regret it!