Saltwater Vampires is a highly addictive vampire novel which will suck you in from the very beginning (pardon the pun).
I have been patiently waitingSaltwater Vampires is a highly addictive vampire novel which will suck you in from the very beginning (pardon the pun).
I have been patiently waiting for a book like Saltwater Vampires - with real vampires - to enter the YA vampire genre, finally it has arrived! Now you may be wondering what I mean when I say real vampires, well when I say real vampires I mean the evil, nasty looking bloodsuckers of yester years none of this oh so sparkly, beautiful and noble vampires that seem to have inundated the market lately. It appears that somewhere along the line vampires in novels changed from being these frightening evil creatures to being these beautiful caring creatures. I for one prefer the former, I like my vampires menacing and nasty and boy does Kirsty Eagar deliver, these vampires gave me the creeps!
Saltwater Vampires beings with a bang, the year is 1629 and the Batavia has crashed off the Australian coast, it soon becomes apparent that four of those that survived the shipwreck are planning on undertaking something very dark and evil. Skip ahead to the present day and we are introduced to Jamie, a 15 year old surfer who is not dealing with an accident that occurred four months ago which involved Jamie and one of his best friends, Dale. I don’t want to give too much away but it becomes apparent very quickly that something strange is going on in Rocky Head. What follows is a non stop suspense filled ride where Jamie and his friends must work together to save not only themselves but their whole town from the vampires because they are coming and they have a plan.
From the moment I read the prologue I was engrossed. As a reader we are not 100% sure of who or what exactly the four shipwreck survivors are so I was eager to discover more of their back story which is elaborated on further as the book progresses. I especially loved how the prologue ended leaving me on edge and a little creeped out
“They made their circle of blood. And only the moon witnessed the slaughter that followed.” - Page 12
Jamie was a relatable character, Kirsty did an excellent job describing the swell of emotions he was going through and boy he was having to deal with some difficult issues. I find that I generally enjoy a book much more when I feel something for the characters and I really felt for Jamie. He was beating himself up for the accident that happened with Dale when in reality it wasn’t his fault, I really wanted to tell him this but I had to remind myself that Jamie is not an actual person he is only a character in a book. Whilst I have never experienced the things Dale endured (absent mother, distant father) I still was able to feel for him as a character too.
I have decided I wouldn’t mind having Jamie’s friends - Tanner, Kelly, Talia and Willem - as friends. All of these characters were willing to sacrifice themselves in order to help both Jamie and Dale which is an excellent quality to find in a friend. Tanner was a relaxed surfer, nothing seemed to phase him except maybe getting stuck in a campervan waiting for vampires to turn up, who wouldn’t get scared! Kelly, a talented surfer, was a bit prickly and aloof at first but I soon softened towards her once I found out the reason as to why she was so prickly. Then we have Talia the new girl in town who takes a liking to both Tanner and Jamie, who’s not afraid to speak her mind especially in situations when she probably shouldn’t. Finally we have Willem, he was a bit of an odd ball but was a wealth of information on vampires (very helpful), I don’t know what it was but there was something about Willem I found endearing.
Kirsty managed to surprise me in this novel, I thought I knew a character and then all of a sudden they did something that I was not expecting at all. There was one particular action a character took that I did not expect, maybe I’m a bit naïve or trusting but I didn’t see that coming.
I also have to mention that I loved the setting for the novel, I could picture Rocky Head so clearly in my head especially because it reminded me of the coastal town we stayed in when I was younger where we used to go camping near the beach for holidays.
Towards the end of the novel the suspense builds until the final confrontation occurs between the vampires and the teens and what a confrontation is was!
The only real issue I had was when Jamie and Tanner were informed that vampires exist by Willem. Now I know this is only a story and vampires aren’t real (obviously) but both Jamie and Tanner just accepted that vampires must be real, there was no real skepticism, if it was me I’d be very skeptical I’d probably ask them what are you on? All this was a little too convenient for me, I would have liked for them to show a bit more uncertainty but like I said it’s only a minor quibble. ...more
Just when I thought my interest was waning Ms Caine has sucked me back into the wacky world that is The Morganville Vampire series with this engrossinJust when I thought my interest was waning Ms Caine has sucked me back into the wacky world that is The Morganville Vampire series with this engrossing read. Also Shane + shirtless = yummy! ...more
(sorry I know I have an obsession with using surprised cats to express my own facial expressions whilst reading, b Holy Mackerel! Did that just happen?
(sorry I know I have an obsession with using surprised cats to express my own facial expressions whilst reading, but hey we all have our quirks)
So anyways please tell me that ending didn't just happen, I literally just finished and I am in denial, therefore that ending didn't happen, see denial.
Oh why Chloe, why? Why did you do this to your devoted and wonderful readers? Now with my whinging over I must give Chloe props she must have some serious kahunas to do what she did, I never expected that to happen, I'm still taking it all in. I mean I have no idea what's going to come next after that little bombshell happened. Not many authors would do what Chloe did plot wise so I'm a little in awe (and a little cheesed as well) of her decision at this very moment.
Now you may be wondering but Romy your only focusing on this so called bombshell moment at the end of the book, what happened during the rest of the book? Well you can all sigh in relief because the rest of the book was just as engrossing and full of action primarily involving Merit whose investing why the Vampires of Chicago are acting a little crazy.
I can't wait to find out what's going to happen to Merit and her band of supernatural friends in the next instalment, Drink Deep, which, praise!, is released in November 2011! Thank you Chloe for that miracle.
So what are you waiting for? Get going and find yourself a copy of Hard Bitten, go on now shoo!...more