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The only thing August Pfeiffer hates more than algebra is living in a vampire town. Located at a nexus of mystical energy fields, Fulton Heights is practically an electromagnet for supernatural drama. And when a mysterious (and annoyingly hot) vampire boy arrives with a cryptic warning, Auggie suddenly finds himself at the center of it. An ancient and terrible power is ret ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Feiwel & Friends
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Hannah H Main character is a gay guy, his love interests are gay and pansexual, his best friend is a lesbian and her girlfriend is a part of the story. Everyon…moreMain character is a gay guy, his love interests are gay and pansexual, his best friend is a lesbian and her girlfriend is a part of the story. Everyone is assumed cisgender. (less)

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Caleb Roehrig
Apr 01, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
Much like my teen years, this book is gay and filled with monsters
Kai
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
The gays finally got the vampire book they deserved
Anna Luce
3 ¾ stars

...and I thought that vampires were passé.
The Fell of Dark is a fun take that on vampires and 'the chosen one' trope. Usually, I'm a nitpicking reader but with The Fell of Dark I was happy to suspend my disbelief.
Is this novel perfect? Definitely not. Is it entertaining? Hell yes!
Our narrator and protagonist, sixteen-year-old August Pfeiffer, lives in Fulton Heights, Illinois. This small town happens to be a nexus for mystical and supernatural energies which is why it attracts so ma
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
2019/2020 publishing bringing vampires back just to make them hella diverse? it's more likely than you think
Skye Kilaen
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-genre-ya
Y'all, I had SUCH a good time with this paranormal YA about a gay teen who's possessed by a demon trying to incarnate on Earth. Our main character, Auggie, is wonderful and braver than anyone should expect him to be, and funny, and also very real and vulnerable. I loved how he was allowed to cry multiple times out of fear or sheer misery, and that was ok! There were cool vampire fights, a quasi love triangle I didn't hate (miracle!), and I was just about trying to prop my eyelids open at night s ...more
✨Brithanie Faith✨
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐


e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


What a time to be alive! If you had told me a couple of years ago that vampire's would be making a comeback, I don't think I would've believed you, but they're here- and honestly better than ever (with a few exceptions of course).

Once I started The Fell Of Dark, I didn't want to put it down! In fact- had life been a little less demanding, I'm fairly certain I would have finished it in one sitting. This
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Zoe
Nov 26, 2019 marked it as release-2020
Me: Why did I want to read this?
Book: I'm gay with vampires
Me: Oh
Book: The vampire's paaaAAAANNNNNN
Me: OH.
Ben Howard
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
LOVE the buffy vibes
Lance
“‘No matter what happens, you’ve still got a life to live. Don’t waste it by giving in to fear of what might be coming. Don’t let a possible future ruin what you’ve got right now.’”

"It's love and hunger, a temporary truce, a moment where they both relinquish the past and choose bliss. Tonight is about us."


4.5 stars. The Fell of Dark is a delightful paranormal romp featuring my favorite actual love triangle (that was gay!) that I’ve seen in recent memory. There are two primary things I have t
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Tricia Levenseller
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. The snark! The vamps! The magic! Loved it all.
;3
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
this book is just everyone standing around and having overly long and redundant conversations
Amy
Aug 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbtq, 2020, mlm, priority
um, vampire town...supernatural drama...LGBTQ+ rep...this sounds amazing!
Christian
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: released-2020
4 1/2 stars

Oh my god, who knew that all it would take was for vampires to turn gay for me to become absolutely obsessed with them again?

Quite honestly, this was the perfect execution of the premise. On the author's twitter, I read that he essentially pitched The Fell of Dark as "Simon Spier the Vampire Slayer" and it was about as fun, ridiculous, action-packed as you would expect. Caleb Roehrig created the perfect blend of drama that doesn't take itself too seriously, while also capturing the e
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Stacy Fetters
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
"The stars don’t take sides, but Death will take you, gladly."

Vampires are kind of my thing. I love how mysterious they are and that they only come out at night to play. What's not to love? But (heavy sigh) Authors usually write Vampires the same way as everyone else. They are usually drab and ultra-pale and they only want you for your blood. I need my Vampires a little wacky, a little different with a little razzle-dazzle, who aren't afraid to show who they really are. And this one certainly de
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Rebeca
Jul 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
What a disappointment this book turned out to be..

I cannot say this enough.. I HATE love triangles, I hate when there is a sort of “love connection” between multiple people and that is what I got from this book, of course there were other elements that do not go unnoticed but after the first few chapters I really couldn’t move on with this book.. I found myself more than once skimming through the pages to see when August and Jude would interact because the rest of this was a total snooze-fest..
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TJ
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It feels like this book was written specifically for me, and I ate. it. up! It’s basically Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but for queer boys. As much as I loved this book, I would have loved it even more as a teenager. Overall, Auggie is a great narrator, the lore is interesting, and the romantic tension is killer! It’s smart YA fiction, and if this doesn’t create another vampire craze in literature, I don’t know what will. Roehrig is stellar when it comes to dialogue, campiness, and suspense, and al ...more
Gabe Novoa
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!

Tonally reminded me of THIRSTY, but very gay. So so fun—I haven’t been this fully immersed and invested in a book in a while. Do read!!!
Lady H
Aug 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
this sounds super fun and i love the cover but..........auggie?????

like!!! august is such a great name!! what are you doing!!!
kory.
2 "jude marlowe owns my ass" stars

seriously, self-described 400 hundred year old pansexual vampire jude marlowe is the only redeeming quality of this book

i said what i said

content/trigger warnings; ableism, violence, blood, kissing, murder, kidnapping, captivity,

rep; auggie (mc) is gay. gunnar (sc) is gay. jude (sc) is pansexual. adrianna (sc) is a latinx lesbian. hope (sc) is a lesbian.

not gonna lie, when i heard "pansexual vampire", i was in.

when i thought it would be a funny queer vampire ya,
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Katie
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, june-2020, arc
I'm as excited about the comeback of vampire YA books as anyone, and a gay YA vampire book seemed right up my alley. Unfortunately, this one kind of missed the mark for me.

Let's start out with the things I did like! I liked how realistic everything was--considering all the paranormal elements. The teenage characters acted like teenagers, and their friendships/relationships were incredibly true to life. I think Caleb Roehrig does a really good job of writing messy, flawed, realistic teenage chara
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Isabel Sterling
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HOLY CRAP I LOVED THIS BOOK.

I'm predisposed to like vampire books anyway, doubly so for a book that's so incredibly gay, but this blew away my already high expectations.

First of all, it's funny. SO FUNNY. I had to stop several times because I was laughing so hard I couldn't read past a particular joke. As a writer, Caleb's sense of humor and timing is spot on, and it keeps the book from getting too dark even as situations get dire.

I loved being in Auggie's head, and I really appreciated how thor
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Nick Goodsell
Oct 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
You know...

Maybe I can get back into the vampire trope that seems to be making a resurgence if they're going to be gay like this book promises! That, plus a protagonist who loves art and sucks at math that may be the key to saving humanity?

Sign. Me. Up.

Mark me down as interested. Caleb Roehrig, you can sit with us!
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Meaghan
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This book would've been 5 stars if it had not been for the ending and the misrepresented idea I had going into this book (this was kinda sold as a paranormal romance and the only way I can see that being true is if this had been a series (meaning there was more potential romance to come) or had there been more space given to it here).

This story is very much a hardcore vampire book, it's got lore, politics, cult, history, etc. It's got so much more depth than some other vampires I've read, and i
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Vee
Are vampires back? I’m not sure, but at least The Fell of Dark is bringing something a bit different to the table.

This is not a romance like the cover tagline and the blurb hints at. There is some suggestion of romance, which actually could have been really intriguing and (kind of) new for YA, if Roehrig had followed through like I thought he was going to. There are STRONG hints that the romance is heading a certain way, but nothing is stated explicitly on the paper. I’m fine with making the as
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Caidyn (he/him/his)
CW: kidnapping loved ones, death threats and death, attempted murder, blood, and general scenes of action

3.5/5

I read this in about 24 hours. Multiple sittings, but I absolutely ate this book up. (Pun slightly intended.) It was a fun read that was quick with fun characters. August basically finds out that he's the center of a vampire plot and he doesn't like it. He doesn't like vampires in general. While I enjoyed the book, I found there to be too many twists and these twists kept coming to the p
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Rachel Emily
Jun 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
"It’s basically Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but for queer boys."

I'M HERE FOR IT.
Christy
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just don't think I can live if we don't get a sequel to this AMAZING story. New fav Caleb book!
Zahra, meh.
"Never show your enemy a mercy they wouldn’t show you."

The Fell of Dark had a really good thing going on for it, it started off as a very promising story, written in a quite humorous and charming writing style, alongside a good enough cast of characters whom I didn't feel the need to choke to death with my bare hands -which is always a great sign if you know what I mean, lol- but sadly, it all went downhill pretty quickly.
This book SUFFERS from "all tell and no show" syndrome. The pacing is off
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Mari
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This book should've been a series, way too much happened in a small amount of pages, so I never really cared about anything or felt the urgency of the situation because I didn't even had the time to process it before it was over.

I think this book should have let the whole "Chosen One is going to end the world or save it" go and just concentrated on the love triangle dynamic, because that was the main reason I actually enjoyed this book and we definitely didn't get enough.

But of course, who am
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Ashley
Jul 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
Gays? Vampires? What?! NEED NOW.
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Caleb Roehrig is a writer and television producer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having also lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Helsinki, Finland, he has a chronic case of wanderlust, and can recommend the best sights to see on a shoestring budget in over thirty countries. A former actor, Roehrig has experience on both sides of the camera, with a résumé that includes appearances on film and ...more

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