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When fifteen year old Rocky Zukas meets a mysterious dark-haired girl named November, his world is forever changed. The young couple falls under the spell of summer love, but not everyone approves. November's brother, Gabriel, is the keeper of the family's secret, and big brother is always watching, growing more sinister as his bloodlust gets the best of him. Directing his ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 21st 2020 by Flame Tree Press
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Mort
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
***** AMENDMENT *****
It is 02:45 in the morning and if I want to get any sleep tonight, I need to clarify something about this review. I mention TWILIGHT and I realize that there could be some who might think I am comparing these two stories with each other.
Nononononono!
I actually liked this one and I would never dream of insulting Mr. Rolfe like that!
The only reason I mentioned TWILIGHT is because the love story plays such an important part of the story. The overall atmosphere can be much bett
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Lisa
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to Flame Tree Press, Glenn Rolfe and Netgalley. I've been reading everything and anything I can find from Glenn for years. Mr. Rolfe has been a favorite of mine for a very long time! I always say "don't fuck with me, and I won't fuck with you." G!enn ain't fucking around here. This shit broke my heart... Mr. Rolfe knows my depravity level on vampires. This wasn't close to what I want...but, he does know that dead happens. 😯 I do love an author who isn't afraid to kill people. I still h ...more
James Tivendale
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: freecopy, horror
I received an uncorrected proof copy of Until Summer Comes Around in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Glenn Rolfe and Flame Tree Press for the opportunity.

I have been sinking my teeth into the horror genre more frequently recently and I decided it was about time I read a novel about vampires. Until Summer Comes Around is set in Old Orchard Beach in Maine during the summer of 1986. Rocky is a fifteen-year-old kid who enjoys metal music, video games, and wasting his days at th
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Latasha
I freaking LOVED this book. From the very first page I knew this book was going to be special. I was pulled in immediately by the writing and characters. For me the story invokes feelings of teenage love and hopefulness. Longings for that innocence and times past, something lost you can never hold again. Again, i absolutely loved this book. There was nothing in here I didn't like.
Rocky is a teen growing up in a summer tourist town. One day he meets November and he falls for her. Only November
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Andrew Fowlow
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
***Full review available at Beyond the Veil***

https://gobeyondtheveil.co.uk/books/u...

This 80's throwback coming-of-age story will certainly satisfy your thirst for a grisly vampire tale. I think this is only the beginning for Glenn Rolfe and although he has become a fan favourite in the horror community because of his earlier novels The Window and Blood and Rain. I feel this book is just a taste of what is to come and I cannot wait to see where he takes readers next! 

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Terry
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5.0/5.0 stars as my enjoyment of this was complete! The story was great, the feelings believable, the characters were real, the action was engrossing and the horror was felt. I loved the mid ‘80’s timeframe which made this feel like It could have been a snapshot out of my own past. After reading this and Blood and Rain, Glenn Rolfe is one of my favorite current horror authors out there. Looking forward to more! ...more
Amber
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this eBook ARC from the author, publisher, and netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It is the Summer of 1986 and young teen Rocky Zukas plans to have the most awesome Summer ever. He wants to get his drivers license as well as to enjoy his days at the arcade and meet girls too. Unfortunately his plans all fall apart once he meets a beautiful young woman named November who is visiting for the Summer with her family and people begin to go missing in his ho
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Jeremy Hepler
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite Rolfe book so far! Loved Rocky, Gabriel, and November, the pacing, the 80s vibe, and the entire plot play-out. His writing always has a having-a-drink-with-a-friend tone that pulls me right in and makes me feel like I've known the characters forever. ...more
Kimberly
UNTIL SUMMER COMES AROUND, by Glenn Rolfe, is a horror novel that mixes vampires with coming-of-age, in an 80's setting. Personally, I loved the fact that this takes place in the not-so-distant past, as it brings back memories that I can clearly envision while reading.

Rocky is a fifteen year old boy on summer vacation. With his cousin--and best friend--Axel set to leave on a trip to Europe with his parents, he is wondering what to do with his time. Enter this mysterious summer tourist, November-
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Marie
Wow! This was almost like a sentimental journey back to the 80's but with more of a twist!

A little backstory:

Rocky Zukas is a 15 year old boy living in a tourist town off the coast of Maine. Summer is here and he was looking forward to it till he finds out that his cousin Axel that he hangs out with all the time will not be around for the summer as he will be going away with his parents. The summer is starting to look like it might be boring until Rocky meets a beautiful girl named November.

The
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Cameron Chaney
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, adult, 2020
A big thank you to Glenn Rolfe and the fine folks at Flame Tree Press for sending along an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Video review to come!

1987's The Lost Boys is not only one of my favorite vampire movies, but one of my favorite movies period. There are a lot of reasons for this: giant '80s hair, a boardwalk carnival, kids fighting against murderous vampires. . . a greasy saxophone player. . . and a great soundtrack. What more do you need? This book. You need this book.

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Lisa
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Flame Tree Press, Glenn Rolfe and Netgalley.
I've been reading everything and anything I can find from Glenn for years. Mr. Rolfe has been a favorite of mine for a very long time! I always say "don't fuck with me, and I won't fuck with you."
G!enn ain't fucking around here. This shit broke my heart...
Mr. Rolfe knows my depravity level on vampires. This wasn't close to what I want...but, he does know that dead happens. 😯 I do love an author who isn't afraid to kill people. I still ha
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Well Read Beard
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
4.5 Stars

I am not a huge fan of the vampire sub-genre. What I am a huge fan of is Mr. Rolfe's work. I requested this ARC because of how much I enjoyed his book "The Window". Then I saw that it was a vampire story and shelved it for a while. I finally picked it up because it drops this month. I think Glen has taught me something. I don't mind vampire books if the book isn't mostly, solely about the vampires. Give me a nice little love story set to the backdrop of a 1980's touristy, beachy, carniv
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Janelle Janson
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Flame Tree Press for my gifted copy.

Glenn Rolfe’s UNTIL SUMMER COMES AROUND is an all-consuming, 1980s coming-of-age, nostalgic, vampire extravaganza of a story. I “summer breezed” right on through this entire book, and much like the vampires in this story, I was bloodthirsty for more.

I love the description in the synopsis: “When fifteen-year-old Rocky Zukas meets a mysterious dark-haired girl named November, his world is forever changed.” HOOKED. November has a family secret, and unf
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Deacon D.
This offering from Glen Rolfe was a cute little coming-of-age/vampire story set in a touristy beach-side community in the mid-80s.

UNTIL SUMMER COMES AROUND is a fast-paced tale, rife with romance and teenage angst and generously spattered with gore. And the nostalgia is strong with this one.

All in all, an enjoyable read.

***Thanks to Flame Tree Press, Glen Rolfe, and NetGalley for this ARC!***
Irene
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This will be a summer that Rocky never forgets. He is about to turn 16, get his driver's license, fall in love for the very first time, and find out that monsters are real.
This coming of age Vampire horror is set in the 80s in a touristy beach town in coastal Maine. Rocky is expecting a long boring summer since his cousin/best pal is going away, but meeting November changes everything. At first Rocky is so enamored of her that he barely notices that her arrival coincides with all the missing per
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D.W. Gillespie
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Glenn Rolfe's new book is a breezy, bloody slice of 80's vampire fun. Think The Lost Boys mixed with Romeo and Juliet, and you're on the right track. The coming of age story moves at a quick pace, and Rolfe does a great job putting you in that place and time. The ocean side boardwalk was an excellent setting for a vampire story, and I could practically smell the fried dough and hear the sounds of 80's arcade games.

This was my first time reading Glenn's work, and I'll definitely be checking out
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Bandit
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I love to read thematically. And this wasn’t as counterintuitive of a choice as one might think for December 31st. This was specifically selected to take my mind from the nonfunctioning heating system and transport to somewhere warmer. Specifically summer on the beach. Though Maine might not be a personal favorite for such a destination, it certainly seems to be the state for all too many horrific tales and this is one of those. Well, technically it’s a charming nostalgia tinted boy meets girl s ...more
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UNTIL SUMMER COMES AROUND is a compelling coming-of-age with a "disabled" protagonist (severe scoliosis) and his summer encounter with a beautiful girl who happens to be...inhuman. Although the plot and action are riveting, I give praise to author Glenn Rolfe's talent at characterizations. As he has proven time and time again, he gets inside his characters' psyches, knowing them perhaps better than they know themselves (although protagonist Rocky and first-love November are both quite self-aware ...more
OutlawPoet
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this is such a fun vampire romp! With shades of Fright Night and Lost Boys, author Glenn Rolfe brings us tearing back into 1980’s horror and he does so with a bloody vengeance!

You’ve got characters to root for, a villain to hate, and a very damaged character who just may be a monster at heart.

Expect blood, heartbreak, and some nail-biting suspense!

A truly terrific tale that I loved,

*ARC Provided via Net Galley

The Coycaterpillar Reads
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don’t you just love a sweet and innocent coming of age story? Yeah, neither do I. If you love your coming of age stories to be full of blood, guts, and a creeping dread, then absolutely pick up Until Summer Comes Round. It blasts you with those feel good eighties summer vibes – the feeling that summer would never end. It just has that bonus of vampires and the spilling of blood. There is so much packed into this novel written by the immensely talented Glenn Rolfe. Every word has been deliberatel ...more
Tim
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Until Summer comes around is an excellent novel that combines a compelling coming of age love story with action packed vampire mayhem. The characters in this book are very realistic and they all have their flaws which makes me invested in their fate. Also the author is not afraid to kill off main characters. There is lots of action and violence which keeps the story moving along at a quick pace. I also appreciated that these vampires are mortal and are able to survive in the day time. The pace t ...more
John Lynch
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Glenn Rolfe is a recent discovery for me, my introduction to the author was the new re-release of the modern werewolf classic, Blood and Rain. Imagine my excitement when I discovered that he has joined Flametree Press, one of my favorite publishers, for his newest novel, Until Summer Comes Around.

Rocky Zukas is in a bit of a bind. His best friend and cousin Axel is going away for the summer, leaving Rocky to enjoy the season at the beautiful Old Orchard Beach by himself. Things quickly go on an
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Emily
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Summer of 1986 the wind blows hot, tourists are everywhere and it seems like it's going to be a long summer for fifteen year old Rocky. His cousin, who just happens to be his best friend, has gone to England until school starts back up again. The days are pretty uneventful and long, that is until Rocky lays his eyes on November who seems like your typical all American girl. The two share an immediate connection yet there is more to her, a dark secret about her family that will change this summe
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Steve Stred
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

Thanks to Netgalley and Flametree Press for sending this my way! Really appreciate it.

Glenn Rolfe has been a favorite of mine since I first read ‘Land of Bones.’ To this day the story ‘Simon’ has stuck with me and even yesterday I was thinking about it as me and my son went for a walk and the rain had brought worms out to play. His book ‘The Window’ was one of my favorite reads of 2018 and at the time I called it a ‘future classic.’ It was re
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Iseult Murphy
Summer love story

Unlike many people who have reviewed this book, I actually like vampire stories. I prefer them demonic, but it’s nice to have a new spin on an old creature.
Unfortunately, the vampires in this novel didn’t work for me. I couldn’t see how they’d exist as animals. I understand the author presenting them as predators, and I like the idea, but I would have liked more world building to help me buy into it.
I struggled with the characters. I found them very one dimensional and similar
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Emily
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer of 1986 the wind blows hot, tourists are everywhere and it seems like it's going to be a long summer for fifteen year old Rocky. His cousin, who just happens to be his best friend, has gone to England until school starts back up again. The days are pretty uneventful and long, that is until Rocky lays his eyes on November who seems like your typical all American girl. The two share an immediate connection yet there is more to her, a dark secret about her family that will change this summer ...more
Kevin
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked the synopsis of this one so jumped it up to the top of my TBR pile. I’m a sucker for seaside towns myself so the setting of this one felt like it would be right up my street. Through in what sounded like a coming of age story and I was sold. Rolfe writes a fabulous setting in this one. You feel as if you are there. I spend my summers visiting little coastal towns in the UK and this story could have taken place in any one of them.

The characters in the story were loveable and well written
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Janine Pipe
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I absolutely adored it. I had seen a quote suggesting if you liked Salem’s Lot (the very first horror book I ever read) and The Lost Boys (still one of my favourite vamp movies) then you would definitely enjoy this. Well whoever said that was dead (gettit) right. BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS ALL SORTS OF AMAZEBALLS.

So why did I like it so much?

Well the characters were very realistic and likeable. I felt as if Rocky would have been the kind of boy I would have been buddies with as a teen, and I
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