The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter: Complete Collection Parts I-VI by Jennifer Malone Wright
(Summary taken from an email the author sent me) “This special edition of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter contains parts I-VI, the complete collection. Fourteen-year-old Chloe witnesses her mother’s murder at the hands of a vampire. Before the vampire can kidnap her, there is an unexpected rescue by a group of vampire hunters. Overwhelmed by the feeling of safety, Chloe passes out and they whisk her away to their small community. When Chloe wakes, she comes face to face with the only other living relative, besides her mother, whom she has ever met: her grandfather. Chloe’s mother kept her hidden from the family; now, Chloe tries to unveil the family secrets. Through her grandfather, she learns her mother was a vampire hunter. In fact, her entire family is descended from the powerful bloodlines of vampire hunters. Chloe agrees to join the family she has never known for one reason only: Chloe vows to kill the vampire responsible for her mother’s murder. With vengeance in her soul, Chloe is even more determined to follow through on her vow when she discovers the true identity of her enemy and how he is connected to her.”
I liked this book. It had a lot of familiar vampire themes and situations, but it had its own twist to it. It was a fairly quick and easy read, and although a little slow in some parts, it was action-packed in others. The characters were developed well, and I did come to like most of them. Chloe was ok as a main character. She was at least a strong character most of the time, and although she had some moments of self pity and gloominess, she usually tried to pick herself up and work hard to get out of whatever situation she may have been in. Her relationship with Drew drove me crazy, but I had to remember that she is only 15, so she hasn’t had any experience in a close relationship. And, 15 is a hard year anyway, and her mom had just died. So, I tried to cut her some slack. I did like Drew most of the time. I also liked Luke and Gavin. The story, although mainly simple, does have a few twists and turns. It is somewhat predictable, but not enough to detract from the story line. I thought some of Chloe’s powers were great, and would want a few of them for myself. I thought Ms. Wright’s descriptions of the scenery were well done and painted a beautiful picture of the community they live in. I especially liked the waterfall.
There is some language in this book. There are a few scenes that are violent and somewhat disturbing. There is some gore (They are hunting vampires, so there is bound to be some blood are gore, right?) and some fighting scenes. There are a few references to sex, although there aren’t any actual scenes. Overall, I did like the book. It was entertaining, and was a quick, easy read.
Rating: PG-13+ (Language, violence, gore, abuse, references to sex–one of the ladies is “used” by a vampire for not only blood, but sex as well.)
Recommendation: 16 years old and up.