Today, I'm delighted to be participating in the blog tour for The Vampire Hunter's Daughter by Jennifer Malone Wright! I have for you today my review, an interview, and giveaway!
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. Experience the world of vampires hunter’s, vampires and mythology with Chloe in this exciting series.
The nice thing about this collection of books is that each segment is short and written in a simple style and well-paced, making it easy to keep up with. The brevity of the books also makes for a quick and relaxing read. Chloe is a tough girl. She has to grow up fast, after all. She has much to catch up on as a vampire hunter, and she has to learn it fast to defend herself against the vampires coming after her. Inside, however, she is also a vulnerable girl who has just lost her mother but isn't being given much time to mourn her.
My only complaint would be that Chloe is force-fed so much information about the vampire hunters. While it is understandable that much would need to be told to her since she's lived apart from the community for all her life, it would have been nice to see her find out a lot of the information by herself--or at least be given the chance to ask questions instead of having people tell her what's going on.
Once Chloe has been caught up on life in the vampire-hunter community, the pace picks back up. This is an entertaining read filled with much action and romance... especially romance. There are some hot vampire hunters walking around. Being hunters, they're kind of muscled and dangerous. Who doesn't like?
Author Interview with Jennifer Malone Wright
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into writing.
Well, first and foremost, I am the mother of five children and wife of a terrific man. I live in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho and love it, except during the winter when I'm longing for tropical places.
I got into writing because that is what I've always wanted to do. I love reading and always have. Ever since grade school my dream has been to be a published novelist and now I am finally doing that.
What intrigued you into writing a story about vampire hunters?
I wanted to bring back vampires as the bad guys, so I wanted to write about the people who lived their lives in pursuit of killing them. But, I wanted my hunters to be born and bred for the job. In the case of my hunters, they are actually a race of hunter created from demi-gods and angels, so it's in their bloodline.
That's really cool. What kind of research did you do for the story?
The research for writing anything is extensive. I had to research types of vampires, mythology, Greek names, Italian Armies, gun shot wounds, healing processes, ect… I try to make sure everything I write is as accurate as possible.
Chloe is suddenly brought into a community and meets the grandfather she didn't know she had, and her desire for vengeance leads her to take on the family occupation. How did you balance her youth and vulnerability with her drive for vengeance while making her relatable to readers?
It's so hard when people ask about how a character develops because, like, with Chloe, she sort of reveals herself as we go on with the story. But, I wanted to make sure that she was still a teenager. She still cares about clothes and boys, she still throws little tantrums and is self absorbed in some ways like a lot of teens are, but she is driven to avenge her mother's death because it was only her and her mother for so long, they only had each other.
What did you enjoy most developing Chloes relationship with the members of the vampire hunter community?
I freaking love writing about the hunters! I really enjoyed writing about how Chloe has this obvious love of weapons, just like the other hunters do, it's sort of like a hereditary thing for them. There are lots of things they do that she doesn't, like they are health food junkies and she is not, so that makes for some exciting conversation. lol, but all in all, I enjoy writing about how she seems to fit in in some ways and not in others.
What are the highlights of the training program for a vampire hunter?
Oh, this is a good question! The high lights of the training program for a vampire hunter. Exercise (especially cardio), weapons training in all forms, hand to hand combat, and book research. (The hunters in the community learn this in school.) Don't forget a healthy diet.
If you were to hang out with one of Chloe's vampire hunter friends, who would it be and where would you go?
Mmmm, I would have to pick Drew, cause he's a hottie and we would go hiking up to the waterfall!
What are you working on right now?
Right now I am working on the continuation of The Vampire Hunter's Daughter, called The Arcadia Falls Chronicles. I am also working on the second installment to my other series of which the first one is titled The Birth of Jaiden.
Jennifer Malone Wright resides in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho with her husband and five children. Between the craziness of taking care of her children, whose ages range from sixteen all the way down to two years, and being a homemaker, Jennifer has little time left for herself. The time she does have left, usually leading far into the night, is spent working on freelance work or her beloved fiction.
Jennifer has kindly donated an e-copy of The Vampire Hunter's Daughter.
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