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After Midnight by Lynn Viehl

July 10th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review 

Publication date: May 8, 2011 

Publisher: Flux 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars 

Summary from  

Sophomore Catlyn Youngblood is used to the nomadic existence she and her two older brothers have shared since the death of their parents. When they settle down for good in the sleepy backwoods town of Lost Lake, Florida, Cat thinks they might finally fit in. Instead, they’re shunned by the locals.

While riding her horse late one night, Cat meets an enigmatic and handsome boy named Jesse Raven. Even more strange than her overpowering attraction to him is Jesse’s apparent aversion to the sun. As their attraction intensifies, long-kept secrets come to light. Cat learns that the Ravens are a centuries-old vampire clan . . . and worse still, that she and her brothers are descendents of Abraham Van Helsing, the world-famous vampire hunter. Mortal enemies by blood, the two families do all they can to keep them apart. But Cat and Jesse will risk everything to be together—including death.

This was a book once I picked up I didn’t want to put it down until I was finished.  When I was finished my first thought was I loved it and was so bummed this book just came out because that means probably a long wait for book 2.  After I went to bed I kept thinking about it and there are so many questions about things that didn’t make sense to me and I am not sure if I missed something because I was so anxious to finish the book.

We don’t see too much of Jesse as we follow Catlyn around but I liked that while he’s totally hot he has this vulnerable side andso far wasn’t too much of an emo, brooding vampire.  I definitely hope we get to see more of him in the next book and see a little more of his personality as well as more about his past.  I loved Catlyn’s character.  She was the perfect mix of spunky, naive and savviness.   While I am normally not a fan of the love at first site with the main characters going goo goo gaga after each other with no real basis to the attraction I still was really rooting for the two of them.   Cat’s brothers were interesting and I haven’t really decided how much I like them.  Gray was just too brooding for my tastes and seemed pretty one dimensional.  At the end I finally see why he might be the way he is but of course we only get a taste of that before the book ends.  Trick on the other hand was great although a bit over protective.  Then the ending had me re-thinking how I felt about him.  Granted I can understand some of his reasons for his actions but I don’t know if I agree with his attitude.

The story is what really had me intrigued.  There were so many little things going on that had me scratching my head wondering what was going on and then at the end the revelation made me go “oh wow, so that makes so many things make sense.”  I love when a story totally takes you surprise with a twist that makes you go over everything you just read looking for clues and with a new perspective on everyone’s actions.  The only thing is like I mentioned above is as I was lying in bed thinking about the story there were a few things that didn’t make sense.  I don’t want to ruin the end so I’m going to put my questions in white below.  Highlight it to take a look and let me know what you think.

And I can’t end this without commenting on the cover.  The main reason I let this one sit on my shelf for so long was the cover.  I’m not a huge fan of the girl but it was the guy model that totally creeped me out.  So not how I was picturing Jesse and I am not seeing the whole handsome vampire thing going on.  Hoping the next cover has different cover models.

I don’t understand why Trick and Gray were messing with Cat’s memories so often before they moved to Lost Lake.  It seems like she couldn’t have stumbled across that trunk often enough to need to keep wiping her memory and there is no other mention of strange happenings in Chicago to warrant the memory wipe.

Then I also didn’t really get why they moved to Lost Lake.  It seemed like Trick new there were vampires there because of the iron fence and garlic but they didn’t seem to really be hunting the Ravens so why live near them when they were deliberately trying to keep Cat in the dark about who she is?  It just seems to be tempting fate.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Kailana

    Yeah, I am not crazy about the cover either… I am trying to decide if I want to try the book or not, though.

  2. [email protected]

    I liked the story okay , but I found the brothers way more interesting than Cat.I sorta guessed what might happen in the story. But If I do read I want to read about Trick and Grey.

  3. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Haha yeah, wow, the cover is a total turn off for sure! Glad it isn’t as atrocious on the inside.

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