"Afterlight" is set in Savannah, and tells the story of tattoo-artist Riley Poe who wants to save her younger brother, Seth, from turning into one of the undead. Help comes in the form of the Dupré family --- they are very much vampire-like, but prefer to call themselves "creatures of the afterlight". They made a pact with some powerful hoodoo priests, and are therefore able to walk outside in the daylight. In exchange, they protect the human population of Savannah from evil creatures.
Riley is an interesting character, and I liked her most of the time. There were moments when I wanted to cheer her on, and then there were moments when I wanted to hit her over the head with something. Seriously --- the girl could sometimes be obstinate to the point of stupidity. And, well, at times her "tough girl" act was a little too much for me. But still, overall I liked her.
Eli Dupré, on the other hand, was to die for (pun absolutely intended). I really liked this character, and I would probably read the next book in the series just to get more Eli ...;o)
I also liked the supporting characters --- Nyx, Estelle, Preacher, and Eli's siblings Luc and especially Josie and Phin ... the latter two were just hilarious!
As for the story itself --- well, points for originality, because at least Ms. Jasper tried to create a myth that is different from that in other similar books. And while there is a lot of sexual tension between Riley and Eli --- and while there are a few pretty graphic scenes between them --- her story is not just an excuse to write porn (the way it is with some other popular authors of this genre).
However, there were a few things that bothered me a little. For example, I really didn't need all those details about Riley's outfits. The author described exactly what she put on every time she changed clothes, right down to the clips in her hair.
There are several scenes which just don't feel right, or which should maybe have been handled differently. For example, there's that moment when Riley's best friend Nyx finds her brother Seth floating a few feet above his bed --- you can't really explain that away, right? Yet, the next day, when Riley tells Nyx that it was all to do with drugs, and that Seth was now "in detox" (the explanation for his absence), Nyx --- who is allegedly oh so worried about Seth --- simply accepts that as fact, and never asks any further questions. Hello? Anyone ever heard of someone floating in the air when they were high on drugs? Personally, if it was me, I would be asking a lot of questions after seeing something like that ...
Anyway, overall I'd say it's a promising start to a new series, and I'm pretty sure that I will read the next one when it comes out.