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The Vampire Hunter's Daughter had me at the title
on 27 November 2012
I'm glad I happened to see this on a blog tour recently; it's a very enjoyable read. The cover, blurb and catchy title drew me in. It has one of the best opening scenes I've read in a long time and is among my favourite YA books of the year.
Chloe Kallistrate gets the shock of her life when her mother wakes her up in the middle of the night and urges her to hide in the closet. Invaders breach their home, and Chloe's life is turned upside down. She's part of a long line of vampire hunters, and it's time to fulfil her duty. At 14 years of age, she enters a community of vampire hunters, who have been training and living together since childhood. Chloe is expected to get with the programme quickly and make up for all the years she should have been training. She lives with her grandfather, Luke, and Drew, an eighteen year old hunter, who shows little sympathy for Chloe. But of course, Drew really cares. He just wants her to be strong, knowing what she will have to face.
There is plenty of action in these novellas. We get to spend a little over a year with Chloe, watching her grow into an ass kicking hunter and answer the call of her blood. She jogs, trains, learns to use weapons and prepares for the day she will have to meet the vampire responsible for her mother's demise. It's fun watching Chloe develop her skills and grow into a confident young woman. She also attracts the attention of Drew, who would probably rather shoot his own foot off than tell Chloe how he feels about her. The hot guy at school, Gavin, also takes a shine to her. I tend to prefer books where the romantic element isn't central to the plot, so The Vampire Hunter's Daughter is right up my alley. This is Chloe's coming-of-age story, and the romantic elements are secondary.
This has nothing to do with the story, but when I read that vampires had their own dental office called Deadly Smiles, I laughed. You can pick this up as 6 separate short stories/novellas, or buy the complete collection like I did. Exciting and lots of fun. I couldn't put it down.