Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Night School:Vampire Hunter Bk.1 (Angel) by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan Review

Fifteen year old Dasheen Bellamy’s world is turned upside down, when she is accused of killing her father and godmother. Dasheen cannot remember the events of the night her world was destroyed, but she feels inside that she is innocent; due to lack of evidence against her and with no other family; Dasheen and her younger brother Jordan, are sent to the elusive and mysterious Ame’ Academy ; a residential school where all is not what it appears.

There all goes well, until Jordan, begins to become distant and behave strangely as if he is afraid of something or someone. Jordan is transferred to Ame’ Academy’s Night School track, which is usually only open to special cases.

In order to discover what is happening with her brother, Dasheen is finally allowed to also transfer, attending classes in the evening while the rest of the world sleeps.

Soon Dasheen’s world changes again as she discovers that things out of fairytales and horror stories exist, that she has ancient powers and is the major player in a mystical prophecy; and then she falls in love with a boy, whose mission is to see that she is destroyed before her destiny is fulfilled…

About the Author

Bio: Michelle Cornwell-Jordan is a book lover, with YA paranormal adventures as her favorite genre, although she can be a glutton for any young adult title. Michelle’s other love is writing, Michelle has been writing about as long as she has been a bibliophile! Losing herself in a fantasy world that she or others have created is how she loves spending her spare time...
One last thing about Michelle, she believes that she has her own secret powers:)

My Thoughts (Five Stars)

With all the vampire books coming out in the last few years, its nice to find one that is unique and original, and Night School fits that bill. The novella tells the tale of a teenager who has mysteriously lost her family. Right before they disappeared, leaving only a pool of blood behind, Dasheen sees a terrifying little girl who continues to haunt her. Now she is in an orphanage of sorts that has a special group of kids who attend school at night. At first, everything seems kosher, even though there are a few teachers and students who are strangely beautiful. But as time goes by, she realizes that night school is there for a reason. She is attacked by rogue vampires and her vampire hunting powers emerge, powers stronger than an other hunter in history.  When she confronts other students and teachers about what happened, she learns that the whole school is a cover for the paranormally gifted. There are natural born vampires, hunters, and Djin, all attending Night School with Dasheen, including the handsome and mysterious golden eyed hunter who seems to have a past life connection with her. But all is not well in the school, the rogue vampires who targeted Dasheen are also after her little brother, the only family she last left, and Dasheen will need to find  way to save him.

Night School: Vampire Hunter is a quick fun read that both kids and adults can enjoy. The action is non-stop, and every chapter will leave you wanting more. One of the things I thought was really unique about this book, is that it is written as a series of blog posts. As someone who blogs as my profession, I found this delightful. It didn't take away from the story at all. In fact, in made it seem much more realistic and personal. Its like you are following Dasheen's life as she's living it, and experiencing it right along with her. Of course, I also appreciate that Dasheen is a strong female  heroine. You can feel her pain over the loss of her family and her worry for her brother, but you never see her as meek or vulnerable. This is a girl that will kick butt and ask questions later.  I would recommend this short book to both young and old alike. I can't wait for the next installment, because the cliff hanger ending really left me wanting more.

Gabby's Thoughts- (My 12 yr old's view of the of this book) Five Stars

This book was super cool. I loved Dasheen and the way she stood up for little brother.  I felt bad for her losing her parents and never knowing her mom. The little monster girl that keeps popping up kind of creeped me out, but in good, spooky book kind of way. I can't wait for the next one so I can see if Dasheen saves her brother and what happens with the hot hunter Rafael she is already kind of in love with.