The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig
The only thing August Pfeiffer hates more than algebra is living in a vampire town. Located at a nexus of mystical energy fields, Fulton Heights is practically an electromagnet for supernatural drama. And when a mysterious (and annoyingly hot) vampire boy arrives with a cryptic warning, Auggie suddenly finds himself at the center of it. An ancient and terrible power is returning to the earthly realm, and somehow Auggie seems to be the only one who can stop it.
Happy to have vampires coming back to YA!
The Fell of Dark was a more complicated story than I expected. That’s a good thing. I kind of expected it to be a bit cheesy. But there were multiple factions/cults of vampires along with hunters and humans. Each of them wanted something different and had end goals that didn’t line up. There was a lot about family and friendship. And then you throw in a teenage boy that thinks about sex. A lot. It was fun and hard to put down at times.
Auggie is a sixteen year old boy living outside of Chicago. Fulton Heights is a nexus for power and there are a lot of vampires there. Everyone knows to be home before dark and they often find dead animals in the yards. Auggie is an only child and doesn’t have a lot of friends. He’s also never dated or even kissed a boy. Auggie spends a lot of time with his tutor, Daphne, and his best friend, Adriana. Adriana’s grandma is a witch. A cute boy appears to Auggie one day after school and he quickly realizes he is a vampire. Jude is there for Auggie. He tells him that darkness is coming and the world could end. Auggie is basically the chosen one. But in a different sense. There is this “Corrupter” that comes back every century. Auggie’s body is the vessel that will carry it. Some vampires believe that the Corrupter will bring them true immortality. At the cost of Auggie’s life. Not all vampires believe, but they all know about it and want different things. Not all of them want true immortality.
Auggie struggles with his imminent death while also having feelings for both Jude, and the barista, Gunnar. Adriana starts dating a new girl, Hope, who also has witches in her family. They finally get brought into what’s happening around them. Vampires are starting to act differently and more are showing up. Things are moving quickly and Auggie starts to feel parts of the Corrupter in him. He can sense vampires and hear thoughts. His powers grow as the Corrupter gets stronger. All Auggie wants is to pass algebra, be with Adriana and his parents, date some cute boys, and live in a place where he isn’t the only gay boy around. But now he might have to sacrifice everything to save the world.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to Edelweiss and Macmillan for my review copy.
Warnings for blood, fire, brutal vampire deaths, and gore. There is also a lot of talk of sex, but no sex on page.
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