Afterlight by Elle Jasper
Published November 2, 2010 by NAL/Signet-Eclipse
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A centuries old pact is revealed between the Gullahs and the Dupres. (Along with his mother and father, Eli also has two brothers and a sister.) They will all have to work together to stop the Arcos brothers and their new minions. Riley learns her blood is like catnip for vamps. This doesn't stop several smokin' hot hook-ups between her and Eli. One of my favorite scenes was the preparation for infiltrating the Panic Room club. Riley gives Eli a Goth makeover, complete with eyebrow piercing. His brothers also get sexy makeovers. The story ends in a way that made me anticipate the next one, while wrapping up most of the current plot points.
I really enjoyed the refreshing character that is Riley Poe. She's strong and determined, and doesn't conform to what society says is the 'norm'. All of the characters in Afterlight are extremely likeable and well developed. I admit to having skimmed over some of the lengthier descriptions of Savannah, and I was a bit confused when the Gullahs were first mentioned, but all-in-all it was an excellent first novel for the Dark Ink Chronicles.
Book 2 of the series, Everdark just released on June 7th. And look for Book 3, Eventide, due out late this year.