arcadia falls chronicles, guns, Jennifer Malone wright, love and war, paranormal, urban fantasy, vampires, young adult
A war is brewing between the hunters and the vampires and Chloe is determined to strike against the vampires before they have a chance to attack the hunter community.
While Chloe tries to convince the hunter community, and most especially tries to convince Drew, that they should move against the vampires first instead of waiting for an attack, the group of new friends—Oscar, Alice, Drew, Chloe and Christina—are distracted by news reports of a vigilante who is saving innocent humans against what can only be vampire attacks. Fearing this vigilante will cause unwanted attention that will expose the vampire-hunter community with each person he rescues, the group attempts to discover who this mysterious potential vampire hunter is.
When they catch up with him, the group learns a shocking revelation that might just change everything for everyone in Arcadia Falls, but will have the most profound impact on Chloe herself.
The Arcadia Falls Chronicles is the continuation of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter. Following the format of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter, The Arcadia Falls Chronicles is serialized into several novella-length stories.
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4 out of 5 stars
This is the sequel novella series to The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter short stories which I read basically in one sitting. It picks up shortly after the last short story ends, following sixteen-year-old Chloe and her crew of vampire hunters, a young witch, and a male siren as they try to figure out what to do next in the shadow of the vampire war they are sure is coming.
I disagree with a lot of things in this series—mainly the mentality that vampires. Are. Bad. With no hope or shot at redemption even if they wanted it. I understand that they can’t all be Edwards and Angels, but it makes no sense that a person would become automatically evil after turning when there doesn’t really seem to be any genuine change to their personality or world view. And if Ms. Wright plans for the hunters to kill “all vampires” as she says, can’t she at least make it so that they find a cure so that they can un-vampire the good ones instead of committing blind genocide? (Don’t tell me there aren’t good ones. Don’t you dare.) I also got a bit irked with Chloe’s martial mentality and thought she could do with a bit of calming down.
Strangely, the one of the things I take issue with is also my favorite thing about this series. Jennifer Malone Wright doesn’t censor her talk of weaponry, firearms, and fighting and I think that’s a rare quality in artists these days (Texas girl here, what can I say?). The hunters do what needs doing and don’t worry about it being legal or acceptable to normal people.
I figured out the revelation in this story before it was revealed and I’m pretty proud of myself in spite of it being, well…easy to figure out. There was some sweet romance in here between Chloe and Drew and I really find myself liking Drew. Though Ms. Wright seems hell-bent on putting a love triangle in here and I think there really isn’t a need for it. At least Chloe made the right choice in this novella. (And so long as she keeps making the right choice, we’re good.)
This was a quick, easy, enjoyable read and I look forward to the next novella, Taking Talon, coming out in June. I recommend it to fans of YA urban fantasy!