Afterlight: The Dark Ink Chronicles
By Elle Jasper
Publisher: Signet; Original edition (November 2, 2010)
A teenage prank gone wrong.
A sister hell bend on saving her brother from himself.
A lie meant to protect.
Riley Poe is about to have her world turned upside down. Having experienced the darker side of Savannah Georgia, she’s well aware that her fifteen-year-old brother has to make his own mistakes to learn from them. But something evil is released during a night of vandalism and now Riley has to step in and save the day.
She survived her brush with the dark side when she was younger. But this time around, she won’t be so lucky. The drugs and the toxic club life she beat before seem like a walk in the park compared to the evil she will have face.
Along the way, she learns that vampires can be good or bad and that the guy she can’t keep her hands off of might just be her worst enemy.
Afterlight and the world Elle Jasper has created is “wicked-cool!” Riley Poe is a kick ass heroine who can hold her own in any situation. Whether it is running her tattoo shop, Inksomnia, or standing her ground against both the good guys as well as the bad.
I read the reviews before buying this story and one reviewer was dead on with their comparison of The Dark Ink Chronicles to that of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series. I admit I’m a huge fan of Twilight and loved that Ms. Meyers kept her characters consistent throughout the story, but I’d always wished for more of an edge to their personalities.
I found that edge and a hell of a lot more with Afterlight. Riley Poe is not a sweet innocent teenager who wishes she could blend in and not be seen. Nope. Riley is a sexy tattooed chick who takes the world head on. Eli Dupre is an adrenaline junky who is not a perfect hero and unlike Edward with Bella, willing to take what Riley offers. The chemistry between these two is hot and the sex is off the charts. I loved this story and the dark world Elle Jasper created for her characters in Savannah, Georgia. I seriously want to visit the town (again) just to see some of the locations she mentioned.