Review: Northern Bites by Nikki Jefford

Posted July 30th, 2013 in book review / 14 comments


Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter Series #2

by Nikki Jefford

Publisher: Caffeinated Books Publishing (July 29, 2013)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, New Adult
Format: eARC (Novel length)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

Love bites.
Probation sucks.

Thanks to Dante’s recklessness, Aurora is now partners with Valerie: the redheaded, backstabbing vixen.

Dante is in full flirt mode. Fane’s tactics are more ruthless. Something carnal has awakened in Aurora and neither boy is helping tame her cravings.

When a member of the unit’s team is found dead, Aurora and Valerie are sent after a vampire in Sitka, but Aurora suspects the killer’s much closer to home.

At A Glance
Northern Bites was even better than the first book of the series, and I am already dying to read book three.

The Good
I am so getting into this series. I think Northern Bites was better written and better plotted compared to book one, Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter. The drama, the action, the mystery, it all blended together so perfectly. And I love the direction the series is going as a whole.

Aurora is growing into a little warrior. The ball may not be in her court, but she doesn’t let herself get knocked down by anyone. She still has her weaknesses, but she is smarter this time around. She is biding her time, collecting information, determining who she can trust and who she can’t. But things are going down and Aurora is determined to come out on top. Though some of her actions bothered me, most of the time I loved her. She’s the average girl turned heroine. She is learning to fight, to ask questions, and to lead instead of follow.

Valerie is a b*tch and will always be one. But she’s smart and she is a fighter. I was surprised to find myself liking her a little bit. I hate what she does to Aurora, but like Aurora says, Valerie may be evil, but she is upfront evil, she doesn’t try to hide it like other people do. She’s mean to your face, instead of behind your back.

Dante really caught my attention this time around. He’s always been flirty and confident, but you can see a more serious side of him when his focus is on Aurora. No more games. Let the best man win, which is Dante. Screw Fane.

Even with my hate for some of the characters, I still find them all fascinating. I love how Jefford keeps her characters on the cusp of evil and good. We never know who to trust, just like Aurora. The plot was interesting and the dialogue flowed well.

Wow, that ending. I wasn’t expecting that. We are left with a lot of questions, but that’s okay. I think Aurora is going to come back even stronger. She is starting to see people for who they truly are, and she is ready to fight.

The Bad
There are two parts of this book that bothered me and one is Fane. Can’t stand that little bastard. There is no way Jefford can redeem Fane in my eyes. I am DONE! I am team Dante all the way. It was hard for me to respect Aurora for chasing after Fane in this book. How many times does he have to hurt her for her to understand he is NOT a good guy?

Oh, and why isn’t Aurora sticking up for herself when it comes to Valerie? Valerie is mean and nasty at every turn, but Aurora kind of stands back and takes it. Mind boggling.

The Snuggly
Since Fane is now the spawn of Satan for me, I am liking where Dante and Aurora are going. Dante is so cute and lovable. Aurora needs to snatch him up.

There is a lot of sexual tension, kissing, sexting, and one hot sex dream, but nothing over the top for a new adult.

Final Thoughts
This is a note-worthy urban fantasy/paranormal series. It doesn’t feel like every other vampire book. It actually feels refreshing. I love the mystery the most. We really don’t know what’s going on. We are at the mercy of Aurora’s minimal knowledge, which makes things so much more exciting. Highly recommended.

Our lips met. He’d taken me off guard with the first kiss. This time it’s like he wanted me to anticipate what was coming, dangle it in front of my face like a carrot in front of a horse. Two could play that game.

I moved my lips over Dante’s , tilting my head as needed to change the angle, add pressure. I was much more confident about my kissing skills, thanks to Fane. I slipped my tongue between Dante’s lips and twirled it around his. I smiled when I heard his intake of breath. I pulled back and shot Dante a grin. “Good night, lover.”

“Oh, you’re bad.” Dante folded his arms across his chest and shot me a devilish grin. “You know this isn’t over.”

“Now, where were we?” I asked.

“You were about to beg for your life,” the pierced vamp said.
His tongue ring glinted as he spoke. It made a ‘f**k you, I eat silver for breakfast’ kind of statement.
“No,” I said, shaking my head. “I was about to save you.”
The lips on the pierced vamp drew back so far I could see his sharpened molars.
Jackpot, I thought, right before the vampires closed in on me.

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter Series (My Reviews):
Book #1: Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter
Book #2: Northern Bites 

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14 Responses to “Review: Northern Bites by Nikki Jefford”

  1. Shelley Romano

    “Let the best man win, which is Dante. Screw Fane!” I absolutely positively without remorse agree with you! Fane needs to back away and shut up! Can’t wait for book # 3!

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    I love your strong emotions regarding Fane and will be anxious to see if the author changes your mind. This series is new to me, and I am glad to see there was growth in this second book. I will add these to my wishlist.

  3. Elisa

    This sounds awesome! I am definitely going to have to dig into this series.
    thanks for the rec! 🙂

  4. Brandi Kosiner

    Seems like a great and positive change for Aurora to change into a warrior. Also glad to hear that the second book is even more well done than first

  5. Jaclyn Canada

    Sounds fantastic! I love it when you never know whether the characters are going to turn on the main character or not. That little bit of mystery goes a long way. Added this to my to-read list. Excellent review 😀 Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

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