Title: Saltwater Vampires
Author: Kirsty Eagar
Published: Penguin August 2012
Synopsis: He looked to the sky, praying for rain, a downpour, some sign from the heavens that he should refuse the abomination contained in that flask. But all he saw was the bloated white face of the moon smiling down on him …And the sky around it was cold and clear and black … They made their circle of blood. And only the moon witnessed the slaughter that followed. For Jamie Mackie, summer holidays in the coastal town of Rocky Head mean surfing, making money, and good times at the local music festival. But this year, vampires are on the festival’s line-up … fulfilling a pact made on the wreck of the Batavia, four hundred years ago. If their plans succeed, nobody in Rocky Head will survive to see out the new year.
Status: Read from November 30 to December 02, 2012 — I own a copy
Ah Kirsty Eagar, how I love thee (in a non creepy way) let me count the ways 1 is Raw Blue, 2 is Night Beach and 3 is Saltwater Vampires, 4 better be coming soon (I need more love in my life!)
Seriously, I have been wanting to read Saltwater Vampires for months and finally slotted it into my schedule despite the demands on it. An Australian YA paranormal thriller, Saltwater Vampires twists the famed mutiny and massacre that occurred after the shipwreck of the Batavia off the West Australian coast in 1629 into a vampiric legend that centuries later endangers the residents of Rocky Head, a small coastal town.
The main protagonist is fifteen year old local surfer Jamie, accompanied by his best mate Tanner, new girl Talia, Kelly and Willem. After being attacked during a pre dawn surf by Dale, with whom he shares a tragic past, Jamie notices odd changes within himself and begins to hunt for answers. This small band of teens then finds themselves in the midst of a horrific conspiracy while trying to negotiate curfew, relationships and blood thirsty vampires.
The isolated town and the blackened ocean at night provides a gothic atmosphere, which grows increasingly sinister as the residents are affected by the cabal’s plan. Eagar builds the suspense carefully, her characters threatened by both obvious and unexpected enemies. Though the pace is a little slow at times, the novel bursts into a frenzy of action as the final confrontation draws near and it becomes impossible to put it down.
Fans of the classic cult movie The Lost Boys will adore Saltwater Vampires but Eagar’s own unique skill as a storyteller ensures everyone will appreciate this supernatural tale. With wonderful writing, an original plot and engaging characters, Saltwater Vampires is a great read.
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