NIGHTWALKERS by Taneshia Jayne Wilson

My rating: ❤ of 5!

Nightwalkers

 

I was approached by the author via Goodreads, who asked me to read her book and provide an honest review. I love vampires so I was really looking forward to reading this book that I purchased via Amazon for £0.00. Unfortunately, it turns out that’s all I would ever have paid for it.


For a 17-year-old who’s grown up in a town ruled by vampires our narrator, Daniel isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. When his mum needs potatoes he thinks “to hell with this curfew, if my mum needs potatoes, she’ll have potatoes. Vampires will not stand between me and my five a day! – okay, that’s definitely not a quote, but it is pretty much what happens. Of course, he meets vampires on his little evening get-away to the shop but luckily, it’s not a bad vampire that finds him. Oh no, it’s a beautiful, gentle and animal “eating” vampire.

I like to think we are human with a different diet, like vegetarian and vegan, but we just drink blood instead,” she explained, sounding very cool about it all.

Once again vampires that chooses this special diet jokes about it and compares themselves to vegetarians and vegans. Firstly, I don’t know where the whole “vegan” thing comes from because, what is a vegan? A person who does not eat or use animal products. So, in order to compare them to vegans it would need to be synthetic blood, like the blood from Charlaine Harris’ True Blood series. Secondly, that joke is a bit too old and used by now. It was funny in Twilight (yes, I laughed then) but by now, it is just as overused as my cats’ electrical mouse.

Obviously, this green-eyed mystery girl tracks down our protagonist and narrator, Daniel, and somehow love blossoms between those two and they “get busy”. Due to the YA theme of the book the steaminess is 0% and it’s all very clean.

“You know, we shouldn’t be doing this,” she whispered close to my lips, not breaking eye contact.
“And what it is that we are doing, Luna?” My voice came out so softly that I could barely hear it myself. A small smirk spread across her lips as she leaned forward just enough to press them softly against mine. It was so gently, just a touch. Cold shivers ran through my body. She pushed me onto my bed and our passionate connection brought us together as one”.

Throughout the story we learn more of Daniel’s messed up family, the vampires and of course Luna, the green-eyed vampire. It turns out that one of Daniels cousins are leading an army against the villain, Victor, who’s so evil they want to be rid of him. Daniel and his mate Mark join them, but it turns out that even inside protected walls there’s humans and vampires that are up to no good. As a result, Daniel is hurt.

I awoke, assuming a few hours had passed, with a pressure headache in the back of my head. I reached back to touch the wound, flinching at the sting of my stitches. I sat up and rubbed my eyes hard, remembering what had happened the night before. I walked out into the main hospital wing in a daze. The room was blurry and I was having trouble standing. I used the walls to stabilize myself.

“It didn’t happen last night Daniel,” Katie said seriously. “You have been in a coma for months.” She looked at me sympathetically. “I’m sorry, we tried everything to wake you but nothing worked.”

Now I’m not medically trained in any way so this is just based on my own experience and observations in life; I find it fascinating that a human can move around on their own, even by stabilizing themselves against walls, after months in a coma. Daniel must have some serious leg muscles. But his healing abilities are another story, since his stitches are still there. To me that seems like a long ass time to be stuck with those.

It turns out there’s three different ways to become a vampire: 1. You can be what they call “born blood” which means you’re born as a vampire. 2. You can be turned, but only by a born blood. 3. You can have a freak accident and be bitten by a seriously weird bat, that’s how Luna got turned and as far as we know, she’s the only vampire to be turned like that. Apparently, the bat bite works differently because after one night in the sack, Daniel has knocked up Luna. Well done. It’s a shame that she spends the majority of the book in some kind of weird healing coma, or maybe just an easy way to make room for secondary characters instead of focusing on what could have been an interesting main character.

Characters a side, I do find that there’s some sloppy plot wholes:

“And Daniel,” Dennis said, and I looked up at him, “you won’t be coming into battle”.
“What?” I asked confused.
“Look it’s nothing personal. I’m just covering our bases. If I die on the battlefield I need you to tell the others, then take Layla, Katie and Luna and get out of here”.

That’s all fine and good. So, our narrator won’t be on the battlefield… a bit of a led down. Right? Well fret not

You can tell her yourself when we finish this,” I replied, patting him on the back before he followed Dennis into the field. Mark hung back as Dennis and Victor approached each other

All of a sudden young Daniel is at the battlefield and not at the base, waiting with the other. I know Daniel had to be there, otherwise we wouldn’t know what happened, but he wasn’t told to be there, Dennis didn’t have a change of heart, at least not one I as a reader knew about. But not only that, on the battlefield Daniel isn’t fighting, he’s just there… keeping an eye on the main characters and secondary characters. To me that’s quite a big plot whole. And for a human, he has the best hearing ever, because he hears every word being said whilst a battle is going on. Quite impressive.

But I think to me, the worst part is all the weird, forced and unnecessary information. After the fight Luna, Daniel and their hybrid daughter returns to Daniels mum, who’s over the moon with being a grandma. Suddenly, she’s gone and comes back with a present:

“I got up from the couch and followed her out the front door. “What?” I asked her and before she could answer I saw it. A beautiful white horse stood in our driveway.
“It is faster than your old rusty bike,” she said proudly.
“You bought a horse?” I asked.
“Yes, I did. His name is Vinegar,” she said.
“How can we afford a horse?” I asked.
“Don’t you worry about that,” she said smiling.

I’m still sat here, scratching my head and wondering why. I know it comes in handier than a bike later on, but the entire flow of this book is forced and nothing seems natural or needed. As a reader I’m greedy. I want to feel what the characters feel. Are they scared? In love? Even though, Daniel is the narrator there’s not a lot of time invested in feelings and experiences. It feels like if someone says “I love you” it’s enough to say it. As a reader I didn’t feel it. I didn’t understand it. I simply wasn’t brought along for the ride and felt as a spectator through and through. So, in this book it’s all about the words which makes for cheap characters in my humble opinion.

I really wanted to like this book but with all this in mind, I feel that 1 heart is very generous and I won’t be reading the next book in the series.

Have you read the book or want to read it? Let me know in the comments.

 

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