Vampire Island by Sandra Cox
Publisher: Class Act Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (192 pgs)
Rating: 5 Suns
Reviewed by Orchid
My name is Zoe Tempest. Just let me say, I had no intention of becoming a vampire hunter. My world revolved around the trendiest clothes, the boy of the week, shopping, and texting. My life was as close to perfect as a seventeen year old can get. I had everything. Then my parents were murdered and my world came crashing down.
After their funeral, I went to live with my uncle Julian Kilmer. That’s when everything changed. In a manner more terrifying than anything I could have imagined.
One day Zoe is the spoiled daughter of well-to-do parents, then suddenly her world changes completely. Her parents die suddenly and she goes to live with her weird Uncle Julian on Vampire Island.
Julian warns her not to go out once the sun has set, but when she discovers he sleeps by day and goes out at night Zoe begins to wonder if her uncle is a vampire. But that’s silly, there are no such things as vampires. Or are there?
Julian oozes danger. His ocelot Oz, who has silver claws, protects Zoe not only from herself but also from the creatures of the dark who wish to harm her. The protection of the cat, plus the garlic surrounding the garden, convinces Zoe her uncle can’t possibly be a vampire.
I really liked this book. Zoe is a young seventeen-year-old who always has to be turned out properly with matching clothes, nail polish and make-up. Throughout the book she makes sure she is properly dressed for each occasion even when it comes to finding just the right tote bag for the equipment she needs to survive.
Although not a love interest, Julian is absolutely gorgeous. The mystery and danger surrounding him only make him seem more attractive. Both Zoe and Julian are very strong characters. When Zoe finds out the truth she refuses to believe it. Julian then pits his will against hers and forces her to accept what he has told her.
Although the book deals with a subject which is classed as paranormal and commonly considered a myth, Vampire Island makes the reader believe in vampires. The end of the book dangles a temptation for the next in the Hunter Series and I shall look out eagerly for this to become available.
I have to admit I couldn’t put this book down. It was witty and fast moving. A totally believable story about a subject we know isn’t real. Or is it? Pick up your own copy and decide for yourself.