Does your teen love vampire stories, especially if there’s a little romance mixed in? Here is a great new vampire series for teens that adults will love, too! These engrossing books tell of a girl finding her true self in a world where everything she knows has been turned upside down. Can she figure out who to trust in time to save herself and those she loves?
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New Vampire Series for Teens
I recently posted in a Facebook group that I was looking for a new book to read. In response, a friend (who happens to work at Audrey Press – it’s great to have friends who work at publishing companies!), contacted me to see if I would be interested in previewing a new YA book coming out this summer.
I was already familiar with what great books Audrey Press produces. (Long-time readers may remember my review of A Year in the Secret Garden. In case you missed it, read it here & learn about “spot sitting”).
So of course I jumped at the chance to review a new series from Audrey Press, and I’m so glad I did!
The first book, Ascension, starts off with an important rite of passage in the life of a young Deuxsang, a “double blooded” human/vampire hybrid. The Deuxsang are a closely knit, secretive community, living among humans but guarded by their protectors, the vampires. But when the vampires come to test young Cheyenne for her ascension ceremony, the ritual is dramatically different (and more painful!) than the ones she has witnessed before.
Even more bewildering to her, however, is what she sees as her family’s betrayal – their failure to rescue her from the painful ceremony and their emotional rejection of her afterwards.
Fast forward several years, and Cheyenne is now a teenager still angry at her parents and confused about why she seems so different than everyone else. (Like how most teenagers feel, just amplified one hundred times!) To top it all off, she falls in love with Eli, who is not a Deuxsang and therefore completely off limits.
When Cheyenne is sent to New Orleans to spend the summer with her annoying older sister and creepy brother-in-law, bit by bit she learns that everything she had been taught about the world – about vampires and their rivals, witches, even about her own people the Deuxsang – has been a lie.
Or has it? Who can she believe? Can she trust her own heart?
I could not put this book down, right up to the cliffhanger ending – which made me so glad that I already had a preview copy of the sequel Clandestine, which comes out in July! In the second book in this new vampire series for teens, Cheyenne has been sent forcibly to college, where she is watched like a hawk and kept away from those that mean the most to her.
The betrayals grow deeper and more twisted, as Cheyenne learns more about the secret histories of the wars among vampires and witches – and the role of the Deuxsang in them. At the same time, Cheyenne is learning to harness her surprising talents. But which side will she fight for in the coming war and whom can she trust?
This is a wonderful new vampire series for teens (and grown ups!) It has everything – action, suspense, mystery, and romance, all with a healthy dose of teenage angst.
I also loved how it showcased New Orleans, which is the perfect backdrop for both the spooky scenes and the ones where Cheyenne and her friends are just out to explore and have fun in this beautiful city.