Afterlight by Elle Jasper (Dark Ink Chronicles #1)

Afterlight by Elle JasperAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Signet Eclipse

My Copy: Bought

Reviewer: Nikki

Savannah’s most unconventional tattoo artist, Riley Poe, lives on the edge. Now she’s put over the edge when her younger brother is taken by a sinister cult led by vampires. Her only ally is the hot-tempered vampire Eli Dupre, attracted to Riley’s beauty and rare blood type. To save her brother from certain un-death, Riley faces dangers she’s never dreamed of, ruthless bloodthirsty enemies, and an evil of endless hunger that wants to devour it all…


Riley Poe is one of Savannah’s most sought after tattoo artists. She is extremely talented and so those who are looking to get some ink done flock to her studio, Inksomnia. Riley has led a rough life and has turned it all around in order to run her successful business and raise her baby brother Seth. She owes everything to her savior, Preacher Man and his wife, powerful Gullah followers. After the untimely death of her mother when Riley was 17, they and Seth, are all she has left.

When Seth becomes a victim of a centuries old vampire spirit, Riley is sucked into a world she never knew existed. Vampires are very real, and now in order to stop her brother from turning into one…she has to trust another one. Eli is a bad tempered vamp who has been put in charge of Rileys safety until they can get her brother back. The heat that flares between them is impossible to ignore and makes it increasingly difficult to focus on the job at hand.

In order to get her brother back, Riley must entice the vampires with the only thing she has…her special blood.


At first glance this book is an adult version of Twilight. With the exception that Riley insists on trying to kick vamp ass with her measly human strength..while Bella just wanted to hide. Both books were written with a TON of descriptive writing. Page upon page of what Riley was wearing, what was going on around her, walking her dog every day….twice. Now when I read Twilight (well the entire series actually), I freely admit that I did some skimming of the boring parts. Afterlight was a much shorter book so there was no skipping going on but there were parts I thought, why? I mean the book is riddled with pop culture music references and Hot Topic catalog ideas. I get it…punky gothy crowd. It seemed like Elle was just trying way to hard to get that across. By the end of the book I’m pretty sure I knew every outfit in Riley’s closet.

Riley’s character did a whole lot of thinking about how flawless Eli was…ala Edward from Twilight. Yes, they are purty…I get that too. The guy had to have been getting a big head since he spent a lot of time reading her mind. Riley was a bit hard to warm up to, but I did somewhere in the middle. She put up a good front of being completely in control which I thought was funny because Eli read her mind all the time. Why bother putting up the front then? I enjoyed her being a tattoo artist. That was something I hadn’t read prior to picking up Afterlight. Being a fellow ink lover, I really liked that aspect. Though to be honest the cover artist, as beautiful as it is, didn’t do justice to the dragon tats covering her back and arms. They are wrote with much more detail then I believe the pic shows. Plus everyone in the book is intrigued with them, and the ones on the cover wouldn’t even catch my eye in a crowd.

I LOVED Eli. A man of few words, but he had a smoldering sexuality that I wanted to ravage. Especially when he went all dark and dyed his hair black to fit in with Riley’s crowd. I’m not huge into Hot Topic clothing but the hair, ripped jeans and motorcycle I could get down with. Plus he was über protective, *le sigh* Eli came with a vamp family as well which I kind of laughed about. At one point Riley thinks there must not be another vamp family anywhere like Eli’s and I thought…yeah, uh The Cullens. Eli has a mother, father, 2 brothers and a sister. Now, unlike The Cullens, they ARE all related, but just like in Twilight there is a contract in place that they will not feed on living beings…if that contract gets broken, well, all hell is going to break loose. Except no Native Americans, we instead have The Gullah, a mystical group of people who work with Eli’s family.

Afterlight does give us some AWESOME sex scenes. Even ones with no touching. Yeahhhhh boy. Elle does write a good sex scene.

At its heart, Afterlight is a good book. I think the author could have done a better job distancing herself from the popular works of Miss Stephenie Meyer and cut down the pop culture references…but something kept me reading. Something told me not to give up on this one. In the end I enjoyed the book. It kept me coming back and reading just a bit more. I wanted to root for Riley to get her brother back. To let down her guard for Eli. And to finally get to kick butt without it being handed back to her. Really, that’s all that matters. And besides, let’s be honest, what was Twilight missing? SEX. So yeah, I liked Afterlight. I am hoping the next installment, Everdark will make me a true believer.

I give Afterlight by Elle Jasper 3.50 stars


  1. I read the blurb and was like “Have to read it”…but after your review about the descriptive writing, I’m starting to wonder…I might read it anyway just to read those sex scenes *cough*

  2. Thanks for the great review. I’ve been on the fence for a few weeks now about reading this book. I bought it on a whim and I wasn’t sure if it was going to have enough romance in it for my tastes. Now after reading your review I will definitely give this book a try.

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