Wednesday, 8 May 2013

BEWITCHING TOURS: "Love and War" (The Arcadia Falls Chronicles #1) by Jennifer Malone Wright

Love & War (The Arcadia Falls Chronicles: Book 1) 
By Jennifer Malone Wright 
Genre: YA paranormal Date of Publication:December 2012 Formats Available:  in Ebook only 
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A war is brewing between the hunters and the vampires and Chloe is determined to strike against the vampires before they have a chance to attack the hunter community. 

While Chloe tries to convince the hunter community, and most especially tries to convince Drew, that they should move against the vampires first instead of waiting for an attack, the group of new friends—Oscar, Alice, Drew, Chloe and Christina—are distracted by news reports of a vigilante who is saving innocent humans against what can only be vampire attacks. 

Fearing this vigilante will cause unwanted attention that will expose the vampire-hunter community with each person he rescues, the group attempts to discover who this mysterious potential vampire hunter is.

When they catch up with him, the group learns a shocking revelation that might just change everything for everyone in Arcadia Falls, but will have the most profound impact on Chloe herself.

The Arcadia Falls Chronicles is the continuation of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter. Following the format of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter, The Arcadia Falls Chronicles is serialized into several novella-length stories.

Prologue—Chloe's Diary

January 15:

Sometimes, when the sun goes down, I stare out the window of our house and wonder how much of the city beyond our community is being ravaged by vampires. How many people will die? How many will become newborn vampires?

I know I am not strong enough to kill them all… but that won’t stop me from trying.

The next chapter in my life has begun.

I received this journal as a gift from Oscar for Christmas this year and decided it would be a good place to chronicle the events of my life. Who knows what will happen to the hunters after this is all over? If it ever is all over. I feel like there should be some documentation of how things went down.

So here you have it: The life of Chloe Kallistrate, in my own words.

I never thought there was anything special about me. Actually, I still don’t, but apparently, because I'm the distant offspring of angels and demigods, there is something in my DNA that creates what I truly am: a vampire hunter.

Yeah, a vampire hunter. From angels and demigods. Un-freaking-believable.

It seems, a long time ago, there was a warrior angel sent to rid the world of vampires. This warrior angel, during his time on earth, found love with a warrior woman. The warrior woman was a killer, too. She was a hunter, the daughter of Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt.

Yes, I know. Artemis. Like… from mythology.

It’s true; I'm a distant descendent of Artemis, and more directly, her daughter, Sostrate. I know this because I’ve met Sostrate. She has visited me on more than one occasion. I can’t say I look forward to her visits all that much. The last time she appeared, she told me a war loomed between the hunters and the vampires, that the hunters needed to train even harder.


Oh, it gets better. Not only am I carrying on the bloodlines of angels and demigods, but I just happen to be a dhampir, too!

What is a dhampir? Oh, that is the best tidbit of all. 

Remember when I said I was a vampire hunter? Well, that part of me is from my mother’s side. She fell in love with one of those we are supposed to hate the most: a vampire.

Out of that lovely relationship, I was born.

My father’s name was Trevor. My mother apparently loved him more than she loved killing vampires, because they had me.

That is where the story gets really strange. Right, like it wasn't strange enough.

My mother was born in an exclusive and unique gated community, properly named Arcadia Falls. The community is unlike any other of which I have ever heard. It's a vampire-hunter community. There, vampire hunters are born, and they train to kill, pretty much from the day they learn to walk. Only in Arcadia Falls can one find people strolling down the street with loaded guns and crossbows strapped to their backs.

This community is a peaceful, mountainous place. It is our safety from the demons on the outside.

I love Arcadia Falls. I love our house, where I live with my grandfather, my mother's father, who I didn't meet for the first time until after my mother was killed. I love sleeping in my mother’s childhood room, and I love that I am surrounded by others who cannot claim to be normal.

On the inside of the protective wall that surrounds us is our little town, just like any other town one might come across. We have a grocery store, a video store, even a bakery and coffee shop. Hunters’ homes cover the expanse of forested hills that make up Arcadia Falls, and the hunters rarely need to leave unless they are on missions.

I know my mother loved this place. She was one of the most renowned hunters among them. Trevor claimed, even after he met his final death, that he loved my mother, but that love did not guarantee he would love me. I only know this story as it passed Trevor’s lips, but I can see how it would be true. He fell in love with my mother, who left the community to live with him. She soon became pregnant with me. Apparently, he was ecstatic over the announcement of my birth. My mother must have been relieved, but she ran from him before I was born, for reasons I didn’t know until I was fifteen.

Why would a woman leave a man with whom she was having a child? If he was that bad, why not kill him? Who knows? All I know is that she found out his original reason for choosing her as his mate. Love, it seemed, ended up being a bonus in his case.

He bred me.

It was his plan from the very beginning, for years and years before he met her. Apparently, I was some kind of main ingredient in his make-the-vampire-become-a-day-walker recipe. Allegedly, if a vampire drinks the blood of a dhampir, who also carries the bloodlines of a vampire hunter, on the day of the dhampir’s sixteenth birthday, the vampire will forever be able to walk in the sunlight. Typically, vampires can't be in sunlight, because it kills them.


I had no idea, initially. None of us did.

My mother knew. She found out his plan and ran from him with me in her womb. That wasn’t as simple as it sounded. She hid me away for years and years. I never knew any family, I never had many friends because we moved so much, and I never knew the truth… until that horrible day.

The day Trevor had her murdered, right in front of me.

But he wasn't trying to get to her. He was trying to get to me.

That day is branded into my memory like a hot iron burning into my skin. Trevor’s goons broke in and murdered her. They tried to take me away, but I was rescued by the vampire hunters. My grandfather sensed the pain his daughter was going through and sent the rescue team. If it weren’t for them, I would have been taken and would have never known who I truly was. I would probably be dead already.

Drew had led the hunters. I remember him lifting me into his arms and telling me he was taking me someplace safe. They had brought me home, to Arcadia Falls. It was there I found out about my hunter heritage. It was also there I found my true supernatural gifts.

Yes, I have supernatural gifts, abilities, you might say. My element is fire. I can make flames appear in my hand whenever I want. Although, it wasn’t always as easy as it is now to control. It took me a long time to learn to control the flames. Though I'm much improved at wielding the power of the flame, I am still learning to control the fire within me.

Moving on with my story, my father attacked the hunters, and I decided I didn’t want to lose anyone else to his vampires. I willingly went with him, ignorant to his true plans. I lived with him for nearly a year, and shortly before my sixteenth birthday, I found out exactly why he had wanted me so badly, why he had killed my mother to obtain me: He had wanted to be a day-walker.
I tried to run but ended up a prisoner.

We escaped only because of Alice, the housekeeper who had lived with Trevor for a long time, serving him. But while I was there, she had been my friend. She betrayed her precious Trevor and helped me get out. Drew was a prisoner with me, and when we escaped, we found Oscar, who had been my tutor, and who just happens to be a siren. Oscar had been bitten almost to the point of death. We grabbed him and managed to escape, only to fight a vicious battle in the end.

In the heat of the battle, we were saved by Gavin—who was once my almost-boyfriend—who happened to be Drew’s half-brother. And Christina—Drew’s ex-girlfriend and probably one of the meanest girls I know.

It was a nasty fight, but we are all alive.
The question remains: What happens now?

What it comes down to is this:

On the day of my sixteenth birthday, Sostrate came to us and told us all to prepare for war. She said we all needed to train hard because we were on the brink of war with the vampires, a big war.

It was in that moment I realized this—whatever it was—was never going to be over. Just like my angel grandfather was sent down to rid the world of vampires, I vowed to do the same.

I am Chloe Kallistrate. I am the vampire-killing angel of death.

Jennifer Malone Wright is best known for her short story series, The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter. Other works include the follow up to The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter series called The Arcadia Falls Chronicles and her vampire novel called The Birth of Jaiden. Jennifer also co-authors a series called Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse as well as another project which hasn’t been announced yet.

She resides in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho with her husband and five children where she practices preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Just kidding!

But seriously, between the craziness of taking care of her children, Jennifer has little time left for herself. The time she does have left, usually leading far into the night, is spent working on her beloved fiction or chatting with her equally crazy friends.

Jennifer also loves coffee, has a passionate affair with red bull, wishes the sushi were better where she lives and dances while she cleans.

Author web links: (web, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads, etc)

I wasn't disappointed with this!

I read the book preceding this one (The Vampire Hunter's Daughter) and i looked forward to reading this one.

What was a pleasant surprise was the book flowed brilliantly, and i was at the end before i knew it and was disappointed that it had ended!  The story was continuous, no slow bits, i enjoyed reading each page and like i say i was surprised when it ended as i wasn't expecting it to!

A great book to read.  I sat and read this in 2 nights ( a couple of hours each night).

I started to gel with the character of Chloe and the people around her.  So obviously, she is a Vampire Hunter and lives in a community of fellow Hunters.  The main running story is a mysterious man who keeps finding vampires just as they attack and save the day -it has been reported in the newspapers and hes just described as "a dark haired man" who calls for an ambulance then leaves.  The Hunters want to find him, and big surprise of who he is -i wasn't expecting that!!  The relationship between Chloe and Drew is carrying forward, but i don't know. I think Gavin might be a spanner in the works one day......

Its been left completely open with several parts of the book begging to be continued and i hope it is soon!
Happy to have found this series!


  1. I loved this series by Jennifer, and the series that led up to this! :D

  2. Loved the review and it has inspired me to look for the first book in the series! Love finding new authors to search for!

  3. Hiya Claire! Yaay you managed to post!! I really enjoyed this one!
    I love doing these tours as i dont think i would have found alot of the authors that ive come across, im really enjoying it!
    Hope you keep finding something to read, and welcome to my blog, lad to have you here, and thank you for following! :)

  4. Usually I like my vampires to be the gory I'm-going-to-eat-your-throat-right-on-out types rather than the more sparkly type as of late, but that's certainly not knocking the latter of the vamps at all, just I like a good bloody vampire at times. I have to say that I am really enjoying the more modern vamp stories though and I really like reading the different directs they go in all the time. Right when you think it's all the same or all been done before, something jumps out and grabs you and sucks you in (I had to get at least one or two puns in there :D )

    After reading the review above, this is a book I would really like to check out, right now as in I was tempted to just stop typing this and go get it and check it out for myself. It sounds really good and the cover is quite excellent as well.

    Thank you for showing such an interesting book on your blog, which I enjoy greatly, and thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway as well but most of all, thank you for introducing me to a new author and a new book!


    Shelly H.


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