Monday, December 24, 2012

Saltwater Vampires by Kirsty Eagar

Saltwater Vampires
Goodreads Summary
Saltwater Vampires by Kirsty Eagar

He looked to the sky, praying for rain, a downpour, some sign from the heavens that he should refuse the abomination contained in that flask. But all he saw was the bloated white face of the moon smiling down on him …

And the sky around it was cold and clear and black …

They made their circle of blood. And only the moon witnessed the slaughter that followed.

For Jamie Mackie, summer holidays in the coastal town of Rocky Head mean surfing, making money, and good times at the local music festival. But this year, vampires are on the festival’s line-up … fulfilling a pact made on the wreck of the Batavia, four hundred years ago. If their plans succeed, nobody in Rocky Head will survive to see out the new year.

Page-turning and suspenseful, Saltwater Vampires is a distinctly Australian vampire thriller.

My Thoughts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cool read. Very cool as in bad vampires, secret societies and all, even that bit of alternate history where the baddies really are as monstrous as the act related. Then the fact that there were demons of the personal sort, for Jamie in particular.

As usual, Eagar’s writing is slow, specific and deliberate. And unlike Night Beach, this one is clearer on what it’s trying to do. That is to scare you brainless. Never did things get to that point with Night Beach as half the time I was wondering what the protagonists were as going on about.  Here, there’s a clearer definition of what’s going on here and who’s facing off and why.

And who indeed?
On one side you’ve got bat shit (heh) vampires with delusions of … ergh, something. Then on the other are a set of teens who’re mucking about and doing what they love (that would be surfing once again.)

Take your time with this one though because the beauty’s not in the scary vamps or even the boys facing up to hard truths (though both those bits were good too. ) The beauty in this one has to do with the writing: slow but not boring. So specifically laid out, that each word, then every phrase has purpose that us to paint us a world that’s got a secret that’s bigger than they all imagine, but fun too… except substitute the word scary for fun… as more often then not, things in this one did get like that.  Bottom line? There’s no denying Eagar simply has got a way with putting words together… 

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