Etty Steele Vampire Hunter
Grayson Grave’s Etty Steele Vampire Hunter, his first book in the Hunter Series, introduces readers to a fun, eerie world of vampires and witches with alarmingly high stakes. Henrietta “Etty” Steele comes from a long line of vampire hunters who work to keep people safe by capturing vampires and sending them to a secret island called Traxis, from which vampires never return. Training under her mother, Felicity, to become a hunter, Etty is anxious for her powers to come. After Felicity hears of a murder in town carried out by a group of vampires, she seeks revenge, bringing Etty along for training. Their involvement may come with disastrous consequences. Meanwhile, Etty’s secret life as a hunter-in-training is driving a wedge between her and her best friend, April Showers, who, according to April’s grandmother Elsie, has unrealized powers of her own. Etty and April’s friendship is tested further when a new student, Vladimir “Dimi” Nox, begins attending their school; April is convinced of Dimi’s goodness and wants to befriend him, but Etty cannot help but notice the many signs that seem to indicate that he is a vampire. And as Etty has been taught, all vampires are evil.
Because Etty Steele Vampire Hunter is considered a middle-grade novel, parents may want to know that there are scenes of violence in this book; however, these moments are certainly not excessive nor overly graphic. It is also notable that this book will appeal to young people and adults alike. Grayson’s world-building borrows popular elements from mythology and folklore, yet he truly makes this story his own by adding original, fascinating details. The seamless and believable way in which Grayson incorporates the magical into the relatable life of school-going children is especially impressive. Grayson is also skillful at writing a heart-pounding plot that is never predictable and will keep the reader frantically turning pages to discover what’s coming next.
Grayson’s rounded characters are compellingly complex, offering a layer of depth to the story that readers will connect with. Many of the characters are upsettingly flawed, wonderfully strong, and battle with inner conflicts; all the while they are growing and changing. The promise of more books in the series is a relief, as readers will become invested in the characters, wanting to see how each continues to develop.
Etty Steele Vampire Hunter is an enjoyable, spooky read. For children, this book may serve as an ideal age-appropriate lead-in to the thrilling world of fantasy. But all young adult readers will not want to miss out on this promising new series.
|Page Count||180 pages|
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