A lot of attitude in this heroine. Like her!
Rest in Pieces (Barbie: The Vampire Hunter #1) by Lucinda Dark released yesterday in the New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy genre.
Ashes to Ashes. Dust to Dust. If vampires kill your entire family, vengeance is a must. I can’t say my parents never warned me about vampires. I just never believed them. Not—that is—until six months ago when vampires broke into my home and killed my family. Thanks to all the skills my parents taught me, I managed to escape but I couldn’t save them.
Two vampires down and the rest of the world to go.
My bid for revenge is going to have to wait, though, because until I turn 18, I’m being placed in the loving care of Elizabeth and Jonathan McKnight—godparents I didn’t even know existed. The clock is ticking until I can get back to my goal of eradicating the vampire race. But something is amiss at my new high school. According to my parents, vampires can’t walk in daylight. So, why then, does Torin Priest? If he’s not a vampire, then what is he? Because unlike the obnoxious asshole, Maverick McKnight, who sees me as some sort of bloodsucking leech on his wealthy family, Torin Priest is most certainly not human.
To stake or not to stake, that is the question.
“Why are you doing this?” I asked.
“Because”—I shuddered as his tongue licked up the side of my throat—“we’re vampires and because we can, little bird.”
Because they could. The thought echoed in my skull. Because they were stronger. Because they had the power to. Because they were vampires. Because vampires did whatever they wanted. Because no one had stopped them. Someone needed to stop them.
But there’s no one else here … only me…
“This is so touching, isn’t it?” Travis let out a forced sniffle. “The family that hunts together, dies together and all that, right?”
“I’ve never hunted before,” I said. My cheeks were stiff with the drying tears, but somehow, no more fell from my eyes. It was as if I had cried myself out. There was no more weeping, no more sobbing. I’d had enough. I had none left to give.
“What’s that?” Travis bellowed a laugh. “Did you hear that, Kent? She said she’s never hunted before. That explains so much.” His hand fell away from my face. But there wasn’t much more to see. Brandon’s eyes were closed and his breaths had slowed to barely a trickle, his chest rising and falling impossibly slow. “Did they not tell you about vampires?” Travis asked.
I shook my head. “They did,” I answered. “We didn’t believe them.”
“Well…” He shoved me forward and I stumbled over my father’s body, landing on my bruised ribs. A wince escaped as the fall sent a dull imitation of pain through me. “That is a travis-ty.” He chuckled.
Kent lifted his head from Brandon’s neck and groaned. “Seriously? I’m feeding here.”
Enough. I’ve had enough. No more. I’d do anything to make it stop. To make it all stop.
My fingers brushed cool metal, and without thinking, I reacted, clasping tight around the scimitar’s handle.
Never pick up a weapon you have no intention of using. If you fight, you fight to kill.
The words were my mantra as I swung the blade up and brought it down. The blade slipped right through the center of Kent’s neck but stopped short. I could hear him spluttering, feeling the squelching around the sharp end of my sword. He reached up, trying to claw at the other end poking through his trachea. Rage filled me.
No, I thought. He doesn’t get to live. He doesn’t deserve to live.
Of all the things my parents had taught me, they had focused on the methods with which to kill a vampire the most. As a child, I’d relished in the idea of beating up make believe monsters. As a teenager, I’d grown annoyed by their adamant urgings. I channeled all of my guilt at never believing them into my current task. Bearing down, I gritted my teeth and turned the scimitar, forcing it the rest of the way through one half. His body flopped against the carpet. All of the blood he’d just drunk from Brandon spilling out onto the floor. I felt numb inside. The blood didn’t scare me—not anymore.
AUTHOR BIO:Lucinda Dark is the Fantasy based pen name for USA Today Bestselling Author, Lucy Smoke.
A writer of various genres, Lucy is a young adventurer with a lust for good characterization and unique protagonists.
You can contact her or view her catalog via her website at www.Lucysmoke.com or join her newsletter to keep up to date on all the latest releases.
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