5 stars · Comedy · Contemporary · diverse characters · lgbtqia content · new adult · own voices author · romance · sci-fi / fantasy · young adult

REVIEW: The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig

The Official Description: The only thing August Pfeiffer hates more than algebra is living in a vampire town. Located at a nexus of mystical energy fields, Fulton Heights is practically an electromagnet for supernatural drama. And when a mysterious (and annoyingly hot) vampire boy arrives with a cryptic warning, Auggie suddenly finds himself at the center of it. An ancient and terrible power is returning to the earthly realm, and somehow Auggie seems to be the only one who can stop it.

Just the facts: Vampires! Magic! Queer teens!

The Fell of Dark is a hilarious, action packed story with bitey cute vampire boys, spooky magical people and and one big ass scary prophecy! So much fun!- Kinzie Things

My thoughts bit:  August is 16 years old and he lives in Fulton Heights. It’s a perfectly normal, boring town to grow up in except for the fact that it’s infested with vampires. Vampires… in this book are known about… and live around people. Sure, they’re annoying and bitey and they do kill the occasional human. But, it’s not as weird as you might think. At first. Then it gets weird.

One evening, August meets a really cute vampire named Jude. He tells him that August is important… that he’s going to be changing and when he needs him, to call him. He tosses Auggie a burner phone and disappears.

I’m not even going to try and explain the amazingness that goes on in this book because I really think that Caleb Roehrig is amazing! He is a wonderful writer, and one of my favorites. So… there are a few things going on in this book. Sure, there are vampires but they’re not the sparkly kind that you might expect! These vampires range from adorable teen boys (at least that is how they appear) to old monsters! There are magical practitioners! There are historical figures woven into this tale. There are cute first dates and passionate kisses. Do I even need to continue?

It turns out that August is the vessel for a terrible entity that is arising. The problem is that there’s really no consensus about what’s going to happen when he’s taken over. There are warring factions trying to determine Auggie’s future… and suddenly he is left feeling as though he has no control over anything.

There are some really great scenes in this book about love – it’s not a romance, so don’t go there! But Auggie is 16 and there are cute boys all around him and even if some of them might be bitey and fangy, he is still 16! There are some really great discussions about love, relationships, and friendship.

The characters in the book are complex and interesting! No one is really all they seem when they are first introduced. I have always enjoyed that about Caleb’s characters. Auggie is my favorite, but some of the vampires are really intriguing. I loved how Caleb delved into what it might be like to consider living forever. What if you’re turned when you’re very young? What if you outlive your entire family? There are so many practical things to consider when you think about becoming a vampire.

There is a great story in this book. There’s great attention to detail and I love how the entire story comes together in the end. There might be a few things that are unresolved…but I can’t help hoping that there might be a sequel in the future. A girl can wish.

Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) Mentions of confinement

Links: Goodreads // The Author

I received an ARC of The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig from Feiwel & Friends via Edelweiss in exchange for an unbiased review.

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