The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig
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Official Summary: 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.
Review: Caleb Roehrig is one of my favorite authors, and I was so excited to see that he had a new book out this summer and that it featured vampires!! I’m kind of happy vampires are making a comeback, as long as they aren’t all too similar. I think The Fell of Dark did a great job with its vampires, mixing the unique and the classic.
These vampires can’t go out in the sunlight, but they are common knowledge and in Fulton Heights, there are tons of them. People are warned to be careful, of course, but there aren’t too many murders as the vampires don’t want a human uprising. This is the community that August Pfeiffer lives in. He’s an only child, artist, and oh yeah, he’s gay. August is already out when the book starts but having some really attractive vampires suddenly showing up seeking his attention isn’t easy on any teenage kid. Yes, they are vampires, but they are so cute!Don't call it a comeback! Caleb Roehrig's latest is all about vampires - The Fell of Dark book review #ontheblog Click To Tweet
One of the things that I loved about The Fell of Dark is the history. As the summary states, “an ancient and terrible power” is coming and throughout the book, we are given flashbacks to other moments in history when this power reared its head. It was a really interesting addition and I loved seeing famous moments in history in another light. The book even comes with a cast of characters in the beginning so you can keep everyone – and their various leagues – straight, because yes, there are a few leagues (some vampires, some hunters) and none of them are straight up good or evil.
I loved the mystery and suspense, the vampires and the history, August and all the secondary characters, and as is usual in a Roehrig novel, the humor! I highly recommend this one, or any other title by Caleb.
Two novels by Caleb Roehrig that I loved-
Last Seen Leaving
I love Roehrig but this one sort of missed the mark for me. I don’t even really know why but I didn’t love it :-((
I’m glad you liked it though and I love how he keeps mixing up his genres and taking chances.
Karen @ For What It’s Worth
I loved Roehrig’s mysteries, but this really isn’t my speed. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it though.
This sounds like a fun read. I do love reading about vampires, too. And humor? We all need that now. Wonderful review, Lauren!
I like vampires. This is an author I need to try. Great review!
I’ve wanted to read this author for a while. Glad to hear this one was good! I even featured this on a Waiting on Wednesday post recently I think. Thanks for sharing!
I’ve never read this author, but I want to try this one! It sounds fun! The way he included history sounds cool too.
Great review!! I’ve never heard of this author before, but I do like vampire books and I’ll have to check this one out. Thanks so much for sharing, Lauren!
It’s the first I am hearing of this author. However, I am a huge fan of vampire stories, so I think I will check this one out.
Vampires haven’t been something I’ve wanted to read in a long time, but your review of this really does make me appreciate the different POV he brings to such a well-established character. Great review!
I love a vampire book (was obsessed with the True Blood books and Interview with a Vampire!) and this sounds great. Fab review! – Kate
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I love Roehrig’s books so much! My library doesn’t have this one yet which makes me so sad because books are super expensive at the moment with the pandemic and everything. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to this one one day because I have a feeling I’ll adore it!
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