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{September 18, 2011}   {Review} Vampire Wake by Tim O’Rourke (Kiera Hudson Series One, #2)

From Amazon:  Since escaping from the Ragged Cove and finding herself suspended from the Force, Kiera Hudson is hired by the mysterious Lady Hunt to protect her sixteen-year-old daughter Kayla, from the stranger who lurks on the moors. But little does Kiera know that it is she who is really in need of protection.

Arriving at Hallowed Manor on the desolate Welsh moors, Kiera soon realises that the vampires that she has been ‘seeing’ are not the stuff of her nightmares, but are very real and closing in.

If Kiera is to escape the vampires that hunt her, she will have to discover the true identity of the bandaged man, the secret of the children’s graveyard hidden beneath the weeping willows and who or what is hiding in the ‘forbidden’ wing at Hallowed Manor…

Tim O’Rourke is an amazing author!  I’ve read all five of his novels and, like a fine wine, his novels just keep getting better with time.  Every single one of his novels have grabbed my attention and glued me to the pages, and Vampire Wake is no different.  The second book in the Kiera Hudson trilogy, O’Rourke creates a deliciously creepy tale continuing the story of Kiera, Paul, Potter, and Murphy, while adding new characters along the way.

I really loved this novel.  I love vampires in general, but O’Rourke has taken an age-old tale and made a completely unique, exciting story out of it.  This novel is full of suspense, creating an enticing read, especially as some parts of it are a tad bit creepy, which makes it all the more fun, in my opinion.

Kiera, the strong female lead, is an amazing character.  Her personality and sentimentality make her an extremely real persona and I feel like I actually know her.  She has a very kind and caring disposition, but at the same time, she doesn’t let people walk all over her.  Kiera is a very strong character and she has endeared herself to my heart.  Luke is another character that I absolutely love, and sparks fly when Kiera and Luke are together, adding to my love for this series.  It takes a special kind of writer to create such phenomenal characters, and O’Rourke has proved, time and time again, that he is an exceptional writer.  I cannot wait to read the next book in the series–I’ve now read this novel twice and I’m still in love with it!  Five stars.

5 stars

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.


Vampire Shift, book one in the series, is FREE on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo at the time of this post, so do make sure you scoop it up and join the world of Kiera Hudson.

Check out O’Rourke’s other novels (they are indeed all amazing):

Kiera Hudson Series 1

Vampire Shift (#1)

Vampire Wake (#2)

Vampire Hunt (#3)

Vampire Breed (#4)

Wolf House (#4.5)

Vampire Hollows (#5)

Kiera Hudson Series 2

Dead Flesh (#1)

Dead Night: Potter’s Secrets (#1.5)

Dead Angels (#2)

Dead Statues (#3)

Dead Seth (#4)

Dead Wolf (#5)

Dead Water (#6)

Dead Push  (#7)

Dead Lost (#8)

Dead End (#9)–Coming Soon

Kiera Hudson Series 3

Lethal Infected (1)–Coming Soon

Jack Seth Novellas

Hollow Pit (#1)

Vampire Shift Graphic Novels

Vampire Shift Volume 1

Black Hill Farm Series

Black Hill Farm (#1)

Black Hill Farm Andy’s Diary (#2)

Return to Black Hill Farm (#3)–Coming Soon

Doorways Series

Doorways (#1)

The League of Doorways (#2)

The Queen of the Doorways (#3)–Coming Soon

Samantha Carter Series

Vampire Seeker (#1)

(Formerly known as Cowgirls and Vampires)

The Moon Trilogy

Moonlight (#1)

Moonbeam (#2)

Moonshine (3)–Coming Soon

Sidney Hart Series

Witch (#1)

Yellow (#2)

Raven (#3)–Coming Soon

Unscathed Series(?)


Stilts Series

Stilts (#1)

Eat Me Series

Eat Me (#1)–Coming Soon

Pick Series

Pick (#1)–Coming Soon

Flashes Series

Flashes (#1)–Coming 2013

Tim O'Rourke Covers


et cetera
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