***There are several reasons why I should have read this book earlier. So many people told me this book was fantastic and, of course, they were right. It is a wonderful read. From the very first page I was completely sucked in (hah, oh my wit!) Set in a small coastal town, Saltwater Vampires is, as the name would suggest, about vampires. But these aren’t your sissy, sparkly vampires. No. These are evil, bloodsucking, murderous vamps who have plans to make sure nobody leaves the Rocky Head music festival alive. It’s up to a group of teenagers to stop them and make sure that two of their own aren’t turned as well. I really, really enjoyed the characters in this novel. Everyone, from the vampires to Jamie, Tanner and the gang. Everything just felt so authentic to me, it was very easy to believe that this was real. Which is something I always look for in a supernatural/paranormal novel. I know that seems like a strange concept, but when I read I want to be completely absorbed in the word and the novel, whether it be a contemporary romance, a historical fiction or a fantasy land. I want to believe these characters and the events are real and Saltwater Vampires did this so incredibly well. While this novel was about murderous vampires, I didn’t find myself scared in the way I did with Raven’s Gate. With that I felt a physical manifestation of fear and I had an adrenaline rush as I read it in the dead of night. I’m kind of a glad I didn’t have those feelings with Saltwater Vampires, because I’m not a huge fan of scary movies or books. The reason I didn’t really feel fear was because I was so enthralled in the mystery unfolding. Okay, so I do have to confess that I did guess almost every twist that happened, but I still felt compelled to read and see if my guess was correct. In terms of the way the story unfolded, I really enjoyed the intermittent point of view shifts. I felt like it kept the suspense quite high and definitely contributed to how captivating I found this book. I also enjoyed the way the significance of the historical elements was revealed later in the novel. Of course, not everyone is going to feel the same way I do about this book. I know other reviewers had a few issues, but perhaps this was a case of the right book at the right time. Something just clicked between me and this book and I was completely captivated. Saltwater Vampires is a thrilling paranormal novel which stands out in a sea of YA vampire romances. With a distinctly Australian setting, this is one vampire book I will be looking forward to reading again.
Edit: I totally forgot to add a link to this song. You’ll get the reference if you’ve read the book.