Sunlight Slayings (Oliver Nocturne Book 2)
In this installment, Oliver feels more alone than ever. While the vampire community is treating him like a celebrity, Oliver cannot help feeling miserable with his human friends Emalie and Dean. When Dean returns from the dead as a zombie, Oliver is more confused than ever. Then young vampires around Oliver start being turned to ash right before his eyes. The vampire community is up in arms– someone or something is using the Scourge of Skelet to kill young vampires. With Sebastian and Bane on the hunt, Oliver is more intent than ever on protecting Dean and Emalie, especially when it seems clear that Emalie is the culprit. Is she trying to kill Oliver? Everything points to exactly that when Dean and Oliver follow her to a park and the vampire standing next to Oliver is turned to dust. Dean is eager to reach out to his cousin and to find out who his master is, but Oliver is relunctant because Emalie still blames him for Dean’s death. When all three come face to face, however, Emalie reveals that she knows nothing about the Scourge and that she has been using her Orani powers while investigating Dean’s death. Together the three begin searcing for Dean’s master and into the memories of those who were present that evening to find out what really happened. When dark forces kidnap Emalie, Dean and Oliver are forced to follow a mysterious group into the Seattle Space Needle where the Scourge has been unleashed on a large group of adult vampires. With the help of an unlikely ally, Oliver escapes death himself and the three kids are able to escape when Sebastian and his team attack the Needle. Oliver’s place within the vampire community is once again shaken to its core and the secrets and tension in his home more burdensome than ever.
This installment is much more exciting than the first, and Dean emerges as a more realized character. As Oliver and Dean worry that Emalie is trying to kill the vampires, the two become friends and Dean becomes a more important part of the story. The secrets in the Nocturne household continue to be oppressive and many readers may relate to Oliver’s lack of cohesion with his community and family. The reader learns more about the Nexia Gate and Oliver’s role in the vampire community along the way, but there are clearly still many questions to be answers and more installments to come.