21st October 2010, Decadent Publishing
221 pages, ebook (available in other formats)
Young Adult Paranormal,
Infrequent violence, family relationships, teen romance (some), psycho boyfriend, vampires
Summary from Decadent Publishing
Running and screaming will have to wait. A blood-sucking dead guy may be a vampire to you, but he’s an alien/human hybrid to Ophelia and she really must examine his olfactory nerve under a microscope first.
Ophelia longs to be free, free of diabetes, free of her ex-boyfriend, free to live.Something transformed Martin and made her his drug. If he has his way, she’ll never achieve the freedom to learn his true nature and origin.
Adrian’s the new guy in school. He faked his identity to get close to Ophelia, knowing the monsters who took his diabetic sister would try to take Ophelia, too. Then, he’d have them. But, he knew better than to get too close.
Oh, yeah, he did. Seriously.
Orphelia is a trekkie! It's clear where a lot of the inspiration for Sugar Rush came from when Orphelia shares many of the lives that Kimber An does with all things sci-fi. Orphelia was an instant hit with me. I was so scared about her safety from her psycho boyfriend (who is incredibly creepy and will have you double-checking you've locked the doors), more so when I discovered just why he was so smitten with Orphelia. She has a pretty hard time living with diabetes, which is a full time disease that needs constant monitoring. I didn't know a lot about diabetes before reading this, but I understand a lot more now. On top of that she discovers that she's suddenly a very attractive dish to vampires, which up until recently she didn't really know existed. Orphelia is a scientist. And, as Kimber An herself will say - they aren't vampires, but alien/human hybrids. Orphelia finds the proof for that theory too! (In my view, they are vampires...but I wouldn't want to upset this author).
Orphelia's story isn't the only one that caught my interest. I love her sister Bianca. Bianca is hyper, and a drama queen. One of my favourite scenes (which also had me reaching for a tissue) was the sewing machine incident. It's clear that Orphelia will do anything to keep her family safe. Unfortunately, safe isn't a word which enters the book.
I think the only part of the book which didn't work for me was the transition between the first and second chapter. I can't put my finger on it, but it was a little off for me.
If you think vampires/alien-human hybrids have saturated the market, you'd be wrong. Sugar Rush is a new slant on vampires, with one of the most likeable heroines I've come across.
To keep up with this Alaskan author, check out her website here.