The Fell of Dark (Hardcover)
Kelso's July 2020 pick
August Pfeiffer is an openly gay high school kid who lives in the rural town/mystical energy nexus location of Fulton Heights where vampires and humans live a terse existence with each other.
Auggie is just trying to survive the last year of high school when a mysterious, annoyingly handsome, young, (and pansexual) vampire named Jude waltzes into his life with a warning: Auggie is essentially a breeding vessel for the vampire Santa Claus. Auggie is the only one who can stop the prophecy from coming true and wrecking havoc on his little town.
Yeah, total bummer, right?
The rest of the book is full of well thought out cliffhangers, teen lesbian romances, vampire slayers, ninjas, and supermodel hot soda shoppe boys.
The Fell of Dark is the best YA I've read in a while. It balances itself on a well-loved tightrope. Funny, well thought out characters without being over the top gay tropes; teenage drama without the eye rolling melodrama; funny moments met with tender truths about growing up queer.
This reads like a long lost Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, but with your protagonist being a thirsty gay boy incubating what's basically the antichrist. I have already picked out actors for the nonexistent but totally necessary TV series.
Please pick up this book for yourself, your favorite queer teenager, or your annoyingly hot vampire friend.
What's a boy to do—in Caleb Roehrig's YA paranormal romance The Fell of Dark—when his crush is a hot vampire with a mystery to solve?
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.
About the Author
Caleb Roehrig's debut YA thriller, Last Seen Leaving, was called one of the Best YA Novels of 2016 by Buzzfeed.com. Caleb lives with his husband in Los Angeles.
"Fulton Heights, Illinois. It's just a little too far from Chicago to be fun, and a little too close to a nexus of magical energy to be boring—making it a known hotspot for vampires.... A little bit M. T. Anderson's Thirsty, a little bit Buffy, this is a vampire story for a new generation of teens entering a world that they have no reason to be optimistic about."-- Booklist, starred review