the Voinico’s Daughter (Vânător Vampire Hunter 1) by Sallie Cochren & Elsie Marie Cochren

Watch out vampires! There’s a new girl in town!

Nicoleta has never taken a life before, but she will have to make her first kill soon. Typical of girls her age, her concerns are boys and college. But when she takes a trip to Romania with several of her classmates to celebrate their graduations, Nicoleta is going to discover who she really is. When Nicoleta learns that she is adopted and that her biological parents live in Romania, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Finding out that her birthright is hunting and killing vampires, Nicoleta has to decide if she will remain in Romania and fulfill her destiny or if she will return to America and try to forget about the nightmare of a world that she has been thrown into.

Adding to Nicoleta’s problems, a notorious vampire named Varujan has been waiting for Nicoleta’s arrival. Her parents are called voinicos because they survived being bitten by a vampire. By birth, a voinico’s child becomes a vampire hunter, also known as a vanator. Varujan has known that the voinico’s daughter would eventually return to Romania and he is looking forward to meeting her and killing her. With his vampire mistress, Antanasia, Varujan seems unstoppable.

Is Nicoleta ready to face Varujan and Antanasia? The other vanators have been training to kill vampires since they were children. Will Nicoleta be able to catch up with her training and be ready for the battle that is inevitably coming? Can she keep herself and her friends safe, or will they become the vampires’ victims before their trip is over? Whatver happens, one thing is for sure. Nicoleta’s life is never going to be the same again!

This was a fun and fast paced twist on the vampire legend. Nicoleta is a seemingly normal girl,who on a trip to Romania, learns of the things that go bump in the night and her role with them. 

The tale is well written with well fleshed out characters. The characters are true to their ages and seem to react accordingly to all the crazy situations in the novel.

I enjoyed the twist in the vampire legend. Having multiple classifications of vampires and how to become one was a nice change to the standard Dracula (or heaven forbid, Twilight) vampire. 

I loved the scenery described for Romania. I’ve always found it to be a fascinating country, and I greatly enjoyed being able to visit. 

Despite the craziness that was learning vampires exist, my main problem with this novel was honestly the fact that everyone had a phone signal. American phone companies don’t work in Europe (I know, I tried); so every time someone called or texted anyone, I was thrown out of my belief in a well written story. This is definitely a petty and ridiculous problem to have, but it had to be said.

Nicoleta and her friends got thrown into situations that they had no business being in; and I feel like they reacted accordingly. Despite this, however, I did not enjoy the flip flop between a badass, confident Nicoleta and the crying, naive young girl. The complete change and disconnect in this character’s personality gave me whiplash. 

Overall, I enjoyed learning of this different part of our world, where vampires and hunters exist. I’m curious on how the rest of the series will pan out.

I currently have six novels and a collection of short stories available. I have published on multiple platforms including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, and GooglePlay. I enjoy writing in a variety of genres including suspense, science fiction, dark fantasy, Christian fiction, and more. While I wrote “Alien Cats: No Place Like Home” to be a fun science fiction fantasy, it was also a memorial for many of my special feline family members who I was blessed to have as part of my family. On the cover are Bootsie (on the ground) and Soxy (in the spaceship). Both “Alien Cats” and “Check Mate” are going to be trilogies and I am currently working on them. On the book pages here, you can find trailers and links to purchase my work. Thank you to all my readers. I appreciate all of your feedback.

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