Book Review, Fiction

Review: Unearthed After Sunset

Unearthed After Sunset Book Cover Unearthed After Sunset
Cereus Vampire Chronicles #1
Lauryn April
Fiction, Paranormal Fantasy
Lauren Larralde
October 15, 2017
Review Copy send by the author.


When Greg Erickson is killed by sultry and seductive vampire Lila, he wakes up cold and alone in a wooden box. After clawing his way out he finds himself thrust into a vampire turf war, unsure of exactly what he’s fighting for. 

Caroline Christensen lived a normal life once. Then her brother was killed by vampires and her family legacy as a vampire hunter was handed down to her.

Now Greg has become Caroline's target, but can she bring herself to kill him? Greg, however, isn’t Caroline’s only concern. The vampires are battling one another, and Caroline is determined to find out what they're fighting over.


Unearthed After Sunset is definitively a vampire novel. I was expecting the typical angst filled romance, but instead this is a story about coming to terms with being a vampire. More psychological than you would expect, but not with much.

It is story of Greg who is struggling to coupe with his new vampire life and dealing with what is left of his humanity. They are also adjusting with being in the vampire hierarchy and the morality shift that comes with being an apex predator.

On the other side of the equation is a vampire hunter who questions her own morality. Rumours of a cure gets Caroline’s attention. Is it right to kill a monster when monsters can be cured?

The whole dynamic between Greg and Caroline is that off natural born enemies, but neither one really feels like killing the other due to personal attraction.

So we have a pretty good urban fantasy with a touch of romance and a dash of horror. The main characters are charming and the plot only hints at cliches before turning into different directions. 

Most of the side characters did not really register with me. There were quite a few in the vampire pack that I could not keep track of. They turned out to be cannon fodder most of the time anyway. The same thing with the vampire hunters outside of Caroline’s immediate family. I cannot think of one of their names off the top of my head.

Bringing the focus back to the main characters. The conflict between Greg, Caroline and Santo was really well done and led to some decent fight scenes.

It’s so easy to get bored reading another vampire book, but Unearthed After Sunset does not suffer the uniformity so many others do. It had a fresh new perspective and left out most the lusty angst.

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