Taking down murderous vampires is one thing. Dealing with the past is another. Aurora returns from boot camp to a new assignment, an unwelcome roommate, and the increasingly amorous attentions of a certain vampire hunter. Ever since her partner was kidnapped, Aurora Sky has been on a personal mission to get him back. To do that she needs the vampire responsible for destroying her life. Before they meet, he goes on a mission up north in the Alaska interior with his old partner and informant, Janine.
Aurora has spent the past year fighting for survival, freedom, and justice. Field agents are turning up dead and everyone is working to stop Jared before he starts a full-blown war between vampires and hunters. Aurora will make the ultimate sacrifice to protect her family and friends. In order to persevere, she must accept who she is and embrace the cold. When his alluring friend Cassie requests help investigating suspicious vamp deaths in the Caribbean Islands, Fane hops the first plane down. Aurora Sky vol. Vampire Author Interviews. Nancy A.
Collins author of Vamps. Melissa de la Cruz author of the The Blue Bloods series. Mari Mancusi author of the Blood Coven series. Cast co-author of House of Night series. We are pleased to announce that our Reading Bites blog is back so stop on over for a visit! It picks up where book 10, Bite Club , left off, following the fate of heroine Claire Danvers as she tries to survive in a town run by vampires. In this book, the vampires of Morganville are disappearing one by one, after being seen in the company of creepy newcomer Magnus. As the town begins to realize the danger Magnus poses, Claire has to decide how and if she can save the Morganville vampires from this new threat.
What if there is something worse than vampires out there? Claire Danvers is smart, strong and independent. I particularly enjoy the fact that Claire is defined by her intelligence, not by her attraction to vampires. Last Breath is no exception to this — once again, Claire has to answer the questions that baffle the centuries-old undead and save them again!
While this might sound like going over old ground for the Morganville series, Caine has introduced a new antagonist who is both unusual and fascinating, and new history that goes some way to explaining why the sunlight-phobic vampires have chosen to set up home in the middle of the desert! Like most of the Morganville books, Last Breath ends on a cliffhanger. But for readers who have been enjoying the series so far, Last Breath is a great new episode in one of the strongest YA vampires series around.
Highly recommended. Reviewed by: Hannah Kate. Vampire by Amy Mah. Reardon Publishing, ISBN: 13 Available: Paperback. But her new work, Amy Mah: Vampire , is a departure in the wrong direction. This creates an unsettling and unsuccessful conflict between voice and audience. The voice changes erratically, alerting the reader to new point of view by italics and sub-heading, and these devices make the story amateurish and difficult to follow.
There are also several errors in grammar, as well as dropped words. The book needs a thorough editor with a better eye for continuity. The most disturbing aspect of the book, and the basis of my recommendation rating, is that there is a blatant misogyny that is fundamental to the plot. Not recommended. Contains: moderate violence and sexual references. Reviewed by: Sheila Shedd. Lacy — a bit of a wild child — has been missing for six weeks, and a disfigured body has been discovered that seems to match her description.
However, though the dead girl has the same hair and tattoos as his sister, Blue finds enough to persuade him that it is not, in fact, Lacy. Convinced that his sister is alive, Blue decides to search for her himself, and soon meets with an oddly compelling woman and her pet alligator who promises to lead him to Lacy. Unlike a lot of recent YA vampire fiction, Blood Drunk is not a paranormal romance. There is plenty of sexual attraction and fascination between vampires and humans, but this is definitely not a love story. The book begins with quite a horrible murder, and the violence and selfishness of vampires is evident throughout the story.
Additionally, though third person, the book is told from the perspective of the male protagonist. One criticism, however, would be that rather a lot of plot is crammed into the final chapter — after a very even pace in the rest of the book — and I suspect this is to set up the rest of the series.
It will appeal to teen fans of vampire fiction, but also adult readers who enjoy YA. Contains: some violence and reference to sexual behavior not explicit. StarWarp Concepts, ISBN: Her greatest fears are realized: we live in a world populated by monsters. She meets Annie, an ancient protector of humankind from all misbehaving weirdlings. But the deeper plot involves a truly vicious assortment of vampire houses, competing for dominion over the human world.
Their frantic quest is to be the coven that reanimates one of the first undead, a wicked fallen angel killed in battle centuries ago. Blood Feud is a roller coaster read; the action never lets up. Several main characters are deftly defined and become intimately developed within a few pages. Author Steven A. Roman has an incredible gift for running lateral plot-lines that intersect with a glorious crash, while keeping the reader interested in the fate of each player.
The saga is original and sufficiently complex to sustain several novels, and Roman clearly sets the story up for his sequels. Although the violence especially the weapon-play is graphic during several episodes, wry humor and constant references to multi-generational pop-culture somehow keep the book on the comic side of horror. Highly recommended for ages 15 and up for complexity of plot and violence. Contains: moderate violence, moderate gore, mild sexual content.
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If you are a fan of the Blue Bloods series, you need no encouragement to pick up the latest, Lost in Time. This installment begins with the bonding of Schuyler and Jack, but spins immediately into a fevered search for the ancient vampire queen, Catherine of Siena who holds the secret location of the Gate of Promise, the rapid re-heating of a trail thought to be cold.
In a connected storyline, Mimi enlists her familiar, Oliver, to mount a rescue of her love, Kingsley, from Hell, and eagerly anticipates her fateful blood trial with her twin, Jack. The suspenseful tales intertwine and are spun at a fevered pitch, creating a real page turning experience.
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Between the adventures, conflicts and passionate connections, de la Cruz writes vivid and detailed descriptions of exotic locations, illuminating intimate cultural details about Alexandria, Cairo, San Francisco and other cities in the skillful way only firsthand travel could possibly manage. Her imaginative and original take on Hell, I assume, comes not from a visit, but from a broad, talented vision. To read her description is experience it firsthand. The plot itself is tangled and de la Cruz definitely assumes you are acquainted with her terminology and mythos, if nothing else.
Her writing is sophisticated and brisk, with themes suited to mature teens, but her diction, style and complexity lend themselves to readers of all ages. If you are looking for a series to become involved in, Blue Bloods , with its depth of character and detailed treatment of multiple paranormal creatures and themes, is a good one - start at the beginning and make your way to this, the intense and riveting sixth offering. Recommended for ages 15 and older. Contains: mild vampire violence, veiled sexual reference.
Recommended for ages 15 to adult. Margaret K. Pearl, the star of Drink, Slay, Love , gets her kicks by having the neighborhood ice cream boy eat her ice cream flavor choice of the day before drinking from him. One day, while enjoying this treat, a unicorn prances by and stabs her. Lucky for her, the unicorn has given her a new special power… one that allows her to walk during daylight without fear of death. You can only imagine the controversy this causes with her family, until they come up with a plan to make her accepted by the Vampire King. Think the YA Vampire genre is overdone?
Tired of sparkly vampires? Well, Sarah Beth Durst has come up with a refreshing new take on vampires. Drink, Slay, Love is filled with quirky dialogue, laugh-out-loud jokes and even a jab or two at Twilight , which only made it more enjoyable for me. I highly recommend this to all fans of young adult vampire novels, whether they think the Twilight series are the only ones that exist. Reviewed by: Rhonda Wilson. Perhaps she missed Season Two, where they were both sociopathic monsters.
Even the vampires in Twilight are hardly harmless. The age group the book is intended for seems up in the air. These books are aimed at upper elementary school kids. My local library apparently has this problem too. As a nonfiction introduction to vampires, though, it is a disappointment. Reviewed by: Kirsten Kowalewski. Teeth edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Harper Teen, Available: New Paperback.
Each one is dark and original, and many are ethnic tales, making the collection a great world legends anthology. There is some humor, and plenty of teen angst, but mixed among these benign elements are stories with gruesome themes and vampire violence. Overall, the subjects stay securely in the young adult arena, but most are sophisticated enough for adults.
Vampire lovers and short story readers will all find something to love about this collection. Here are a few of my favorite stories:. Plagued by anxiety over her difficult immortality, Sue takes comfort in her ghostly new friend, Jake, a suicide victim she somehow brought back into the living world. Without the advice and sacrifice of her grandmother, Sue would surely deteriorate into a demonic dirt-sleeper. How will she cope when her grandmother dies? Saul manages to escape from a boot camp for teen offenders, only to land in a far worse spot: the front seat of a sleek sedan driven by Marley and Dutch, gorgeous siblings with dazzling smiles and a demonic will to party.
The ink prevents them from eating him, and Saul will have his chance to be a hero. Courtesy counts, even if you plan to kill your guests and drink their blood. As the pair entertain a potential mate, their maker, Mr.
DuChamp enters and spoils the whole party. Reminiscent of Anne Rice, the veteran authors paint a gorgeous American Gothic tale with a cool sensitivity to the perils and perks of being undead. Highly recommended for 6 th grade to adult. Contains: mild violence, veiled sexual and drug references. Available: New. The series takes place in Morganville, a Texas town run by vampires, and the heroine is Claire Danvers, a young student who is attending Texas Prairie University. As such, the series covers a wide variety of the tropes of urban fantasy and YA fiction, with some flair and originality.
The Morganville Vampires books are very much a series, with each book ending on a cliffhanger, which is picked up at the beginning of the next. Ghost Town follows on from Kiss of Death Book Eight , and also picks up narrative threads from earlier books. It focuses on a new problem for the humans and vampires of Morganville: they begin to mysteriously lose their memories. Claire, who is unaffected, must discover whether this is the result of the vampire disease that plagued the town in previous books, or of the destruction of malfunctioning sentient computer Ada which ended Book Eight.
Ghost Town has fewer episodes of fighting and peril than some of the earlier Morganville Vampires books, and is somewhat slower in pace. Ghost Town offers a nice counterpoint to this. This is a nice, and quite unusual, twist in the standard characterization of YA vampire fiction. While Ghost Town is not the strongest of the Morganville novels, it is a must-read for those who have followed the series thus far.
Ghost Town is recommended for purchase, and belongs alongside other YA vampire titles. Contains: Some sexual references. Destined by Morgan Rice. Morgan Rice, ISBN Destined is the fourth book in The Vampire Journals series. Caitlin finds herself alone in the northern state of Umbria. This perplexes her as she was expecting to land with Caleb, who is nowhere to be found. Caleb is in this time, but, as will be seen, is not the same man she knew. Kyle and Sam have both found their own ways back to this time in Italy.
Each has their own agenda. I was a little uncertain of this book, because going back in time felt a little weird at first, but I must say it became a very rousing story, and serves as an excellent if bittersweet adventure. This book is recommended for those who like a paranormal romance, or good historical fiction, or even an action packed adventure. Contains: Violence, gore, profanities. Reviewed by: Benjamin Franz.
Of course, his major crush, Meredith, seems to prefer his best friend, Henry. Life serves insult to injury. When their teacher, Mr. Who is this guy? Can he possibly know what Vlad really is? This element twists and complicates the plot of Eighth Grade Bites and turns it into a much larger work, capable of supporting its several sequels.
Heather Brewer writes in a brisk, natural diction, relying on her realistic, understated characters to ensnare readers.
Her humor lightens the mood of some very dark circumstances, even through the considerable suspense she creates. Lessons about bullying, loss, independence, and the larger forces working to squash the individual are well-stated and make the Vlad Chronicles great reading for all ages. Highly recommended for all collections, ages 4 th grade and up. Contains: mild violence, understated vampire attacks. This one is a little bleaker and a bit more tragic, as we start into the really serious and down part of the story. After she was nearly killed by the sword, Caitlin Paine has been turned into a full vampire by Caleb.
Meanwhile Kyle, who now possesses the sword, unleashes his revenge against his coven and starts a great battle in the city of New York, spreading the bubonic plague across the island of Manhattan. Caleb, for his part, must find a way to battle Kyle before he becomes too powerful and eradicates the good vampires from their castle in the Cloisters of Washington Heights.
On Pollepell Island, Caitlin trains as a warrior as she considers her feelings towards Caleb. She must decide what to do about this war, as she is the chosen one. I found this volume a bit different in tone than the first two. This one feels a bit more high stakes and serious. Whereas the first two volumes had more a cracking open mysteries and adventuring feel to them, Betrayed focuses on the here and now: the battle for Manhattan and all of New York City. I would not recommend trying to pick up this book first, though: too much has already happened. Highly recommended for fans of vampire novels, particularly traditional vampire novels.
Loved by Morgan Rice. Available: Paperback and Kindle ebook. Loved is the second installment in T he Vampire Journals series, and explores the further adventures of Caitlin Paine, and her new vampire friend Caleb. As was discovered in the first book Turned , Caitlin is a half-breed: her father a vampire, her mother a human. She possesses vampiric strength and thirst, but has yet to learn any other things about herself as a half-breed. Currently, she and Caleb are out looking for the sword, a Turkish weapon which can kill vampires. However, Caitlin and Caleb must first unwind riddles of her heritage, including an actual riddle concerning a rose and a thorn.
They also are not the only ones looking for this sword. Kyle, the evil vampire who nearly killed Caitlin the last time around, has taken a boy that Caitlin accidentally turned into a vampire to hunt her and the sword. The first book, Turned was quite good. Loved is actually a stronger book.
Although described as paranormal romance, I found it equal parts romance and action. The action is intense and gripping, much like in any of the Blade films. Caitlin is a kick-ass heroine, and her story reads very well. Turned by Morgan Rice. Morgan Rice Books, Turned tells the story of Caitlin Paine, and is the first book in the Vampire Journals series.
Caitlin, an 18 year old from a broken home, has been relocated many times over her short life, and now finds herself in the neighborhoods of Harlem and Bronx in New York City. Without giving too much away, Caitlin has vampiric powers that show up at times of great stress — for instance, when she is about to be beaten to death by a gang — but whenever her powers turn on she immediately needs to refuel, and the only food that works is human blood. We meet and hang with Caitlin on the worst and yet most incredible day of her life, as she meets all sorts of vampires, learns how to feed, and starts to understand her place in the world.
To tell any more of this story would ruin a fast-paced, well-written, action-packed horror novel which really blew me away. This is very promising stuff. This book is highly recommended, particularly if you like fantasy-horror, Hellboy adventures, and anything with a kick-ass girl as the protagonist. Contains: profanity, violence, gruesome imagery.
Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez. Tom Doherty Associates, Rockwood is no ordinary Western podunk town. She fights off zombies, ignores the ghosts in the nearby cemetery, and will clean that persistent blood puddle from the carpet one more time. A vampire and a werewolf, especially down-home handy ones, are great to have around. Something big is about to go down, and the paranormal happenings are revving up. Tammy, a teenage necromancer, is busy ripping open a gaping hole in the fabric of space so the old gods can emerge, destroy the world in a bloody Armageddon, and make her an evil goddess.
No wonder the place is so weird. The anti-heroes, Earl and Duke, are lonely, understated, regular guys. Duke is a hairy gentle giant with a smooth way with animals, and Earl is the weakest, least attractive vampire ever written. Together, with their fearless spectral terrier, Napoleon, the three misfits manage to save the world.
I laughed out loud throughout the novel. Martinez has a sharp, sarcastic wit and a great talent for dark comedy. Gore and sexual content are frequent but mild, though Tammy and her minion boyfriend, Chad, have a few racy encounters. Martinez never seriously threatens us with loss of our favorite characters, assuring the reader constantly of body part regeneration, and wielding comic relief even during the darkest moments.
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The story is creative and brisk, making this a great choice for multi-age light reading. Unfortunately, Martinez uses profanity abundantly, creating a dilemma for recommending the novel for everyone. Without this careless misuse of vocabulary, Gil's would serve a broader audience. Recommended for YA collections in public libraries. Contains: profanity, mild sexual content, comic violence. The Parliament of Blood by Justin Richards.
Bloomsbury, Victorian London Darker still, an influential, exclusive society known as the Damnation Club meets in ancient caverns deep underneath Westminster. Membership requires an invitation… and the loss of your mortal soul. The head of the order is a mysterious, skeletal, coachman who collects orphaned boys to serve as undead minions; his followers are Vampire. They await the awakening of their all-powerful master, one who will bring them out of the darkness to rule over humanity.
His dear friend, the lovely Liz, and his spirited young charge, Eddie, become entangled in the gruesome mystery as their friends and associates succumb to the club and become blood-drinking immortals. He sustains palpable suspense throughout, and manages to scare the reader just enough to make it fun. Best of all, his characters are masterfully developed, investing the reader completely in his story.
He creates just the right amount of sympathy for those who are lost, but leaves our heroes intact. Eddie is an Artful Dodger figure whose confidence and spunk make him a fearless and attractive hero; he plays well against the steady, mild-mannered George.
Contains: nothing overtly objectionable. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow pseudonym for Lilith Saintcrow. Razorbill, Available New and Used. In the first book in her Strange Angels series, St. Crow gives us a compelling story that easily stands up against any adult urban fantasy series. Here is the cast of supernatural creatures in this world:.
Just before they "bloom" into their full powers, their blood is irresistible to vampires and djamphir. They are considered to be queens of the supernatural world. Our heroine is a svetocha. They are the princes of the werwulfen world. As Strange Ang els begins, the teenage heroine, Dru Anderson, has accompanied her monster-hunting father to a small Dakota town where he is on the trail of a big-time bad guy. When her dad is killed, Dru is suddenly on her own.
Her Mom and Gran are already dead her mom's death becomes very important as the series continues , so Dru is truly an orphan. Dru and her new Goth boyfriend, Graves also an orphan , try to make the best of their tattered lives, but the bad guys keep interfering, and Dru really wants to find out who or what killed her dad. Not long after Graves has a life-changing encounter with a werwulfen, a new guy enters the picture: Christophe, a djamphir who looks like a teen but is actually about years old.
Christophe claims that he wants to help Dru, but can she trust him? By the end of the book, Dru has had a face-to-fact encounter with her dad's killer, has learned that she is a bit more than human, and has been whisked away to a special school where she will be trained to handle her future powers. Now, let's get to the love interests. Dru and Graves have a deep attraction to one another—a gentle attraction.
Dru and Christophe have more of a smoking hot attraction, mixed with a healthy dose of Dru's distrust. If you're looking for a solid urban fantasy series with strong plots and interesting characters, I highly recommend this one. The characters have all of the adventures found in any typical urban fantasy, with plenty of bruises and broken bones and a bit of veiled sensuality. The books should definitely be read in order. Contains: graphic violence in monster-fighting scenes but no sex. Reviewed by: Patricia O.
Betrayals by Lili St. Betrayals , the second book in the Strange Angels series, begins moments after the first book ends, with Dru and Graves at the New England schola, which is run by the Order, the ruling council. Christophe is sure that there is a traitor in the Order, and it soon appears that there is also a traitor in the schola. The vampires keep attacking and heading straight for Dru, and by the end of the book, Dru's little group is on the run, heading for the main schola in New York City.
As the story progresses, Dru discovers that Christophe is kind of an outlaw. He comes from an unsavory family and is suspected of some nefarious activities, and Dru is never quite sure if she can trust him. Highly recommended, but must be read in order. Jealousy by Lili St. Dru soon learns that the beautiful Anna—the only other svetocha in existence—is the head of the Order's Council and seems to hate Dru with every fiber of her being. Christophe has disappeared, so Dru and Graves are on their own, defending themselves against a variety of dangers and becoming more and more attracted to one another.
As the suspense deepens, the vampires come searching for Dru, but Christophe shows up and runs them off. Unfortunately, in all the excitement, Graves disappears. By the end of the book, Dru has been badly injured, and the Council has two new members. Defiance by Lili St. As Defiance fourth book in the Strange Angels series begins, Graves is still missing, and Dru's relationship with Christophe is heating up, even though she sleeps each night wrapped in Graves's tattered black coat. The sensuality simmers a bit more in this book than in the previous three, but there are no sexual scenes.
Defiance doesn't have quite the charm and action level of the first three. Dru spends much of her time training as she waits impatiently for her "blooming. Finally, Dru catches Christophe in some lies, and she has had enough. When she gets some new information about Graves's whereabouts, she strikes out on her own to rescue him, knowing that she will have to face down the terrible Sergej, King of the Vampires, if she intends to survive. By the end of the book, Dru has turned her back on the Order—and on Christophe. At one point in mid-story, Dru is violently attacked by a many-tentacled red monster, but that incident appears without context and seems to have no connection to anything else in the story.
Perhaps it will be explained in the upcoming fifth and final book, Reckoning. Available: New and Used. Amy was born a vampire, but raised by humans until she was a teenager, so she understands the confusions young blood-suckers often face. For instance, it is perfectly fine for a girl to bite a boy on the first date, but under no circumstances should the boy be allowed to drink her blood until at least the third.
The exception is a male who was contracted at birth to be her mate; however, in that case, he could end up dead, unless he meets with her approval. Humans are not worth dating; changing them into undead pets can only lead to trouble. Males and elder females, especially alphas, must be respected, and family members should never be killed while in the home nest. She also dispels several human propagated myths, such as immortality--vampires are only a very long-lived species. Mirrors are completely useful, they allow the application of makeup.
It is not the eyes, but special purring vocal chords that hypnotize and calm others, easing life within the nest, or soothing a frantic human dinner guest. The text is very sexual, but carefully non-explicit. Several of her pointers provide good tongue-in-cheek advice to human teens, and her fashion sense is spot on. Fangs Rule is beautifully illustrated by Mah in manga style, with several color plates. The cover art and one beautifully done piece of Amy and her bestie friend, Ice, sitting in a fantasy hot springs are framable.
Highly recommended for 12 - adult. Luxuria by Nicci Sefton. Total Publishing, Derrick Clark is a handsome poet who just got lucky at his new school. He will be sharing classes with Annabell Crystal, one of three exceptional sisters who have enslaved Madison Prep High with their beauty, charm and talent. Derrick is instantly captivated by Annabell, and the attraction could be fatal. Roxanne, a student whose boyfriend disappeared after attending a mysterious party thrown by the Crystals, has done her research. Derrick gains access to her diary, and learns almost more than he can bear. Nothing can stop his growing affection, however, and, despite serious misgivings about having a relationship with a human, Annabell finally comes to love him.
Nicci Sefton began writing Luxuria, the first book in her Deadly Sins Series , as a high school sophomore, finishing it in her senior year. This gives her writing a definite viewpoint advantage, and her limited third person narration is buoyant and sprinkled with direct address, making her voice fresh and very natural. She also produced the dramatic and sensuous cover-art.
However, closer style editing, grammar, syntax and even spelling, would improve the work. The story and characters are very closely influenced by other, best-selling vampire novels; at times uncomfortably close. These passages of historical fiction are strong and passionate, and the book is strengthened by them.
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The violence and sexual content is very mild and the novel is well suited to younger readers, who are just dipping into vampire literature. The sequel, Invidia , was published directly following, and many of the rough edges were improved. Contains: mild sexual content and mild violence. Invidia by Nicci Sefton. Annabell Crystal has the world at the tip of her beautiful, lethal fangs. She has vanquished an evil presence, assumed her rightful heritage as the queen of the vampires, preserved her virtue, and accepted the human, Derrick, as the love of her life and her probable king.
Immortality never looked so good. Donavon has long been infatuated with the mysterious and powerful young queen. The Crystal family, along with Derrick and his best friend, Paul, will stop at nothing to save her. The pursuit and battle between the families is vigorous and well described, and Sefton includes several plot twists and a very complex historical narrative.
Romance is intensified, and the climax is modern and vividly imagined, set at an outdoor rock concert. Readers can clearly anticipate a sequel. However, as in Luxuria , the story and much of the character development is very heavily influenced by other, best-selling vampire series. Also, though improved, stylistic errors in grammar, syntax and spelling continue to damage the writing throughout the novel. Contains: mild violence, mild profanity, and sexual content. There is a unique hierarchy within the vamp Underground, not to mention the different kinds of vamps that make up the vampire race, some of which have barbed tails and sharp silver teeth.
Including, her own mother. These vampires hide underground, while slowly building an army. Or, in Source Mode: copy-paste rows. Stuntwoman Dawn Madison hasn't been on the best of terms with her father since her movie star mother died. Still, he is her dad, and when he vanishes while investigating the bizarre sighting-caught on film-of a supposedly long-dead child star, she comes home to Tinseltown to join the search for him. Working with his odd colleagues, she discovers an erotic and bloody underground society made up of creatures she thought existed only on the screen.
Dawn Madison reluctantly came to Los Angeles in search of her missing father and found instead a world of murder and the living dead she never imagined existed. When a new vampire slaying lures Dawn deeper into the underground, her alliances in the sunlit world shift.