Book Review

The Vult – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★★  (4 / 5 stars)

Amber’s life has always been one of uncertainty. Now in college, she is faced with the ongoing dilemma of her future. What is she supposed to do? Why does nothing really bring her joy? In a drunken stupor she considers ending her life, when a man who claims to be a vampire enters her life. Deklan comes forward as a friend, finally letting her see the beauty in life. But he has his own troubles at home in the Vult. Will his newfound friendship with Amber put the Vult and his way of life at risk? Will it put Amber at risk?

In a fast paced story about vampires and friendship, Katelyn Young takes the classic vampire tropes and spin them on their head. The girl doesn’t want to be a vampire. The vampire doesn’t want the girl. It’s story instead about friendship, and that alone is so beautiful.

Despite the length of the book, Young also dictates the rules of being a vampire – instantly playing on more famous and debunking parts of their tales. That’s the beauty of vampires in stories: so many rules can be redefined based on modern beliefs and expectations. That being said, I love what Young did with vampires.

While I had a few hang ups, especially around the dialogue, ultimately I really enjoyed the Vult. The pacing flowed well overall, yet it felt like the beginning of something bigger – almost like a prequel to another tale. The story ends on a decision that could so clearly create a new trajectory for the characters. So I do hope Young plans to write another book in the series. (And perhaps she has and I just missed it.)

I think anyone who likes a fun, fast paced vampire story that focuses on friendship will absolutely love The Vult. Definitely check it out.

What’s it about?

The Vult has strict rules that could never be broken. Rule one: Don’t kill humans. Rule two: Keep the feed short. Rule three: Stay out of the sun. Rule four: Don’t tell anyone what we are. To save Amber’s life, Deklan Powers was going to have to break the fourth rule.
Deklan is one of five vampires living at The Vult. All Deklan wants out of his immortal life is for everyone to be happy. When feeding at a college party, he stumbles upon an unusual girl. Deklan wants to know more about her so, he follows her to Willow Peak, where he catches her doing something unspeakable and he has no choice but to intervene.
Amber Edge is your regular college senior, except for the fact that she has no idea what she wants to do with her life. One night she gets drunk and tries to end her life, but she is stopped by a strange man. Amber and this stranger quickly become friends, but their friendship reaches a boiling point when old enemies of his come to town. 

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Featured Author: Katelyn Young

Meet Katelyn, author of The Vult

About Katelyn Young

Katelyn Young is the author of The Vult and The Four. Her love of vampires and literature has inspired her writing. Katelyn recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with her degrees in English and Film Studies. When she isn’t writing she is either glued to the television, editing photos for her Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan account, or spending time with her dog, Baxter.

So let’s talk a bit about The Vult.

First things first, tell us a little bit about The Vult:
The Vult is a novel about the friendship between Deklan Powers, a vampire, and Amber Edge, a human. They become friends after Deklan saves Amber’s life and the story follows the ups and downs of their friendship.

When did you start writing The Vult? What inspired you to write it?
I started writing The Vult during national novel writing month/NaNoWriMo in November of 2019. I was inspired to write the story by my love of vampires and by the fact that I enjoyed reading stories about male and female friendships.

Who is your favorite character?
My favorite character is Deklan.

What is the general message you hope readers pull from The Vult?
The message I hope readers pull from The Vult is the importance of friendship and how friends can become family.

Can you give us an out-of-context spoiler?
An out-of-context spoiler would be prepared for a cliffhanger ending.

What is ONE reason readers should pick up The Vult?
One reason you should pick up The Vult is that it combines vampires and friendship in an action-packed novel.

The Vult sounds like such an exciting novel filled with friendships! I’m sure the author behind the book is just as exciting!

So, tell us a little about yourself.

Why do you write?
I write because I get so many story ideas in my head and I just have to put them down. 

What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The book inspires me to write about friendships.

Do you prefer physical books, ebooks, audiobooks, or all of the above?
 I prefer ebooks because I can hold countless books in my hand at once but I also have been getting back into reading paperbacks.

What software do you use for writing, publishing, marketing, etc.?
I use Scrivener and Google Docs to write. I use Amazon to publish and I use Facebook and Instagram for marketing.

What have been some of your biggest successes as an author?
There are two things I can think of right now, the first one is that my book was the Selling over 100 books in less than 6 months.

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