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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Review: Until Summer Comes Around by Glenn Rolfe @flametreepress @smithpublicity @GRolfeHorror

Until Summer Comes Around 
by Glenn Rolfe

Thanks to Flame Tree Press and Smith Publicity for this copy.

Publisher: Flame Tree Press
Publish Date: May 21, 2020
288 Pages
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Horror

When fifteen year old Rocky Zukas meets a mysterious dark-haired girl named November, his world is forever changed. The young couple falls under the spell of summer love, but not everyone approves. November's brother, Gabriel, is the keeper of the family's secret, and big brother is always watching, growing more sinister as his bloodlust gets the best of him. Directing his attention to Rocky's family, Gabriel aims to make sure little sister knows who is in charge. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

My Review:

My first and most definitely not my last of Rolfe.  What an absolute fun read dealing with first loves, vampires and a summer you can't quite forget.  As the dedication says, "For all the Lost Boys out there.  Thou shalt not fall."  There are definitely some Lost Boys feels within this read but it's also unique in telling November and Rocky's story.

First off, how can you not fall in love with Rocky.  With his back brace and gung ho attitude, you go through the gauntlet of emotions he endures.  I love that this takes place in 1986, the music, to the fair to the back braces - transports me to my childhood (albeit mine was sans vampires... that I know of).  I surely hope she finally got to listen to the Theatre of Pain album (my favorite from Motley Crue).  If you were an 80's kid, this read will give you all the homesickness of that era.

I love the nostalgia and how this is more than just a vampire story.  We get layers with the coming of age-ish tales from both sides.  Do you remember what was so important to you when you were in high school and had those summer plans?  Do you remember that first love feeling? *Sigh*

I appreciate the correction in the acknowledgments re when King's IT was released - I found this to be an adorable note.  Horror lovers, this is probably a bit on the light side of horror and is an absolute fantastic read.  I would highly recommend.


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