Now in The Season of Risks she is older and wiser, with a few more experiences under her belt. Beginning her second year of college, Ari is not only dealing with the deaths of her friends the previous year but possible romantic feelings for Neil Cameron, a Presidential candidate who happens to be a vampire.
The difference in ages between the potential lovers raises some sticky ethical issues for Ari and Cameron, trying to keep their budding relationship a secret from prying eyes. But when Ari hears about a medicine that may age her forward a few years to bridge the gap, a love affair becomes more of a possibility. Would aging herself from 15 to 22 be enough to let them be together?
Though Ari would have liked to discuss the treatment with her parents and friends, she knows they would quickly shoot the idea down as unsafe. Plus, her parents have moved to Ireland to continue her father's research into vampiric DNA and her friend Dashay is putting things back together on their ranch in Homosassa Springs, Florida. And her friends at college probably wouldn't understand either, except for possibly Sloan, a new art student who'd taken an interest in Ari.
Hubbard shakes things up towards the end with a great twist that caught me by surprise and pushes the story through to the end. Many questions arise and most are answered by the conclusion. But I think this world still has many stories to tell about the world of vampires.
Like the first two books of the series, this one was a fast read. Thanks to the amazing writing and engaging story, it took me three sittings to complete. And, like when I finished The Year of Disappearances I was already looking forward to the next book, which is always a good sign!
If you are looking for an alternative to Twilight, I'd strongly encourage you to check out Susan Hubbard's series. These books present vampires without all the shirtless flexing. Look for The Society of S, The Year of Disappearances, and The Season of Risks on bookshelves now.