The Scarlet Dagger (The Red Sector Chronicles, #1)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 7 reviews
The strength of Sloane’s heart is about to be put to the ultimate test. Heart-racing action, romance, and suspense collide in the first book in the exciting Red Sector Chronicles trilogy. More
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About Krystle Jones

Krystle Jones was born and raised in the small, southern town of Tullahoma, Tennessee. Reading and writing have been lifelong passions of hers. In addition to being a novelist, she is also an award-winning flutist, and moonlights as a voice actress. Her voice can be heard in the popular online game, Alice is Dead 3.

Visit her online at www.krystlejonesbooks.com.

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Review by: Suzanne Finnegan on Dec. 14, 2012 :
Three years ago the Eclipse occurred. Humans were attacked by vampires. The remaining humans live in the white sector while the vampires remain in the red sector.

Seventeen year old Sloane McAllister lost her twin brother Orion to the vampires that night. If there is any chance he is alive, she must try to find him. And that's why she heads to the red sector armed with a scarlet steel dagger, which is deadly to vampires. Here she meets Aden, a vampire who seems just like a human to her. She had been led to believe that vampires were bloodthirsty monsters with no self control. They fight and he changes her. She wakes up in an underground city and tries to come to terms with being a vampire, her natural enemy. She fears that if she goes home, she will be killed by her friends and family because she is a vampire. But she feels that she has to try to escape and plays along to gain the trust of the vampires.

But unexpectedly, she finds herself making friends among the vampires and falling in love.

This is a dystopian, urban fantasy full of action, friendship and romance. It was a unique take on vampires and completely unpredictable. The characters were well written and the protagonist was a very likeable character. As was her love interest. I love books about vampires and this one didn't let me down. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to fans of this genre.
(review of free book)

Review by: sarah uk on Dec. 12, 2012 :
(Source: I won a digital copy of this book. Thanks to Proserpine@ Proserpine craving books, and Krystal Jones!)
Sloane lives in a dystopian Pittsburgh, where vampires live in the ‘red sector’ surrounding the city, and humans are kept safe inside high fences.
When ‘the eclipse’ happened 3 years ago, and the vampires came out, Sloan’s brother Orion was taken, and Sloan is determined to find him.
Stealing her best friend Leo’s scarlet dagger – a weapon made with scarlet steel that is harmful to vampires, Sloan runs away and into the red sector, searching for any trace of her brother.
Once in the red sector she’s attacked by a rogue vampire. She kills him, but her next encounter with a vampire ends in disaster, and she wakes to find herself a vampire!
Still determined to find Orion though, Sloane perseveres in her search, but all she ever thought she knew about vampires is about to be proved wrong though.
Can Sloane find her brother? What will she do now that she herself is a vampire? And does she really have feelings for the vampire that turned her?


I enjoyed this book. Although it was about vampires, it didn’t feel like your average vampire story, and I liked the idea of the scarlet steel.

Sloane was a great character, although she seemed older than her 17 years, and I admired her determination to find her brother, even if it was a little misguided.
I liked Aden (the vampire that turned her), and thought that the subtle romance between them was done really well. He was a totally loveable character, and I liked the way he behaved towards Sloane.

I liked the storyline, and didn’t guess the major twists and turns in the tale at the end! I’m intrigued as to what will happen in the next instalment now!
7.5 out of 10.
(review of free book)

Review by: Midu Hadi on Oct. 01, 2012 :
I have to say this book surprised me. I went in expecting nothing and then had a lot of fun reading it. Its not a short book but I finished it in a few hours because it kept me hooked. Aside from a few spelling mistakes-which really put me off books- and a few other things, I liked the story a lot. Sloane is a kick-ass character and I enjoyed reading about her. What I missed was the lack of details of on the side characters. We only realized they were in the story when they were included in a scene to interact with Sloane. I loved the concept of a world populated by people who weren't quite human, yet not vampire. The other thing that bugged me was who Nero turned out to be. I don't know why I was disappointed with his identity, maybe I expected it to be Orion. But I loved the little tid bit about Sloane's dad having been of the vampire bloodline. This was also another place where I realized that we were told next to nothing about him. It was just thrust upon us in the last pages or so that he had rage issues. I was like huh? When did THAT happen? Lets see what the sequel brings with it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: nicole passante on Dec. 06, 2011 :
This was a very entertaining young adult read. I was surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Sloan is a 17 year old vampire hunter who ventures out of the safety of the “white sector” to the vampire infested “red sector” to look for her missing twin brother. She meets Aden a young handsome vampire and is shocked because she has only seen the rogue vampires who are little more than animals. Aden turns her against her will and Sloan has to deal with her feelings towards vampires, her previous human friends and fellow vampire hunters, and her attraction to Aden.

Sloan is a wonderful female heroine, she is strong and independent. I enjoyed this dystopian novel immensely and would recommend it to Teenagers and Adults.

Thank you to Krystle Jones, read and review from the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics! on goodreads!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: nicole passante on Dec. 06, 2011 : (no rating)
This was a very entertaining young adult read. I was surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Sloan is a 17 year old vampire hunter who ventures out of the safety of the “white sector” to the vampire infested “red sector” to look for her missing twin brother. She meets Aden a young handsome vampire and is shocked because she has only seen the rogue vampires who are little more than animals. Aden turns her against her will and Sloan has to deal with her feelings towards vampires, her previous human friends and fellow vampire hunters, and her attraction to Aden.

Sloan is a wonderful female heroine, she is strong and independent. I enjoyed this dystopian novel immensely and would recommend it to Teenagers and Adults.

Thank you to Krystle Jones, read and review from the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics! on goodreads!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tiffany on Nov. 24, 2011 :
"Heart-stopping action and scorching romance collide in this dystopian, urban fantasy thriller"

First of all, I want to say Krystle Jones is a very talented writer. This story held my attention from page one right to the very end. I just had to know what was going to happen chapter after chapter.

The story follows Sloane McAllister, three years after the 'Eclipse' (when vampires became known to the mortal world) on her quest to find her twin brother.

I really liked this book. Krystle has created a dark and compelling dystopian world in 'The Scarlet Dagger'. Sloane is a kick-butt heroine who readers cannot help but love.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with a love of dystopia, urban fantasy and paranormal romance as it blends the best of all three into one amazing story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Alexia Smit on Nov. 24, 2011 :
What an EPIC book!! I just love a book that is action packed – I’m talking about sitting on the edge of your seat biting your nails type. The characters are freaking awesome and captivated my attention from the beginning.

Sloane… um… wow just wow!! She is a warrior through and through, whether it’s physical or emotional. She is tactful and strong willed – you need to watch your back if you ever get on her bad side. Having said how amazingly kick ass she is, she is also soft hearted and gullible – I love that about her, she’s got the whole package. She is thrown into a whole new ‘world’ and yet she rises to every occasion, kicking ass’ and taking names. She is a true heroine.

Now for the swoon worthy boy toy in the book – Aden! Firstly, can I have him?? Pretty please?! *bats eyelashes* Holy moly, cinnamon and cloves… he makes my blood boil *fans self*. Aden leaves you second guessing where his loyalty lies and yet when in doubt I still want to believe in him. He is very protective of Sloane and will do practically anything to care for her. *wipes drool from mouth* Ok I can carry on now…

This is a very well written book, that leaves you wanting for more! Very gripping storyline with twists and turns – you better hold onto your seat when reading this sucker, it’s a bumpy ride.  I can’t freaking wait to read the next installment of The Red Sector Chronicles. Krystle you get a standing ovation from me!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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