Sunday, 16 October 2011

Senior Year Bites by J A Campbell (Young Adult, Urban Fantasy)

June 2011, Decadent 
Review copy

Young Adult, urban fantasy

Themes: high school life (& all the dramas), being a new vampire, having to tell loved ones something which might offend them, coping with being different, taking advantage and finding the best of not so great situations, fair amount of drama and thrills, some teen romance, quite a few laughs

Summary from Decadent
Senior year is supposed to be fun: boys, dances and graduation.

It's significantly harder to enjoy it when you're dead. 

Truth or dare is supposed to be fun too. It's not even close to dangerous, so playing at Steph's house didn't seem like a bad idea. My dare? Spend the rest of the night in the graveyard next to her house. It was only a couple of hours until false dawn, my proscribed return time, so no big deal right? Right. 

I survived the attach, but it took me a few days to figure out what was going on. I mean vampires might stalk pop culture, but they're just myths. Yeah. Not so much. School is a lot more difficult when you're a nocturnal creature of the night. I was managing, but I couldn't keep it from my friends for long. After I managed to accidentally save one of our cheerleaders from her drunk and ill-intentioned boyfriend, Steph decided that we should be cool, like superheroes, and fight crime. 

Only I'm a vampire, not a hero, and we live in a sleepy New England town, so crime's a little harder to come by. At least it is until a serial killer moves into the area. He's got the authorities stumped, but then again, the cops don't have a teenage, blood-sucking, non-hero on their team. 

Nayuleska's thoughts
It's pretty rough for Meghan to become a vampire, but given the situation she copes remarkably well. She fends off questions from friends quite a lot. Her mother is pretty understanding of her privacy, as she doesn't push Meghan too far to talk to her. Meghan becomes a pro at avoiding people. The truth does come out, and it does change how her friends look at her. Steph is awesome for being so excited about Meg's powers (some of them have her a bit nervous). She still loves Meg, and is determined to see the positive side of it all.  Meg's powers mean they can help fight the evil that arrives in their town, an evil which is well aware of who and what Meg is. 

Another fun read which gets 10/10. 

Suggested read
Definitely be sure to check out Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill, with another case of understanding friends when one is made into a vampire. 

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