Nina Harrison, fanged at 15 and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. Even if she does appreciate Dave, who was in a punk band when he was alive, nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until one of group members is mysteriously destroyed by a silver bullet.
With Nina (determined to prove that vamps aren't useless or weak) and Dave (secretly in love with Nina) at the helm, the misfit vampires soon band together to track down the hunter, save a werewolf, and keep the world safe from the likes of themselves.
©2009 Harcourt Children's Books; (P)2009 Listening Library
High school teacher; cat & horse lover; jewelry maker
This is such a cute book! The writing is funny and believable (especially considering the subject) and everything just flows. The reader's Aussie accent makes it even more interesting.
Even tho it's listed as YA it's well enough written for us "Old" Adults too. Feel safe sharing it with your kids unless they have pet guinea pigs - the only icky part may be the references to guinea pigs as a food source.
An enjoyable, amusing quick "read." I loved it!
But's that's just my opinion :)
I've lost track of how many times I've listened to this story. I put off using one of my precious Audible credits on it because my local library makes it available for free via Overdrive. But when I renewed my Audible subscription and was awarded a free credit, I did the only logical thing: I now own it!
So why do I love this story so much? For me, it comes down to three things: fun characters who I've grown to love; a good story revolving around the themes of self-acceptance and loyalty; and fabulous narration and characterization by the talented actress Caroline Lee.
Jinks gives us a new and crazy perspective on vampires and werewolves. In Jinks' conception, they aren't monsters to be feared, but victims struggling to accept and cope with their "afflictions" in a world which wants to either exploit or destroy them.
A small, unlikely group of Australian vampires, forever locked into the physical age at which they were "fanged," meet every Tuesday night with a local Catholic priest in a support group environment. Thrown together with nothing in common but their "disability," they learn to tolerate one another for the sake of avoiding total isolation from humanity.
When one of their number is "slain," by a vampire-hating fanatic, they band together and exercise all their resources to track down the culprit before he gets to them. Along the way, they encounter their first werewolf, a creature they weren't sure even existed. Then it's the vampires and the werewolf against some vicious, money-hungry thugs who have built a world-wide network of underground werewolf fighting. (Think along the lines of illegal dog fights or cock fights. Nasty stuff!)
I can't say enough about what Caroline Lee does with this work. Yes, Jinks wrote a book for young adults, but Lee brings terrific personality to the characters. Just as adults enjoy Disney and Pixar films, this story as performed by Caroline Lee is joyful entertainment.
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