Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sucks to be me - Kimberly Pauley

Mina, named after the character in Bram Stoker's Dracula, has always known her parents were vampires. She is almost 17 and her parents spring it on her that she has only a few weeks to decide if she wants to become a vampire or not. She meets with Ms. Riley, the Northwest Regional Vampire Council new member indoctrinator, who tells her that she's got to attend vampire classes and that her Uncle Mortie is her sponsor. If she chooses not to turn her memory is wiped of vampire knowledge and she's taken away from her parents. On top of all that she is studying Dracula in English class, where her teacher dresses up as a different character each day, and she is hanging out with Nathan, who she's had a crush on since kindergarten. Mina wants to tell Serena, her best friend, but humans aren't supposed to know about vampires. She only has her fellow candidates along with her family to talk to about being a vampire. The vampire classes are boring, but there is a cute guy, Aubrey, who makes Mina want to attend them just to see him. As she learns more about vampires Mina starts to make up her mind about whether to turn or not. Prom is also in a few weeks and she wants to go with Nathan, but he wants to go with Serena. George her classmate and fellow vampire candidate, wants to ask Serena, but ends up asking Mina after Nathan asks Serena to the prom. I'm guessing your wondering if Mina turns into a vampire or not, well I'm not going to spoil the ending for you. You'll just have to read and find out.

I loved this book. It was funny, entertaining, and I couldn't put it down. The whole concept of going to vampire classes and deciding if you want to become a vampire or not is not something you read in most vampire novels that have come out in the last few years. Add in going to school, getting ready for and going to Prom, not being able to tell your best friend that you might turn into vampire in a few weeks, along with finding the one you want to be with adds up to a great and funny book.

T.B. 10/11/08

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