Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks - ESSENTIAL

Jinks, Catherine The Reformed Vampire Support Group, 362 p. Harcourt, 2009.

Language: G (6 swears), Violence: G (comical, not violent, though a vampire does get staked).


Vampires are the most boring inhabitants on the earth and Nina should know, she has been one for more that 30 years, permanently stuck at the age of 15. Luckily she can live with her mother, and she has her weekly meetings with the Reformed Vampire Support Group to help her – a group formed to aid each other from fanging any more humans. Then one night the group finds the ashes of the vampire who originally fanged them and as frail as they are, the gang knows that they must seek out the perpetrator, or their very existences may be in danger. So, off Nina heads, with the priest who is their group sponsor and Dave, another teen vampire – heading off into more danger than they could have ever imagine existed.

At first I thought that Nina was going to be so boring that I might have to fang myself to survive the reading – BUT, her adventures became very interesting indeed! It looks like reimagining the vampire mythos is now the norm – and while very different from Twilight and the ilk, Nina and her friends are well worth reading about.

Cindy, Library-Teacher

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