Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

Publisher:  Harcourt (Houghton Mifflin)
Publish Date:  April 20, 2009
ISBN: 978-0152066093
Pages:  362
Jacket Illustration:  Heath McKenzie
Jacket Design: Scott Magoon

This is not your run of the mill, sexy vampire story.  It's quirky and snarky and funny as heck.  These vampires aren't powerful supernatural beings.  Heck, they don't even sparkle.  The vampires in THE REFORMED VAMPIRE SUPPORT GROUP are sad, sick, weak specimens.  They bicker...a lot...about the same stuff...for years on end.  They've sworn off human blood and raise guinea pigs to feed off of (or 'fang' if you will).  They should be frustrating and boring, but they are hilarious.

One of the members of the support group gets staked in his coffin.  The group finds a clue and off they go!  There are werewolves, illegal fights, vampires, vampire slayers, priests, humans and guinea pigs.  That's quite a cast! 

Father Ramon heads up the support group.  He picks them all up, with the help of Dave (another vamp), and keeps them from bickering too much.  Dave was a musician and is pretty capable, better than the rest of them anyway.  Nina was fanged when she was 15 years old in 1973 and lives with her mother, to help support them she writes a series of vampire novels.  Her vamps are sexy and mysterious, everything she is not.

To top it off, these vamps live in Australia.  I don't know, but once you get out of the big cities, it seems that it would be hard to live as a vamp.  We definitely get the chance to find out!

There's a very very small love story in there, but it won't slow you down.  Promise.  This book won't appeal to Twilight fans who are looking for sparkling romance, but it will appeal to the sarcastic nerdy vampire lovers.

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