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If you're a Twilight fan and looking for the next good teen vampire novel, keep on looking, as this isn't it!!!! I came across this book after reading some reviews on Amazon and ended up buying a copy for 99p off ebay (free postage) - so at least I didn't waste too much money on it.
The cover is a blood red, and has a silhouette of some young, slender teens on the front. Fairly attractive, especially for those like me who are attracted to anything that looks remotely vampireish.
The author is Alex Duval, whom I couldn't find out a lot about, apart from the fact he (or she) is French and now lives in the States. Alex has written a series of books in this vampire theme, and this is the first in the series. Unlike Twilight and other similar vampire novels, the book is based on a human boy who falls for a vampire, rather than it being a girl, so this I suppose gives it another spin on the human-vampire romance concept.
The book is separately into shortish, easy to read chapters. At the beginning, we are introduced to the 'hero' of the tale, a young gentleman called Jason Freeman, who with his well-to-do family have moved to the prime location of DeVere Heights in Malibu, California. The local school is filled with gorgeous, tanned and rich students, and Jason is accepted by them as he comes from a rich family, although in many ways he feels quite different to them as he is a lot more down to earth than they are. They are all into their fashion, image, partying and a general lifestyle not dissimilar to that of Paris Hilton and the Hills cast.
Jason is hopelessly attracted to a beautiful and popular brunette girl called Sienna who attends the school, but unfortunately for him she already has a boyfriend. However, this doesn't stop him lusting after her, and savouring any attention she gives him. After a party, a body is found on the beach, and through this and a finding by his new friend Adam,
Jason makes a gruesome discovery that there are vampires at large in Malibu. Jason and his friend spends the rest of the book trying to find out who the vampire killer is.
Although it wasn't the worst book I've ever read, the thing I found about this book is that it has quite a number of clichéd quips and over-simplified language. I suppose this last point could be taken as both a negative and a positive as for those people who are quite young or find standard novels a bit advanced, it is easy to read, though for the older teen and adult reader, I would say its far too basic. I do imagine it's fine for 11-13 year olds, however, if I had a young teenage daughter between those ages, I don't think I would really like them reading stories about young teens attending parties, drinking, and making out in hot tubs! Or am I just being old-fashioned!?!
Either way you look at it, this book really isn't a patch on Twilight, and I really don't think I would recommend it unless you wanted a book for some really light and carefree beach/holiday reading. As I said though, there have been some positive reviews about this book so someone must have liked it! Sorry if anyone reading this likes this book, but I really didn't enjoy it. I was pretty disinterested before I even reached halfway through this book, and only ploughed through the rest so as to make it worth my 99p.
If you are an older teen or adult, and you want a good vampire romance tale, do yourself a favour and just re-read the Twilight books or read the True Blood series!