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Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer

This is the latest in the vampire series that is soon to be a movie (which kinda sounds awful.) I honestly don’t know how these books got to be so popular as opposed to other vampire YA, but I do like them a lot. Well, I liked the first one, and then it kind of went downhill, but I still liked them.

This one was really weird. It’s hard for this not to be spoilers so um – if you really care, don’t read this.

So, they get married. At 18 (and ya know, like 307.) It kind of makes sense given the storyline, but it still feels creepy. I don’t care how much you “know” or eternal love or whatever – married at 18 is creepy. Also, when I was 18, sex didn’t feel creepy or inappropriate, but reading about an 18 year old’s honeymoon night and subsequent torrid love affair, even when done “tastefully” is just … wrong.

Then, she gets knocked up. And then of course – the baby is killing her from the inside. And the baby daddy pressures her to kill it. And then they don’t. And then, even while she is hard to raise, she becomes the most specialist baby in the whole wide world. Oh, and then there is this whole “I swear, even though this is an infant and I am in love with her and will marry her one day, its not pedophilia” love thing with a werewolf. Everyone is happy. The end.

The whole thing just felt like a really creepy pro-life gothic romance. And it was even weirder when I learned that Meyer is a devoted Mormon (explaining maybe the whole baby-romance?)

I don’t know. It was big. I read it in one night, but more because I just wanted to get to the end than I did because I was entranced. I think I am just way, way over the idea that the guy you meet in high school is the guy you should have babies with and settle down with for all eternity.



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The Society of S – Susan Hubbard

Terry picked this one up for me, and she was anxious for me to read it. For some reason, it got pushed towards the bottom of pile, but I regret this now. So, the general gist: Girl lives with her dad, his unusual helpers and a personal cook. Her mom left when she was an infant. Her life is solitary, but fulfilling. At some point, she has contact with the outside world, makes a best friend and realizes how unusual her life, and her father are. Then, best friend gets killed – hell breaks loose. She figures out what her family (and she) is (hint: vampires) and goes on a search for the best friend’s killer and her mom.

The plot itself isn’t very interesting or original (which is probably why I put it on the bottom of the pile) but it’s just written so well. It’s supposed to be a bit of a mystery, and that didn’t hook me, but I was into this vampiric legend or canon. This one has a bit of a twist, that I wish they would have gone into more – apparently she just wrote a sequel, but it’s zombies – and I think you all know how I feel about zombies.

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Sweetblood – Pete Hautman

What do you say about a book that you didn’t enjoy reading but really identified with? Scarier – what happens when you get halfway through and realize … you have already read it?

Sweetblood is this YA book about a girl who is diabetic and has this (I think pretty damn decent) theory that vampires of legend are really untreated diabetics. She is gothy (but won’t admit it) and so fucking full of angst that I hated her. I also totally, totally recognized myself in her. As part of the plot, she gets somewhat involved in this goth-vampire cult and sadly, I too became enmeshed in a really messed up cult, except mine had more to do with Chaos Magic, the apocalypse and the desire to please my first love.

Anyway – I had already read this book, but read it again since I had nothing else on my subway ride. I didn’t like it any more the second time. I also read another YA book by this guy about a water tower – also unfulfilling but sadly reminscent of my past.

I am such a cliche.


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Blood-sucking Fiend – Christopher Moore

Fluff from the library. Mousy woman with relationship issues gets turned into a vampire and finds a wannabe author to be her Renfrew. Full of lots of chapters full of characters that don’t do anything for the plot and lots of one-dimensional “wacky” folks like the Emperor of San Francisco (who I believe was a real person). She tries to only kill people that are dying of AIDS – seems weird for a book written in 2000-something. There is some sort of vampire who murdered her and is trying to kill her. I keep hoping that he WILL for most of the book. Chapter titles were tongue-in-cheek references to pop culture vampire books.


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