Nina may look like any other fifteen year old novelist– okay, maybe a little skinnier and just a tad paler– but she has a secret, one that would be devastating if it got out. That secret? She’s not really fifteen. Well, technically she is, but she’s been that way since 1973.
That’s right, Nina’s a vampire, just like Zadia Bloodstone, the fictional heroine about whom Nina’s novels are written. Actually, not just like– because vampires, despite their reputation, have no super powers, are not gorgeous, and, well…they feed on guinea pigs if they want to survive long, because they can be killed with stakes, and no one wants that, do they
On second thought, maybe someone does. When Nina and her friends find one of their companions staked in his coffin one evening, they realize that there’s a vampire hunter on the loose, one who clearly does not know the true nature of vampires. If they want to survive, the vampires will have to leave their cozy basement lives and begin a hunt of their own.
It’s always refreshing to read a book with characters that are original for the sake of being original. Sure, the idea of vampire life being less than pleasant has been done a thousand times before– really, vampires in general have been done to death, if you’ll pardon the pun– but Catherine Jenks acknowledges this and skips over it entirely in her funny, fresh take on the cliches. The Reformed Vampire Support Group is a satire of sorts, but also an adventure novel that will keep you hooked in your seat from beginning to end, if you don’t fall out of your chair laughing halfway through.
posted by Bethany Davis