Published Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Reviewed by: Amber R.
Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity
On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.
Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.
Mel is my new favorite heroine, maybe because she reminds me of me. Maybe because she's awesome. She's your average seventeen year old girl, I'm not seventeen just to clear that up. She's finishing up her senior year of high school, hanging with her best friends, and she just happens to live in a town full of vampires. Apparently the vampires in this world are out of the closet. Mel is loving her life, she's kind of anti-vampire but she's cool with it because she doesn't have to deal with them. They stay on their side of town, she on hers. Unfortunately her world gets flipped, upside down when a vampire starts attending her school.
Francis is a right proper vamp, very old school. 1800's old school. He's also hot, which doesn't go unnoticed. Mel's best friend, Cathy, is utterly head over heels for him and pretty quickly too. Mel isn't a happy camper about this whole situation, in fact she warns Francis off. Which works for a while. There's some discord there.
There is a lot going on in this book. However, it's really easy to follow. The story is very concise and flowing. I think that the story is different enough that you're not going to be bored and it's going to keep you turning the pages. Everything that is going on with Mel and Cathy is really interesting and it definitely grabs you. This is a really great book and if you're a fan of YA, no love triangles, paranormal, mystery, and friendship you should definitely check it out.