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Still Sucks to Be Me: The All-true Confessions of Mina Smith, Teen Vampire [Kindle Edition]

Kimberly Pauley
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Book Description

With vampire boyfriend George and best friend Serena by her side, Mina thought she had her whole life—or rather afterlife—ahead of her. But then Mina’s parents drop a bomb. They’re moving. To Louisiana. And not somewhere cool like New Orleans, but some teeny, tiny town where cheerleaders and jocks rule the school. Mina has to fake her death, change her name, and leave everything behind, including George and Serena. Not even the Vampire Council’s shape-shifting classes can cheer her up. Then Serena shows up on Mina’s doorstep with some news that sends Mina reeling. Mina may look a lot better with fangs, but her afterlife isn’t any less complicated!
 
In this eagerly awaited sequel to the popular Sucks to Be Me, Kimberly Pauley addresses many of her fans’ most pressing questions (Will Serena become a vampire? What happened to Raven? What’s next for Mina and George?) with signature humor and breezy bloodsucking style.


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Praise for Sucks to Be Me and Still Sucks to Be Me:
 
“Of all the Vampire novels I have read, Sucks to Be Me was my absolute favorite.  It was smart, original, with a lovely, honest heroine, and it was laugh-out-loud funny. I almost fell out of bed laughing at one point. I couldn't wait to get a hold of the sequel, Still Sucks to Be Me. When it came out, I devoured every page. For those who love the genre, yet are tired of tragic, Byronic lugubrious vampires, this is truly a unique and hilarious read.”—Margot Adler, NPR correspondent and author of Drawing Down the Moon.
 
Praise for Sucks to Be Me
“Pure wish fulfillment”—Kirkus
 
“The adolescent vampire novel gets a pleasantly light, bizarrely heartwarming treatment in this novel . . . It’s an unusual mix, a welcome change from all the darker, angsty teen vampire novels around these days, and a very promising first novel.”—Locus
 
“The lively pace, amusing tone, and accessibly non-gory vampire plot make this an ideal summer beach read, particularly for horror fans who may appreciate a lighter look at the path toward immortal bloodsucker.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


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About the Author

Kimberly Pauley would like to state for the record that she is not really a vampire.
(Or perhaps the Vampire Relocation Agency is just forcing her to say that?) As her alter-ego, the Young Adult Books Goddess of yabookscentral.com, she has been reviewing books for teens since 1998. She lives in Illinois with her son Max and her husband Tony, who is also not a vampire (maybe).


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Product Details

  • File Size: 1896 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mirrorstone (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MZ0XJI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,017 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Sequel! May 15, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Okay, before I start my review, I just want to say that I was sent the book directly from Kimberly Pauley for the book tour and on the package she wrote Go Gators! (If you know anything about me, you know I'm a HUGE Gator fan) That totally made my day and she rocks!

This was a cute sequel to Sucks to be Me. I read the first book back in 2008 and enjoyed it. This book was no different! I love how every chapter starts off with a cute Myth and Truth about Vampires and that some chapters had lists of things that suck (and sometimes rock). I also enjoyed a lot of the pop culture that was in the story: 80's movies, you tube, The Princess Bride, Twilight, and my favorite one: Lolcats.

I love all of the characters in the story. You just have to like Mina. She's funny and witty and just seems like a real teenager. And the mystery vampire, Cameron...I want to know more about him. And of course we have Mina's BFF Serena and her boyfriend, George who I loved in the first story and loved in this one again.

The plot was pretty good too. But I want to know more! I want to know more about the Black Talons and the Carter family. And I want to know what happens with Cameron!

(Another side note...I'm not sure if the cover that I have on my ARC is the same one that will on the finished book, but for some reason, the color blue used really jumps out at me--I love it!)

This was a cute, fun, read and I can't wait to see what Kimberly Pauley writes next!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does not suck at all! May 11, 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is of course a sequel to her Freshman attempt, Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe). StbM was a great book. It surprised me how quickly the characters grabbed me and how I wanted to know all about them. You can read my review there and then read this one. This review will assume that you have read StbM, so if you haven't then here there be spoilers....

Ready? Great. Ok "Still Sucks" starts off not too long after Mina's conversion and her "funeral". No. She did not get to go. So deaths faked, names changed the Vampire Council relocates them to Louisiana. Not somewhere cool like New Orleans or even Bon Temps, no they end up in a one-stoplight town so Mina's dad (now called her brother) can study with this ancient vampire historian. Very nice for him, terrible for Mina.

Mina discovers that vampire powers not withstanding she is now, again, an outsider at her new school. Sure she is the "New Girl from California" but that doesn't help when the local school jock takes and interest in her and not in the girl that wants him.

Kim does a great job of juxtaposing Mina-as-a-vampire with Mina-as-a-teenager-in-a-new-school very well. Yes, Mina can easily overpower or glamour anyone in the school to get what she wants, and she knows it, but she doesn't. Of course life is made more difficult by the arrival of Cameron, a new vampire who is cute and smells nice, who may or may not be a Black Talon. Plus she has not heard from her best friend Serena (with whom she broke like a zillion laws to keep in contact with) or her boy-friend George since getting to Nowhere, LA. Yeah. Life, or Unlife can suck like that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made me laugh April 15, 2013
Format:Hardcover
Fun book about a newly vamped girl, Mina, who has to deal with tons of frustrating hidden agendas (including her own). I loved the self-actualization at the end...both Mina's and Serena's, that took them both out of their daily dramas and made them think of the bigger, more important things in life and of how love is truly expressed. This is a great book for younger teen readers and those of us who are young at heart. The cartoons made me laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why won't she make a third one!!!!!! April 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love it! Wish she would make another one. I loved the first one with Nina struggling with her parents being Vampires and all, and this one was great, having her change her name and live a totally different life. It was interesting. Matter of fact, I'm going to read it again! LOL!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Omg February 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I will love Kimberly Pauley books for the rest of my life. That's how good they are. I mean everything about I love.
Now the book, this book is AMAZINGLY AWESOMELY GREAT. I love every single thing about. The way the author describe the setting and adds a little humour in the story. Also how Mina(the main character) talks is so like a teenager. If you like a good book read this one. And if you don't like it your a I should say a hater.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book ROCKS! January 2, 2013
By Sim2468
Format:Kindle Edition
I wood recommend this book to vamp lovers and ppl who like drama and romance I choose 5 stars because vamps are cool just not ones who are gay and sparkle in the sun ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending January 1, 2013
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I love this book it has everything a awesome book needs it puts a smile on your face and is great for teens :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome December 5, 2012
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It's awesome, ever teenaged girl and guy should read this book. Especially boy's whos girlfriends are mad at them and they need to learn how to apologize
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It mostly sucks, while it barely rocks
The story of Mina continues, well, not exactly Mina Hamilton, but Mina Smith when she died, not exactly dies, dies, but more like undead. Read more
Published on October 16, 2011 by Ram B Adhikari
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
My book was shipped right away, arrived fast, was packaged well, and is in great condition! I'll definitely buy from this seller again.
Published on November 4, 2010 by Genna
4.0 out of 5 stars Vernal Vampire
This book gets a very non-sucking 4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes for more great humor and a new setting that's just as fun as the original. Read more
Published on November 3, 2010 by Gecky Boz "Bibliognome"
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshingly funny vampire novel
Still Sucks to Be Me picks up just after the first book ends. Mina Hamilton is now a vampire. She's just getting used to her new abilities, but her life/undeath is complete. Read more
Published on October 22, 2010 by titania86
5.0 out of 5 stars book review
Both books in this series are excellent. You should definitely read them if you like vampire stories.
Published on September 12, 2010 by Jody Gilchrist
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
Life as a vampire isn't working out so great for Mina. The Vampire Relocation Agency is forcing her and her parents to move to a podunk town in Louisiana. Read more
Published on August 18, 2010 by TeensReadToo
3.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the first novel
A great addition to the first novel. Mina's a vampire now, but she still has problems from high school drama to love trouble, to a vampire cult. Read more
Published on August 6, 2010 by Lisa Barker
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More About the Author

Kimberly Pauley is the author of the Sucks to Be Me Series (The first book was a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers & the second a VOYA Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Winner). Her third book, Cat Girl's Day Off showed the world what cats really think. ASK ME, coming in April 2014, is something new: dark, paranormal YA.

She now lives in London, England with her husband (who really doesn't get YA fiction) and The Max, the cutest little boy in the world.

She has an (infrequent) newsletter, often runs giveaways and contests, and sends out signed bookplates to readers, so be sure to check out her website, www.kimberlypauley.com for more information.

Kimberly was also the founder of Young Adult (& Kid's) Books Central, one of the leading Internet destinations for anyone interested in children's or adolescent literature.

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