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Star-crossed lovers--lacrosse player, vampire--wrangle in this sprightly fantasy.
Transferring for his sophomore year to fictional elite New Jersey prep school Curtis Hall, Tristen McCoy takes the
Gothic campus by storm with lanky good looks, smooth charm and awesome lacrosse chops that win him the team
co-captaincy. Arriving with him are his sweet, lunk-headed teammate and best friend, Billy, and Billy's insouciant
girlfriend, Sasha. Together they explore the labyrinthine social dynamics and odd folkways of their new setting. Of
course, no fictive conclave of hormonal adolescents would be complete without a clique of unfathomably old yet
preternaturally nubile vampires, here led by ancient hottie Marcella Venier and her bombshell sidekick, Skye. They are
drawn by the preppies' stimulating company and intoxicating hemotypes, which they hope can be distilled into a
sun-protective elixir. (Bimonthly blood drives are the core of Curtis Hall's social calendar.) The 716-year-old Marcella
can't help falling for the 16-year-old Tristen and his love poetry, but alas!--her tragic back story warns her to keep her
distance lest she suck him to death in a fit of uncontrollable passion. Fate throws them together when Marcella's evil
brother, Pietro, and his fanged gang show up and students start to disappear. The friction between the teen's laconic text-ese and the vampires' Victorian
curlicues--"I will crush your skull along with all those you sire, you regrettable miscreant"--warms up the story's
vigorous prose style. Matthies crafts sharply etched, appealing characters whose struggle to survive both physically and
romantically makes for an entertaining yarn.
Enjoyable young-adult light fare.-KIRKUS REVIEWS

From the Author

"This book emphasizes the very real challenges that face teens today such as striving for academic excellence
and excelling in sports, arts and music, all while juggling new love and maintaining lifelong friendships,"
Matthies said. "This is heightened when the main characters transfer to a new school environment that is filled
with a fascinating array of subterranean tunnels, glyphic codes and a labyrinth."
When Tristen McCoy and his friends transfer to Curtis Hall boarding school on a sports scholarship, they find
themselves surrounded by peers who are just as - if not more - talented. As they adjust to their new
environment, they discover strange things about the school including a maze of tunnels beneath the campus and
a mandatory blood drive. Tristen is soon drawn to Marcella Venier, a vampire who struggles to further her
covert research mission while remaining in Tristen's world.
"As my story unfolds, the many characters find themselves facing difficult decisions and choices," Matthies
said. "They are forced to evaluate their motivations, friendships and priorities. In doing so they come to realize
just how crucial those friendships can be in helping to make life changing decisions."
Through her characters, which include a talented art student, an athletic jock and a guitar-playing musician,
Matthies emphasizes the high expectations society places on high school students. Her goal is to create
awareness around these issues and encourage parents to connect with their children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147595266X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (October 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OXTNGG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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L.A. Matthies worked in a career in hairdressing and cosmetology. She and her husband have three children and live in New York. Matthies divides her time between her new book and supporting her three children in achieving their academic, athletic and personal goals. Surviving Curtis Hall is her debut book.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ELO1216 on July 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
I would normally not read a book like this, but it was recommended to me, and I was drawn to it due to the Lacrosse element in the book. I was quite surprised that I really liked it! First of all, I love books where the point of view of the story changes throughout the story. I feel it leads to better character development, and a better understanding of the story and all the elements that are going on. The author did a great job here - and made me care more about the characters than I think I would have if the story was written in a traditional way.

I also thought that the setting for the book, the school, was used very effectively, and felt very real and natural. Yes - there are some Potter influences here (how can you not have a book set in a boarding school and deal with supernatural happenings without bringing Hogwarts to mind), but again I feel the author did a great job in using it as an influence but injecting it with her own ideas and style.

I did like the main characters - I'm not one for a big romance in books (though I did like how things developed in the Potter books between the characters). I felt Tristan was believable, though he could have been a bit more cocky - I've dealt with a lot of Lacrosse players at the high school and college level, and especially in the northeast there is a bit of an elite attitude that they have. Still - he does exist well in the story without a swelled head. Though the romantic and teen issues were not all things I could relate directly too I think they were handled very well, and kept my interest. I am looking forward to the sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. February on May 21, 2013
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As someone who grew up in the Northeast, I appreciated the center stage lacrosse takes here, it's the first time I can remember the sport being so prominent in a story. It's also the perfect backdrop for an entry in the young adult fantasy-romance series.

And while this one doesn't revolutionize the genre, it's a solid first entry nonetheless. Tristen, Billy and Sasha are well-drawn, realistic teen characters who, despite being part of a fantasy story, face grounded, real-life difficulties in trying to make their way in an unfamiliar environment where success suddenly does not necessarily come easy.

On the other side, Marcella and Skye are both alluring and tragic. Marcella's story, in particular, is heartbreaking, and the arrival of her brother on the scene creates some real terrifying moments. But nothing that doesn't make this appropriate for a young adult. To tell any more would be to spoil some of the turns of the story, but the ending promises another adventure that I look forward to jumping into.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charmaine Young on August 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This entry into the YA fantasy genre has very few issues and is overall quite good. It is a fairly traditional coming of age story on one hand, but set in a Potteresque world of vampires on the other, an interesting combination. The book flips between characters moving the story forward from individual perspectives by chapter, a style I traditionally enjoy. My only criticism: there are so many characters given chapters to follow them that I found myself trying to recall who's who more than once. However, the book is well written, I wanted to know who was who, see where the story leads, how they fit into the bigger picture, and, most importantly, what was going to happen next.

For YA readers/fans: This is a bit like J.K. Rowling meets L.J. Smith; it's a fast, fun read that leaves me looking forward to more from this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SeanM on July 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
So first off, I would like to say that I am not typically a fan of this type of story. The whole vampire/love story thing is kind of over for me. This particular novel on the other hand, essentially reminded me why society fell in love with a story such as this. Matthies writing skill coupled with her dynamic characters led to a very entrancing story. It was not predictable at all and while at times I did think there were too many characters, I was definitely pleased with the chance to see the circumstances from the many different points of view. I also really appreciated the unfolding of each character's backstory. It explains to the reader what motivates each character. Without posting any spoilers I would just like to say that the ending definitely leaves room for a sequel that I for one would be interested in reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dana on May 13, 2013
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Ms. Matthies puts together a great mix of characters in this teen adventure! The character backstories unveil themselves from initially mundane to a bit more fantastic as the tale unfolds. A group of teenagers try to integrate themselves into a private school and discover a few of the secrets within its walls. The personal interactions, the day to day routines, and the greater evil all contribute to this exciting story, and leaves me wanting more.

I really look forward to more stories with Tristan, Billy, Sasha, Pierce, Marcella, Skye and crew as they face what Curtis Hall brings them, both in its past and its future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike on May 6, 2013
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I enjoyed this book more than I would probably admit to others. In fact, it's one of the more enjoyable reads of this year so far. It has one of those stories that deeply moves and touches you. The stories of these boy's lives stuck in a daunting boarding school touched me, as they were so true to life.

I have to also give credit to the author for some delightful touches in the book. You really have to read the book to appreciate both the story and the way the author brings it all together.
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