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The Reformed Vampire Support Group Hardcover – April 20, 2009
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The vampires are so weak, miserable, and limited that RVSG would be completely depressing if not for the general snarkiness of the main character. Nina has been surrounded by insufferable people for the past thirty years, and she's nearly reached her breaking point. I liked her, but she wasn't quite snarky enough to make this book consistently funny, and the world was so fully realized that the book didn't feel much like a satire either. I ended up feeling so sorry for the vampires that I couldn't really enjoy myself at their expense.
(I realize that this is pretty subjective, actually. Others might find the decrepitude of the vampires absolutely hilarious. I can speak only for myself in this regard.)
RVSG makes a great break from tales of traditional vampires who are rich, powerful, and gorgeous, but I'd have to say that (if done well) the traditional vampires are more fun to read about. Give this book a try, because it's imaginative and original, but don't expect a rollicking good time.
From the first page I was caught. No, not just by the clever turn of phrase and the hilarious lives these vampires lead, that's a given. I read Evil Genius and loved it too. No, it's the careful way that the characters are revealed and the absurd things they have to do to survive.
The plot is pure gold; Imagine going to a support group for thirty years. Thirty years of seeing and listening to the same small group of people talking about their problems. Now add to that someone who is permanantly in the body of a 15yr old and is the beneficiary of peptalks and advice about her situation; "you are in the denial stage of vampirism, etc."
At it's heart this is a mystery. In the grand tradition of mysteries (at least the ones I like), the heroine has several handicaps, not the least of which is that she lives at home with her mother and cant go outside during the day. She spends her time writing vampire adventure stories.
I don't want to give anything away, truly this is a book to be savored (I devoured it in two days, what can I say, I have no self control).
I know what you're thinking. Vampires, they're beautiful, right? They're super fast, super strong. They even smell good. Hah! Think again. Vampires are pasty, pale and rail thin. They're feeble, easily tired, prone to headaches and they throw up a lot. They're weak - well, at least all of the vampires that Nina Harrison knows are. She was fanged at fifteen and for the last thirty odd years she's been a member of the Reformed Vampire Support Group. If there's a more pathetic collection of vampires anywhere on earth, Nina does NOTwant to meet them. Heck, she wishes she didn't have to spend any more time with the dull and depressing vampires she already knows. She does, of course. Every Tuesday night at support group meetings, probably for the rest of her unnatural existence.
Excitement comes into the dreary undeaths of the support group members in a most unlikely and unwanted form. When one of their members doesn't answer his door one Tuesday night, the group is horrified to discover he's been staked - and shot with a solid silver bullet. No one is mourning Casimir Kucynski, not exactly. He was responsible, directly or indirectly, for infecting every last member of the group. Still, no one wished him dead. And a vigilante slayer is a danger to all vampires, especially since he's been in Casimir's apartment and might have seen Casimir's address book.Read more ›
Thoughts: I liked this cute little story. Over the course of the first few chapters, Nina, our first person narrator, tells us the truth behind all the common vampire legends, everything from the garlic to the rumor that all vampires live in luxurious mansions. In Catherine Jinks' world, vampires drink guinea pig blood and do, well, almost nothing for eternity. It was sweet and a punch in the face to Twilight. I, for one, liked that.
Characters: Nina was loveable, unlike several other female narrators in this YA genre. They can be Mary Sues, complete jerks, or just plain flat *cough*Bella*cough*, but Nina made me smile. I also enjoyed Dave's character, a distant love intrest. However, it seems like none of the other vamps were all that fleshed out, merely place holders and stick figures. They all could have been staked and I barely would have cared. As for the humans, they just didn't seem to get enough spotlight time for me honestly to get to know and love them. I would have loved to see a bit more of all the humans in this story.
Appropriateness: There was one big action scene close to the end. Not exactly graphic, more suspenseful than anything. Some mild language, but no f-bombs, and not much of the words they do use. No sexual scenes or dialogue.
Will I read it again?: Maybe.Read more ›
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I had more fun reading this book than many, many others. It was an almost endless roller-coaster read, with so many twists and turns and flips that I never saw coming. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel M. Sharp
An awesome story, really inspiring and original. Makes me think about lots of things. I would SERIOUSLY appreciate it if you could write a sequel, or something, Catherine Jinks. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ChristobelJoy
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