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High School Bites: The Lucy Chronicles Paperback – January 3, 2006

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Liza Conrad is the pseudonym for a successful author who lives in South Florida with an extremely noisy cockatoo, a corgi, and other unruly pets.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (January 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451217527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451217523
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,240,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kimberly Pauley on February 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
Lucy Hellenberg soon realizes there really is no such thing as coincidence. There's a good reason she's named Lucy (as was her mother, her grandmother, her great-grandmother and so on), and that her best friend's name is Mina, and that her father is practically a hermit. Not to mention, her sometime boyfriend Vic's last name being Irving...

On her sixteenth birthday, Lucy finds out that she comes from a long line of strong women named Lucy - starting with the one that inspired the character of Lucy in Bram Stoker's Dracula. But the real Lucy Barrows didn't succumb to Dracula's (Henry Irving's his real name and he was an actor) spell like the one in the book. She ran away and the famed vampire has been chasing her and her descendants ever after.

Armed with her new knowledge, a diary left behind by her ancestors, and some garlic-enhanced perfume, Lucy sets out to do battle with the vampires that want to mess up her life. She'd like to get rid of them once and for all. I mean, for heaven's sake, isn't high school bad enough as it is? Now she's got to worry about carrying holy water around and she's already prone to forgetting her Algebra book.

Liza Conrad's story is a fast read with lots of action and historical tidbits thrown in for good measure. Some things don't make a lot of sense - like Lucy's sudden super powers (where'd she get those?) and Mr. Dobbs (their English teacher and a descendant of Bram Stoker - another coincidence) being able to find them easily whenever trouble breaks out, no matter where they are. But readers will easily overlook those kinds of details in favor of the fun and thrills contained within. Hey, we've even got a Professor Van Helsing appearing - as a cat!
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Lucy Hellenberg lives a somewhat a-typical high school life. Her sixteenth birthday is approaching, but she's not too concerned with it. What bothers her is her father's inability to leave their house, a place that bears a strong resemblance to the one the Munsters of television fame lived in. She worries about whether or not Vic, her sometime-boyfriend, will ask her to the Homecoming Dance. She wonders if she'll ever survive algebra with a teacher like Mrs. Ruthen, otherwise known around Pacific Cedar High as Mrs. Ruthless.

To top it all off, her English teacher, Mr. Dobbs, has stared a unit on Bram Stoker's Dracula. Which might have been only mildly interesting (hey, it sure beat Beowulf or Shakespeare!) except for the very, very, very weird coincidences between Dracula and Lucy's own life. Like the fact that two of the main characters of the book are Lucy and Mina, and that Lucy's best friend just so happens to be named Mina. Like the fact that Henry Irving, an actor managed my Stoker back in the late 1800's, shares the same last name as Lucy's on-again, off-again boyfriend, Vic. Like that fact that, on her sixteenth birthday, Lucy's father presents her a journal passed down through her mother's family that lets her in on the little secret that Lucy is now destined to fight Dracula, the most powerful vampire of all.

Of course Lucy assumes her dad has went off the deep end, until she starts reading the journal and reads about her lineage. Suddenly, she can see vampires--real, live, blood-sucking vampires--everywhere she goes. And she knows it's up to her--along with the help of Mina, Mr. Dobbs, her father, her other best friend Mark, a cat named Professor V.
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It started in high school student in English class when the teacher discussed Transylvania, Drac, etc. and now not long afterward Pacific Heights High School sophomore Lucy Hallenberg wears a cross, uses garlic perfume and avoids Seattle malls. On her sixteenth birthday, Lucy learns that all her female ancestors dating back to Bram Stoker are named after Lucy Barrows who rejected Dracula's spell; that is actor Henry Irving allegedly playing the role. Now real vamps want to destroy the "Lucys" by wrecking the life of the current one though she needs little help having devastated the dance.

Lucy must deal with the local vampire population like her mom, grandmom, great-grandma and all the other Lucys before her, but first she needs to pass the Ruthless math class and learn to drive in case she needs a fast getaway. Her dad is no help as he is a hermit (just ask the principal) while her two best friends Mark and Mina agree she is Marilyn living with the Munsters so why worry about vampires. Still she knows what she must do, but it is difficult to remember to pack holy water and an algebra book when your boyfriend's surname is Irving.

This is a charming paranormal chick lit satire of Buffy starring a wonderful protagonist struggling to be sixteen, make it through high school, and save the local world at the same time. Lucy is delightful as the latest superheroine in her line while the support cast also descendents from the Stoker age augment the fun. Though some escapades occur from seemingly out of nowhere causing disruption, younger teens will appreciate the amusing action-packed THE LUCY CHRONICLES: HIGH SCHOOL BITES.

Harriet Klausner
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