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High School Bites: The Lucy Chronicles Paperback – January 3, 2006
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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the book, though it wasn't what I was expecting. It was a little on the short side and there wasn't enough story development and romance. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Yasaida
This book was wonderful. Its is a good book for eleven years and up. If you are a mature ten or even nine year old this book will rock.Published on March 2, 2013 by Claire Dellorto
OMG I loved this book.
The the first half or so was amazing but as it got closer to the end it got harder to read. Oh well it was still the best vampire book I have ever read. Read more
Okay, it was a while ago that I read this, but it was a good one. Definitely takes a seperate view on the vampire theme! Read morePublished on September 10, 2009 by Ducky
High School Bites is a short, easy read about Lucy Hellenberg and her destiny to eradicate Dracula. Lucy Hellenberg is a sixteen year old teenager with a hot sometime boyfriend in... Read morePublished on February 7, 2007 by Jane Litte
I know your head is going, another Clique book? Well, acutally this book is way better! Involves typical high school romance, but there's a catch....romance with a vampire! Read morePublished on April 18, 2006 by 2Young2drink
I read this book fairly quickly. I thought it was going to be a cute story about vampires in highschool and it turned out to be different. Read morePublished on January 18, 2006 by Little D