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Karen Ullo has crafted an unexpected, suspenseful, and thematically-thoughtful story that I'd highly recommend to almost everyone. I loved the characters, Jennifer's voice, the setup, the reversals, Ullo's narrative prose and her ironic touches, the moral challenges the characters face, the religious and self-identity struggles—everything. I even appreciated the gore. The novel is well-crafted, well-paced, energetic, thoughtful, and action-packed. This is not your typical marshmallow fluff vampire read! Five stars, enthusiastically given.
Sixteen year old Jennifer Carshaw, isn't living in a world where vampires are taken as a matter of fact. The nuns had no idea why their adopted charge would only eat raw meat.
With her unusual background, Jennifer's got full knowledge of good and evil. She also, which is more important, longs for the capacity to experience true love and closeness to God. All of which are impossible for someone without a soul. This provides a rich background for a fast-paced horror novel which is also funny, intelligent, and spiritually deep.
It is a YA novel so when we meet Jennifer she's worrying about the usual high school problems. This is no sparkly vampire tale. When Jennifer matures into a full-fledged vampire the true horror unfolds as she spirals out of control, pinging between good and evil desires.
This is also when the true horror unfolds for the reader. We've learned to like Jennifer by this point and watching her become evil is hard to take. The lack of a soul has real consequences and we see the devastating trail of destruction.
In fact, there was one point where I put the book down, distressed by my inability to reconcile Jennifer's decisions with the character I loved. It took me months to pick it up again. However, I am very glad that I finally did. The author opens the door for the reader to really grapple with evil, deliberate sin, the consequences of lost hope, and redemption. This is all done with full belief in Catholic dogma but without ever hitting the reader over the head with religion, believe it or not.
I didn't love some of the book's more obvious YA elements such as all the romances and some of the high school bits at the beginning. However, I'm not the book's prime audience and I've ignored much worse in pursuit of a good story. Since this is an excellent story, they are indeed minor quibbles.
It is rare to find a book of this calibre. Having just finished rereading Dracula for the umpteenth time before I finished this book, I've had "the blood is the life" resonating in my head for days. It applies to this book in more ways than one. Don't miss it.
Forget what you know about old-school Dracula and those sparkly, sex-crazed teenage vampires of late. First-time author Karen Ullo is about to set the vampire world on it’s head. Jennifer Carshaw is a sixteen-year-old who has gone to Catholic school all her life. In fact, for the last five years, she’s been raised by nuns in a convent. She’s also been hiding a secret.
She’s a vampire. And when she feels the urge to make her first kill (during math class no less) her world spins out of control.
Caught between the nuns who have raised her and loved her like her vampire mother never could, and her thirst for life-giving blood, Jennifer is thrust into a world of her mother’s choosing. But don’t be fooled. This is no Young Adult read. This, my friends, is literature, rich with vampire lore and intertwined with Catholic doctrine.
Jennifer battles her own demons as she struggles with her need to kill and her yearning for a soul.
Ullo is at her best in Jen’s kill scenes. Dark, horrifying, and at the same time beautiful. She give us reason to be repulsed, while reflecting on our own morality and the savagery that can be part of our world. She walks a fine line without ever becoming preachy.
Jennifer the Damned is a rich story with a lesson about love and forgiveness that even the most blood-thirsty can learn from. If I could give it six stars, I would.
Maybe it is Jennifer's youth, maybe it is because she is raised by nuns (yes, nuns), maybe it is her humanity, her need to love and be loved, maybe it is because despite how many times I might despise Jennifer, I find equal opportunities to sympathize and even identify with her (aside from the vampire aspect, of course!).
The author has a beautiful writing style that is so refreshing particularly in comparison to the pop-culture juvenile dross that has become so popular. It is this writing style that draws the reader into the book and I found myself losing hours at a time in pure reading pleasure. While some of Jennifer's choices and actions truly disturbed me (there is one scene I don't think I'll ever be able to get over), I enjoyed reading this book and I hope to see more from this author.