Savage Summer: Vampire Rock and Roll Paperback – October 11, 2013
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- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1939037158
- ISBN-13 : 978-1939037152
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Product Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.46 x 7.81 inches
- Publisher : Progressive Rising Phoenix Press (October 11, 2013)
- Language: : English
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How did he do this?
By mentioning The Pixies, vampires, and the German language; three of my favorite things in the world.
Savage Summer is a coming-of-age story - downtrodden boy meets rich girl, joins the band, falls in love, and discovers his true identity. There's nothing more interesting than watching someone else leave the safety-net of the safe and secure to face the scary world of adulthood. Especially after you've already done it.
There's a lot to like about this book - it flows quickly and reads well. There's a lot of action that keeps things moving along. You get to experience the highs and lows of first love as well as navigate that undefined space between youth and adulthood along with the characters. Teen-angst, indeed.
There are a few things that kept me from giving Savage Summer a 5. There's some physical exploration between Duncan and Amber - some of which might be too racy for all but the higher end of the YA spectrum (I don't have any kids, though, so I might be off on that account). Having said that, there is nothing overtly graphic about them.
I also felt there could have been far more friction between Amber's parents and Duncan as well as between Duncan and his foster parents. No matter what Duncan gets into, there are no real consequences.
But the characters are, overall, likeable, and if not likeable then relatable (there always has to be bad guys!) I also loved the story concept and the fact that he left it wide open for sequels. I *love* sequels. This is definitely one of the better YA Paranormal novels I've read.