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Summer Break Blues (The Clanless) (Volume 2) Paperback – November 25, 2015
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About the Author
Julie has been many things over the last few years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker. She’s worked as a 911 dispatcher and in computer tech support, but through it all she’s been a writer and when she’s not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog Kira, her new horse and Traveler-in training, Triska, and her Irish Sailor.She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories and the young adult fantasy series Tales of the Travelers. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog Writers of America Association and the editor for Steampunk Trails fiction magazine.
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This is a three book series: 1. Senior Year Bites 2.Summer Break Blues 3. Freshman Year Freaks
If you haven't read the first book, "Senior Year Bites", do that before reading this one, as this can work as a stand alone but works better read in order. "Summer Break Blues" picks up a few months afterward. Meg and her Scooby gang head to Maine during the summer break to help a friend and escape some troubles of their own; well, Meg and Alex's troubles really. Of course, things don't go smoothly. Meg is still adjusting to being a vampire as well as the knowledge that there are other supernatural beings; we get to meet another one in this story. Her best friends have romances but Meg doesn't and she has to deal with that and with jealousy, both her own and others. There's politics of the supernatural kind, evolving friendships and family relationships, and lots of action.
I enjoy Campbell's humor, her take on supernaturals, and the way she makes the extraordinary seem ordinary. Meg is relatable, the girl next door if she weren't a vampire. Her struggles and problems are a mix of your average middle class American teenager and that of a vampire. Campbell gives us some twists, several intriguing new characters, and a story that occasionally is slow but that kept me reading nonetheless. I didn't anticipate the ending and now I'm impatiently waiting for book three so I can find out what happens.
Ann's parents have disappeared, so the friends plan a road trip to help find the parents. Only Ann is behaving rather strangely. And Meg keeps having to deal with this crazy fae - they're not happy with her since the events of her senior year (spoilers for first book, so no details). With Summer Break Blues - great title for a brilliant sequel, by the way - J.A. Campbell has done it again. Taken a group of friends and not only put them in danger, with a mystery to solve, as well as parents to hopefully save from danger, but now relationships are shifting, and Meg is feeling strange about a certain someone who is supposed to be in love with a certain friend, and oh boy, things are becoming awkward and might become even more so, but Meg is trying to be good, trying not feed on her friends, or attack them physically OR verbally while she fights off attacks and still tries to help her friend find her parents - even though her friend is acting more odd than normal. Talk about peer pressure. A few of her friends expect superhero behaviour out of her, while Ann seems to expect something else.
J.A.Campbell knows how to make her teen characters sound like teens. She can write moments that are awkward and romancey at the same time - just like when you first realized as a teen that you're attracted to someone and they just might be attracted to you, and yet....you shouldn't act on it for one reason or another....yet the romance in no way overshadows the action or fantasy elements of the book. The book is all about the mission - find Ann's parents; and the aftermath of the mission. The changes in the friends' relationships, the new friends (from Senior Year Bites) and even newer friends - as well as Meg's discoveries about herself, her powers and her dangers.
Because while the friends and crew are on their mission, Meg is still learning about herself and her powers - and has questions...like why hasn't she ever come across her 'maker'? Things would be nice if there was a guide of some sort, so she didn't have to fumble along with her friends (well meaning as they are) possibly putting them in danger from herself and yet needing them.
There's a lot packed into this book - relationships, danger, knowledge, changes, sadness and happiness and everything in between.
Good read, I encourage reading this - especially if you want something fresh - a bit different than the average urban fantasy where the main character doesn't seem to have any female friends and yet has all these guys after her. Refreshing with good action scenes, suspense, twists and some great plotting. You'll like it whether you're a teen or a twenty-something, thirty-something - even past 50, because there are some sweet moments that are nostalgic of teen years threaded throughout the tale. Not the vampire stuff (not for me anyway, never had to deal with that, *wink*) but those moments of young crushes or love just starting out. :) Can't wait to read the third novel. It's going to be good.
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