The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

The Reformed Vampire Support Group

The Reformed Vampire Support Group

Nina did not want to be a vampire. There is nothing romantic or glamorous about being a vampire. Nina spends every day being dead, locked int he basement of her mother’s Sydney house.Most of the other vampires in her support group (lead and counselled by Father Ramon – one of the few humans to know of the reality of vampire existence) had been vampires for much longer and had still not adjusted to feeding on guinea pigs, vomiting and nausea most days and splitting headaches and dizzy spells. None of them were normal or adjusted.

When the oldest of their group is killed, the group goes into panic and after many miss steps and many heated debates, Nina, Dave and Father Ramon travel into the remote outback of New South Wales in search of silver bullets and find an underground werewolf fighting ring instead.

I loved this book! The detail of the lives and the emotions being dealt with by the diverse characters in the book are fascinating! Highly recommended!

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

The Dust of 100 Dogs

The Dust of 100 Dogs

I have very mixed feelings about this book. I love the idea behind the book. Pirates, voodoo, ancient curses, unrequited love, yet the characters tended to be so self centered that they were difficult to like. Yes, I know, in order to survive the experiences of war, slavery, rape and murder, the characters needed to be hardened and self centered, however I had hoped that after coming back for the 101st time,and the 1st time not as a dog, Emer/Saffron  would have learnt something! The side stories discussing the habits of dogs were interesting, but I can’t say I would rush out to read this again!

The Wereling: Wounded by Stephen Cole

The Wereling: Wounded

The Wereling: Wounded

Tom does not want to be camping in the middle of nowhere with his family. Especially his younger brother. With typical teenage angst, he argues every point, resists every activity and is generally a royal pain!!!

Then he gets attacked and bitten by some animal in the woods after storming off in a huff and his life changes drastically.

Kate is the youngest daughter in a family of werewolves. She has not yet changed and will not change until she mates. Something she is determined will never happen. Her parents want her to mate with another werewolf – preferably one of their choosing and one who has been recently changed, not an inherited werewolf. They need ‘new blood’ to help with the inbreeding problem facing werewolves as a race.

Since Tom was bitten and is newly changed, Kate wants nothing to do with him, but things get out of hand, her brother is killed and Tom and kate find themselves on the run with only each other to rely on against the whole werewolf race!

I normally love werewolves (even more than vampires and angels) however I found this book to be simplistic given the premise behind the story. I did not empathise overly with the characters and found their banter more annoying than entertaining.

I’m sure there must be someone who thinks differently…

Nearly Departed by Rook Hastings

Nearly Departed

Nearly Departed

Woodsville is a scary spooky place to live. Violence, gangs, death, curfews, strange things happen. An oddly mixed group of students is set a homework task as a punishment. The disparate students give each other attitude and grief, none of them want to be there, until Emily totally freaks out and brings the group face to face with the supernatural. Ghosts.

This book really had me going. The group slowly band together to help Emily, each taking her under their wing in their own way, confronting their own demons along the way. I did not pick the twist in the book until right at the end! I was so drawn into the characters and story, that I overlooked what should have been obvious, but was not!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book… and I’m not usually a huge spooky ghost story fan!

Has anyone else read this? What did you think?