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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Slayed by Amanda Marrone

Released: October 5, 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rated: YA

The Van Helsing family has been hunting vampires for over one hundred years, but sixteen-year-old Daphne wishes her parents would take up an occupation that doesn’t involve decapitating vamps for cash. All Daphne wants is to settle down in one place, attend an actual school, and finally find a BFF to go to the mall with. Instead, Daphne has resigned herself to a life of fast food, cheap motels and buying garlic in bulk.

But when the Van Helsings are called to a coastal town in Maine, Daphne’s world is turned upside down. Not only do the Van Helsings find themselves hunting a terrifying new kind of vampire (one without fangs but with a taste for kindergarten cuisine), Daphne meets her first potential BF! The hitch? Her new crush is none other than Tyler Harker, AKA, the son of the rival slayer family.

What's a teen vampire slayer to do?

What I thought:

I'm a bit on the fence on this one. I haven't quite decided if I really liked it or not. While the story was interesting, I tend to like my vampires (if they have to be bad guys) to be aware and just evil instead of just newbie blood thirsty vampires who can't control their feeding habits. Although we get a different variation of vampires on this one, vampires who can stand the sun but are weakened in daylight. It was different.

I found myself more pulled in by the characters instead of the plot. I liked Daphne and Kiki. I even liked Tyler a bit, once we got to see him a bit more. The ending had me a bit more intrigued so I might be checking out the next one.

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