The Reformed Vampire Support Group

The Reformed Vampire Support Group

Book - 2009
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Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them--until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2009
ISBN: 9780152066093
0152066098
Branch Call Number: YA JINKS
YAFICTION JINKS
Characteristics: 362 p. ; 22 cm

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BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 31, 2014

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
Read by: Anna/Boston Public Library
Originally posted to the BPL Teen Blog on 11/2/2012.

This is the story of real vampires. They don’t sparkle. They don’t run fast. They don’t have superhuman strength. They’re just not cool. Instead, they’re constantly sick. They throw up a lot. They’re weak. They must avoid sunlight and drink the blood of guinea pigs to keep themselves going.

Sounds glamorous doesn’t it? But what happens when one of their own is killed and the slaying leads to an illegal werewolf fighting ring? Wait… werewolves exist? Yep. They change shape with the full moon and don’t have any health hangups. Lucky them. So now it’s up to a bunch of weak vampires to travel a far distance, in daylight, to save the life of a werewolf and capture the humans believed to have slayed a vampire.

For those of you who might remember, I actually read the sequel to this book first several months ago, which focused on the werewolves, rather than the vampires. I have to say, I enjoyed The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group much better than this one. This was good, but it took me about ten chapters to get into it. I needed to see some action, and with sick characters who can barely do anything, it took awhile for anything to actually happen. That was my biggest problem with the book. Once the story got going and the pace picked up, it was a very enjoyable read.

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slime2000
May 20, 2014

great book.period.

ChristchurchLib May 05, 2014

"Forget the smoulderingly gorgeous vampires of Twilight; Australian author Catherine Jinks' vampires border on being pathetic -- especially permanently 15-year-old Nina Harrison. Her boring life is a far cry from the exciting escapades of vampire Zadia Bloodstone, the heroine of the novels that Nina writes under a pen name. And the whiny other members of her nonviolent vampires' support group are starting to really grate on her nerves...until one of them is staked, and Nina must pull the group together to find and fight the slayer who threatens them all. Action-packed, hilarious, and decidedly offbeat, this fang-in-cheek adventure is a must-read for paranormal fiction fans." Teen Scene May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/515e7532-4038-4168-8725-1036f63eb05a?postId=06aaa369-dd80-4052-98aa-98302d9e4c06

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s_kundrik
Jun 29, 2013

I found this okay, but not terribly wonderful. The premise is interesting, vampires form a support group to help each other lead as normal lives as possible and not prey upon humans. The execution, however, was a little lacking. There were too many characters introduced too quickly, so it was hard to keep everyone straight. The characters were not terribly deep. The action was more matter-of-fact instead of suspenseful, and a lot of time was taken up with the characters annoying one another. There was a little romance, but seemed thrown in at the last moment and not fully explored.

0Charlie Jan 31, 2013

I was expecting this book to be funny and lighthearted. However, the author has made a rather strange group of "reformed" vampires interesting - sad and kinda pathetic. It also becomes more than a set piece for vampire angst - they are forced to join forces when a vampire killer enters their world. I could not predict what would come next. Recommended as something different.

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PSMP0005997157
Aug 17, 2012

this book is sooo romantic! i cant get enough of it! if ur a hormone crazed girl with the need for romance then read this and the hush hush saga! great read!

harleyboo Aug 03, 2012

This book did Nothing for me. Blah characters that did nothing but whine. Terrible main character that was just soo boring to listen to( as if she had anything really to say). The plot and settings would have been good if they told you more about where they actually were(Australia) and not "I'm in a car , in a house, in the backyard" ect....... on the whole this book might have been good if it was written by someone else. It was really boring, no memorable characters and nothing really exciting happened. I think this is the worst book I have ever read. Don't waste you time! 2 BIG thumbs down. :(

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hollyheartsYA
Jul 11, 2012

I really liked that this book wasn't heavy on the romance. It was more about Nina coming to terms with being a vampire, growing up and her involvement with this group of vampires, who've determined not to spread their "infection." Bring in a mistreated werewolf and you've got an exciting adventure (and a premise for the next book). I also liked the setting of the author's home country of Australia, it was refreshing to read a story set somewhere different. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters and can't wait to read the next book!

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hardkorelish
Dec 16, 2010

What a wonderfully creative book. The take on vampires was quite unique and if I may say - incredibly well thought out. In this novel vampires are not the all powerful stalkers in the night as we have thought of them for many a year, but they are sickly, weak and completely lack in any corageousness. Story line itself was rather dull, somewhat tiresome and definitely been done before. I would still give it a read just to read the wonderfully graphic descriptions of bleeding eye sockets and vomitting black tar. Enjoy!

BiblioPhyle May 13, 2010

A great book. Months after, I find myself still thinking about some of the plot twists and characters. I listened to it on audio, the australian accent added to the telling of the story.

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Kemendraugh
Sep 16, 2010

"There's no way we could make you do anything that you don't want to do. Not us. We don't have what it takes."
For some reason, this particular argument struck a chord. Reuben's scowl yielded first to a pensive expression, then to a slow and sweet (though slightly crazed) little smile.
"I dunno about that," he said. "If you wanted me to take you dancing, I reckon I would. And I hate dancing."

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Kemendraugh
Sep 16, 2010

"The plain fact is, I can't do anything much. That's part of the problem. Vampires are meant to be so glamorous and powerful, but I'm here to inform you that being a vampire is nothing like that. Not one bit. On the contrary, it's like being stuck indoors with the flu watching daytime televistion, forever and ever."

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BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 31, 2014

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