this review is for Vampire High Sophomore year (the two first covers.) I wanted to show book 1’s covers as well (the last three) so you guys can see how unfortunate American Cover Art. I mean I loved these books but wow look at how much better the non-American cover art is. When I read Vampire High I got the cartoonish cover which is…………………………………
The newer cover art is not much of an improvement. I know it’s hard because we all like nice editions of our books but please try and look past the cover art, I know it’s not the best but it’s a pretty entertaining story.
Title: Vampire High
Author: Douglas Rees
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Status: Available now
*full disclosure: Bought
Description: (by goodreads.com) In the satiric and funny sequel to the witty Vampire High, Cody’s hopes for a great sophomore year at Vlad Dracul are dashed when his train wreck of a cousin, Turk Stone, moves in and messes with his life.
Turk’s a brilliant teen artist and goth with a sky-high ego . Her attitude infuriates the vampire (jenti) students, especially the dark, brooding Gregor. But something changes in Turk when she stumbles on the abandoned nineteenth-century mill in the forgotten district of Crossfield and immediately claims it as her new arts center project.
Though Cody resents his cousin at first, he has his own reasons for helping make Turk’s dream come true. But Crossfield has many secrets, and a mysterious vampire army called the Mercians will do anything to make sure they stay hidden. And when he takes on the Mercians, everything Cody has learned about courage and determination his freshman year at Vampire High will be tested.
So because I wrote so much before my usual review format I’ll try and keep this brief. This poor book, I had no idea they published a second one, none, I was fixing the Children’s Face out display where I work and that’s when I saw it. I completely fangirled out and bought it (after my shift of course.) I think I tore through it in two days. While, it didn’t have as much mythology as the first one did I still really liked it. As with the first in the series, it was funny but also serious when issues came up for the characters. I really love that about Douglas Rees, when he’s funny it can be almost cheesy (in a good way,) but when he goes into darker elements and believe me it does get dark, it’s believable and compelling.
Only complaint the sometimes out dated dialogue, certain phrases seem like they were said in the 50s rather than in 2000s on up, and that cover art. Douglas man, you’re amazing get someone off Deviantart or another artist community to design you cool editions because these don’t do your work justice.
Overall Rating: 6/7