The writer for a soap opera is told that they’re going vampire in order to compete against other shows using the same concept. She hates vampire-mania, and doesn’t believe in vampires, but before long she finds herself introduced to the Prince of Darkness himself — the son of Dracula.
I enjoyed this book and found it to be a surprisingly quick read. Meena, the heroine, also has the ability to know when/how people are going to die, which adds another interesting psychic aspect to things. I thought she was an interesting character, and I liked watching her struggle with her predictive gift even before the vampires came into the story.
I also appreciated the nod to Bram Stoker’s version of Dracula, even roughly naming the main character after the woman from the book. (Different spelling.) Most of the vampires in this book weren’t simply misunderstood figures of mystery and romance — they needed to be put down.
The one thing that bothered me about the book, and it’s sort of an odd feeling that I’m going to have trouble putting into words, is that I had trouble figuring out the tone. It seemed lighthearted for the most part, but especially at the end, we are left with elements of horror, and a definite uncertainty about the state of things. Granted, there are sequels, so the uncertainty itself isn’t a problem, it’s more that I’m not sure if what I just read was supposed to be dark or not. I think it was, but if so, I felt the tone was off.
I recommend this book to paranormal fans and I will be looking out for the sequel!
Author: Meg Cabot
Publications Date: June 8th 2010