The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

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Think vampires are romantic, sexy, and powerful? Think again. Vampires are dead. And unless they want to end up staked, they have to give up fanging people, admit their addiction, join a support group, and reform themselves.
Nina Harrison, fanged at fifteen and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. Even if she does appreciate Dave, who was in a punk band when he was alive, nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until one of group members is mysteriously destroyed by a silver bullet. With Nina (determined to prove that vamps aren’t useless or weak) and Dave (secretly in love with Nina) at the helm, the misfit vampires soon band together to track down the hunter, save a werewolf, and keep the world safe from the likes of themselves.
(from Goodreads)

Okay, this is definitely a different interpretation of the vampire legend.  They have absolutely no romantic appeal at all.  I have no idea who to recommend this book to because the vampire lovers won’t like it and who else would be vaguely interested.

It’s not a badly written story.  It’s just very strange.  I did have a difficult time with the beginning because so many characters were introduced all at once.  I actually ended up making up a character description list to refer to for the first several chapters.

This book is one of this year’s YALSA’s Teens Top Ten nominees.  These books are selected by teenagers around the country, so this one obviously has an appeal to someone.  Maybe it’s just me that is having a difficult time with it.  Give it a try if you want an interesting and different read.

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