Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

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Oh, You Poor Pathetic Vampires November 30, 2012

Filed under: Fantasy Books — ghahn2012 @ 1:36 pm
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Honestly, I’ve been pretty sick of the vampire/werewolf genre for the last few years.  There was a ridiculous output of these books after Twilight made it big, and in my opinion, it was big time overkill! My YA book group recommended the title The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks as a monthly read.  It just happened to be in the school library, so I gave it a try.  Now although I’ve already told you that I’m sick of vampires, I love when when an author can take something that everyone is familiar with and give it their own spin.  Catherine Jinks earned major creativity points in my book when instead of making her vampires strong and good looking she made them weak and pathetic.  What a twist, right?

The main character is, of course, a teenage vampire named Nina who is actually in her fifties and living with her senior citizen mother.  The only time she really gets out of the house is to go to her Tuesday night vampire support meetings at the local church.  She is able to survive by writing vampire novels- about a stylized, strong, good looking vampire who saves people.  Nina herself is weak and barely surviving on guinea pigs and supplements.  Everything that this group of vampires does is to help them survive.  Nina has never even tasted human blood!  Nina makes an interesting hero as she and some of her friends try to find a vampire hunter who staked one of the members of reformed vampire support group.

I absolutely recommend this book as great change of pace from the classic vampire story.  There is even a werewolf thrown in for good measure.