Vampire High: Sophomore Year by Douglas Rees

Tuesday August 10, 2010

Vampire High: Sophomore Year 
by Douglas Rees
Delacorte Press
July 13, 2010
Goodreads Summary: 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.

Review: As a middle school librarian if I've noticed anything in the last year or two it is that if I purchase a book about vampires or werewolves or any other paranormal  topic, the book is sure to have a loyal fan-base that will more than likely pick it up and try it out. The clincher? Well if the book isn't that great....word spreads fast! Soooooo, when I find books on these topics and they are GREAT books I get very excited! Vampire High: Sophomore Year will be a sure hit among paranormal lovers!

In the first book (which I didn't read but will definitely buy for the library) we find out that Cody is a human (also called Gadje) going to a school for vampires (also called Jenti). He is popular and is even dating Ileana, a vampire princess. Everything changes when Turk, Cody's goth, artsy and outspoken cousin, shows up and causes quite the stir.

When Turk decides to open her very own art studio, they find out the spot she has chosen, an abandoned building, has a menacing past and holds secrets that some will risk anything to keep hidden. In addition to dealing with all the drama Turk is creating in his life Cody must also contend with the ever-present, Gregor Dimitru a vampire classmate whose arrogance knows no bounds and who is a constant thorn in Cody's side.

What makes this book enjoyable is good solid characters, tons of humor and sarcasm and a non-stop, exciting story-line that will keep even reluctant readers turning the pages! Appropriate for 7th grade and up.


Robbie (BoywithBooks) said...

I thought this one was so-so, but the original was amazing, can't wait to see what you think of it!