Jinks, Catherine. The Reformed Vampire Support Group.
Harcourt Brace 2009 362 17.00 978-0-15-206609-3 ms/hs
Wry, humorous take on the vampire life. Fifteen year old (since 1973) Nina hates being a vampire, dislikes the other vampires in her support group and like other vampires is sickly, struggling financially, and dedicated to not inflicting this condition on any others.
When one of her own is killed, an adventure ensues that has her and her comrades rescuing a teen werewolf, fending off two evil mortal (and then not) men, and realizing that being a vampire can be okay. Jinks puts a wry, humorous take on the vampire life. In this book, the vampires are sickly, struggling financially, and dedicated to not inflicting this condition on any other people. The story is told from the perspective of Nina, a fifteen year old (since 1973) vampire who hates being a vampire. She is repulsed by having to feed on the blood of guinea pigs, loathes having to sleep in a dark space all day, and dislikes most of the members of her Reformed Vampire Support Group. The support group meets weekly under the leadership of Father Ramon, a Catholic priest, and they are committed to refrain from biting any humans. When one of their own is staked, they know they must find the slayer who now knows where they all live. The group holes up in Nina’s mother’s house since it is deemed safest place and with a silver bullet as their only clue, Nina and some of her group set out to track down the killer. Along the way, they free a captured teen werewolf who is forced to fight and kill other werewolves in a pit for the amusement of the audience. Many adventures ensue with the outcome that Nina falls in love with one of her fellow vampires. This title is humorous, gory, audacious, and suspenseful. It will be an excellent addition to middle and high school library collections of vampire genre fiction. Recommended for Tristate Books of Note. Tina Weinraub