The Vampire Book of the Month Club by Rusty Fischer
Publisher: Medallion Press
Genre: Middle Grade, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (238 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
At the age of seventeen, Nora Falcon is already a best-selling author of vampire lit, with fans lining up around the block to read the next installment of her Better off Bled series. So it might seem like she’s something special. But at the Nightshade Preparatory Academy for Exemplary Boys and Girls in Beverly Hills, Nora is just another student.
One day a handsome stranger shows up at one of Nora’s book signings. Reece Rothchild is not only tall, dark, and handsome—he’s downright irresistible, and he has recently transferred to Nightshade Academy.
But Reece is not just eye candy: he’s an actual vampire who wants Nora to write a book specifically for vampires—and he’s very persistent. So persistent he kidnaps Nora’s friends to get her to comply.
Nora is torn. If she does what Reece wants, thousands of vampires will converge on an unsuspecting town and use its inhabitants as a human snack bar. If she doesn’t, her friends will die. Now Nora must find a way to defeat Reece and save her friends—all while juggling a full course load!
Many writers have devoted fans, but not many of them have fans that are quite as persistent as the one Nora is dealing with.
The Nightshade Preparatory Academy for Exemplary Boys and Girls sounded amazing. I enjoyed the scenes that explored the culture of this institution, especially when it came to showing the audience how the dorm suites were laid out and what kinds of things the students did there. They sounded like such a luxurious, fun place to hang out in the evening after classes were finished.
I would have liked to see much more attention paid to the character development in this book. Sometimes the main characters, especially Nora, behaved in ways that really seemed to contradict how they had acted earlier on. It was never clear to me if this was done on purpose for reasons I wasn’t able to figure out or if I hadn’t picked up enough clues about their personalities to predict ahead of time how they’d probably react to a new situation.
The pacing was even and strong, especially as the storyline grew closer to the end. All of the plot twists were spread out so evenly that I was always curious to see what might happen next. It wasn’t easy to find a good place to take a short break from this tale because there was always something interesting going on with at least one of the characters in it!
The Vampire Book of the Month Club is a good choice for anyone who likes their vampires a little campy.