Ahh, being a vampire must be exciting, right? Nah, can't do much outdoors if bright light makes your eyes bleed. How to explain to the neighbors that you're never getting any older? And if you just don't believe that it's ethically right to fang another human and turn them into a vampire without their consent?
Welcome to the small, but annoying world of the vampires in Australia, all of whom were changed by one vicious vampire. So for years, they've held regular Tuesday night support group meetings so they can stay "reformed" and keep their blood cravings under control. When one member is thoroughly and brutally snuffed out, it's up to the Reformed Vampire Support Group to find the killer, even if they go into coma-like sleep the moment that the sun peeks over the horizon...
Lock up your guinea pigs when you read this funny take on the vampire mythos.
Followed by The Abused Werewolf Rescue Society.
Book info: The Reformed Vampire Support Group / Catherine Jinks. Harcourt Children's Books, 2009 (hardcover) [author's website] [publisher site] [book trailer]
Recommendation: When a vampire is murdered, the other vampires have to find the killer, right? Especially reformed vampires who fang guinea pigs instead of humans. A stake through the heart and a silver bullet and exposing the vampire to sunlight – that’s overkill, even for the undead. A real vampire-hater has accessed doubly-dead Casimir’s online address book and is coming after the other vampires of Sydney!
After complaining for years in their weekly support group meetings that nothing happens when you’re asleep all day and lock yourself up every full moon, suddenly the group has too much to do. Relying on Father Ramon, the human priest who helps them stay reformed, forever-15 Nina (who writes vampire fiction to pay her mom’s rent) and friends travel in a dark, sealed van to the Outback, following clues from silver bullet sales records and online bulletin boards.
Trapping a vampire-killer, finding a werewolf, getting back to safety before their supply of guinea pigs runs out – who knew that being a vampire would suddenly be so complicated?
This story of the good-hearted undead battling a pack of heartless humans is a wild romp with unexpected twists. Dark glasses? Check. Guinea pig? Check. Barf bag? Ooof. Followed by The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group. (One of 5,000 books recommended on www.abookandahug.com) Review copy courtesy of the publisher.