Name of the Book: Night School (A Blood Coven Vampire Novel)
By: Mari Mancusi
Published by: Berkley
Number of Pages: 244
Source: Half-Price Books
Reason for Reading: I won lunch in a silent auction with Mari at a recent writer’s conference. She was so fun and delightful and gave me some great advice for my own YA novel that I wanted to check her books out.
So typical me, I happened to grab a book that is right in the middle of the series. It was on the discount rack okay! Fortunately it is written in a way that everything made sense without having any previous knowledge of what’s been going on.
I came into knowing it is about vampires (Says so on the cover) and the cover is dark, most of it black even, so I expected the writing to be dark and teenaged vampire antsy. Far from it. It is hilarious and witty.
The books follow twin sisters Rayne and Sunny. Rayne has already been turned into a vampire at this point, while Sunny is destined to become the next Queen of the Fairies against her will, because, yeah, their parents just announced to them that they are also fairies on top of everything else.
Sunny is the sweet cautious sister, who yearns to be normal, even though she has a vampire boyfriend, while Rayne embraces everything supernatural. Throughout the book, she jumps headlong into situations—most of them she causes—but it’s her love and devotion to her sister that eventually sees her way through it with laugh out loud humor such as:
Mom stands her ground, shoulders back, a fierce mama-bear expression taking hold of her usually serene, hippie-chick face. A trill of pride spins down my spine as I watch her stare the big, bad invaders down, ready to protect her cubs at all costs.
Yeah, take that, fairy man. My mom’s no shrinking violet.
“Princess Shrinking Violet?” the fairy addresses her.
Uh… Well, you know what I mean.
I thoroughly enjoyed Night School. It was a fast light and fun read, poking fun at other vampire novels, admiring Buffy, and even taking on the sacredness that is Disney.