Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Still Sucks to be Me: More All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton Smith, Teen Vampire by Kimberly Pauley

Characters: 17/20
Plot: 16/20
Originality: 16/20
Writing: 17/20
Recommendation: 16/20
Overall: 82/100 or B
Source: ARC tour
With vampire boyfriend George and best friend Serena by her side, Mina thought she had her whole life—or rather afterlife—ahead of her. But then Mina’s parents drop a bomb. They’re moving. To Louisiana. And not somewhere cool like New Orleans, but some teeny, tiny town where cheerleaders and jocks rule the school. Mina has to fake her death, change her name, and leave everything behind, including George and Serena. Not even the Vampire Council’s shape-shifting classes can cheer her up. Then Serena shows up on Mina’s doorstep with some news that sends Mina reeling. Mina may look a lot better with fangs, but her afterlife isn’t any less complicated!
In this eagerly awaited sequel to the popular Sucks to Be Me, Kimberly Pauley addresses many of her fans’ most pressing questions (Will Serena become a vampire? What happened to Raven? What’s next for Mina and George?) with signature humor and breezy bloodsucking style.
Mina is an interesting character, because she doesn't want to be a vampire. In her new town, she doesn't struggle with the clique like in the first book, which was one of the most relatable qualities. I find her best friend Serena to be a bit too dependent on Mina and also annoying at times. The new character Cameron was probably my favorite part of the book. He was very mysterous and also rather awesome. I loved all of the chemistry between Mina and Cameron. I really wished that something happened between them. I felt that the plot was rather slow for about 200 pages, but it quickly gained momentum. It is a rather cute story and fun to read. The story was repeative at times. I do like the vampire facts and drawings at the beginning of each chapters. It was a nice touch to the story and made me giggle a few times. Pauley is a great writer with an original take on vampires. I would recommend this book to those that enjoy vampire books, but I would suggest reading Sucks To Be Me first.


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  2. Loved your take - I really enjoyed this one, such a cute fun story! :)

  3. If I get to do the third book, there will be more Cameron :-)


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