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Companions of the Night [Paperback]

Vivian Vande Velde
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1 Sep 2002
A terrifying journey through the night draws Kerry to the stranger, Ethan, as they flee his vicious hunters. But then the pursuers turn pursued and Kerry must choose where true danger lies - with her companion of the night - or his attackers?
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company; Reprint edition (1 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152166696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152166694
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Comment: How I Came to Write COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT
I started COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT because of a talk I was giving where--in giving illustrations--I used several examples from vampire stories. Someone commented that I had obviously given vampires a lot of thought and that I should write my own vampire story. I had thought about vampire legends, the conflicting "rules" or myths about them, and how in recent books and movies writers had stressed the horror and the gore. So I decided to go ahead and write that story, using the rules I thought made the most sense, writing for the kind of reader I am. I am very pleased to find that others enjoy the story, too. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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WHEN IAN CAME into Kerry's room to ask for favor, it never occurred to her that her four-year-old brother could ask her to do something that might get her killed. Read the first page
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Vampire Story and More! 19 Mar 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I LOVED THIS BOOK! When I first read the summary, I thought, okay vampires - the usual story line....NOT SO! The story started out with a 16-year-old girl named Kerry. After a late-night trip to the laundrymat to retrieve a lost teddy bear for her brother, Kerry becomes involved in helping Ethan, the handsome stranger caught in a kidnapping and as an accused vampire. I immediately take a liking to Kerry and I can see how she became attracted to Ethan so quickly. The story was great with the "vampire rules" thrown in, twists between truth and lies, love and hate, trust and betrayal. Wonderful story, one of the best I've ever read! A must read! Kudos to the author!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ! 31 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
as i said, this is one of the better books that i have read. i think it is exciting, thrilling, suspense, and half of a love story mixed in with vampires. the plot was thorough and complete, and the characters were well formed. i intend to read more of vivan vande velde's books in the future since this one was so good! please, if you haven't read this one, YOU'RE MISSING A LOT OF GOOD STUFF!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Moving. I dare you to put this down. 23 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have loved vampire stories since I was a kid watching Dark Shadows. This however, has got to be the best (short story or novel) that I have ever read on the subject. It is fast-moving, and never lags. The sexual tension between the 16-year old girl and the hunky vampire, Ethan, is not overplayed, and is just right. Further, the vampire is neither all good (much too mushy) nor all bad (in other words, quite human). I had a hard time putting this one down and could have read it in a few hours had I the time. My hat's off to Vande Velde. She wrote a true page turner chock full of teen angst, vampires, mystery, love (and sure, lust is there too), and the human belief that nothing and nobody is all bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars *Breathless* 14 Jun 1999
By A Customer
This book left me brethless (literally) for almost a week.All I could think about. I've never been so emotional about a book before!!!!I say we drag Vivian Vande Velde down here to this site and demand a sequal, whattda ya say? :) I can definately see it on the big screen, can't you? I NEVER read books more than once in a period of less than a year, but this is one of those you flip right back to the beginning again, like you want it to never end. But really guys, somebody find her address and ask about a sequal. Maybe if she came back and saw all of the 5-star ratings she'd think it over...think about it...people who love the book sooo much enough to write a follow up of it??
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an ordinary night in the extraordinary 5 April 2006
Two complete strangers, one long night and a hint of something not quite natural and you get this fantastic book. All the action takes place in one night, the authors pace is relentless just like her characters your exhausted by the end of the book. But when it finally gets there you want to rewind the whole book, like a good film, and rewatch it. Immersing yourself in the smells and the sights. Terrific.
Kerry didn't expect a simple trip to the launderettte's to retrieve her brothers teddy to be quite so eventful. She didn't expect to get cuaght up in a kidnap scenario and have to rescue some random guy called Ethan and so begins her extremely long night. Kerry finds herself caught up in a night of bizarreness that she just cant seem to shake off. And what is it with Ethan? What's so strange about him.....?
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4.0 out of 5 stars a quick read that will please readers easily 22 Feb 2011
By Rebecca
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COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT is no mind-blowing thriller, but it is a quick read that will please readers easily. I would've liked more back story, but it's still a pretty decent paranormal world that we are invited into.
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3.0 out of 5 stars fairly good read 30 Mar 2010
this is the story about a 16 year old girl who gets mixed up in a gang of vampire hunters and vampires in order to save her family. i was looking forward to a good love story but was dissappointed there. however the story was good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars slightly disjointed 24 Jan 2010
After reading the reviews for this book i ordered it as quickly as i could and although it was not what i expected and a little younger than my normal reading choices im not sorry i read it. The character's of Kerry and Ethan are well written and i was pleasantly suprised that Ethan was written much darker than other vampire leads, however i found it hard to believe the relationship between Kerry and Ethan.For alot of the book Kerry seems sure that Ethan is the enemy and questions everything almost to the point of being very annoying and Ethan is misleading to the point where you begin not to care........ but besides all of this and a rather anticlimactic ending i still found myself thinking about it for days after i finished reading it. I would class this book as unnerving but compulsive, a good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars trust gone wrong
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!!!
I read this book when I was in High School, I just found it lying around in the liberary and thought that I would give it a go. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READ!!!
The minute I opened the book I couldn't put it down. I've read it about three times and each time it seems even better and more exciting. I have only one demand: Ms. Read more
Published on 29 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST I have ever read.
The setting of this book and the way that it fit into a real life situation really helped this book along. I loved that the story stayed down to earth. It's a classic. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truely wonderful book
I never thought a book could be so good!! I loved this book more than any other book I've ever read!! BUt! She should write a sequel!! Read more
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