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Companions of the Night Paperback – 1 Sep 2002
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"Interview with a Vampire for the learner's permit set."--The Horn Book
"A freshly written thriller, an offbeat love story, an engaging twist on the vampire novel, and an exciting tale of moral complexity. . . . Point [this] book at the Lois Duncan fans as well as Anne Rice followers, and get out of the way."--The Bulletin
About the Author
Vivian Vande Velde has written many books for teen and middle grade readers, including Heir Apparent, User Unfriendly, All Hallow's Eve: 13 Stories, Three Good Deeds, Now You See It ..., and the Edgar Award-winning Never Trust a Dead Man. She lives in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at www.vivianvandevelde.com.
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This novel is a horror with a bit of paranormal romance. I understand that a novel can have both genres (and I like both of them) but in this particular case, I found it a bit weird, maybe because of the short length?
About the characters...I didn't like much any of them. The female character is annoying and changes her opinion and thinking all the time...I found her superficial and I couldn't connect with her. The male character is manipulative, secretive and a liar which looks good if it is a horror novel but if you want to do a bit of romance... it is confusing. Because the male character tells so many lies and they don't give many details, you don't get a clear picture of the vampire world. It can work if it is a horror novel but I really wanted to know more, so I found this part disappointing.
About the story, it started interesting but then, it got slow, boring and predictable. I was expecting for something exciting to happen but not much did and they spent a lot of time travelling around in a car, having pointless conversations.
So, being a 200-pages book I struggled to finish it because it didn't engage me. But it looks like this is an unpopular opinion, so if you get it, I hope you like it!
The characters are believable and the story involves you with them very well, taking you on an interesting journey through Vivian Vande Velde's world of modern vampires. The main characters, Ethan & Kerry end up being chased by fanatical vampire-hunters as well as the authorities - exposing not only Ethan's vampire friends to danger but also Kerry's close human family.
Overall, this dark story is engaging with the reader and makes for a good night-time read.
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.....?
PLEASE, OH PLEASE, VIVIAN! PLEASE WRITE A SEQUEL, you can't end it like this, PLEASE write another!!