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Can you ever trust a Vampire?
on 24 August 2003
This book is written for the teen market so I was a bit skeptical about how well it would be written, as there is a tendency for the mass market to produce some really awful books that are just climbing on the bandwagon of the time. The subject of Vampires is one such bandwagon but Marjorie Blackman has managed to avoid these pitfalls and produce a great book that both teen and young adult will enjoy. Also as an added bonus, the heroine Heather is a young Black girl, which as an ethnic minority myself I felt I could relate to, especially when dealing with the issues of racism which Blackman bought in and dealt with considerable ease.
The storyline follows Heather and her (white) boyfriend Andrew backpacking across Europe and how Andrew is turned into a Vampire by a seductive young man with a deadly secret. For the moment Heather is spared from this ordeal but Andrew persuades her that the only way they can be together is if she lets him turn her into a Vampire. Being a Vampire turns out not to be all that Andrew promises, especially when she has to kill her neighbour's son pet rabbit to quench her thirst for blood. Also Andrew has changed, he is no longer the boy that Heather loved and would have died for. Being a Vampire has corrupted him, not only that but his racist family are accusing Heather of causing all Andrew's problems and its not long before everything gets out of hand and Heather has to stand up to Andrew in a battle in which only one of them will survive.
This is a surprisingly good read and is well written with convincing dialogue and believable characters. Andrew's mother is a grotesque parody of a parent, and his brother Morgan is a vicious spoilt young man who both hates and fears Heather. The book starts off slowly and then gathers momentum until you are practically eating every page. If you are looking for a happy ending then this book is not for you, however there is the consolation that Blackman might write a sequal which would I wish she had already done, because I think Heather has great potential as a serial character, even more-so than Buffy the Vampire Slayer!