Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Review: Vampire Voyage

Vampire Voyage

By:  Kelly Lougheed

Publisher:  Mundania Press

Publish Date:  October 16, 2012

Format:  Trade paperback 180pgs, 5"x8"

Genre:  Young Adult Urban Fantasy

Series:  3rd book in Hawthorn Dormitory series; 1st Book ~ The Graveyard Gymnasium, 2nd Book ~ Dormitory of the Dead

Recommendation:  You've read the first two?  Oh, Charity is to cute and fun, you must read what troubles she gets into next, and how things go for her and Nicholae (the love of her life).

When Charity signs up for the Hawthorn School spring break trip to the St. Judas School for Boys in Romania, she has an inkling the trip won't just be all fun and romantic flings.  Being constantly surrounded by exotic European boys would be great...if so many of the boys weren't homicidal vampires.

While trying not to succumb to the peer pressure of drinking human blood at one of the vampire parties, Charity and her BFF Louise get tangled up with a boy named Ivan, who may or may not plan on using them in a nefarious scheme to turn all the Hawthorn girls into vampires.

Louise refuses to believe Ivan capable of murder -- he's far too handsome!  But Charity sees evil in the way Ivan slicks his hair back with such unnecessary amounts of hair gel.  Can Charity -- in between seducing a past fling, Nicholae, and hiding her late-night wanderings from the trip chaperone, Ms. Van Tessel -- save her classmates from becoming bloodsucking fiends?

First Sentence:
The reality of the trip only hit her when Charity stood in the doorway of her dorm room, dragging her wheelie suitcase in one hand and clutching her backpack trap with the other.

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My Thoughts and Summary:

***NOTE:  There are spoilers for Previous Books***

Last semester was the exchanged St. Judas School of boy's coming to Hawthorn School.  Now, it's the girls turn for Spring Break.  The girls are heading to an eastern European school for boys.  Downfall...the boys are Vampires!  Charity is excited.  Resulting from the events of the boys visit last semester, her ghost teacher Ms. Van Tessel and now vampire best friend Louise, are nervous.  The first day there Louise gets invited to a party.  A party Charity is excited about until she learns she can not go.  A vampire party.  Louise is uncomfortable at the party with the boys working to break her vow regarding human blood.  Yet meeting a well read cute boy, agrees to a party the next night.  Charity talks Louise into going and taking her... to see and talk to Nicholae.  But, human blood drinking vampire party with a human walking in...could not end well?  But learns of a scheme to turn the girls of Hawthorn School that are visiting.

Now the girls get the feel of what the boys had while visiting their all girls school last semester.  All eyes, of the opposite sex, are on the girls as they are introduced and move about the school.  The same feel the boys felt in The Graveyard Gymnasium.  We are hoping the boys have...matured some since then.  Or at least the ones left in Romania are.

Charity and her eccentric thinking.  She's a tenth grader with boys hot on her mind, one boy in particular - Nicholae.  She cracks me up with her creations and stories of "what's going to happen."  She definitely has an overactive imagination.  A brilliant imagination and in the same smarter than she knows.  Charity might not have the grades, but she is a smart girl.  The things she thinks up, and the angles she thinks.  The girl knows things when she applies herself to something.  The small quick jokes she makes to herself, made me smile.

Ivan, who's trying to *help* the girls with information, but Charity doesn't fall for it.  She feels he's the evil mastermind behind an evil plan - based solely on his hair style.  Louis is taken with the boy and doesn't believe Charity.  When Charity goes undercover to weasel out the plan details and thwart the scheme, things get complicated with the strong vampires.  Maybe Charity can find the slayer center she felt before, to save her co-students.

Oh! There was a little surprise here, or two.  One was the feelings one has for Charity.  And the other, well, I can't tell you that as it's a little twist you will enjoy in the investigation to stop the vampires.

The beginning builds the places and brings you to know the characters, then you go right in with the troubles of vampires.  This is a cute book and one I would suggest to young teenage/preteen girls.  It's a touch of Urban Fantasy and young crushes but with a strong girl that will come though.

**I read this book for an honest review from the publisher.


Ryan said...

I'm so not into YA, but this one sounds fun at least. I'm not sure what I think of the cover though, maybe a bit too much for me.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I love how adorable the cover looks, and Charity sounds like a charming, instantly likeable character. This may be a bit too young for me, but it sounds SO cute!

Kristi The Book Faery said...

Hello and big hugs Mel! It's Kristi (The Book Faery) I've been gone a bit but I'm back :o]

Your site looks amazing! You've done so much and your reviews rock the Casbah, chicky! So good to see you! Going to check Who? What? Where? out!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

This sounds so cute! I need a dose of cute now and then. I also think this is a good rec for some young cousins of mine...

Blodeuedd said...

I remember you liking the first ones :D

Unknown said...

I've been waiting for this review. How didn't I know this was the third book? I had to skip some parts

Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads said...

I guess I have to read the first two books then. :)

Melliane said...

Oh I remember your reviews about the first ones (lol it's rare), but this books seems always pretty good, it's fun! A great series.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Ryan, it's okay. I think these are cute books, but they are on the young side too. :) Thank you for visiting!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Charity has a young feel to her and her stories. :) Glad to hear you enjoy the covers! :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Kristi The Book Faery!!!! Oh dear. So glad to see you back. :)

Thank you! And thank you so much!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (B&T) Oh, I do hope your cousin enjoys these. They are fun and cute. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Blodeuedd. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Its okay Rivie Bleu. I think I read the first two before I found you. :) Hope you like what you see with these. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

lol. Jennifer Bielman, you don't have to, but I'm OCD like that. lol. Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Melliane. They were fun reads. :)