Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney

Rating: 
3

Sure, there's no such thing as vampires. But that doesn't stop dorky, neurotic Finbar Frame. Fin is tall, has pale skin and is sensitive to sunlight, so he believes that he'll have no trouble persuading girls that he's the next Edward Cullen.

Trouble is, he has no fangs - and faints at the sight of blood.

Bullied and humiliated at his previous school, Fin has the opportunity to reinvent himself when his family relocates to a new town. But when he tries to adopt a mysterious allure and a vampire attitude, he is ultimately betrayed by his nerdy persona.

Over time, and with a few subtle suggestions, his female classmates start to believe that he's the Dark Prince. He's so convincing that at one point, he's forced to flee an angry mob of "vampire slayers" at a sci-fi convention.

Relocating to a new town also gives Fin a fresh start in a new school where no one knows his past. Unable to confront a bully at his previous school, Fin unleashes his wrath on the resident bully, earning praise from students and the principal of his current high school.

Flynn Meaney's "Bloodthirsty" both capitalizes on - and pokes fun at - today's vampire craze. Fin is a lovable character who braves those humiliating adolescent moments with humorous flair.

"Bloodthirsty" isn't a vampire romance, it's a coming-of-age tale about an awkward teen.

The author's pop culture references may confuse younger readers, but they will definitely reel in adult readers and trigger flashbacks to those awkward teen moments long thought forgotten.


-- review by Carolyn Lessard

 

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As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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