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Sucks to Be Me


Kimberly Pauley's first novel manages to have an irresistible mix of hilarity and originality, throwing all the vampire cliches out the window and providing readers (like me) a fresh, energizing novel. Instead of the shadowy, rogue sort of vampires we usually get in literature (which there is nothing wrong with of course - I love me some hot vampires), Sucks to Be Me introduces an unfamiliar type: accountants. Not to mention the fact that there are rules and regulations and a Ministry of Magic sort of government for the blood drinking species.

Pauley's fun, entertaining novel doesn't try to compete with other types of vampire books - her's is on a different level. And the level is full of laughs! Mina is a teenager with a great sarcastic wit (but never mean spirited) who finds out that her parents weren't exactly supposed to have let her in on their immortal secret (she's known since forever), and she's suddenly faced with a decision: would she like to join their blood drinking ways or forget she's ever known?

My favorite thing about the book is that it continually throws you curveballs. Pauley has a clear idea of vampirism and it isn't what we expect, which is what makes it so exciting and refreshing. It's an unique idea. Plus, it has three hot guys in it. Yep. That helps.

Mina and the cast of supporting players are all likeable and interesting. Her friendships are believable and happily angst free (on the most part, at least). The prose keeps you turning the pages swiftly (I finished in less than a day and a half) - and if I didn't know that Kimberly Pauley has a sequel planned, I would be sad indeed. I'll be buying the next one the minute it's out, especially with the way this one ended (and no, I won't tell you!)!!!

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