Title: Companions Of The Night
Author: Vivan Vande Velde
Page Length: 224 pages
Publication Date: THE ORIGINAL 1996 LAUREL LEAF EDITION
Synopsis: When Kerry’s little brother forgets his stuffed bear at the laundry, Kerry ventures out at 11th hour to retrieve it for him. The laundry is deserted and kind of spooky, and while she’s there three men burst in, dragging a bound and bloodied young man they insist is a vampire. Kerry helps him escape, only to be caught up in a desperate game between vampire hunters and their prey.
“If you don’t like vampire games, don’t play.” ― Vivian Van Velde, Companions of the Night
“I’m not going to hurt you,” he repeated.
She forced herself to look directly into his eyes. “Does that mean you’re not going to harm me, or does it mean that when you kill me, it’s not going to hurt?”
He didn’t answer, which was answer enough…”
Why did I chose this book?
Besides being one of my favourite childhood vampire books EVER, it’s also a great tale for those who might not be so keen on the “horror” aspect of this month, but still want a small taste of it. This was published around the time when romantic horror of this nature (vampires and all that) was just starting to become mainstream and the idea of sexy vamps was mostly narrowed to Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton books (both of which I never was nor am a fan). Twilight was (blessedly) nowhere in sight and would remain that way for nearly a decade to come.
This was one of the first YA vampire books I read, and boy was it a good start to the genre! Sadly as time went on, most of the works published thereafter by other authors was less than stellar.
Jackie “the Librarian” said it best: “You want to read a GREAT teen vampire story? Forget Twilight. Well, try to, anyway. This is the one you should be reading. It’s got a smart heroine who isn’t particularly klutsy, vampires, danger, AND (bonus!) you get the whole story in ONE book!”
What I love/like about it:
- The heroine!
- The… sorta-hero!
- The witty banter between the two!
- That it’s an interesting and strangely positive teen vampire story that has a little romance, but doesn’t revolve around the romance to move the plot along.
- The distinct The Labyrinth vibe you get while reading it (you’ll see what I mean when you read it — I won’t give anything away)
- THAT COVER. I swear to you, when I saw this book at my school library I was instantly drawn in. I *HAD* to know what the heck this thing was about. And I sooo wasn’t disappointed. ❤
Warnings or Triggers
Hmm… none that I can think of. There are some “WTF” moments, but they make sense. You are just not expecting them, which is EXACTLY how they should be. *smirk*
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