Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead

Guest Review by Kayla Nye

Vampire Academy is the first book out of a six-book series. In this book series, there are three types of vampires. The strigoi are immortal but very dark and evil creatures. The Moroi are who the strigoi hunt, which is why there are dhampirs (which are half vampire half human) to protect the Moroi. However within the Moroi, there are special clans, who are considered Royals. Those are the ones the dhampirs really have to protect.

This book focuses on two main characters; Rose Hathaway, who is a dhampir, and her best friend Vasilisa Dragomir, and how their lives get sculpted back into the academy they had run away from.
This book is a terrific read; one you could finish in one sitting. It’s full of action, romance, drama and bits of comedy. Come check it out at the Dorchester Public Library, you won’t regret it!

Some of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy books.
Some of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy books.

Sunshine, by Robin McKinley

This month we didn’t have a “Books Worth Another Look” column in the Village Newsletter because we needed to announce our Family Open House day, so here is a rerun review from back in 2009, before we started putting them on the blog.

Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
This is Ook’s pick for anyone who wants a fascinating, sexy, vampire thriller. McKinley won the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown (outsider, not-quite-human warrior princess slays dragon) and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword (properly brought up young lady becomes desert warrior hero). McKinley’s skill as a writer of secondary world fantasy allows her to create a fascinating alternate world, where human and not-quite-human and really-not-human-at-all co-exist, not altogether peacefully, in modern America. There have been wars between humans and non-humans, and the country is still recovering. Rae, a magician’s daughter working in her stepfather’s bakery, is drawn into supernatural conflict when she is captured by a gang of vampires and set out as bait for Constantine. One of the most powerful of the vampires, he and Rae, who is only starting to discover her strange abilities, form a cautious alliance against forces that threaten all humanity. And yes, he’s cool and sexy and powerful, and there are lots of other mysterious, alluring men as well. Not to mention Rae’s obsession with luscious pastries, the other way to a girl’s heart.

Dracula, by Bram Stoker

Guest Review by Lee S.

This classic horror novel continues to hold up tremendously well. The novel, told through a series of letters, articles and diary entries, in addition to being surprisingly frightening makes a clever use of its format as part of the plot. Its greatest weakness for the modern reader lies in the fact that, as it often has served as an inspiration for tales and parodies for over a century, is that it at times can be somewhat predictable and certain elements, such as the use of garlic to ward off vampires, do lose some of their drama.

Despite these issues it is an excellent story which still has the power to scare to this day and I would highly recommend it.