Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Still Sucks to Me

Still Sucks to Be Me: The All-true Confessions of Mina Smith, Teen VampireStill Sucks to Be Me: The All-true Confessions of Mina Smith, Teen Vampire Kimberly Pauley

Mina's back! She's all vampire, and she's all pissed. There were a few things her parents and the vampire council left out-- like she'd be faking her own death and moving pronto. To a small town in Louisiana.

And then George decides to go to Brazil to visit his parents.

Mina's life is falling apart. All she has for a support network is a jock who can't understand why she doesn't want to date him, and another teen vampire who may or may not be totally evil.

And then when Raven shows back up and is trying to kill Serena? Well, it kinda sucks being a vampire.

So much fun, just like the original, Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe). One of the reasons I liked the first one was because you could take out all the vampire stuff and it would still be a good book. This depends more on the vampire-action, as it's heavily into the politics, drama, and history of vampires. But! There's still a good story of new girl moves to town and tries to fit in and misses the life she left behind.

We still get vampire myths and truths and cute drawings before every chapter, as well as lists as to why it sucks to be Mina. How can you not love this voice?

I have to say that flying is a totally different experience as a vampire than as a regular person. Basically, you're sitting in this flimsy seat that you could crush with your bare hands, listening to all these creaks and pops and other scary noises that the people around you can't hear. And the worst part? You can also hear every conversation goin on in the whole plane including

a) the pilot and copilot arguing about some reality TV show and apparently not paying any attention whatsoever to the plane
...
It's really kind of nerve-racking. I mean, if the plane goes down due to a couple of bonehead pilots who can't agree on whether the blonde with the long les or the brunette with the big butt should win the grand prize or not on some stupid TV show, I'll probabyl die a flaming death along with everyone else. I don't think even a vampire can survive a drop of 30,000 feet. Pretty sure, anyway. It definitely wasn't in the brochure.
(p34-35, quoted from the ARC, so it may be different in the actual book.)

Mina goes through some definite culture shock/adjustment and initially I was irked because it sounded like it was one big "everyone in the rural south is a hick with a truck and country music. Country music sucks!" but as Mina gets to know people, her initial impressions wear off. But I did laugh when the Louisiana vampires call vampires who drink animal blood (Mina and her family aren't strict no-people drinkers, but tend to go for animal over human) "pig swiggers" and the muttered "damn Cullenist" comment at the blood bar? Made me snort coffee out my nose. Which kinda hurt.

Anyway, if you liked the first one, this one is just as good, if not better.

And if you haven't read these yet, what are you waiting for? 

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1 comment:

Meg said...

This series is definitely on my to-be-read list -- they sound so cute! And it's awesome to hear that aside from all the vampire stuff, the novels -- or the first one, at least -- could really stand on its own as a great YA book.