Do you like dystopia? Do you like vampires? Then I have the book for you: When the Sea Is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen. Yep you guessed it: it’s vampire dystopia! In the society that is the backdrop for this story, marriages are arranged, class/caste is everything, and vampires are part of society. Felicita is a 17-year-old girl who is a member of the highest class, and her best friend, Ilven, has just committed suicide rather than marry the man her parents chose for her. When Felicita’s family announces that her own marriage has been arranged to a man she has absolutely no wish to marry, Felicita decides to fake her own death and run away. She hides in the city’s slums and becomes a dishwasher in a tea house. She also meets two very different guys: Dash, a charming bad-boy type, and Jannik, a vampire. And then, to top it all off, Ilven’s suicide has called up some sort of sea creature bent on destruction, and Felicita has to save her new friends, her family, and the entire town from the creature’s wrath.
Now for more vampires! This next book is a loose retelling of the Snow White fairy tale with vampires (and a little bit of The Godfather thrown in for good measure). Nameless by Lili St. Crow is about a girl named Camille. When she was a small child, Camille was discovered shivering in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, the head of one of the seven powerful vampire clans. Camille doesn’t remember who she used to be or where all of her scars came from. And then she meets Tor, who has scars similar to her own, and wonders if he could be a link to her mysterious past.
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-Emily Mauldin, Youth Services, Middletown Branch
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