Sunday, June 10, 2007

"The Society of S," by Susan Hubbard

I've been on a vampire kick lately. There are some pretty good series out there, my favorites being the Sookie Stackhouse and the Betsy Taylor series. Then I picked up this book, The Society of S. And it was so good, I didn't want it to end.

Ariella Montero is a sheltered girl whose mother vanished the day she, Ari, was born. Ari is homeschooled by her father, an educated man with lupus. As Ari gets older, she notes startling differences between her upbringing and that of her friends. Her father confesses what she has been secretly piecing together; he is a vampire, and Ari is part vampire and part mortal. She sets out on a roadtrip that leads to her mother and the truth about the past.

The Society of S is a coming-of-age story that is smart and tender. Hubbard's writing is absolutely beautiful. What would have been a cutesy and typical supernatural story in another writer's hands, Hubbard has created a well-paced, thoughtful, and interesting book that I will not hesitate to read again.

5 stars


Rachel C. said...

Ooh sounds delicious! I need to jump on the Vampire bandwagon.

April said...

This book is actually more serious and a little disturbing. But it was just written so well!

TĂȘtue said...

Vampires scare me. I'm so delicate. :(

Or maybe :(> (a vampire with only one fang)

Tusk said...

Thanks for adding me to your sidebar April! You rock!

April said...

No prob, Bob. :)

John Dent said...

Ha! I'm *so* stealing that saying!

Susan Hubbard said...

I confess, I was googling myself--nasty habit--and I came across your blog, April. So kind of you. I'm delighted that you liked the book, particularly since I'm at work on a sequel.

Keep on reading and blogging!


April said...

Susan! Thanks so much for commenting! I admit to googling myself, too, but probably with fewer results than you. :) I've just forced my co-worker to read the book, and she had her daughter read it, too. And I will continue forcing people to read it until the sequel comes out.

Rachel C. said...

Sounds good -I have to say, I thought "Twilight" was a little too...cutesy for a vampire story. I know it's teen fiction and all...I like more serious and more disturbing! yeeha!

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