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The Compulsive Reader: Books That Suck Month: Day Six: The Society of S and The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Books That Suck Month: Day Six: The Society of S and The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard

From Susan Hubbard comes two novels that have been hailed as the the most surprising vampire story that you will ever read.

The Society of S


Courtesy of Amazon.com:

Identity issues involving a child of mixed heritage get a supernatural spin in this affecting coming-of-age tale. Ariella Montero's mother vanished the day she was born, leaving her to the care of her overprotective scientist father, who homeschools her and limits her contact with the outside world. Only when she reaches adolescence does Ari discover that her special diet and insular home life set her apart from her peers. Her father's confession that he was vampirized shortly before marriage, and that Ari can choose whether to be undead like him or mortal like mom, set her off on a road trip that eventually brings her to her mother and into an understanding of tough truths about her family. Hubbard (Walking on Ice) delineates Ari's world of innocent and uncertain adolescence with uncommon poignance and forgoes sensationalism for sensitivity in her depiction of vampirism as one of many emotionally charged challenges Ari faces as a child of estranged parents. She doesn't do much original with the vampire theme, but the novel's open ending suggests inevitable sequels where this may develop further.
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The Year of Disappearrances

Courtesy of Amazon.com:


Wherever Ariella Montero goes, it seems, someone is murdered. Writing in a style that The New York Times calls "minimalism O. Henrified," Susan Hubbard continues, with The Year of Disappearances, her heroine's mysterious and spellbinding quest, begun in The Society of S, to recognize the demons who may live inside us and the ones we love -- so that they can be removed.

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3 comments:

The Story Siren said...

hmm... i hadn't heard of either of these books, i may just have to check them out. thanks!

Carol said...

I like these books they're great. I hope that there's a third book.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I have both to read and review for this month..I hope to get at least ONE finished for July and then I'm sure the other one will come soon after...anyway, they both look amazing.

-Lauren