REVIEWED BY: Christie
AUTHOR: Amanda Meuwissen
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 303 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2016
The last thing Emery expected at the end of his senior year of high school was to become a vampire and fall in love with his best friend…
Emery Mavus just wants to survive his senior year of high school. Becoming a vampire complicates things. So does a bizarre mentor, a group of vampire hunters, and an unexpected, new attraction for his openly gay best friend, Connor. An occasional uncontrollable hunger for blood might be the least of his worries.
Okay, so while at a local convention here in Minnesota, I ran across a booth that had a banner with a really cool book cover on it, and decided to talk with the author about the book. After explaining a little bit about it, and letting me read the blurb, I decided I simply had to have it, and bought it on the spot. After reading it, I must say, it was such a fantastic book!
In this very sweet coming-of-age YA novel, Emery Mavus and Connor Daniels are best friends, live next door to each other, and are at the end their senior year of high school when everything changes. Instead of dealing with the usual high school drama, working on the senior play, and reading comics together after school, Connor and Emery have a whole lot more to deal with. Emery is in the right place at the very worst time, and is turned into a vampire without his consent or even knowledge. And, with becoming a vampire, Emery has to deal with all new heightened and increased senses and abilities. Which causes Emery a little bit of an issue when he now notices how Connor’s heart speeds up every time Emery looks at him since he is convinced that Connor has a problem with his sudden vampirism. The thing is, Connor has actually been in love with Emery for what seems like ever, and Emery is the only one in the school who is completely oblivious to this fact. Add in the feelings Emery starts having toward his male best friend, his very eccentric vampire mentor, the very sudden need for blood instead of food, as well as vampire hunters dead set on ending Emery’s life, and you have the makings for a fantastic YA book that will draw you in very quickly, and not let you go until the very last page.
I love Emery and Connor together! They are so sweet, and definitely meant to be with each other. The development of their relationship from best friends into something more was everything. Adding in the element that Emery is turned into a vampire is just the icing on the cake, and really the catalyst for their relationship changing.
Amanda Meuwissen, you are amazing! Well done on such a fantastic book! From the cover to the very last page, I was sucked in, engaged, and found it so hard to put down. And, as I understand it, Life as a Teenage Vampire is Amanda Meuwissen’s first foray into the YA genre. Holy buckets, woman! Please do write more! As far as I’m concerned, Amanda has gone to near the top of my immediate buy list from now on. I highly encourage you to get this book and check it out for yourself. You will so not be disappointed!