Monday, September 3, 2012

Josie Griffin Is Not a Vampire: By Heather Swain



When former good girl turned rebel Josie Griffin gets busted for what was in her mind perfectly acceptable revenge on her cheating dog of a boyfriend, she lands herself in anger management therapy. It could be worse: it could be juvvie, or she could be a zombie cheerleader like the rest of her former friends. But there's something strange about therapy--these are not normal kids. There's the wannabe ladies man with a weird accent, Johann; the blindingly gorgeous Helios; Avis with his wild dreads; and Tarren, the sprite of a girl with a wicked temper. And all of them keep talking about "powers." Josie knows that has to be impossible, but strange things start happening, and nothing weird ever happens in Indiana. After all, there're no such things as vampires, werewolves, Greek gods, or fairies . . . right?


Josie Griffin is Not a Vampire started out interesting. Swain does a good job establishing a fun rag-tag group of misfit paranormals. Including everything from a misguided teen vampire with a speech impediment to the son of a Greek god, who just seems a bit too polished. Swain then established an interesting problem, girls seem to be disappearing from a run-away home and it will take the entire rag-tag group to find out what’s really happening.

See it sounds pretty interesting right?

Unfortunately, this is where the train falls off the tracks. Josie causes the predictable amount of trouble, there is teen romance, and then …. Nothing. The story just falls off. I wanted to find out more about the paranormals, the relationships, any one of the issues Swain brings up, from Helios’s family problems, to ramifications at the end of the book, to any one of the characters backgrounds. It was like there was an attempt to make these characters more than two-dimensional, and then no follow through.

I feel bad, but I would not recommend this book. Sorry.


Publisher: September 13, 2012

Published: Speak

Price: $8.99

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