The Taste of Night (Dangerous Girls Series #2)

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Destiny Weller and her twin sister, Livvy, were as close as two sisters could be–until Livvy chose to become a vampire, leaving Destiny behind. Now Destiny will do anything to bring Livvy back to the family. But in Livvy's world of endless darkness, she knows there is only one way she and Destiny can be reunited –– Destiny must become a ...

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Destiny Weller and her twin sister, Livvy, were as close as two sisters could be–until Livvy chose to become a vampire, leaving Destiny behind. Now Destiny will do anything to bring Livvy back to the family. But in Livvy's world of endless darkness, she knows there is only one way she and Destiny can be reunited –– Destiny must become a vampire too. . . .

Which sister will live to see the glow of the next full moon?

Whose lips will savor the taste of night?

Who will survive?

Ages 12+

Livvy Weller wants her twin sister, Destiny, to join her on the darker side as a vampire, but Destiny is determined to restore Livvy to her human condition and bring her back home to their family.

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Editorial Reviews

The tale of Livvy and Destiny Weller continues in the second book of the Dangerous Girls series. At the conclusion of the first book, Livvy chose to become an immortal full vampire while her half-vampire twin Destiny was cured by their father and returned to human status. Here their father seeks both to find a cure for full vampirism and to hunt down the vampires infesting their town. These quests are complicated by Livvy seeking to feed her overpowering thirst for blood while also envying her twin for the human life that she regained. New villains emerge, as do new romances and betrayals as the sisters struggle. The conclusion leaves the door wide open, so expect more series installments. This sequel contains little exposition, so readers who have not read the first book might miss the reasoning behind some aspects of the plot. The book can stand alone, however, if rather thinly, as a teen vampire tale. The story is predictable, but it will doubtless find an enthusiastic audience. Fans of the Cirque du Freak or The Mediator series will likely find this book to their liking, although not as substantial as those series titles. The cover art is very appealing, drawing on the vampire chic that has grown as similar series have become popular. That appeal, combined with the name recognition of Goosebumps and Fear Street by author Stine, suggests that there should be no shortage of readers eager to consume this book. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, HarperCollins, 240p., and PLB Ages 12 to 18.
—Sherrie Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This sequel to Dangerous Girls (HarperCollins, 2003) continues the adventures of fraternal twins Destiny, the responsible one, and Livvy, the wild one. A vampire had bitten both of them in the first book, but Destiny, unlike Livvy, refused to allow herself to be fully transformed. Their scientist father continues to try to find a cure as Livvy and Ross, an old crush of Destiny's whom Livvy has turned, live it up with their fellow vampires. They all hang out at nightclubs and attack and often kill unsuspecting teens, including Destiny's current boyfriend. Livvy loves her immortality, but things change when vampires start getting killed, including Ross. Is it the twins' father, a vampire hunter who has discovered their lair, or is it someone else? Livvy suspects Destiny and plots to get revenge. Stine's writing is flat and pedestrian with shallow, one-dimensional characters. Many of the graphic descriptions of horror are laughable, not scary. Despite numerous deaths and many acts of violence, the characters never seem affected by them. If they don't care, neither will readers. Purchase only where the first book was popular and recommend Annette Curtis Klause's The Silver Kiss (Delacorte, 1990) or Vivian Vande Velde's Companions of the Night (Harcourt, 1995) instead.-Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060596187
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2005
  • Series: Dangerous Girls Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 999,744
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine began his writing career at the age of nine and has been at it ever since, becoming a bestselling author several times over. Among his many groundbreaking credits are Fear Street, the first young adult horror series, and Goosebumps, the bestselling series that made Stine the #1 bestselling author in America for three years in a row. He lives with his wife in New York City.


Goosebumps cast a spell upon children by transforming even the most reluctant students into avid readers. Despite the fact that almost every book has a different collection of characters, the series has one common element that kids can't get enough of: the author!

However believable his plots seem to his readers, Stine insists he has never lived one of his stories. "I've never turned into a bee -- I've never been chased by a mummy or met a ghost. But many of the ideas in my books are suggested by real life. For example, one Halloween my son, Matt, put a mask on and then had trouble pulling it off. That gave me the idea for The Haunted Mask."

Although he never experienced terror first hand, he did enjoy reading about it. "When I was a kid, there were these great comic books called Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror. They were gruesome. I discovered them in the barbershop and thought they were fabulous. I used to get a haircut every Saturday so I wouldn't miss any of these comic books. I had no hair at all when I was a kid!"

His ideas came from two sources: his memory and his imagination. "When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books." He also keeps a tribal mask and a skeleton hanging in his writing studio to provide eerie surroundings. Although he handles the writing by himself, Stine says he gets "lots of help from my editors, my readers, and my friends."

Kids reading Goosebumps may be looking for a scare, but the laughs they get are no accident. Before he was R. L., he was Jovial Bob, author of such works as 101 Silly Monster Jokes, and Bozos on Patrol and editor of Bananas magazine. His ability to know what kids will laugh at , as well as what will frighten them, makes the Goosebumps series all the more enjoyable for his readers.

Stine started writing when he was 9 years old! He would write stories and jokes on an old typewriter and hand them out at school. "The teacher would grab them and take them away," Stine says, "but I kept doing it." He wrote for his high school newspaper in Columbus Ohio. After graduating from Ohio State University, he moved to New York City, where he worked on a variety of writing jobs.

Although his books are fun and exciting, writing them is serious stuff. He treats writing " a job." To unwind after work he enjoys playing the pinball machine conveniently located in his own apartment.

For aspiring authors, Stine feels reading is as important as writing. He offers this advice: "If you want to be a writer, don't worry so much about writing. Read as much as you can. Read as many different writers as you can. Soak up the styles. You can learn all kinds of ways to say things." As a boy he read Norse legends, Greek myths, Edgar Allan Poe and baseball stories. "And Mad Magazine changed my life." Author biography courtesy of Scholastic, Inc.

Good To Know

In our interview with Stine, he shared some fun and fascinating facts with us:

"My first job in New York was making up fake interviews with movie and TV stars for a group of six movie magazines. I never spoke to the stars I wrote about. I wrote three-to-four "interviews" a day, all out of my imagination."

"'I've written over 300 books but I never learned to type. I use only one finger, the pointer on my left hand -- that's all. Three hundred books on one finger! The finger is very ugly now -- completely bent and curled and callused. When I show it to audiences, they can't believe it! This is my sacrifice for my art!"

"Sometimes kids show up at my country house and ask if my son Matt can come out and play. That's because they saw him mentioned in the back of my books. But they're very disappointed when he comes to the door -- because Matt is in his mid-twenties now! They were reading very old books! Matt is a musician, composer, and sound designer. You can hear his music at my web site,"

"I hope my readers get a chance to see my 4-D movie, R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse. The movie stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lea Thompson, Weird Al, and others. You can find it playing at four parks: SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia. Watch out -- you might get very wet!"

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Lawrence Stine; Jovial Bob Stine
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 8, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Columbus, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Ohio State University, 1965
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Part 1 July
Chapter 1 My Sister is a Vampire 3
Chapter 2 "Can You Kill Your Own Daughter?" 8
Chapter 3 The Vampire Hunt 13
Chapter 4 "Good-bye, Livvy" 17
Part 2 One month earlier
Chapter 5 Livvy's Graduation Party 23
Chapter 6 Night Birds 29
Part 3 Earlier that day
Chapter 7 The Evil at Home 39
Chapter 8 "The Monster Did It" 46
Chapter 9 The Vampire in the Tree 51
Chapter 10 Is Livvy in the House? 55
Chapter 11 Rip 59
Part 4
Chapter 12 Livvy's New Love 71
Chapter 13 A Surprise Reunion 76
Chapter 14 The Taste of Night 80
Chapter 15 "I'm Not Just a Vampire" 84
Chapter 16 Destiny Flies 87
Chapter 17 Trouble at Ari's House 93
Chapter 18 Who Is the Next Victim? 102
Part 5 Two weeks later
Chapter 19 "Maybe He's Just What I Need" 111
Chapter 20 "Now You Think I'm a Psycho Nut" 119
Chapter 21 Dad Might Kill Livvy 123
Chapter 22 One Evil Dawn 128
Chapter 23 "I Want to Go Back to My Old Life" 134
Chapter 24 A Death in the Vampire Family 140
Chapter 25 "It Won't Be Pretty" 144
Chapter 26 "I'd Like to Tear Destiny to Bits" 147
Chapter 27 Blood on Her Lips 150
Chapter 28 Livvy's Revenge 154
Part 6
Chapter 29 The Party Crasher 159
Chapter 30 Livvy and Harrison 164
Chapter 31 "You're Still Connected to Your Sister" 167
Chapter 32 A Date with a Vampire 171
Chapter 33 Harrison and Livvy 178
Chapter 34 Destiny and Patrick 182
Chapter 35 An Evil Creature of the Night 187
Chapter 36 An Unexpected Murder 190
Chapter 37 The Real Murderer 197
Part 7 Night of the full moon
Chapter 38 Harrison's Big Date 203
Chapter 39 Destiny Surprises Patrick 207
Chapter 40 Livvy Surprises Patrick 213
Chapter 41 A Vampire Must Die 216
Chapter 42 "One Last Kiss ... Before I Kill You" 219
Chapter 43 Thicker Than Blood 223
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First Chapter

Dangerous Girls #2: The Taste of Night

Chapter One

The Most Dangerous Day

Summer can't be over already. Do I really have to leave Camp Blue Moon?

That's what Destiny Weller was thinking on the day she started to become a vampire.

She watched the yellow bus rumble away, carrying the last of the campers with it. The bus bounced over the narrow dirt road, then turned and disappeared into the trees.

"Hey, we're free!" someone yelled. "The little animals are gone!"

"Party time!"

"Who has car keys? Can we get a keg? Can we at least get some six-packs?"

A red afternoon sun was sinking behind the trees. The air suddenly carried a chill, a hint that summer was nearly over.

Destiny turned and searched for her sister, Livvy. The counselors gathered around the grassy hill that overlooked the road, laughing and joking, hugging each other, celebrating the end of the camp season.

She spotted Livvy in a circle of girls clustered around Renz. He was flirting with them, hugging them one by one. All the girls adored Renz, and why not?

He was so good-looking, tall and tanned, with that wavy, black hair, those dark, bedroom eyes -- devilish eyes -- that irresistible smile. So charming and funny and . . . grown-up.

Not like the other guys in camp, Destiny thought. Not like the counselors and junior counselors whose idea of a good time was going skinny-dipping in the lake after lights-out, or putting snakes in each other's beds.

Renz was too sophisticated for that.

Destiny didn't really know much about him. She knew that his real name was Lorenzo Angelini, and he had just a hint of an Italian accent, which made him even sexier. He had been hired as head waterfront counselor. But when Uncle Bob, the owner of Camp Blue Moon, suddenly took sick just before the kids arrived, Renz became head counselor.

"I see who you're staring at." Nakeisha Johnson came up behind Destiny and grabbed her shoulders, startling her.

Destiny laughed. "He's looking good in those tennis whites, isn't he!"

"Summer's too short," Nakeisha said. "Think I could follow him home? Maybe he'll adopt me."

"Actually, I'm watching my sister," Destiny said. "Do you believe those short shorts? You can see half her butt."

Nakeisha gazed at the crowd of girls around Renz. "Well don't turn green or anything. You know you're jealous. Renz spent so much time with Livvy."

"All the guys spent time with Livvy," Destiny replied. She watched Renz give Livvy a farewell hug, holding her close, his hands all over her bare back.

"Stop shaking your head," Nakeisha said. "How can identical twins be so different?"

"I told you. We're fraternal. Not identical," Destiny said.

"Oh. Right. Well, that explains it," Nakeisha replied, rolling her eyes.

"I'm fifteen minutes older," Destiny said. "See. I've got to act like the older sister."

A yellow jacket buzzed around them. Destiny swatted it away. High in the darkening sky, a flock of honking geese flew in perfect V-formation, making its way from Canada. On the road below, the camp station wagon sped past, tires spinning up dust, jammed with counselors heading to town to buy beer.

"Everyone's acting happy, but this is so sad," Nakeisha said. "Tomorrow we'll all go our separate ways. I won't see you anymore." She turned and wrapped Destiny in a hug.

Destiny hugged her back. "You've been such a good friend. I really am going to miss you."

Both girls had tears in their eyes.

"At least you're going home to New York," Destiny said, letting go. She ran a hand through her short, straight blond hair. "Not boring little Dark Springs, Mass."

Nakeisha wiped tear stains off her cheeks. "I just got something in my eye, that's all. It's not like I hate saying good-bye or anything. You've got my e-mail address, right? And my cell number?"

Destiny nodded. "We can Instant Message each other."

"Maybe you can come to New York for Thanksgiving?"

Destiny laughed. "Yeah, if I win the lottery or something."

"Hey, know what? I'll be doing college visits in September and October. I know I'll be in Boston. Maybe I can come through Dark Springs."

"Excellent!" Destiny said. Over Nakeisha's shoulder, she saw Livvy, cigarette in hand, lip-locked with Cory Field, one of her many admirers. His arm around her shoulders, Cory began to lead Livvy toward the trees by the lake.

"Livvy -- wait!" Destiny shouted. She took off running. "Hey, Liv -- stop!"

Her sister turned and took a long drag on the cigarette. Cory kept his arm around her. "Hi, Dee. What's up?" Livvy asked.

"How's it going?" Cory said. "Pretty quiet without the kids, huh?"

Destiny nodded. "Liv, you haven't started packing," she said.

"Yeah, I know."

Destiny stared at her sister. Livvy did everything she could to look different from her twin. Destiny wore her hair short, so Livvy kept hers long, letting it flow down over her shoulders. Destiny hardly ever wore makeup, just a little blush and lip gloss from time to time. Livvy liked purple or dark red lipstick, and her biggest suitcase this summer had been filled with eye makeup.

Livvy had one nostril pierced, usually wore three different earrings in each ear, and loved to wear rings on every finger. She wanted to get a butterfly tattoo on her shoulder, but held off, knowing her dad would give her all kinds of grief.

Destiny would never admit it to anyone, but she secretly admired her sister for having so much style. Livvy was always trying to give her a make-over. One night last year when they were juniors, she allowed Livvy to work on her -- lipstick, mascara, even streaks in her hair.

When she had finished, Livvy started to smile. "I don't think so," she said, holding her hand over her mouth. "I don't think so."

Dangerous Girls #2: The Taste of Night. Copyright © by R.L. Stine. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Best book ever

    This is the best book i have ever read in my life!!! :) :) :) :)

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    Loved it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best book ever

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  • Posted October 14, 2011


    I love this book so did my frend alex

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    I loved this

    I have never really been a reader until I found "Dangerous Girls". This is a book never with anything boring. I think that this is a book anyone could learn to love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013


    Read the first book- BTW it was awesome -Can't wait to read this one! :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Dangerous girls

    BEST BOOK EVER ! Loved the first and second

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013


    The same megan reccomended this book to me! And it is even better, even better, EVEN BETTER!!!!!!!!! You know what they say!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012


    This book is amazing!!!
    I hope they have a #3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011


    It's great! It is very well detailed!!!!!

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

    Very good Sequel!

    I finished this book in 2 days(like the first) and unlike other sequels it didn't let me down. RL Stine has always been a favorite of mine.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Dangeroous Girls 2- The Taste of Night

    Destiny Weller is a normal Senior in HS but for her sister it's all unreal. Livvy Weller the twin sister of Destiny Weller is a Blood Thristy Monster, She is a Vampire! The Father, Dr. Weller a Vet by Day and a Vampire hunter and A man to find a Cure to save Livvy's new life. But the families troubles are just begging in this Spine-tingling story about a Sister trying to save her twin and a brother in a stressful time. And poor Destiny can't keep a living boyfriend to save her life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2009

    One of the best books written by R.L Stine.

    In my opinion this is one of the best book ever written by R.L Stine.
    It is a really entertaining and misterious book.Once you start reading this delightful story you wouldnt want to put the book down.It is a fascinating book.
    This is the perfect novel for people who enjoy reading suspenceful and misterious stories.I would defenetly recommend this book to all of my friends. They would defenetly find this book really intersting.It is not boring or unexciting. Read it ,you'll love it.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    The Taste Of Night Is An Awesome Book

    My thirteen year old daughter read this book. She hates to read and it took everything I had to get her to sit down and read it. Once she started to read she loved it! She said that this is the best book she has ever read! I'll have to see what other books are in the series.

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  • Posted February 8, 2009

    more from this reviewer

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    This book is great! This book will keep you on your toes. You never know what's gonna happen next.What you think is gonna happen ,goes the total opposite.This story also shows the true bond between sisters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2008

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    Better then the first!

    I LOVED this book not only because it includes vampires(witch i luv)<BR/>But it was sooooooo much better then the 1st and i don't even like R.L stine books but this one was a real page turner!:)<BR/>Well TTYL<BR/>:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    LOVE IT!

    I love this book so much! I've read it over and over and never got tired of it! lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2007

    better than the first!

    loved it i just loved it! Mann! i think there should be a third! definatly! BOB make a third!!!!!!!! please!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2007


    there should be a third!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006


    really good book. its got twists and turns that you really dont expect

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006


    its so grasping!

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