Vampire Dreams (Smart Novels: Vocabulary)

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Smart Novels are compelling, full-length novels with edgy and mature themes that will appeal to teens. Each book showcases more than 1,000 vocabulary words frequently included on the SAT. Brief definitions appear on the same page so that readers can quickly access and digest the meanings as they read along.
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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    My 16 year old loved the book, and he NEVER reads fiction.

    My son has Asperger's syndrome (a form of high-functioning Autism). Because of this things must be true and real for him, he cannot understand emotion and feelings. This book, however, was a breakthrough. He read it and loved it. He even read it twice! Learning the vocabulary in the book was just an added bonus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadToo.com

    James Weston never wanted to become a vampire. He didn't even know that his mother was one until the night she changed him without even asking. After waking up from the horrible experience of having his neck bitten and being forced to drink the blood of his mother, James began his education on being a vampire. His mother's friend, Alistair, took him to his estate and began his training along with two other newly-turned vampires named Susan and Adam. Susan seemed to understand James' reluctance to succumb to the freedoms of the vampire life, but Adam, on the other hand, was the exact monster that James envisioned a true vampire would be. James realized he couldn't fit into the life his mother and the others wanted for him so he decided to leave and hopefully disappear in New York City. James never wanted to be found. <BR/><BR/>Before being turned into a vampire, James had plans of becoming a doctor. He tried to attend classes, but realized it would be difficult with all the human blood he would come into contact with so he decided to give up the medical field and focus on plants. Even though he didn't need money since his father left him a sizable inheritance after his death, James usually had a couple of students he tutored each semester. That was how he met Victoria. The minute he saw her, his life changed. It had been five years since he left Alistair and the others and except for his cat, Solitaire, he didn't have any friends. Meeting Victoria made him realize he wanted companionship and someone to love. He just couldn't trust himself around her, which drove him crazy. Each time they got close he could smell the blood running through her veins and wanted to do nothing except bite her neck and taste her sweet blood. <BR/><BR/>Everything in New York was fine until a serial killer began to strike. He leaves his victims drained of blood, which leads the media to call him the Vampire Killer. On top of all of his feelings for Victoria and the Vampire Killer being on the loose, James thinks he sees Adam. Eventually his fears are confirmed when Adam starts hanging around Victoria. James is scared for Victoria's safety, but is caught between a rock and hard place because he can't tell her the truth about the reason Adam is dangerous. Life becomes even more hazardous for James when other people from his past find him and force him to face some unwanted truths. <BR/><BR/>VAMPIRE DREAMS: A SparkNotes SAT Vocabulary Novel is an interesting story even though it is a little forced at times because of trying to fit in all the difficult vocabulary. It didn't interrupt the flow of the story at all to look at the bottom of the page to check the definition of each of the boldface words that was used in the story. VAMPIRE DREAMS is a story not only for people studying for the SAT, but for everyone who is a fan of the vampire genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    Everyone Differs

    I can tell that some people here weren't too happy with the book while others were. I personaly think that everyone has their own experences with this book. It can help and it can't. For the most part it helped introduse me to words I would have never heard otherwise, For others...totay reviw and not enough. But still This is a good book to read, the plot is captivating the characters memorable, and best yet you learn things!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2007

    Good book... but didn't help

    I took a SAT prep class and we read this book to boost our vocabulary. It didn't give you anything to review the words it covers with. We didn't remember any of the words when our teacher tried to quiz us on them. It really didn't help. It would've helped more if i had just gotten a list of the words to study. I honestly couldn't tell you what words were in the book. It was a good story though, it just didn't help with SAT prep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2006

    Not True Learning

    If your only goal is to improve your chances of selecting the correct multiple choice answer on the SAT then you may find this book helpful. If you truly want to improve your vocabulary then this book will not help. This book gives very short definitions which are only approximations of the full meaning and so the reader is unable to learn enough about the words to actually use them or to even understand them in the real world. It's enough to get the general idea but assuming words are chosen for their specific meaning and not just because they are 'big', impressive words, then much will be missed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006

    Got these for my daughter!

    She thought that they rocked and read all of them. A nice alternate way to study vocab.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2006

    Busted over Vampire Dreams

    Vampire Dreams helped me in understanding the use of the SAT vocabulary words. Moreover, I wasn¡¯t able to put the book down because the plot was so thrilling. James, the protagonist of the story, was a human being before his mom ¡°fed on him¡± to make her son live forever. As James believes he¡¯s a ¡°merciful¡± vampire who doesn¡¯t feed on human, he escapes the vampires¡¯ lair and flees to Manhattan. The rest of the story deals with his dreams that foretell ¡°blood-drained¡± murders and his love story with a real human being, who ultimately turns into a vampire with super powers. Although I really liked this book, I recommend Busted over Vampire Dreams because you can learn more advanced words and get further immersed in the plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2005

    EXCELLENT AND KNOLEGEBLE

    WOW! i learned alot!!!! It's not even the fact that i learned tons, its the fact that it was an amazing novel, and i wish they had sequals!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2005

    This Book Blew My Mind

    I was only concerned about learning vocabulary in the beginning, but I really starting to like this book. I could not turn away from it EVER! I recommend this book to EVERYONE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2004

    Great and painless way to learn tons of vocab

    although i believe the author tried to fit some of the sat words in there, but its a very good book with good vocab...ive only read about 15 minutes and ive learned 25 vocabs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    couldn't keep my eyes out of it

    I first picked up the book hoping to get some new vocabulary knowledge. i just didn't expect to get sucked in to such an enjoyable book. This book is for anyone who wants to learn SAT vocabulary and read a fantastic book at once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2004

    Best way to learn Sat vocab and a great book

    Great vampire novel and very imformative

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    Posted June 10, 2009

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