Dead of Night

Dead of Night

by Lynn Viehl


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ISBN-13: 9780738726465
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 07/08/2012
Series: Youngbloods Series , #2
Pages: 301
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Lynn Viehl is the author of the New York Times bestselling Darkyn series and the Youngbloods series. She has published over forty novels in five genres with major houses including Penguin and Simon & Schuster. Viehl lives outside of Orlando, Florida, and is the host of Paperback Writer, a popular publishing industry blog.

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Dead of Night 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
Note: I did not realize until several pages into the book, after references were made that I did not get, that this was the second book in a series. Netgalley didn't tell me, nor did the Goodreads page for the book when I first checked it (that, or I neglected to check it because Netgalley provides the synopsis). Except for the initial references, I was able to get through this book without trouble; however, I would not recommend trying to read this without reading book one. It would help so much. Cat is a strong, independent female lead. A descendant of the Van Helsings with vampire blood in her, Cat is a natural-born vampire killer and lives with her two brothers Trick and Gray. Despite being a vampire killer, however, she lives in hiding with her brothers, as it was their parents' dying wish that they avoid the fate of their ancestors. However, Cat is in love with an almost vampire: Jesse. Cat is wild and rebellious. She hasn't had decades to get through the hot-headed teenage years. While I admire the decisiveness with which Cat makes decisions, she tends to come off as reckless. She dives into situations without considering the consequences to herself. If she does, she brushes them off and does what her moral conscience tells her to do. She also tends to get into a lot of fights with her brothers, as much as she loves them sometimes. Their biggest source of conflict is vampires, specifically one called Jesse. I love how Cat calls Jesse "my dark boy." It's a great way to help the reader remember Jesse's general appearance; more importantly, it's a sweet, albeit possessive description that shows just how much of Cat's heart and soul belongs to Jesse. (That came off a bit creepy, but it's true!) Jesse is by far my favorite character. While he's a pretty static character and is mostly in the book as a support for Cat, that is also why I like him. He is a sweet guy, there for Cat when she needs him, and protective in a kind but not overbearing way. That's the guy you can introduce to your parents (while conveniently neglecting to mention that he's immortal and pints away from becoming a full vampire). It took me a while to get into the story, some of it being Cat but mostly because I hadn't read book one. Nevertheless, the story is so compelling and absorbing that I found myself wrapped up in the plot about halfway through the book. I love the mystery behind the disappearing girls. It had me on the edge of a mental seat guessing at what was happening and how Cat would resolve the various problems that popped up. Cat never really loses her rebellious ways; however, she does come to terms with her Van Helsing abilities and reaches somewhat of a truce with her brothers that involved some blackmailing, which I didn't approve of. I don't know what kind of peace can be formed with blackmailing, though it may have been required to encourage Trick to reach a compromise instead of using his abilities to solve all his problems. Just when you think peace has come, however, Viehl delivers a surprise at the end that promises a third book with more adventure. I enjoyed this book overall and am looking forward to seeing what else she has in store for us!
kmartin802 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This story is a contemporary take on the Romeo and Juliet story. Catlyn Youngblood is a descendant of the Van Helsing family though her mother apparently ran away with a vampire leaving her Van Helsing family behind. Her parents are both dead now and she and her brothers have been on the move ever since. Her guardian is her older brother Patrick (Trick) who has been working with computers until he decided to come to Florida and start a horse breeding business. Her other brother Gray is nearer her age but still older. Catlyn is almost sixteen.One day (in book 1) when Cat was riding her horse at night she met a boy. Jesse Raven was older and mysterious and they fell in love. But Jesse is almost a vampire. He and his family were killed by a vampire and given the vampire's blood. They have the advantages of vampires - long life, fast reflexes, good night vision - and some of the disadvantages too like an inability to go out in the sun but they haven't become vampires themselves. Neither family wants their child involved with the other.This story begins after some sort of climactic episode at the Halloween dance that resulted in Trick wiping the minds of most of the town. He tried to wipe Cat's memory but it didn't work. She hates and resents her brothers for their decision to wipe her memory but she hasn't told them it didn't work. She is still seeing Jesse in secret.Now a new problem has come to the town. Someone is kidnapping young girls and it doesn't take Cat long to realize that the girls are all similar in appearance to her. To earn some Christmas money and help out her family, Cat gets a job in a bookstore doing inventory and cataloging a collection left when an old recluse died. She and Jesse use her time in the bookstore to be together. They also discover that the old recluse knew about Jesse's family but drew the wrong conclusion from his observations. Jesse and Cat have to find the girls because they feel responsible for their kidnapping.Cat learns more about her past in this story and more about her powers. Trick can wipe out memories; Gray can track vampires; and Cat can call felines to her. She feels that she was shorted on the cool powers front. She also learns that she can see the past when she touches blood and uses it to help find the kidnapped girls.This was an exciting romance about two young people who won't be separated and will do anything to be together. Young romantics will really enjoy this one.
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INKDEATH More than 1 year ago
Very adorable sequel to After Midnight! It is like a cross of Twilight and Romeo and Juliet! Absolutely loved it! Hope there's a 3rd coming out!
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iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Dead of Night is a cute paranormal novel. I kinda think of it as Nancy Drew meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Even though the storyline was on the younger side of YA than I usually read, I still really enjoyed the paranormal elements being pulled into this mystery of finding out “who did it” and why. I also enjoyed Cat (Catlyn) becoming her own independent person away from her two, overprotected brothers. I was so glad that Lynn Viehl had Cat’s character in this sequel to The Youngbloods series, to finally stands up for herself against her brothers, especially Trick (Patrick). Cat is part vampire and also a descendent from the Val Halsing’s, a family of vampire hunters. And Cat being a vampire hunter makes her relationship with her vampire boyfriend a rough one, especially with her brothers. So the mind erasing that her brother Trick did to make her forget Jesse and what happened on Halloween, didn't work on Cat, but she’s not going to tell Trick that it didn't work. Jesse, Cat's vampire boyfriend, or as Cat calls him, her “dark boy”, is secretly seeing Cat. But when girls start being kidnapped, and she realizes that the kidnapper is after her, Cat sets out to save the missing girls before it’s too late. And that means she has to tell Trick that his mind trick didn't work and she’s still seeing Jesse. Needless to say when Cat's brothers hears this bit of news it doesn't go well for Cat and Jesse. Dead of Night is an intriguing, paranormal mystery where Cat is trying to figure out the clues in time to save the three missing girls. But what I also loved just as much as the mystery was Cat growing into her own person. She wants her brothers to respected her as person, and have the right to choose who she loves. I recommend Dead of Night as a great, younger YA read.