The Society of S

The Society of S

by Susan Hubbard

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Overview

"If you ever want to hide from the world, live in a small city, where everyone seems anonymous."

That's the advice of twelve-year-old Ariella Montero, who lives with her father in Saratoga Springs, New York, in a house haunted more by secrets than by memories. The Society of S traces her journey south, to Asheville and Savannah, and on to Florida, as she learns that everything she knows about her family is a lie.

When she finds her mother, she learns the truth: Ariella is a fledgling member of the Society of S.


Susan Hubbard's novel is an intricate literary mystery that raises provocative questions about the way we live now. Ariella's voice will lure you into a world where you'll meet the others among us: vampires who cope with their special nature and need for blood in a variety of ways, ranging from the savage to the mundane to the scientific.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416534587
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 04/08/2008
Series: Ethical Vampire Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Susan Hubbard is the author of Blue Money, winner of the Janet Heidinger Kakfa Prize.

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to being an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, she has been nominated multiple times for a prestigious Audie Award, including for Good-bye and Amen by Beth Gutcheon.

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Preface

On a cool spring night in Savannah, my mother is walking. Her clogs make sounds like horses' hooves against the cobblestone street. She passes among banks of azaleas in full bloom and live oak trees shrouded in Spanish moss, and she enters a green square bordered by a café.

My father is seated on a stool at a wrought-iron table. Two chessboards spread across the table, and my father has castled on one when he looks up, sees my mother, and drops a pawn, which falls against the tabletop and rolls onto the sidewalk.

My mother dips to pick up the chess piece and hands it back to him. She looks from him to the two other men sitting at the table. Their faces are expressionless. They're tall and thin, all three, but my father has dark green eyes that somehow seem familiar.

My father stretches out a hand and cups her chin. He looks into her pale blue eyes. "I know you," he says.

With his other hand he traces the shape of her face, passing twice over the widow's peak. Her hair is long and thick, russet brown, with small wisps that he tries to smooth away from her forehead.

The other men at the table fold their arms, waiting. My father has been playing both of them simultaneously.

My mother stares at my father's face — dark hair falling away from his forehead, straight dark eyebrows over those green eyes, lips thin but shaped in a cupid's bow. Her smile is shy, frightened.

He drops his hands, slides off the stool. They walk away together. The men at the table sigh, and clear the chessboards. Now they'll have to play each other.

"I'm going to see Professor Morton," my mother says.

"Where's his office?"

My mother waves her hand in the direction of the art college. He puts his hand on her shoulder, lightly, letting her lead.

"What's this? A bug in your hair?" he says suddenly, pulling at what seems to be an insect.

"A barrette." She takes the copper dragonfly from her hair and hands it to him. "It's a dragonfly. Not a bug."

He shakes his head, then smiles. He says, "Hold still," and carefully slides a lock of her hair through the dragonfly, then pins it behind her left ear.

They turn away from the college. They're holding hands now, walking down a steep cobblestone street. It's growing dark and chilly, yet they pause to sit on a cement wall.

My mother says, "This afternoon I sat at my window, watching the trees grow dark as the sun went down. I thought, I'm growing older. I have only so many days left to watch the trees darken. Someone could count them."

He kisses her. It's a brief kiss, a rough touching of lips. The second kiss lasts longer.

She shivers.

He bends to cover her face — forehead, cheeks, nose, chin — with small, quick brushes of his eyelashes. "Butterfly kisses," he says, "to keep you warm."

My mother looks away, amazed at herself. In a matter of minutes she has let so much happen, without hesitation or protest. And she isn't stopping it now. She wonders how old he thinks she is. She's sure she's older — he looks about twenty-five, and she has recently turned thirty. She wonders when she should tell him that she's married to Professor Morton.

They stand up and walk on, down concrete steps leading toward the river. At the bottom of the steps is a closed cast-iron gate.

"I hate moments like this," my mother says. Her shoes can't climb gates.

My father climbs over the gate and opens it. "It wasn't locked," he says.

As she passes through, she has a sense of inevitability. She is moving toward something entirely new, yet predetermined. Without any effort at all, she feels years of unhappiness being erased.

They walk along the strand beside the river. Ahead they see the lights of the tourist shops, and as they reach them, he says, "Wait." She watches him go inside a shop that sells Irish imports, then loses sight of him through the door's wavy glass. He comes out carrying a soft wool shawl. He wraps it around her, and for the first time in years, she feels beautiful.

Will we marry? she wonders. But she doesn't need to ask it. They walk on, a couple already.

My father tells me this story, twice. I have questions. But I save them until he's finished for the second time.

"How did you know what she was thinking?" is my first question.

"Later she told me her thoughts," he says.

"What happened to Professor Morton?" I ask next. "Didn't he try to stop her from leaving him?"

I'm thirteen, but my father says I'm going on thirty. I have long dark hair and blue eyes. Except for the eyes, I take after my father.

"Professor Morton tried to keep your mother," my father says. "He tried threats. He tried force. He'd done it before, when she talked about leaving him. But this time she was in love, and she wasn't afraid. She packed up her things and moved out."

"Did she move in with you?"

"Not at first. No, she took an apartment downtown near Colonial Cemetery, an apartment that some people still say is haunted."

I look hard at him, but I'm not going to be distracted by the haunted apartment.

"Who won the chess game?" I ask.

His eyes open wider. "That's a very good question, Ariella," he says. "I wish I knew the answer."

My father usually knows the answer to everything.

"Could you tell she was older than you?" I ask.

He shrugs. "I didn't think about it. Age has never mattered much to me." He stands up, goes to the living room window, draws the heavy velvet curtains. "Time for you to sleep," he says.

I have a hundred more questions. But I nod, I don't object. Tonight he's told me more than ever before about my mother, whom I've never seen, and even more about himself.

Except for one thing — the truth he doesn't want to tell, the truth I'll spend years trying to understand. The truth about who we really are.

Copyright © 2007 by Blue Garage Co.

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"Joyce Bean's vocal range is well suited to Hubbard's intriguing coming-of-age story.... Listeners will be entranced by the well-plotted literary mystery and enchanted by Bean's vivacious delivery." —-AudioFile

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Society of S 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 134 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to lie, i was looking for a new book and the cover caught my attention saying that anyfan of the twilight series would love this book. I..er my dad bought it and while is was in the car i was expecting something completely juicy like romance and vampire like mystery [twilight series stuff] but instead i read the back to learn it's a family type 'coming of age' story :[ instinctive impression. oh crap! But like I started to read the book and at first i'm like 'wow, i'm an idiot, why did i buy this' it's incredibly monotonous and ridgedly boring. But then it hit this turning point where I just couldn't put it down. It's strange to admit but this is the first book that truly instilled fear in me. I was scared to look out the window at night for days. People don't give this book enough credit it was actually REALLY good. I can't say i would read the ENTIRE thing over again cause it was the element of surprise that set the whole thing up, but i would definitely recommend this book to ANYONE. I loved it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Saratoga Falls, New York Ariella Montero lives with her father, a scientist who limits her time to near zero with outsiders. The only people she encounters besides her dad are his research assistant Dennis, housekeeper Mrs. McGarritt and at times her thirteen year old daughter Kathleen. --- However, now turning thirteen, Ari learns the truth behind her home schooling and her mother Sara who vanishes after the afterbirth. Her dad explains that he became a vampire just prior to marrying her mother. The teen learns that she has been kept on a unique diet and home away from her peers to keep her safe until the moment of reckoning for her, which is now. She must choose between the life of a vampire like her dad and that of a mortal like her mom. Ari cannot decide until she learns more about her mother so she begins a quest to find the elusive S. --- Though growing up with a single dad, Ari¿s vampire heritage plays a secondary role in this wonderful coming of age tale of a girl's struggles with the end of the innocence while dealing with adolescence and being a mixed breed offspring. Much of the tale is Ari searching for her mom as she tussles with the seeming estrangement between her parents and the apparent abandonment of her mom. The poignant Ari makes this a strong character study with obvious societal connotations. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book struck me at first as captivating and interesting. HOWEVER once i started reading I was soundly proven otherwise. It was boring, plotless and i cannot believe i was excited to read this book. You'd be better off spending your money elsewhere
asamum More than 1 year ago
Written in first person narrative from Ariella's point of view, mostly in retrospect and diary format, starting as 13 year old with a HUGE dark family secret. Not only is the story told from her point of view but she takes on the persona of a third person narrator at times, giving insight into other peoples thoughts and feelings. It is sometimes difficult to understand this correctly as you constantly have to remember that she is only interpreting other peoples actions based on her own rather than having direct insight into their minds. I really enjoyed the way in which Ariella directly addresses the reader, it added a sense of involvement in the plot. The book is split into 3 different sections relating to the different phases of the story. The 1st part shows Ariella as a child, sheltered from the real world by her father. This was my favourite part, the start was dramatic and full of tension. The descriptions were deliciously sensory. The vocabulary is lovely and gives me the satisfaction of gaining knowledge via osmosis :) The plot unravels slowly like a loose thread you pull that keeps unravelling until you are able to snap it off. Intriguing plot teasers dropped throughout the narrative. The second part deals with Ariella's journey to find her mother and her developing awareness of different aspects of her personality. I couldn't fully grasp the changes in Ariella in this section and her actions didn't quite seem to fit with the picture I had already built up of her from the 1st section. I had to keep reminding myself that she is only supposed to be 13 at this point and couldn't quite weigh up her interactions and emotions with someone of that age. I adored the Poe quotes and the terrific literary analysis of Poe given within the narrative. Especially the use of italics to draw the readers eye to specific parts of the plot. I have always wanted to read Poe but am a bit concerned that it will frighten me, being of the squeamish variety and having a technicolor imagination :) There are also some very intriguing religious references adding another element to the story, all thoroughly researched and well developed points. The last section finds Ariella reunited with her mother. Bringing back the Ariella I had imagined in the 1st section. In some respects she appears older and wiser than her years and at others, she appears younger and more naive, probably a conflict that occurs to anyone at that age. A little bit of the nature versus nurture debate comes into force as we are left to wonder what sort of person Ariella would be if she had lived with her mother during her childhood. The changes within Ariella during each section gives the book a different feel, like 3 different stories unfolding to a single conclusion. I particularly liked the imagery used to describe the gardens and animals in this section, it really brought it to life for me. Some major plot twists occur at the end; we are left with resolution to some aspects and a big mystery to others. There is a particular description of a man, I think we can assume is evil, that I found chilling. On the whole, I am a bit torn with this one, I liked the general storyline but couldn't fully relate the story to a 13 year old. I think I am still going to have to read the next book just to find out if the mystery is solved :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The summary had me intrigued so I had to read the book. I personally am tired of all the Twilight hype and was trying to find another vampire book that was different. I did, The Society of S is in many ways better then a lot of vampire books I¿ve read. The only down side? It¿s slow going and very detailed which can make the book drag on forever at times. My suggestion, if you¿re looking for a fast action jump into the plot read, leave this book be. If you¿re willing to put in the effort and read the book for all it¿s integrity go ahead and take a bite.
SimplyGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was going to be a typical vampire book, full of blood drinking, sex and all that jazz. (not that I don't enjoy a little sex and blood drinking!) What a pleasant surprise, when it turned out to be a wonderful coming of age story, about a young girl trying to answer the question- Who am I?Ariella, the main character, grew up not knowing her mother, and was raised by her father. He home schooled her and she ended up living the first 13 years of her life completely sheltered. I identified with her, because I was a very sheltered child, and I was also home schooled until age 13. Ariella was intelligent, smart, and I enjoyed watching her develop, as she discovered more about herself. I really liked the scientific approach to the life of the vampires in this book. Raphael, Ariella's father, was convinced that vampirism was an affliction, and that it could be treated like a disease. Overall, this book was awesome. Ariella's journey had me captivated and I definitely recommend this book!
silenceiseverything on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm just going to jump in here and say that I have had severe issues with most vampire books I've read (granted I haven't read that many...). I absolutely loathed Twilight (and its craptastic sequel, New Moon. Haven't ventured further than that and don't ever plan to), I hated Companions of the Night, and thought I Am Legend was just "okay". I have read an anthology of classic Victorian vampire short stories and that was pretty good, but overall, my experience has been very "meh"-like. Hence why The Society of S has been falling further and further on Mount TBR. So, I finally said "Screw it!" and decided to read it. And surprisingly enough, I kind of sorta loved it. This is the first vampire novel that I've read that's actually intelligent. Most of the ones I read are just pure fluff (like the Sookie Stackhouse series which I like a bit, but don't love). Now there's absolutely nothing wrong with fluff (it's good for the soul, after all), but once in a while I like to read a smart book about monsters. I don't really care what kind. The Society of S deals heavily with science (in regards to how vampires are made and how they co-exist with us mere mortals) and also deals with the ethical dilemnas in being an "other". It wasn't all "I'm a vampire, so now what?", which I liked. Plus, the book compares Poe and in one instance Freud to the likes of the modern-day vampire, which was all types of awesome. The Society of S is narrated by a thirteen year old girl. Most of the time I have an issue with teenagers narrating books about vampires because usually they do it in such an annoying way that I spent the whole novel rolling my eyes at these girls who give teenagers and women in general a bad name. But I actually really liked Ariella. First off, she was smart (seriously, take notes Stephenie Meyer. Not all us women are incredibly shallow, naive, and just so anti-feminist), but most importantly, her emotions seemed so real that I found myself caring about her. I also absolutely loved the parents, especially her father. I'm a complete and total sucker for a man with a dry sense of humor. There's just nothing I can do about (not that I would want to, of course). The supporting characters were all more than adequate, except I really wanted to know more about the mysterious Root. Maybe in the next book in this series (which I'm so picking up really soon). One thing, though, was that the Big Bad wasn't really all that big. I mean, they were bad, but I didn't get the sense that Ariella was in too much danger at the beginning (or middle). Everything else was interesting enough, but I really missed the viciousness of the vampire a bit. So, I guess I want more Big Bad or a bigger Bad. So, anyway, I highly recommend The Society of S for those who want a unique twist on vampires, but don't want them to veer so off script that you want to cry because vampires so aren't supposed to sparkle... Also, if you want something deeper than the current batch of vampire novels, then this is definitely the one you need to pick up. My faith in vampires has been restored once more (or at least until I read another crappy one that makes me want to yell and not in the "this is totally creepy and I'm fearing for my life right this minute" kind of way).
Bbexlibris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have never read a vampire book before, and I was a little nervous about reading this one, I am easily spooked. I loved this book though, it was such a great read. Ari, is trying to figure out who she is, her father has always done strange things, and cannot go outside in the daytime, but what about her? Up until now she has not been affected by these strange habits and is quite normal, in the Society of S she finds out who she really is and what that means for her future. Susan Hubbard does an incredible job of telling a tale in which vampires are trying to cope with life, and learn to live with humans. Interested in how that goes for them? Read it!! It is not a blood-sucking gore of a book, but one that develops the characters, lets you feel for them and allows room for wiggle, and in the case of Ari that gives way to hopes and dreams that she longs to reach for.I think I loved this book because it was so different than anything else I had read before. But also because Ari loves reading, education and is very mature for her age. It is well written, and just takes you in and asks you to have a seat (and stay for a long, long time!).
turtlesleap on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ariella Montero is a young girl growing up in a secretive household with her father, a cook and two friends of her father. She has no memories of her mother and knows nothing of the circumstances of her departure; or even whether she is living or dead. Ariella is home-schooled, cloistered from most contact with the outside world but intellectually precocious. Bit by bit, she begins to unravel some of the mystery that surrounds her and then, following the tragic death of her only friend, does a typically adolescent thing and runs away to search for her mother. This book is a story of a young girl's coming of age, packaged as a vampire novel. Hubbard does a very nice job of matter-of-factly presenting the particulars of Ariella's "condition" without melodrama. My only reservation about the book stemmed from the untidiness of many, many loose ends left lying about. There are, by the time the mystery is solved, at least as many unanswered questions as answered ones. Even allowing for a sequel, the frustration index here is very high. Still, this is a more intelligent selection for a youngster interested in reading a "vampire book" than most available right now.
jmaloney17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a coming-of-age story. And it was about vampires. I found it on a bargain rack somewhere so I picked it up. It is a YA novel.It was pretty good. Nothing too great. I do believe it is a series, but I probably will not read any more. Not that they are not worth reading. I just have a lot of books to read. Any pre-teen/teen involved in the current vampire craze would like the book. Definately better writing than the Twilight series. It is not as sappy. Deals with loneliness.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting take on vampires from 12 year old Ari's perspective who slowly discovers that her father isn't what he seems and perhaps nothing about her family is true. A bit slow, but a good book nonetheless.
belanna4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must say I was reluctant to read this book. It was recommended by a fellow co worker. I was glad that I read it and I cant wait to get the second book, The Year of Disappearances.The Society of S, was beautifully written and the author really made you feel like you knew that characters personally. The way that they characters talked to you and asked you questions, which I normally don't like but they were well done. The self realization that the character went through to find her self, her mother and bring her family together was well done and kept me wanting to read the book even when I was at work!A great read for teens and adults!
nm1990 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Society of S follows the story of young Ariella Montero, who lives with her single father in New York. Ariella¿s mother disappeared the day she was born, and many questions remain as to why. Ariella is unusually intelligent for her age, probably a result of having been homeschooled by her father.Ariella¿s is prompted to take a journey to find her mother after a series of mysterious events. On her trip, she goes through many trials associated with coming of age, though the author took a creative liberty and added a supernatural spin on things. Ariella finds out that she is a vampire, and that she can choose to be mortal like her mother, or a vampire like her father. This decision, among many others, drives the action in the novel.Personally, I really enjoyed The Society of S. Even though the narrator is a young teenager, I feel like this book was written with more mature audiences in mind (not that younger readers wouldn¿t enjoy it) because the writing wasn¿t the typical super-romantic, angsty writing that usually accompanies teen characters (not that I don¿t love that kind of writing!). I felt that the author¿s tone voice was unique and had just the right amount of description and imagery. Overall, the book was well-written, and had enough suspense and mystery to keep me turning pages.As a sidenote, Hubbards has recently released a sequel to this book, called The Year of Disappearances. It¿s on my reading list, and I¿ll have a review of it once I¿ve acquired the book and read it!
mckait on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ari is a twelve year old girl telling the story of her strange and lonely life. Her mother disappeared the day she was born and she lives with her father and his "assistants".There is Dennis who has always been kind and protective, and a woman who isfrightening and unfriendly. Mrs. McG is a housekeeper who has several children of her own,who takes care of the homeschooled Ari, and makes her odd vegetarian meals. They are always unappealing. Thanks to Mrs. McG Ari is allowed, for the first time to visit another family, and she becomes friends with the children, particularly Kathleen who is her age. Michael is Kathleen's older brother and he and Ari soon become close as well. It doesn't take long for Kathleen to notice that Ari's family is unusual. She and Ari both begin to suspect that there is something that Ralph, Ari's dad is not telling. That is when things get interesting. This is an unusual coming of age novel, that all in all was entertaining and kept my interest. The characters were odd, but Ari herself was quite compelling. I am glad I read it, and will watch to see if a sequel is in the offing. If so I will read it. I do recommend this book for an entertaining read to while away a long afternoon. Especially if one enjoys a vampire story.
paltner-new on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"My mother disappeared after my birth and had not been seen by us since." Haunting words from a thirteen year-old girl who will soon come to a very transforming time in her life. Mariella Montero lives with her father Raphael in a large Victorian house in Saratoga Springs, NY. The morning hours are spent alone or with the housekeeper, the sweet natured Ms McGarritt. The afternoons are devoted to lessons taught by Raphael that entail wide ranging subjects of literature (Poe is a favorite), mathematics, physics, philosophy. Ari, as her father calls her, receives strong intellectual stimulation from her scholar/ scientist father. Most mornings he spends with his assistants in a basement laboratory. Nothing terribly sinister going on here, but it is mysterious. Ari knows instinctively not to invade that space.After so many years of deep curiosity Ari finally finds out some answers about her mother and the nature of her father. Ari is aware that she is the daughter of a vampire father and a mortal mother. Such a disturbing revelation raises other questions many of which her father cannot answer. What caused her mother's disappearance? Will Ari be human or vampire? In this regard Raphael believes she is more like him than her mother, but it is not yet clear. At some future time Ari herself must choose. And while trying to absorb this new found knowledge Ari suffers the loss of her only friend. Kathleen, the daughter of Mrs McGarritt, is murdered. There is severe blood loss and mutilation. The police and FBI investigate thoroughly but identify no suspects. Ari cannot help wondering if her father or either of his assistants might be involved. The thought horrifies her. Still it persists.Eventually she decides she must leave Raphael's house to find out things for herself. Her first task is to find out what happened to her mother. Ari sets out alone and without telling anyone.This is a brilliant novel, so poetically written. I hung on every word.In May, 2008 a sequel, The Year of Disappearances, was published. I haven't read it yet, but I will.
sakurakittycreatives on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I admit it. I have a soft spot for vampire lore. Sadly, the Twilight books are not my cup of tea (the wolf boy sub-plot did not intrigue me), so I was extra pleased to find another coming of age vampire series: Susan Hubbard's Society of S. In Hubbard's world vampires live among us. They're sensitive to sun, but not necessarily flammable; they can't fly; crosses and holy water don't harm them, and a stake through the heart does not turn them to dust. Some have even divided into a sect of ecologically minded, morally obligated creatures -- synthesetes who see in color and communicate with animals.There are even warm, kind, and loving vamps. Who knew? Ari, the fourteen year old narrator, lives a secluded life with her father. She's a home schooled vegetarian with a missing mother and the suspicion her dad might be a creature of the night (how boring the book would be if her instincts were wrong!). It's creepy, sexy, fun (and fast)! The abrupt ending would have frustrated me to no end if the second book in the series wasn't already available. Now I just need to find a libray who carries it. Recommended to anyone who crushed on Lestat, Spike or Angel, and is still in touch with their inner reader.** **Your inner reader is the part of you who falls in love with books the way you did when you were a kid: largely oblivious to the pressures of a job, family, reality, or the books you're supposed to be reading as opposed to the ones you feel like reading. Your inner reader is also willing to read books you would have loved when you were younger, and embrace them for the love that could have been and kinda is.
extrajoker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
first line (of the preface): "On a cool spring night in Savannah, my mother is walking."first line (of the first chapter): "I stood alone outside our house in deep blue twilight."A book with classic literary themes: coming of age; mother-daughter relationships; vampires....I was disappointed with the ending until I learned that Hubbard's written a sequel, The Year of Disappearances. I enjoyed the first one, and its interesting take on vampirism, enough that I'll likely pick up the second sometime soon.I wonder whether this will be a trilogy or an ongoing series...?
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ariella lives with her father, she's homeschooled, and her life is quite regimented. When she's exposed to her housekeeper's family she discovers love and friendship and starts to question her life and lifestyle. Those questions bring up some issues that she is unsure if the answers aren't a bit out of whack.It's not a bad read but it really didn't capture my imagination. I would have believed it better if the character was older when she began her road trip to find her mother. Not a bad read but not really for me.
susiesharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book.Was a very different vampire story than Twilight.Even though the heroine is a young girl it doesn't have the teen angst which I found refreshing.Am definatly looking forward to the next book!
loverofbooks79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great read one that should be read by all teenagers since it does deal with entering young adulthood. But also what a ride one goes on from the beginning to the end. Reading and following Ari was a joy and look forward for her other journey's that she will go on.
books_ofa_feather on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reminiscent of Kostova's The Historian, which I also enjoyed, this was a great read. The author makes vampires actually seem real, delving into the history of vampires, even scientific background and explanation.
KathyWoodall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ariella finds out when she 13 that her whole life is based on a lie. No one will tell her why her mother left moments after she was born and hasn't been heard from since. After her best friend Kathleen is murdered she sets out to find her mother. What she finds, she is not finds is not quite what she was expecting.I truly enjoyed the novel and would recommend it to anyone who likes novels about vampires.
BlondeBibliophile on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found it quite enjoyable. The main character is a twelve-year-old, however she seems more like 20something. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that the child's father (who is also a vampire) uses Lupus as a medical excuse for his "differences". I have Lupus. I was highly entertained by this. :-) A good read. I intend to start the subsequent book soon.
tigermel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sort of an "Interview with a Teenaged Vampire" set today. Myspace, blogs, ipods and role playing games all get a mention. Ariella tells the story of her childhood up until age 13 when she discovers she's a vampire, which she inherited genetically from her father. It is an ok read. I did feel like i was reading a diary. Hubbard does a great job on the atmosphere and characters. As I pulled up the Amazon link for this one I saw that Hubbard has a second novel coming out in May which is a continuation. I would probably get around to reading the next eventually but it isn't super high on my lists. I am going to pass this one to my little sister, so i give it a strong 3.
Phantasma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reminds me a bit of Special Topics in Calamity Physics, and I'm not 100% sure why. Yet, where Special Topics was way too proud of itself, The Society of S was interesting, entertaining and not pretentious at all. Plus, it had vampires. It was a suprisingly good read.