Friday, November 12, 2010

ARC Review: Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney

by Flynn Meaney

Courtesy of We Love YA! Book Tours

Some vampires are good. Some are evil. Some are totally faking it to get girls.

Pale skin? Check. Strange-colored eyes? Check. Lanky body and brooding demeanor? Check and check. Paranormal abilities? Not quite.

Awkward and allergic to the sun, sixteen-year-old Finbar Frame is the sensitive guy who never gets the girl. But when he notices that all the female students at his new school are obsessed with the vampire book Bloodthirsty, Finbar decides to exploit his lack of pigmentatino and become a vampire. Or at least fake it . . . to get a date.

Bloodthirsty is a hilarious send-up of today's pop-culture infatuations and a pitch-perfect portrait of a lovable neurotic teenage guy on a quest to be cool.

My Review
Bloodthirsty is one of the funniest, best-executed parodies I've read in recent memory! I tried Nightlight by The Harvard Lampoon (creator of the amazing Bored of the Rings spoof), but, between the lack of humor and downright strange characters, it just didn't sit right. Flynn Meaney, however, has written a riotous satire of modern culture starring Finbar Frame, a not-so-savvy teenage boy plagued by a ridiculous name, an utter lack of pigmentation, and a newly-developed allergy to the sun. After a chance encounter with a vampire book-wielding girl on the subway who insists that she knows his "secret," Finbar realizes that he has the perfect opportunity to upgrade his social standing: when he starts at his new school, he will be a vampire. Bloodthirsty is a new and novel take on the increasingly familiar vampire genre, and I can't wait to read more from this fantastic author.

Bloodthirsty is Flynn Meaney's debut novel.

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