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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Suck It Up and Die by Brian Meehl

Suck It Up and Die by Brian Meehl
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (416 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Nearly two years after Suck It Up, all Morning McCobb wants is to complete his training at the NY Fire Academy and to stay head over heels in love with Portia for as long as the chronology-crossed lovers can, given that she's now eighteen and he's stalled at sixteen.

It's nearly the first anniversary of American Out Day, the historic day on which the Leaguer vampires of America began going mainstream without going bloodstream on their fellow mortal citizens.

The tension between Morning's wish for a simple, out of the spotlight life, and Portia's cinematic obsession with historic events escalates to the breaking point when a super-sinister vampire rises from the grave with a powerful thirst, for revenge.

Vampires fighting for the right to become full American citizens? Utter craziness! And yet, that’s just what’s happening in New York on this first anniversary of American Out Day. Although, things never quite go as smoothly as planned, do they? Enter our hero, Morning McCobb and his band of crazy friends, ready to step up and save the day… er, night?

All Morning McCobb wants to do is graduate from the academy and become one of New York’s firefighters. But unfortunately, things are never quite that simple, are they? Especially when you’re a teenage vampire forced to be the figurehead for the Vampire League. However, Morning does a great job of not letting the fame and notoriety go to his head. His easy sense of humor and dedication to his EB – eternal beloved – Portia come together to steer his focus onto other things, the kinds of things your average teen would be focused on. Morning is probably one of the most likable vampires I’ve ever come across.

Portia’s sights are set on her art – filmmaking. Even if she manages to push her boyfriend, Morning, to the side, the show must go on or else she might fail to graduate. Because of this, she does have a tendency to put Morning second and her film du jour first. Despite that, she’s an enjoyable character and very fit to be by Morning’s side all the way. When it counts, she is there for him and has complete faith in his abilities. She brings stability to his sometimes flighty moments.

Suck It Up and Die is an entertaining and laugh out loud funny novel of vampires fighting for their rights to be part of the crowd. The author keeps you reading with plot twists I didn’t expect and a very unique take on the vampire myth, coming up with a kicker that caught me by surprise. With its cast of zany side characters and action packed plot, there’s a little of something for everyone inside its cover. So pick up your can of blood substitute and come celebrate American Out Day with Morning and his friends!

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