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Night School by Mari Mancusi

Published by Berkley Trade (An imprint of Penguin USA)

Pages: 256

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers Summary: After their parents’ shocking revelation about their fae heritage and an attack on their lives, the McDonald twins are forced to hide out deep in the Swiss Alps at Riverdale Academy, a secret vampire slayer training facility. And with no way to contact their vampire boyfriends for rescue, they’re going to have to play nice with the locals.

But when Sunny starts acting strange, Rayne realizes that there’s more to fear at Riverdale than getting staked by the student body-leading to a showdown in Fairyland that may cost the twins their lives.

Rayne lives in a world of vampires, vampire slayers, faeries and so much more. In her recent past she’s undergone her own transformation from average teenage girl to vampire/vampire hunter and now she’s learned that she herself is the heir to a powerful faerie kingdom. To escape the likelihood of capture and “deportation” to “fairyland” her parents decide that it’s best for both her and her twin sister, Sunny (yes, Rayne and Sunshine), to stow away at Riverdale Academy, a vampire slaying school. Unfortunately, they don’t happen to know that Rayne is a vampire herself and this could definitely cause some potential hazardous situations, not to mention that her sister has started to act a bit strange in the process. All of this leads to the discovery of some very interesting behavior at Riverdale Academy as well as an ending that will leave you questioning whether Disneyland truly is “the happiest place on earth.”

This was a complete and total escape read. From page one I was left wondering whether I was reading Night School or watching one of those comedy mash-up movies where they make fun of every recent big hit out there. Not only did the story mention books like Twilight and the True Blood series, but Disneyland and every character you can imagine, even Tinkerbell. To an extent it was quite funny, but I’d have to admit at some points I was really hoping it would get into the “meat” of the story. Also, at points I found myself shaking my head thinking, “could there really be one more thing?” because of all the circumstances revolving around Rayne’s supernatural existence. All in all though, it was pretty hilarious and I found myself chuckling on nearly each page turn.

As for the story, so many parts of it were completely original. I was shocked to see how the “night school” was incorporated into the story without it having been the ongoing theme throughout the series. In addition the faerie kingdom itself, though mimicking a commonly known place was still completely different from anything else I’ve read before. Each of the characters, Rayne especially were original and even first time readers of the series will find themselves connected with them immediately.

Overall, Night School was an incredibly fun read. I’d highly recommend it for readers who like quite a bit of laughter mixed in with their reading experience. Especially fans of comedy mash-ups and pop-culture will be quite pleased. In addition to that the characters were real and easy to relate to, even for first time readers of the series. An original story with an extremely quirky and hilarious backdrop, Mari Mancusi’s latest installment of her Blood Coven series is sure to please paranormal fans and leave them eagerly anticipating the next in the series.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 14 and up. A hilarious setting, original story and characters you’ll love. Perfect for the paranormal fan who loves a laugh with their reading experience.


Thanks to the publisher, Berkley Trade, I have one finished paperback copy of Night School: A Blood Coven Novel by Mari Mancusi to giveaway to my readers! Thank you!

Details: One winner will be chosen at random after the contest closes. You MUST fill out the form below, comments will not count as entries. Only one entry per household. Giveaway is open to US/Canada Residents only. The giveaway will run from December 14, 2010 until December 31, 2010 midnight EST.

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Thank you so much to the author, Mari Mancusi, and publisher, Berkley Trade, for providing a copy of his book for review and giveaway!
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11 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Night School by Mari Mancusi

  1. I’ve been wanting to check our Mancusi’s books. I have Boys That Bite but haven’t gotten to it yet. This sounds interesting.

  2. Jenni Elyse says:

    You always have so many fun give-aways and book reviews!

  3. Gina says:

    Hmm…and I was hoping for so much more from the title and cover! *shakes head* Oh well, cie la vie! Perhaps if I’m looking for an unexpected funny read or if I get a chance to check out the other books in the series (it is part of the series, right?), I’ll consider this one….thanks for sharing! Great review as usual!

  4. NotNessie says:

    Sounds like fun times!

  5. Bella says:

    I love this series so much and will definitely be racing off to get Night School when its released. Great review Danielle, can’t wait to read it myself!

  6. Sounds fun 🙂 Pop culture references can be a total gas.

  7. I love a little humor with a dark side so this sounds like a win win novel for me. Thanks for the giveawayQ

  8. latisha depoortere says:

    Great giveaway thank you so much. This book sounds so good have it on my wishlist can’t wait to read it 🙂

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  10. This sounds really good! I like books that take an original path.

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