High School Bites (The Lucy Chronicles)

 
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High School Bites (The Lucy Chronicles)
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12+
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January 03, 2006
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0451217527
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Lucy Hellenberg is not your typical Pacific Cedar High student. Because in between hanging out with her friends, hating her hair and her math teacher, and trying to decide whether she should dump her on-again off-again boyfriend, she has to deal with a father who refuses to go outside and a house that bears way too much resemblance to the set of The Munsters.

And that's not all. Lucy has just discovered that she's a descendent of the lovely Lucy in Bram Stoker's Dracula-and that vampires really do exist (right here at Pacific Cedar High!). Now, she has to accessorize her homecoming dress with a necklace of garlic and learn how to drive while driving away vampires-without becoming their next victim.

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Homework, Homecoming...and Garlic Perfume
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Lucy Hellenberg soon realizes there really is no such thing as coincidence. Theres a good reason shes named Lucy (as was her mother, her grandmother, her great-grandmother and so on), and that her best friends name is Mina, and that her father is practically a hermit. Not to mention, her sometime boyfriend Vics last name being Irving&

On her sixteenth birthday, Lucy finds out that she comes from a long line of strong women named Lucy starting with the one that inspired the character of Lucy in Bram Stokers Dracula. But the real Lucy Barrows didnt succumb to Dracula's (Henry Irvings his real name and he was an actor) spell like the one in the book. She ran away and the famed vampire has been chasing her and her descendants ever after.

Armed with her new knowledge, a diary left behind by her ancestors, and some garlic-enhanced perfume, Lucy sets out to do battle with the vampires that want to mess up her life. Shed like to get rid of them once and for all. I mean, for heavens sake, isnt high school bad enough as it is? Now shes got to worry about carrying holy water around and shes already prone to forgetting her Algebra book.

Liza Conrads story is a fast read with lots of action and historical tidbits thrown in for good measure. Some things dont make a lot of sense like Lucys sudden super powers (whered she get those?) and Mr. Dobbs (their English teacher and a descendant of Bram Stoker another coincidence) being able to find them easily whenever trouble breaks out, no matter where they are. But readers will easily overlook those kinds of details in favor of the fun and thrills contained within. Hey, weve even got a Professor Van Helsing appearing as a cat!

Recommended for readers aged 12 and up, especially girls who like strong role models to look up to and humor to get them through it. And stay tuned, this is a series, so more of Lucys exciting adventures will be coming.
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Brillant!
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Reader reviewed by K.Hager

I loved this book! Liza Conrad has taken all the myths about vampires & turned them into a fun YA read. She tells you that the story of Dracula was real and that Lucy is a descendant of women who have been fighting and running from vampires for years. She's presented with a diary of her ancestors on her 16th birthday that explains everything...one problem. Her boyfriend is part of the family of vampires that's been after her family for years!

I only wish I had read Bram Stroker's Dracula before I began this book. I think I would have gotten more out of it that way, but yet the book is so detailed (without being boring & bogged down by detail) that you don't feel you're missing anything. This is a gret book that I'd highly recommend for anyone.
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High School Bites...But This Book Doesn't!
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Reader reviewed by Jocelyn

Everybody who is there now or has ever been there knows that high school sucks. Anyone who says he or she enjoyed high school is either insane, blocking out all but two days of it, or lying. But for Lucy, there's more to it than her chia-pet hair, evil math teacher, or getting a driver's license. For her, high school really bites. When she turns sixteen, her father, who hasn't left the house in years (she has to carry an entire keyring to unlock the front door, with locks and keys color-coded in nail polish) gives her an unusual gift. What she gets is an old leather-bound book. It's the diary of her mother, her grandmother, her great-grandmother, and even her great-great-grandmother. All named Lucy. The original Lucy was, apparently, a friend of Bram Stoker's. And, says Lucy's father, Bram Stoker's Dracula was a true story. Complete with Henry Irving the vampire being a real (but not exactly live) person. As well as Lucy and Mina.

That's the explanation for the weird coincidences in Lucy's life. She has a best friend named Mina. Lucy's also been having weird dreams that are the same as those described in the diary by the women who came before her. Her English teacher has just started a unit on Dracula. Oh, and her boyfriend? Vic Irving. Yeah, of the same Irving family. Can she, her friends, and her father destroy Dracula once and for all with the help of crucifixes, holy water, and garlic perfume?

High School Bites is a great, fast-paced and well-told story. There have been a ton of vampire books for young adults released recently, most of them good, and this one is no exception. If you're a fan of vampire books, this great read is definitely one to add to your collection. The characters are interesting and well-written, as well as being more than what's on the surface. There's more to it than meets the eye here, which always makes a story more interesting. Liza Conrad's writing flows nicely, and I'm definitely looking forward to her next book, The Poker Diaries, due out next March. I am also hoping for more to read in The Lucy Chronicles, and I'm sure other readers will feel the same after reading this novel!
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Could have been better
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Reader reviewed by DG

I read this book fairly quickly. I thought it was going to be a cute story about vampires in highschool and it turned out to be different. There wasn't much character development so I couldn't really get into it. I've read a couple other books by this author under her other name Erica Orloff, which were okay books too. My suggestion is to avoid reading this.
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Dracula isn't real. Right?
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Reader reviewed by Bettina

Are vampires fact or fiction? When Lucy turns sixteen she learns a bone-chilling truth. Vampires are real and not everything in the movie and book Dracula aren't true. Vampires CAN walk in sunlight, but they'd rather not. Worst of all, Lucy finds out that she is a descendant of the Lucy featured in Dracula and there are lots of vampires living in her city, Seattle, including Dracula himself. It doesn't help either that her boyfriend is one himself. There's also a wierd twist. Mina was Lucy's friend in the movie and the Lucy featured in High School Bites has a friend also called Mina and she has a strange resemblance to the one in the movie.

Lucy learns from a diary that the original Lucy and all her female descendants(all called Lucy) kept. Lucy learns that she herself can defeat vampires and that she had special powers to do just that. Plus, she gets help from her dad. He knows about vampires and he gives her special garlic perfume specially formulated to repel vampires.

I liked this book because it had some creative ideas and the storyline twists and turns. But, parts of it were pretty boring. Overall, I think that this is a good read, but you shouldn't spend too much time on it.
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