TARYN HAD NEVER BEEN NORMAL.She wasn't like other girls- not after that night, that thing, took her parents from her. She made it through hospitals, doctors, and therapy by playing by their rules and saying all the things they wanted to hear. But, inside, she held on to the truth.She knew what she saw.
SHE SPENT HER TEEN YEARS PREPARING IN SECRETWith her two closest friends at her side, she dedicated herself to a mission. She would train and she would hunt. When the time came, she would be ready. No one she loved would be hurt by one of those monsters ever again
But with high school behind them, new found freedom comes with new responsibilities and new problems. Instead of weapons and self defense classes, she now has jobs and bills. The relation-ship with her best friend was suddenly shifting into new, scary territories. How could she take down bad guys if she couldn’t get her own life in order?
AND THEN THERE WAS HIM.A mysterious stranger who pops up in suspicious places and throws off all sorts of bad vibes. His face now starred in her regular nightmares and plagued her thoughts in the day. Was she overre-acting? Or, was this finally the monster she had been waiting for? As the scars of Taryn’s past rise up to haunt her, she begins to question herself. With her mission faltering and her friendship off kilter, would life ever be the same again?Would she ever be the same?
There are no vampires in this book is one I will certainly share with my high school students. This book centers around a young woman coming to grips with the trauma of her past. You get glimpses into her past via her journal. You also get glimpse into her current thoughts through the journal. The rest of the story is told in 3rd person. Tarryn is such a relatable character; she has had a tough past, and did what I think most people do to cope. She pretended to be what everyone wanted so they would get off her back. She has 2 amazing friends who support her through her crazy ideas and they are the only people she doesn’t hide her real thoughts from. Its a much deeper emotional book than I expected but I think high school students will really enjoy Tarryn’s honesty and her desire to hold on to the idea that she feels her parents were killed by a vampire (I mean, hello, most of my students have entires zombie apocalypse plans! They will totally relate to a girl who thinks her parents will killed by a vampire!). Its a fairly short read as well. If you like YA/NA with some depth, There are No Vampires in this Book is a great book to pick up!
Megan Bailey is a novelist and short story author. When not writing, she loves playing video games for way too many hours and reading everything she can get her hands on. Megan is married to her own wise-cracking, romantic hero. They live in Central Illinois with their two devious/darling daughters and three furbabies: Minna the boxer dog, Logan the black cat, and Gimli the dwarf bunny.