Perverse by Larry Rodness
Publisher: Itoh Press ( Dec. 2012)
Nineteen year old Emylene Stipe is a 2nd generation Goth who, like every teenage girl, is trying to find her place in the world. One night she comes upon an old painting in an antique store and is compelled to purchase it. When she brings it home an image of a young woman appears in the sketch and then magically materializes in her apartment. Emylene nick-names her 'Poinsettia' and they soon become fast friends. But Poinsettia has an ulterior motive for her sudden and strange intrusion into her host's life which causes Emylene to question her whole belief system.
The author writes with vibrant, descriptive language and had the voice of a 19 yr. old down perfectly. I felt as if I was there with Emylene and her parents. It was also a fresh twist on a vampire tale and that kept the book interesting for me. I also liked the character of Lazlo- a 68 yr. old vampire slayer. The only issue I had was there was some continuity problems but it didn't keep me from enjoying the story.It's a YA novel but there's some profanity so it might not be suitable for younger teens. If you want a fresh take on vampire stories then this book is for you.
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