Friday, 5 November 2010

The Society of S by Susan Hubbard

 The Society of S (An Ethical Vampire Novel, #1)          A Sociedade do Sangue Portuguese Cover

Title: The Society of S (Ethical Vampire #1)
Author: Susan Hubbard
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: May 1st 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Horror, Vampires, Family, Mystery
Summary: If you ever want to hide from the world, live in a small city, where everyone seems anonymous."
That's the advice of twelve-year-old Ariella Montero, who lives with her father in Saratoga Springs, New York, in a house haunted more by secrets than by memories. The Society of S traces her journey south, to Asheville and Savannah, and on to Florida, as she learns that everything she knows about her family is a lie.
When she finds her mother, she learns the truth: Ariella is a fledgling member of the Society of S.S stands for Sanguinists: a sect of environmentalists concerned with ethics and human rights -- although they happen to be vampires. S also stands for synesthete: a person able to see words and letters in colors. The letter S is lucky for Sara, Ariella's mother, who gravitates to cities such as Savannah and Sarasota. But will it be lucky for Ariella? Susan Hubbard's novel is an intricate literary mystery that raises provocative questions about the way we live now. Ariella's voice will lure you into a world where you'll meet the others among us: vampires who cope with their special nature and need for blood in a variety of ways, ranging from the savage to the mundane to the scientific

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Review: This book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. When I read the summary I imagined more suspense and horror but that didn’t happened much: with a few exceptions the story didn’t gave me any strong feelings.
The writing was too simple, even for a Young Adult novel.
I liked to read the story from Ariella point of view: she’s an interesting girl, with a strong personallity.
The other characters are intriguing and they’re not flat but I just couldn’t relate to them.
The novel is settled in the small town of Saratoga Springs and many events from the plot occurred in the old and strange Victorian mansion where Ari and her father live, which create a great atmosphere.
Until today I still can’t understand the title because in this book the Society of S is only referred once or twice!
Overall this book isn’t the best that I read about vampires but the end let me with some curiosity so I’ll probably read the second book in the series.


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