Friday, October 31, 2008

Enchanting Review: Sucks To Be Me

SUCKS TO BE ME: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe)
Paranormal YA
ISBN# 978-0-7869-5028-7
304 Pages
Hardcover—Available August 2008

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

Mina Hamilton’s grown up with her vampire parents and never really gave much thought about becoming a member of the undead herself, until well, now. It seems word has gotten out that her parents are living with a mortal and even worse yet in their eyes, they know she knows they’re vampires. Now the Vampire Council wants Mina to choose, vampire or non-vampire, as soon as possible.

SUCKS TO BE ME is a really unique, hilarious concept. What happens when a girl with vampire parents is forced to choose whether she wants to remain mortal or become a vampire? It’s not as easy as a decision as it could be. But with classes, brochures and a semi guidance counselor in the hilarious Ms. Riley, Mina’s being steered to making the right choice for her. As Mina finds out, a lot of the popular vampire lore simply isn’t true, like they can go out in the sun, just be sure to put on lots of sunscreen.

Ms. Pauley creates some very memorable characters in SUCKS TO BE ME. I particularly enjoyed the classes Mina was forced to take in order to help her choose whether or not to become a vampire. I thought those were some of the funniest scenes in the book and I loved the titles of the handouts/brochures she was given. Mina’s uncle is also a really great character.

Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe) is Ms. Pauley’s first novel. She is the founder and owner of Young Adult Books Central, one of the leading YA (& Kids!) literature sites on the Internet. As a YA book reviewer, she has interviewed authors such as Clive Barker, Lois Duncan, and Garth Nix and keeps up with pretty much anything going on in the YA publishing world. You can visit her personal webpage online at and read more about SUCKS TO BE ME at

Enchanting Reviews
July 2008

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