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The Society of S
Susan Hubbard
Adult Fiction HUBBARD

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Identity issues involving a child of mixed heritage get a supernatural spin in this affecting coming-of-age tale. Ariella Montero's mother vanished the day she was born, leaving her to the care of her overprotective scientist father, who homeschools her and limits her contact with the outside world. Only when she reaches adolescence does Ari discover that her special diet and insular home life set her apart from her peers. Her father's confession that he was vampirized shortly before marriage, and that Ari can choose whether to be undead like him or mortal like mom, set her off on a road trip that eventually brings her to her mother and into an understanding of tough truths about her family. Hubbard (Walking on Ice) delineates Ari's world of innocent and uncertain adolescence with uncommon poignance and forgoes sensationalism for sensitivity in her depiction of vampirism as one of many emotionally charged challenges Ari faces as a child of estranged parents. She doesn't do much original with the vampire theme, but the novel's open ending suggests inevitable sequels where this may develop further. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Ariella Montero is not your typical teen; she knows Latin but has never watched television, and her heroes are not the latest pop idols but Edgar Allen Poe and Jack Kerouac. She's been homeschooled by her father in an old Victorian mansion since her mother disappeared on the day of her birth. The cook finally convinces Ariella's father to let Ariella come home with her to meet her brood, which includes Kathleen, who is Ariella's age. They quickly become good friends, and a whole new world opens up for Ariella as she is exposed to a life beyond books. One night, Kathleen tells Ariella that she is a pagan and invites her along for a role-playing game with her friends. After this encounter with wizards and vampires, Ariella begins to notice some odd things around her home that make her wonder about the true identities of both her parents. As the novel unfolds, Ariella is launched on a journey she will never forget. Hubbard has created a literary mystery that will appeal to the fans of Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale or Elizabeth Kostava's The Historian. Well written and full of intriguing characters, the novel moves apace as the reader becomes engaged in the hunt for the truth about Ariella and her family. Recommended for all public libraries.--Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metro. Lib., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Ariella "Ari" Montero
Female
Age: 14
Human
Has a peculiar upbringing; raised heavily on the classics; motherless; determined to know the truth of her father, herself, and their past; discovers her father is a vampire; discovers she is half vampire, half human.



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