Wednesday 26 August 2009

The Reformed Vampire Support Group - Catherine Jinks

The Reformed Vampire Support Group - Catherine Jinks

Pages: 355
Publisher: Quercus
Release Date: 4th June 2009

Other Titles by This Author: Evil Genius, Genius Squad, Pagan Chronicles, Eye to Eye etc.

Fifteen-year-old Nina has been a vampire since 1973, and she’s hated every day of it. It has really cramped her style and social life - and it’s boring. Plus, she has to wear wrap-around shades 25/7 and she can’t get a decent hair cut. But things take a turn for the worse when a member of her therapy group is killed by an unknown vampire slayer.

Threatened with extinction, she and her fellow vampires set out to hunt down the culprit - and soon find themselves caught up in a dangerous quest full of guns, thugs and a very sexy werewolf. Perhaps there’s more to being a bona fide vampire after all…

The Reformed Vampire Support Group wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, though it did grow on me.

The vampire lore in The Reformed Vampire Support Group was unlike any I’ve ever read before. It’s a strange mix of traditional vampire myths such as death by stake, sleeping during the day and turning to ashes in death and new elements that turns the traditions on their head. Catherine Jinks’s vampires are sickly, weak and really quite fragile. It’s a very individual take on vampire myth that I thoroughly enjoyed learning about.

One of the things that helped The Reformed Vampire Support Group to grow on me was Nina. She’s snarky, witty and really funny sometimes. Something that really made me laugh is that she writes vampire novels. I think it’s kind of brilliant. I wouldn’t mind reading the Bloodstone Chronicles! Nina is brave, strong (mentally!) and everything that she thinks vampires aren’t.

But the point in the novel when I really began to enjoy The Reformed Vampire Support Group was with the introduction of Reuben. It’s very rare for me to like the werewolf over the vampires. In fact, it’s never happened before! The way that Nina described the gorgeous, and slightly feral, werewolf made him much more appealing that the supposedly pathetic vampires.

Because of my preference for Reuben, I’m definitely going to be reading the sequel, The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group when it’s released.



  1. I love the title, and the cover. I completely get the "wasn't as good as I wanted it to be" feeling --- I've had that one before! But I'll probably still check it out!

  2. I am not sure whether I want to read this or not but I like the sound of Reuben!

  3. I wanted this one to be better too, but I liked Reuben as well. It had a slow start, but got better.

  4. Oh-and I like the cover you posted much better than the one I have.

  5. Great review and I love the cover :)

  6. Nice review. I'll have to check it out :)

  7. Great review! Ahh, werewolves. :)

  8. I loved this one! Then again, I'm a vampire lover, so it's not surprising really, lol. I can't wait for the sequel either!


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