Hubbard, Susan. The Society of S.
Another RIP Challenge read and another good vampire yarn. I really enjoyed the mystery of this vampire story and the bildungsroman aspect of Arielle's "apprenticeship."
Twelve-year-old Arielle Montero spends most of her life secluded from society and home schooled by her overprotective scientist father.
Ari's father has been protective for a reason, however, as she is the product of a "mixed" marriage: her father is a vampire, her mother was human before she disappeared when Ari was born. Her father has made every attempt to keep her safe and "normal" until she is old enough to learn some hard truths.
Eventually, Ari does begin learning about her parents, details that have been kept from her, but she also has a great deal to learn about herself as well. Her journey to adulthood is more complicated than most.
This is not a blood and gore or a sensual vampire story, but a story of a young woman who must learn to understand the past, her own particular heritage, more than one culture, and who must make some difficult decisions.
Gothic,mysterious, and intriguing.
Other reviews: Bookgirl's Nightstand, Bookshelves of Doom
Fiction. Supernatural/Vampire. 2007. 304 pages.