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Granted, this is not some literary masterpiece but I've got to say- I love it so much! ( )
  EarlGreyBooks | Aug 2, 2017 |
After being targeted by the head mean girl, college freshman Claire Danvers seeks refuge in an old house with three other college students. Little does she know that stepping outside the safety of the college campus will make her a target in a town secretly ruled by vampires.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jun 27, 2017 |
L'idea di leggere un romanzo che trattasse di vampiri, per una volta, non propriamente adolescenti mi intrigava per metà del tempo, mentre per l'altra metà mi spaventava. Dopo Marked di P.C. Cast & Kristen, superato da Richelle Mead con la sua serie "L'accademia dei Vampiri", un altra serie ambientata in una qualsivoglia scuola di vampiri rischiava di essere quanto di più scontato potesse essere stato scritto fino a quel momento. Invece, Rachel Caine, con i suoi vampiri universitari, è riuscita a creare una trama dinamica, avvincente e interessante.

Non è un Urban fantasy che tende inevitabilmente al Paranormal Romance come la maggior parte dei libri sui vampiri degli ultimi tempi (benché ci sia una spolverata di rosa che, però, non pregiudica la trama) e, soprattutto, i Vampiri ricalcano fedelmente la figura originaria del bevitore di sangue, con pochi scrupoli e i dentini molto affilati.

I personaggi sono molto curati, perfino le figure secondarie del romanzo (o quelle che "sembrano" secondarie) hanno una buona caratterizzazione che ti spingono ad avere in breve tempo dei "preferiti". Claire con il suo carattere testardo e apparentemente indifeso che ti fa oscillare fra l'odio e l'amore. Eve con il suo essere briosa, strafottente ma molto sensibile. Shane, un tipo arrogante che finisce suo malgrado a fare da fratello maggiore a tutti e Michael, il misterioso e affascinante padrone di casa.

La storia è molto rapida, forse in alcuni punti perfino troppo, ma è condita in giusta misura da suspance e mistero. Non c'è molto di scontato e l'autrice, con uno stile semplice e molto pulito, ci porta passo passo a scoprire i misteri di Morganville, una città che tutto è tranne che normale.

Alcuni elementi presenti nella trama sono a tutti gli effetti molto attuali e comunicativi, come ad esempio il concetto di bullismo che ormai fa parte del nostro quotidiano molto più di quanto vorremmo. Oppure della prevaricazione della "bellezza e presenza" rispetto alla "mente e all'essenza".

Magari stereotipizzare la bella e famosa Monica che da immediatamente addosso alla piccola, indifesa e normalissima Claire, solo perché si rende conto che è mentalmente superiore a lei, è un po' scontato ma senza dubbio ai fini della storia ha un suo "perché".

Il titolo, come d'abitudine in Italia, è stato stravolto e non c'entra assolutamente nulla con il romanzo al punto che mi chiedo cosa sia passato per la mente alla Fanucci! Qualcuno può spiegare alle case editrici che inserire ogni volta la parola "Diario di/del..." in ogni titolo NON è sinonimo di successo assicurato?

Nonostante siano presenti un po' di refusi, positiva invece è l'impaginazione del romanzo e il prezzo: molto ragionevole. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
This isn't your typical Teenage Vampire series. It's just not. The cover of my copy of the book says that fans of Twilight should pick this up...I am a fan of Twilight, but this is NOTHING like Twilight. First of all, vampires are definitely not romanticized in this series. They are the bad guy, no question about it. That's not where the differences end though...this book was intriguing and had some violence and mystery to it, much more than Twilight. Don't get me wrong, I'm not dissing on Twilight, but I find it refreshing to read a series that is so vastly different than others in the genre that I've read before. The whole idea surrounding this story (being vague on purpose to avoid spoilers) is something that just instantly drew me in and I wanted to know more. Be warned there is a HUGE cliffhanger, so be sure to have book 2 handy to start right away! ( )
  MynTop | Apr 8, 2016 |
15-Dec: I started reading the series late last night, and it is really good, I was surprised, and very compassionate with Claire. But there is one questions what is it with ALL the writers and the name "Claire" written in different ways but the same nevertheless! For God sake pick different names! Morganville seems like hell on earth!! If I was born there I would with no doubt flee!! and start all over again! Monica and the Monickettes seem like devils!!

20-Jan: I just finished the book and I am not sure I liked the ending. I don't get why Claire even stayed in that damned town in the first place. And please don't tell me because of love and friendship. No one is worth all that trouble. ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
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College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.
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College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero.

When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

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In Morganville, Texas, a town where evil terrorizes the streets under the cover of darkness, Claire Danvers, who has had enough of her current dorm situation, moves off campus and discovers that her new roommates are vampires.

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