Suck It Up #2
Author: Brian Meehl
Reading Level: YA
Released: August 14th 2012
Review Source: Random House Children's Books
Summary: (from goodreads) Nearly two years after Suck It Up, all Morning McCobb wants is to complete his training at the NY Fire Academy and to stay head over heels in love with Portia for as long as the chronology-crossed lovers can, given that she's now eighteen and he's stalled at sixteen.It's nearly the first anniversary of American Out Day, the historic day on which the Leaguer vampires of America began going mainstream without going bloodstream on their fellow mortal citizens.
The tension between Morning's wish for a simple, out of the spotlight life, and Portia's cinematic obsession with historic events escalates to the breaking point when a super-sinister vampire rises from the grave with a powerful thirst, for revenge.
A very clever, comedic new take on vampires coming out of hiding and wanting to be accepted into mainstream society.
In this sequel to Suck It Up published in 2008, we are taken on a journey following one vampire in particular, Morning McCobb. The story picks up on the first anniversary of American Out Day. A day to commemorate the first time Morning McCobb came out as a vampire to the mainstream world. For this first anniversary New York City is gearing up for a parade where Leaguers (those whom have come out and joined the American Vampire League or AVL) will march the streets hand in hand with Lifers (non-vampires) in support of the new bill set before the President of the United States to give Leaguer vampires certain inalienable rights just like your typical American citizen has.
Morning has become the poster child for the AVL, but he does not want this responsibility. He just wants to go back to being a normal person with rights to become the first ever Vampire Firefighter and represent the FDNY. He also wants to be the "Eternal Beloved or EB" to his Lifer girlfriend, Portia. Portia is a movie buff, as in making movies. Together with her camera man, Cody, she will work hard to cover the American Out Day Parade along with all of the other events surrounding the mainstreaming of vampires. Morning, Portia and their friends also have to fight a powerful vampire, Ikor DeThanatos; a vampire that Portia and Morning are responsible for putting in the ground.
The premise of wanting to be accepted into society is not necessarily new to vampires in fiction. We've seen this for years with stories like Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse Series and perhaps more popularly by watching the HBO version, True Blood. What sets Brian Meehl's story apart is that he tells it from a comedic standpoint and has produced a very fast paced and exciting story for the reader. If you're a fan of vampire tales in general, you'll want to pick this one up and follow Morning, Portia and the rest of the gang on their journey to stop a madman and be accepted into society.
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