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"Girls That Growl" by Mari Mancusi

"Girls That Growl" by Mari Mancusi

It's the third in the series, and I usually don't read series out of order, but this book caught my eye in the library the other day. I just read it in one day. It's a Young Adult novel, and is excellent. I'm definetely going to check out the others in the series. I'll just copy the blurb, it does so well at explaining the book:

I'm a vampire. I'm also a vampire slayer. (It's a long story--don't ask.) And now I, Rayne McDonald, Goth girl, have to try out for THE CHEERLEADING SQUAD?

You'd think after I saved my coven last semester, I'd get a break or something. I've got enough on my plate: My twin keeps whining about whether or not to go all the way; Mom's boyfriend is moving in; and my man, Jareth, who's now allowed out in the sun, has turned from a dark, brooding hottie vamp into a surfer dude...

But I'm still on the clock and have a new assignment. A member of the football team has disappeared--and my bosses at Slayer Inc. think the cheerleaders had something to do with it, because they're actually werewolves! I always knew they were a pack of bitc...

Now they want me to infiltrate the squad and get the dirt. But first, I'll need an extreme prep makeover. If only they'd let me wear fishnets under this revolting uniform...

I like how they recapped the previous books well enough for this one to stand alone. And I must say, I also thought the rules of this universe were pretty realistic, despite the obvious fantasy element. The author really made this universe plausible and believable. Oh, and the book is hilarious! Dramatic and comedic, with more subtlety and flair than does the Buffyverse that the opening sequence gives humorous homage to. Excellent choice, and I look forward to the rest of the books. I give it 8 stars!

Oh, and I also love the author's bio: Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another bloodsucking profession--journalism--instead. Today she works as a television producer in Manhattan and has won two Emmys. As if writing and TV weren't enough to keep her busy, Mari also enjoys snowboarding, clubbing, shopping, 80's music, and her favorite guilty pleasure, video games. She lives in New York City with a very sweet dog named Molly.

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