Sienna Mercer,
My Sister the Vampire #1: Switched
(Scholastic, 2008)

Eighth-grade cheerleader Olivia Abbott is nervous about her first day at a new school, but she is determined to make the best of it. Besides the overabundance of goth kids at Franklin Grove Middle School, everything else seems to be normal, and Olivia has a pretty typical day and meets a few new people.

Ivy Vega is a goth and, personality-wise, the complete opposite of sunny Olivia, but the pair soon discovers they are identical twins. Identical in looks, at least, but they have one big difference: Ivy is a vampire and Olivia is a bunny (a slang term for non-vamp folk). This story is mainly about them discovering one another and their differences. They swap places and have a little fun experiencing life as their twin.

A while back I was offered the fourth book in the series, Vampalicious, to read and review, and I enjoyed it so much I immediately ordered the first three books in the series. It has taken me a while to find my way back to Franklin Grove, but once I decided to make the trip I found myself once again thoroughly enjoying the read.

The adopted twins separated at birth and then reuniting later in life is an old story, but the author manages to make it fresh. With the vampire DNA involved, it's anything but boring. Both Ivy and Olivia are good girls, popular and unique, beautiful and fun. They are 13-year-olds you wouldn't mind having hang around your own kids. It is a really fun series completely appropriate for those young minds wanting a little vamp reading, and interesting enough to keep this adult reader more than happy. I look forward to reading more in this series and seeing what Ivy and Olivia are up to next.

book review by
Cherise Everhard

25 February 2012

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