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Point Horror never dies, it just gets better...Cheerleaders are beautiful, popular and exciting - girls that Althea longs to be. But Althea is nobody - she gets no phone calls, shares no laughter and has no friends. Then one day she meets him, a vampire who offers to make her a cheerleader in exchange for a simple bargain.Soon Althea has everything she desires: beauty, friPoint Horror never dies, it just gets better...Cheerleaders are beautiful, popular and exciting - girls that Althea longs to be. But Althea is nobody - she gets no phone calls, shares no laughter and has no friends. Then one day she meets him, a vampire who offers to make her a cheerleader in exchange for a simple bargain.Soon Althea has everything she desires: beauty, friends, success. But Althea wants more - and she'll do anything to get it......

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The Cheerleader Reviews

  • Leah
    2019-03-16 09:45

    Rating: 4 of 5The Cheerleader was among the many Point Horror books I read in the early 90s, between the ages of 12 to 15. In those days, when I wasn't buried in a Stephen King novel, nine times out of ten I was reading L.J. Smith, R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Caroline B. Cooney, or Richie Tankersley Cusick. Their novels always thrilled and entertained, and yes, there was a healthy dose of jumps and creepies.Nowadays, I'd recommend the Point Horror books for younger 12- to 15-year-olds, who want to dip their pinkie toe in the horror pool. (These books will likely fall short for anyone who's already dabbled in adult dark fiction or film.) The horror elements are mild, for the most part, and some of the teenager-y behavior may seem a little outdated. But other than that, these are great fun!Note: My rating is based on what I remember from 20+ years ago and, of course, includes a fair share of sentimentality.

  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]
    2019-03-05 12:00

    I picked this up at a used book sale as part of a trilogy, all bound together. I thought it sounded interesting but believe me, it wasn't. Althea enjoyed popularity and success in middle school. She is now a sophomore in high school but all her friends have divided off into groups and she just can't seem to fit in with any of them. She so wants to be popular and to be a cheerleader. She moves into a huge house with a tower. Upon opening the shutters in the tower, she frees a vampire. He promises her that in exchange for him granting her the popularity she so desires, she must do something for him. She must ultimately decide how much she is willing to sacrifice to make her wishes come true. In my opinion, this story completely lacked in content and did not flow at all. I found Althea to be shallow and completely uninteresting. The other two stories in the trilogy will have to wait, if I decide to read them at all. I do not recommend this book.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-09 06:41

    I understand wanting to try a new approach to vampire novels but this one was bad. A vampire makes a girl popular in exchange for her choosing people who he can drain. Can he not go and get his own victims? The thing that really stood out is there are no mention of parents or family. Does a high schooler really live alone in an old house and is the vampire her guardian? So many questions and no answers.

  • Chloe Pudner
    2019-03-12 08:49

    'His skin, the colour of mushrooms, faded into the dawn. His black drapery vanished among the hemlocks. The air stayed thick and swampy where he stood.''The Cheerleader' was the first ever book from the point horror series that I had ever read, which had been recommended to me by my Auntie who had read these books when she was my age. I chose 'The Cheerleader' as my first book as I liked the fact it was based around vampires. But honestly I was kind of disappointed, I was expecting a lot more. Hence why I only gave this book 3 stars. I think the book had a good storyline, and I like the originality of the vampire, he was like a breath of fresh air compared to the ' gorgeously perfect' vampires we see in today's horror books. It was a little bit on the cheesy side and a very quick read, I enjoyed all the characters and could relate to the main character, Althea. Personally I don't think I would reread this book but I will definitely give the other books in the trilogy a go.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-14 08:47

    Althea craves popularity. She wants to be a cheerleader - swooned over by all the jocks and the envy of all the girls. When, against custom, she opens the shuttered tower room in her house, she releases a vampire who makes a deal with her: If she brings him victims, he will give her popularity. Althea finds herself spiraling out of control as the vampire asks for more and more - and she feels she has to give it to him or suffer public humiliation. Looked at from a superficial point of view, there's really not much to this book. It's barely 200 pages long, and has little plot or character development. It's pretty standard for those Point Horror books that were being pumped out in the '90s. Teen readers should be wary - this is a quick, fluffy read with a (how dare Ms. Cooney?!) BAD vampire. Yes. That's right. His skin looks and smells like soggy mushrooms. He feeds on the weakness of teenagers. And he doesn't sparkle. He is in no way, shape, or form romantic. It was SUCH a wonderful change. As long as bad vampires don't insult your intelligence, you'll enjoy this book if you're 11-14ish. Or you might enjoy it if you're older and enjoy exploring ideas.What I liked about this book was that it was more meaningful on a deeper level. There were hints all along that Althea could have made herself popular on her own - that her own attitude ensured her unpopularity. She assumed no one knew she existed, so she hid from everyone. Result - nobody paid her any attention. This is also a story about how far some people are willing to go in order to gain what they want. She sacrificed her morals and trampled on other people in order to achieve her goals - and then she was dissatisfied with the results. It's a story about being true to yourself and how your goals will be more lasting when you achieve them through hard work instead of back-stabbing. Any book that makes me think earns points with me! Another thing that made me think: where the heck were her parents through all of this?! They weren't mentioned even once! Did Cooney mean to do that? I read the second book in the trilogy many years ago, and I remember THAT protagonist had parents...

  • Georgie
    2019-02-23 06:43

    This was a surprisingly smart instalment in the Point Horror series. Although the plot isn't scary in the same way that some of the other books in the series are, it is definitely creepy and disturbing.Althea longs to be popular, but is barely noticed at school. She wishes she could be like Celeste, one of the most popular cheerleaders, who seems to have everything - lots of cool friends (including cute guys), the adoration of students and teachers, good grades, and lots of attention. When Althea meets a vampire who lives in a shuttered room in her house, he offers her a bargain - if she brings him Celeste, he will give her the popularity she longs for. He isn't a bloodsucking vampire, he simply drains people's life energy, leaving them slow and exhausted, so it's not like he's going to kill Celeste. Althea agrees, despite her initial reluctance, and finally gets the life she's always wanted. But she needs to maintain her popularity, and the only way to do so is to bring the vampire new victims...'The Cheerleader' is a 'horror' novel on the surface, but really it's about the need to belong, and the price of popularity. While several Point Horror books have characters who are either Too Stupid To Live (TSTL) or Too Bitchy To Live (TBTL), Caroline B. Cooney neatly evades these traps. Althea makes decisions of questionable morality and intelligence (i.e. making a deal with a vampire and essentially feeding him victims) but her motives for doing so are understandable, and she does increasingly question the morality of what she's doing.Even better, Celeste is not presented as a Queen Bee Bitch type, she is actually rather likeable, and this adds another layer to the story because she doesn't deserve what happens to her, and Althea knows it. The vampire is wonderfully frightening, evil, and gross, no sparkling and awesome hair for this guy. He is not the kind of vampire you want in your house.I really was impressed by this one, it seems to stretch outside the typical formula for PH books. I will be looking out for more of Caroline B. Cooney's contributions to the series.

  • Stephanie Davies
    2019-03-07 12:50

    For a throwaway YA vampire fiction, The Cheerleader is actually pretty immense. It's so readable that I've returned to it every few years and I'll probably be reading it into my thirties.I still remember vividly so many scenes from this book. The party, when she sits on the stairs and can't make conversation because there are so many different types of music coming from the different rooms of her house. Or how she dances in Pizzahut because she's popular, finally popular, and that's what popular kids do apparently.Althea just wants a friend, and I find it pretty easy to empathise with that. The vampire (who is repulsive -- a nice change from the modern-day sparklers) promises to give her what she wants. As contemporary vampire fiction goes, I would venture to say that, despite its brevity, this one's up there with Stephen King and Anne Rice in its originality. Definitely better than Twilight or a Rachel Caine novel.

  • Jordan Rodgers
    2019-03-01 09:48

    I love Caroline B. Cooney. I really do. But she does not do the vampire story very well. It was different. But not nearly as interesting as other vampire stories. It was way too tame. Not once in the entire book did you get to read about the vampire doing what vampires do, sucking blood. I wanted way more action.

  • Justin
    2019-02-27 06:48

    Dude, since when do vampires grant wishes, anyway? Isn't that genies or something?

  • Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
    2019-03-22 09:46

    why does it always have to be the cool popular girls who meet all the vampires

  • Cazzy
    2019-02-22 06:48

    I've been re-reading the books in the PH series that I loved so much as a tween. My rating is in comparison to other books in the series, rather than in comparison to adult books.This was my favourite book of the PH series as a child. As a pre teen of 11 or 12 and feeling a bit lost in the transition from junior to senior school, it was so easy to empathise with Cooney's protagonist, Althea. As an adult, I was surprised at the quality of the writing. For a PH book, it's pretty good! I found that Althea was written as so believably lost and lonely it was a little bit tragic. It was surprisingly easy to understand her motivations and sympathise with her. All the way through, I found myself simultaneously cheering her on and thinking: nooooooo - and I must be honest, I didn't really want the story to end there!Cooney's descriptions of school life were vibrant and made me nostalgic for my own school days - both for the shy girl who felt overwhelmed and burried herself in PH books and the one that emerged (without the help of any supernatural beings) who outgrew them and into a big group of girl friends and fun. If there were any PH books with an adult follow up (as L J Smith is planning to do), this would be the one that would get my vote. Althea going to her school reunion and a Vampire on the loose, anyone?

  • Deborah
    2019-03-04 04:50

    This was my favorite book as a pre-teen. Back then, I was heavily into the Scholastic Point Horror books, and this one has stuck with me through the decades. I decided to re-read it this week, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it holds up for me, even at the more advanced age of 37. Written with luscious, seductive language, The Cheerleader immediately transports you back to your teenage years, when feelings of loneliness and sadness can be so prevalent and all-consuming. Althea makes a deal with the devil, so to speak, sacrificing classmates to the Vampire she finds locked in the shutters. In return, the Vampire gives her everything she's ever wanted: friends, popularity, and love. Althea must eventually reconcile her dreams to her reality before she falls too far into damnation.A worthy read no matter your age.

  • Chika Mika
    2019-02-28 11:33

    The book is definitely better than I thought it would be but it also had an essence of predictability.

  • Natasha ⚡️
    2019-03-19 09:45

    I actually really like the Vampire as a character :)

  • विकास नैनवाल
    2019-03-23 05:55

    An okay read. Good for eighth ninth graders. I think it would be liked more by girls of that age than boys.

  • Viktoria Jean
    2019-03-22 09:37

    Author: Caroline B Cooney Subject: The Vampire's Promise [1] Deadly Offer Links: Summary: Althea is a nobody who wants to be somebody. She wants to be noticed, to have friends, to be part of the popular crowd. Then she meets the vampire who lives in the circular tower in her new house. The vampire says that he can make her popular--more popular than she ever imagined she could be. All Althea has to do is agree to a simple deal. So simple a promise, but so evil. Forum chat: This is a really good book, really its 3 book theres Deadly offer, Evil returns, and Fatal Bargain. It's a really good seris about three girls who live in this house where a vampire lives in the the shuters of these windows and when the girls open them the vampire comes out and grants them a wish if they want it to come ture they have to give someone up for it. It's a really good story with lesson like its better to just be your self then other people. My Response to the Book: Indeed, it is better to be yourself, than to follow the blind chase of popularity in the modern context. In this short but exciting page-turner, the author makes use of sci-fi [vampire] to illustrate the evil behind the young girl's popularity game. Peer influence in popularity is sometimes almost like a heavy duty chain locked with no possible key. Once she attained that popularity among her newly acquired friends, she could not stop herself from wanting to attain more, as the more time she spends with those popular friends of hers, she couldn't help but admire their power. From being on the Varsity, to spending freetimes with her friends, she learnt that with more popularity, the more influence you possess. Which is sometimes true. But people forget that popularity can make or break you, like in many real life cases of stars falling into condemnation. Power is not everything, and so is fame. In Althea's case, she had wanted to be popular, but being good at heart, she couldn't bear to give anyone else to the vampire. Thus at the end, she gave up popularity, insisting that she would start anew by making friends of her own, and make her way up Althea-style.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-24 11:39

    I've decided to read Vampire novels for one month, The Cheerleader started the month. This story revolves around Althea a loner high school girl with no friends, who just wants to be popular. Go figure she lives with, you guessed it a vampire, oddly enough you never hear of parents or siblings. The vampire offers to give Althea the chance to be popular in exchange for her to sacrifice people to him. The people will only be tired a little bit or so he says, with this in mind she agrees and so the story begins.I don't want to spoil anything for the readers so my thoughts on this book and why it's worth 3 stars. It was a short read, enjoyable, I didn't quite like Althea. She honestly reminded me of my high school life, but that isn't why I didn't like her. It's the fact she became a loner and instead of going out and trying to find a friend, she wanted to skip all the little guys and go strait to the popular group. I was a loner in high school but, I dealt with it, my friends were all graduated, or from a different school with the exception of 1. I've got to say though I love the vampire, the fact that Caroline B. Cooney kept on repeating that the vampire had "mushroom colored skin" annoyed me a little, after all there's many different kinds some are red, but I know what she meant (those white ones that have a tint of gray). I miss vampires with capes, who kept to the dark, and had a malicious feel to them, this book had that. Every vampire novel the vampire has a certain reason how\why they are strong or where they get their strengths from, now in this novel I found it sort of cheesy (won't say how\what don't want to spoil). It's not that I've read this in another vampire novel, it's just cheesy non-vampire twist, so I guess it's kay.The reason I gave it 3 stars is because of the vampire really, I just really liked him. I know I should go through plots, writing styles, main characters, and yaddy yaddy yaddaa. But honestly I find the vampire made the book and it was an enjoyable read.

  • Ionia
    2019-03-21 12:34

    Overall I thought this was a pretty good book. Maybe as far as vampire novels go this one didn't have quite the intensity of some others, but I thought the story was well written and was able to get a pretty good sense of the main character and her struggle between doing what was right and becoming who she wanted to be. The dialogue was interesting and believable. For a book that was written with the young adult in mind, (I would say 12-15) I actually enjoyed reading it even as an adult. The main character was someone that I really liked at times and other times almost felt my eyes starting to involuntarily roll. She doesn't have any friends by the time she reaches high school and spends her time more or less attempting to fade into the background, until she gets an offer she can't refuse. I found places in the story where it was hard for me to digest that she was the age she was supposed to be. Some of her thoughts would have led me to believe she was middle school aged at most. If I had to choose one thing about this book that didn't quite work for me, it was the vampire itself. There was not much description put into him and I thought that was a missed opportunity. There is vague description of him and you get an early sense of his intent, but I though the story would have been better if he had been a bit more imposing, demanding and frightening. The plot was interesting and different from other books I have read about teens/vampires. Whereas a lot of the time these books center on the teenager thinking vampires are awesome until they inadvertently come into contact with one, in this story the main character releases his power upon the unsuspecting victims, but she does it by chance and then chooses to involve him in her life further. There were some interesting concepts in this story and I thought the author did a nice job of exploring them. If you have a younger teen that likes vampires, this would be a good choice. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher.

  • ~Kate~
    2019-03-20 09:33

    I found this book to be a bit shallow which made me not want to continue reading but the more I kept reading the more I found I couldn't stop reading it. I think the reason why I found it so addicting was that it was different to the other vampire books that I have read before. I didn't find anything believable as everything that Althea was experiencing was from what the vampire did which made me not trust anything that happened but there was times when I wanted to believe it. I would say there was a bit of romance but again it wasn't believable which was a shame as I thought they could have made a cute couple. I didn't really like the ending as I felt everything was left up in the air and even though this is a part of a series I don't think the next book will follow with Althea. I do think there is a message in the book though with the main message being be careful of what you wish as you just might get it.Even though there was a few characters the only person we really got to know was Althea who at the beginning I didn't really like as she was far too shallow and changed her mind as soon as she got what she thought she wanted. It wasn't until the end when she grew on me as she seemed to have acquired a backbone by then. The only other person we kind of got to know was The Vampire as he was the one that made an offer to Althea that she couldn't refuse but I did think he was manipulative but that seems to be his nature preying on the vulnerable. The other characters where just apart of the manipulation so I couldn't say whether they where nice or not.Overall it was an addicting book that made me want to find out what was going to happen next but I just wish is was more believable.

  • S.L.
    2019-03-04 05:49

    Althea's strive for popularity is just beyond the plausible. She's just an unsympathetic character. She's shallow, even when Cooney tries to make her have a little depth, and it was a struggle to read this, both when I was a teen and now two decades later.Along with a main character I would have liked to see drown, we have a vampire who isn't really much of a vampire at all. I get that we're presented with a non-traditional vampire, something that downplays the sensuality and mysticism of vampires, but this vampire was defanged, not very frightening, and pretty lame.The ending was also a craptacular sort of ending. I was actually hoping Althea would bite it, no pun intended. Her whining just became too much, and if she were truly this pleasant, nice girl like we're supposed to believe, she'd have never done a fraction of what she did. I also didn't like that we never find out the fates of Jennie and Celeste. Did they grow healthy and popular and perfect again?The shallow, hollow nature of this book (and the subsequent books, which I'll review separately) try to give young men and women a lesson that integrity is more important than popularity, but the fact that Althea was positively miserable when she wasn't popular just cements in my mind the author's twisted outlook on teen popularity. Althea was nothing without her popularity, and when she lost it, she faded into nothing but the creepy, somewhat invisible girl people still whispered about a few years later when the second book picks up.

  • Lizzy Lessard
    2019-03-07 09:58

    Caroline B. Cooney bares her fangs DEADLY OFFER, but it will be a hit or miss whether the reader will be hypnotized into this YA horror. Like her Fog, Snow, and Fire series; DEADLY OFFER sets up a gloomy and helpless atmosphere and chokes the reader with it from the first to last page. It's a docile version of a psychological horror, though YA and MG readers shouldn't have any problem relating to Althea's situation. For readers more removed from high school woes, Althea's willingness to be puppeted by a vampire, who bluffs more than an amature poker player, is more difficult to swallow.Althea is initially a very sympathetic character. Desperate to become popular, she transforms into more of a monster than the vampire. She's delusional, yet so dazzled by what popularity brings her that she feigns ignorance of how she pollutes the lives of everyone around her. The vampire might technically be the villain in DEADLY OFFER, but Althea propels the story into a guaranteed non- 'happily ever after'.Since Althea is an unreliable narrator, it is difficult to gauge whether the other characters are likeable or not. It depends on how much control the reader perceives the vampire has over Althea's life.For fans of Caroline B. Cooney's other works, DEADLY OFFER won't disappoint. Horror fans looking for gore or a villain clearly more evil than the protagonist may want to pass.(I received a copy of this book from the publisher/Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.)

  • Heather A
    2019-03-11 04:49

    I read this book over and over again when I was a teen (I'm 31 now) and got a little bit of a squee of delight when I saw it available on Netgalley. Even though I went out and got it and the second in the series on Kindle (then got approved on Netgalley, oh well, now I've got it on my bluefire app as well) New cover and new title, it was called The Cheerleader when I read it. And I was delighted to see that I loved it reading it again now as much as I did when I was a teen.It was one of my favourite Point Horror books. Even way back then it was a fresh new look at vampires I had never seen before. Althea was a fantastic character, and so so easy to identify with. I've been exactly where she has at the start of the book and I know just how horrible it is to start high school and see all your old friends drift away with new ones. So right away I knew just how she felt and could sympathize with her situation.And this disturbing creature has a very very tempting offer. Throughout the book the descriptions of the vampire are wonderful, and quite chilling for a teen horror book. The story was equally vivid and so easy to picture throughout. I loved how Althea struggled with the choices she made and tried more than once to get rid of the vampire but was never quite strong enough and at the end figured out she didn't need his gift to be strong.Just as good now as it was fifteen years ago. Thank you Netgalley.

  •  Bella Marie
    2019-03-12 10:33

    Althea is a normal girl. Even if she had friends in the elementary she has no friends in high school. None literally. Being popular and have friends that loves her and she loves them is all that she wants. A vampire answers to her wish but wants something for return. How far will Αlthea go to get what she needs and wants? well read it and see yourselves. I really liked the book. It describes exactly my life when I was in high school and during the college. The 3 years out of 4 that college lasted I was exactly like Althea. But I had books to read and I was online several hours everyday so I didn't hurt so much like Althea did. I read the book in 2-3 days, and I recommend it for people that want to read a book with no complicated plot,to pass their hour with a little suspense and pleasant. I personally felt pity for Althea(and myself). I totally connected with her. But what spoiled my happiness when I finished the book and while I was reading it is that I expected more. More suspense, more vampire/Althea talk ,maybe some vampire stories, or learning more about Althea's house, more details about everything. I really liked though the last paragraph. It was what i expected.

  • Theresa
    2019-02-23 04:54

    Deadly offer, the Vampires Promise by Caroline CooneyHaving read Caroline Cooney’s popular, Face on the Milk Carton series, I find this new series exciting and thrilling. The idea of a different darker version of a vampire is intriguing. How he is vaguely described makes him more sinister. The idea of him seducing his victim into giving him what he wants is frightening in its simplicity. Unlike Dracula, and Twilight he is unearthly and frightening. The ideas contained within the book are extraordinary. How tempting would it be to have popularity on a whim? To have your desires laid before you, and all you have to do is choose to take it. Cooney’s idea that the vampire can give the heart’s desire of the young Althea and have total control of the events of her life contrary to all current vampire books. It’s seductive how the vampire is able to ensnare and enshroud his victim, gaining nearly complete control. This book looks at the needs of the individual, the desires of the outcast and shows that having popularity, attention and love are not true virtues but snares that can catch you unaware and cost not only you but others around you. If you ever wanted to fear vampires again this is the book that will bring them back into question.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-03 09:50

    I was a huge Caroline B. Cooney fan as a child – my favorite book growing up was The Terrorist and I read it multiple times a year. But I was not a fan of The Vampire’s Promise: Deadly Offer. It was written a while back, before vampires were popular.In Deadly Offer, Althea wants so badly to be popular and she meets a vampire who promises her all the popularity in the world if she brings him victims. Althea does get the popularity she dreams of. I don’t really know why the vampire doesn’t drink her blood – but he never does. I felt there was never any real character development (granted, I only read book one of the trilogy) and the characters were just really shallow. I wasn’t a huge fan of the story line, which was slow. And I had trouble believing the romantic story – they probably could have made a cute couple. The message of the story wasn’t bad, but the way to get there was just not my cup of tea (which I do drink while I read): Be careful what you wish for.Overall, I didn’t like the book much and have no desire to read on.

  • Y
    2019-02-27 08:00

    I read this once quite a while ago and recently found it again, so I decided to give it a whirl.While it was actually a pretty fun, short read, I have issues with the ending. It's extremely rushed and feels like a cop-out. The vampire spends a lot of the book reeking of rot and being mushroom-colored and overall feeling like, well, something of an evil adversary, but Althea is suddenly able to make short work of him in a couple of very quick pages at the very end, making his whole role feel unsatisfying. And despite spending so much time inside of Althea's head, seeing how inadequate she always felt, how much she loved popularity, how she justified to herself her making sacrifices of her schoolmates, the follow-up to banishing the vampire felt equally unsatisfying. Oh, she eventually moves on (and away)? That's it? Yeah, okay. What a quick, painless, and boring way to wrap everything up. I wanted to see more of what happened to her; did she finally think giving it all up was worth it? Did she regret it? What?

  • Mirko Liang
    2019-02-22 06:40

    This book brought me back in time, the nostalgia factor is high here.The author - smooth in style, very good reading - doesn't fool around and drop you rightin medias reswith our protagonist sealing a deal with a vampire in order to get popularity. Gothic setting - old house with tower room - , nice visuals - his skin is 'like mushrooms', and a nice expected chunk of teen accoutrements. For being a YA horror little novel is actually pretty good. I wouldn't have minded a bit more of a characterization as halfway through I realized I couldn't remember who was who: a bunch of names stashed there without much behind. Also, while I don't think everything needs to me explained, the archetype of the vampire is used more as a convention than digging on the themes of the mythology. His powers are obscure and quite simplistic.

  • Deb
    2019-03-09 08:40

    More like 2.5.Nothing is free and never trust a vampire. The story is about a lonely girl who lost all ties to her friends when she enters high school. She makes a bargan with a vampire to become popular. All she has to do is choose which victim to hand over to the vampire. Nothing "bad" will happen, they'll just be a little tired the next day. Of course, the vampire gets greedy and the price of popularity becomes just too high. In the end, Althea decides it's not worth it and needs to make friends the old fashioned way. The vampire loses his power over her when she had confidence in herself and her ability to earn friends and status on her own. This was good for a quick read but nothing special stood out.

  • Bill
    2019-03-02 06:36

    Popularity! How do you become popular? Through sports? Being beautiful or handsome? Having lots of money?What if you could become popular through some power – or through some supernaturual creature, say, a vampire? That’s what Althea decides to do when she mistakenly releases a vampire from a shuttered tower.The only problem? Althea has to give one of her friends to the vampire – or in plain language – betray a friend.And what are the consequences of betraying of her friends to she can become popular? Would you betray your friends so you could become the most popular person in your social scene? This is what Caroline Cooney explores in this fascinating take on vampires – and what it takes to be popular.

  • SaturNalia
    2019-02-23 05:43

    Althea is lonely, friendless and unpopular. She finds a vampire in her attic that grants wishes. If she brings him sacrifices he will make her popular. Althea feels bad about being the vampires supplier but she enjoys the perks of being popular. The writing was a bit too flowery for me, it thought it was misplaced in a horror novel. Althea is easily manipulated by the vampire, I would have liked to see her get stronger sooner. In the last 3 pages she suddenly become strong enough to defeat him. Was the vampire real or a figment of Althea's imagination, I don't know. Some things lead me to believe the former. None of his victims spoke about him, Althea was the only one who saw him. This concept I found interesting, I wish my suspicions could have been validated in the end.