Most people have sweet sixteen parties or look forward to getting their driver’s license on their sixteenth birthday but Cheyenne’s birthday was a bit different. On Cheyenne’s sixteenth birthday she was inducted as a vampire. Up until this time, she thought vampires were just a product of someone’s imagination and there was no way that they could be real. Her biggest concerns centered around high school and doing well at the Nationals in gymnastics. Now, she has all these things happening to her like hearing stuff she’d never heard before and smelling things she never smelt before. Her body was going through all kinds of changes again like it didn’t already do this when she hit puberty! At least, someone developed a vitamin type pill to take instead of her needing to get blood directly from the source. Her parents tell her that besides the normal vampire powers; each person will have their own gift of powers.
It figures that the day after her birthday, Cheyenne has a field trip to a local cave. Strange things start happening around her like there are more bats than anyone has ever seen before in the cave and they seem to be attacking her. She also is hearing voices when no one is there. On the plus side she meets a really good-looking guy!
When Cheyenne’s vampire gift manifests, she only wishes she could return it. She the first one with these particular powers in 500 years and while that is cool and all, she’d rather go back to before she was a vampire. The cute guy she saw at the cave is a new student in school and he seems interested in her though a cheerleader, Val, keeps making plays for him. Adding to Cheyenne’s stress is an evil vampire that she is somewhat drawn to which is so yucky!
Cheyenne is in for a busy couple of weeks as she comes into her power and learns to use her gifts. With two guys in her sights and gymnastics practice, her life is anything but quiet!
I loved this book. Cheyenne seemed so like a normal teenager and her responses were some I’ve heard. Cheyenne wasn’t a model teen. She made mistakes. She is trying to figure out this dating thing. She doesn’t always think before she acts. She’s also trying to do what is expected of her. She has goals that she is striving for, In other words, she a typical teen.
The story was fantastic. It was laid out that you weren’t sure what was going to happen next. As the characters emerged more and more they developed their own personalities and quirks. Situations were presented in a natural way and nothing seemed to be forced. The world presented was thought out and presented logically by Cheyenne as she learned about it herself.
While there was a love interest, in fact, there were two, they were written very age appropriate for a teen. Cheyenne was just beginning to date and wasn’t sure of all the rules. She was hesitant and unsure of herself. If she was attracted to one guy, how can she have feelings for another? What do you do when the guy you think you’re dating is with another girl? No sex scenes just a girl learning about dating.
By the end of the book, I wanted to know where Cheyenne was going. I wanted to know what next. She was still learning about her power and gifts. She was still working on her relationship with a guy. She was still trying to figure out what it meant to be a vampire.
This book is written for young adults and I think it hits its target audience well. However, I would go so far as to recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal story. It has enough twists and turns to keep adults interested while realistic enough so that teens can relate to the characters and situations.
Re-Issued Review: Original Release Date: 2008-12-13
Do you believe in vampires?
I sure didn't. Not until on my 16th birthday when I discovered I'm anything but human. And to add the cherry on the freaky sundae called my life, I'm the first Vânator born in over 500 years. You see, it means I'm destined to be a hunter of evil. That's right; I'm a real life Buffy. And to make matters worse, I'm falling for Ryan-this new guy at school. I never thought I'd be this love struck, hair tossing, dorky teenager. It's enough to make me want to hurl.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that on top of all this, I have an entity stalking me that wants to use my rare blood for his own evil deeds, a girl at school who lives to make my life miserable, and a gymnastics coach who is determined to see I make it to Nationals. Yep, things are really looking up for me.
Welcome to the never boring, anything by normal, you never know what's going to happen life of Cheyenne Wilde.