My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Published: May 7th, 2019
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal, LGBTQIA+, University Life
Newly escaped from the stifling boredom of a small town, college freshman Laura is ready to make the most of her first year at Silas University. But when her roommate, Betty, vanishes and a sarcastic, nocturnal philosophy student named Carmilla moves into Betty’s side of the room, Laura decides to play detective. Turns out Betty isn’t the first girl to go missing ? she’s just the first girl not to come back. All over campus, girls have been vanishing, and they are completely changed when (or if) they return. Even more disturbing are the strange dreams they recount: smothering darkness, and a strange pale figure haunting their rooms. Dreams that Laura is starting to have herself. As Laura closes in on the answers, tensions rise with Carmilla. Is this just a roommate relationship that isn’t working out, or does Carmilla know more than she’s letting on about the disappearances? What will Laura do if it turns out her roommate isn’t just selfish and insensitive, but completely inhuman? And what will she do with the feelings she’s starting to have for Carmilla?
Two books finished in one day… oh boy. It may seem like a positive thing, but really what it means is that I’m unable to focus on my art history notes that I have to review for my exam next week and not that you need to know this but I really, really, REALLY need to pass this exam. So if you see me post another review soon, PRAY FOR ME.
That is all.
Except… I should talk about the book a little though, no?
This is a novel adaptation of the web series of the same name, a web series about vampires, mystery, university life, and lesbian romance… that I had no idea excited. Seems like the sort of thing that should have made its way to me. I guess it did, belatedly.
Like most novelizations, this book sticks to the important stuff. I have never read a book adaptation that has lots of extra content, and although I have not watched the web series as of yet, I can’t imagine it’s too different from the book and vice versa. This means that it’s fairly easy to get through, because of the lack of long descriptions and lengthy scenes and such, but I did wish scenes were longer at times. Many characters pop out of nowhere and then disappear, leaving me a bit befuddled, but perhaps that is the way it goes in the web series too.
I thought vampires were not à la mode anymore, and I never even think about them anymore, but Carmilla was pretty sexy and I did like the whole sacrifice business (but only because it was a fun sort of ridiculous!). I also found easy connecting to the main character and of course I loved that the setting was a university, although a very creepy and unrealistic one.
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