Suck It Up and Die

394p. Delacorte. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-385-73911-5; PLB $20.99. ISBN 978-0-385-90772-9; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-89716-0. LC 2011024132.
Gr 8 Up—A year has passed since the historic America Out Day, the day on which awkward 16-year-old vampire Morning McCobb led other vampires in their quest to integrate peaceably into everyday human life. Now, with Congress's vote on the Vampires Rights Act just days away, most vampires (sanguivores is the PC term) are on their best behavior. In this relatively gore-free, stand-alone sequel to Suck It Up (Delacorte, 2008), Morning wants out of the spotlight. He just wants to spend time with his human girlfriend, Portia, and focus on training to be a fireman for the NYFD. The advancement of vampire rights and Morning's desire to lead a quiet life are jeopardized when the evil vampire he and Portia killed in the first book comes back to life bent on revenge. It does not help that Becky-Dell Wallace, an outspoken and powerful anti-vampire congresswoman, is doing all she can to fan the flames of vampire phobia. It is up to Morning, Portia, and a few of their friends to fight back before the nice vampires lose the political ground they have gained. This book defies any efforts to give it a genre label. Action and suspense abound, with a little romance thrown in for good measure. In addition, between the soy-based blood substitute favored by vegan vampires and faux terms such as "dentis eruptus," Meehl fabricates a vampire experience that is not only laugh-out-loud funny but nuanced as well.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, NC

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