Reading level: Young Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Laurel Leaf (August 1, 1992)
Language: EnglishFrom Amazn
From Publishers WeeklyZoe is 16 and facing bereavement: her mother is dying of cancer, and her father seems to be excluding her from her mother’s hospital bedside. No one dares speak to Zoe about the family tragedy, and she is isolated by grief, anger and fear. Then she meets the alluring, enigmatic Simon (“His eyes were dark, full of wilderness and stars”), who has an uncanny ability to recognize her feelings. After a series of nocturnal meetings, Zoe learns that Simon is a vampire kept alive by his thirst to avenge the death of his own mother three centuries ago. Drawn to him by an empathy charged with both longing and fear, Zoe agrees to participate in a dangerous scheme to trap Simon’s mother’s supernatural killer. The two emerge from their encounter able to mourn and acknowledge their losses. First-novelist Klause is excessively ambitious in her juggling of genres and themes; as a result, her suspense is uneven, her love story inadequately rooted and her resolution just a bit pat. Nevertheless, the use of the vampire figure to exorcise Zoe’s complex feelings and often striking prose attest to an intelligent and original eye. Ages 14-up. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Product DescriptionZoe is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful yet frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoe’s brooding thoughts of her dying mother.
Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before. Does Simon dare ask Zoe to help free him from this lifeless chase and its insufferable loneliness?
As I said before in my Preview Simon and Zoë are normal people except the fact that Simon is a 300 years old vampire.
Simon survived years and years for his revenge; but when he appeared in Zoë’s life he felt changes. now he care for someone’s safety and now he fear for someone. Zoë.
On the other hand Zoë was a normal teenager until her mother’s sickness. Zoë fall for the boy with the silver hair and help him to reach his revenge at the very same time he help her to go through the idea of death. In the end Zoë helps Simon for his soul salvation and I know she will never forget his last words “I love you, Zoë. “
The characters are amazing and full of life comparing to the fact of death that taking over the story. Yes, from the moment you start reading you will believe that they do exist.
The story has a well written a dramatic weaving, specially from Simon’s flash back story. What I am so sad about is that the story is so short. I wanted more events. Over all the author is so smart and wrote a perfect plot that will never gets you bored.
I recommend this book for Young Adults +14: because some of the language and the scenes can never suite the minds of younger teens.
Rating: 5 out of 5 “You must buy this book, read it and keep it for ever.”