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Friday, February 5, 2010

Cat the Vamp

Christina Martine
Published 2009
221 Pages
Rating: C+

As a child, Catherine Taylor never understood why her parents were so secretive and distant. After the death of her grandmother, Cat’s parents take her to a mysterious castle called Blacklune. They explain to her that they, and she, are vampires, part of a hidden community co-existing with humans. Now that she’s of age, Cat will be initiated into the community and undergo a period of training in its methods and morals, along with several other vampire students her own age.

At Blacklune, Cat meets a young man who had appeared to her in dreams, Morgan. She and Morgan form an instant bond, but success with their vampire lessons doesn’t come so easily. Tempted by the lure of blood and the powers they now have, Cat and Morgan push the limits over and over, ignoring the concerns of their classmates and the scolding of their teacher, River. As they become ever more reckless, Cat and Morgan risk going too far. It’s only when serious harm comes to someone else that they realize they have to control themselves--and it may be too late.

(from publishers website)

If I had to describe Cat the Vamp in three words, they would have to be: dangerous, sexy, but incomplete. I felt that there could have been more to the story. Martine could have expanded her characters greatly, but also the story line. Don’t get me wrong, her characters were established and their personalities were identifiable, but they fell flat at times. I wish that they were more three dimensional, instead of the two dimensional characters that most of them were. Her characters personal lives before they came to Blacklune were a little hazy and they could have been discussed more to make the story seem more intimate. Also, at moments in the book the writing seemed a bit choppy – example: the main character, Catherine, and her new found love interest, Morgan, would be eating breakfast in the ballroom and in the next paragraph they would be roaming around town at night. The story line didn’t seem to flow as well as it could have. I do feel the book could have been longer and have a little more plot included, but it really was enjoyable to read because it was a different kind of vampire novel, one that I think people might like reading. And it was a quick read, which was a plus.

Going back to what was said earlier, the book was also dangerous and sexy. It is not the average teen vampire novel. Cat the Vamp is something more dark and mysterious. Since most of the characters are merely bystanders, they are extremely mysterious. Especially the “head vampire”, River. He is very dark and sort of lurks in the corner throughout the whole book. Morgan seemed to be an all around good guy and a total sweetheart. His affection for Catherine was genuine and Martine shows that well. Catherine Taylor a.k.a Cat, the main character, could be rather moody and it was difficult to like her, but the idea of her is very well put out there. The characters were relatable, especially for those who remember their first love. Altogether, the story line greatly reflects the teenage world of today, you are faced with doing what is right and doing what makes you happy and learning from your experiences. Beware, at times it does get a little inappropriate between Morgan and Cat; and there is some use of crude language and also the presence of drug use, but that adds to the story as it evolves. I’d say that this book is most suitable for high schoolers, mainly anyone over 15 or 16 years old.

All in all, this story is enjoyable if you want a dangerous vampire book, but at times it lacked plot and character development. I rated a C+ because I feel that there could be a lot more put into the book, and if it had some more "oomph" to it, I would have rated it most likely a B.


For more information on Cat the Vamp or the author, Christina Martine, visit this website HERE.


  1. Hi Arielle. Are you heading ou have you read "Fallen" ? Because on the right side is saying you're reading and I've just read it and just like to know others people's opinion =)

    love your blog!

  2. Hey Rafaela,
    I am still reading Fallen.. I have been reading it for quite some time actually. I am getting bored with it. And I only have about 100+ pages left, but I dont know if I can finish it. Does it get better at the end?

    Thanks for the comment! :)


  3. Thanks for answering me Arielle =)

    Do you really want the truth? =p, I thought the end was the worst part. I enjoyed the beginning and middle of the book, I just couldn't take the end. But I tought I was some kind of crazy person because I know a lot of people who loved the book, so it's good to see at least one person that didn't like either. lol

    And sorry for any english mistakes, it's not my first language =)

  4. No problem! :)

    Oh man..well hmm.. I really almost want someone to tell me what happens at the end. Ha. I know I will want to finish the book sometime soon, but I just wished it was more exciting in the beginning. Its a good book so far..but it could have more suspense and everything. It is also good to hear that somewhat hasnt simply adored it, I havent really heard any bad reviews on it.

    And dont worry about the english mistakes! English is my first language and I always mess up anyway! :) ha

  5. Nice honest review. I like danger but not when it lacks that "oomphm," like you said. So eh I'll pass! :)

  6. I know what you are talking about, I've read books that I was really glad I'd finished.
    I agree with you, could have more suspense, and specially more romance.

    So when you, and if you =P , finish the book, I'll be glad to read your review. =)

  7. Some similarity with Harry Potter,the individual coming of age to know where she/he truly belong. This book sounds enjoyable :-)

  8. Hey Arielle! Thanks for the great review. I haven't heard about this one yet. Sounds interesting. I miss you!!! However, I understand all about real life sometimes getting in the way. :o)

    I owe you an email! Talk to you soon I'm sure.

  9. dangerous + sexy + vamp!! arghh my kinda book aww seems like it has its flaws but i think im gunna go with the go ahead with this one and n keep a eye out for it, great review arielle!! :)


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