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Carey, Kate.
New York : Razorbill, 2005
ISBN 1595140123
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This novel, told primarily in journal entries, is the story of John Shaw, a young communications officer in WWI who finds out that his commanding officer, Quincy Harker is truly an evil man.  After John is shipped home he slowly begins to remember his experiences on the front lines and realizes that his sister Lily, now madly in love with Harker, is in grave danger.  Quincy Harker is a vampire!  Lily meets Captain Harker during one of her visits to John in the hospital, they fall in love, and he takes her home to Romania to be married. However, Quincey is the son of Count Tepes and Mina Harker, and he has taken Lily to Dracula's Castle to fulfill the family's destiny. Lily and John are also connected to Count Tepes, as John is the son of Count Tepes and Rosemary Shaw. As the wedding day draws near, the full story of the family is revealed. Lily is faced with a dilemma–to live forever as a vampire or to end it all.  A fast paced horror story with twists and turns will keep even a reluctant reader involved.  This is an interesting mix of romance and grisly revelations that pays homage to the classic tale of Dracula while making it fresh for today’s audience.  (Isinglass Book Award committee, 2007-2008)
SUBJECTS:    Vampires -- Fiction.
                        World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction.
                        Diaries -- Fiction.
                        Horror stories.

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