Still Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley

Sucks to Be Me, Book 2

Synopsis: With vampire boyfriend George and best friend Serena by her side, Mina thought she had her whole life—or rather afterlife—ahead of her. But then Mina’s parents drop a bomb. They’re moving. To Louisiana. And not somewhere cool like New Orleans, but some teeny, tiny town where cheerleaders and jocks rule the school. Mina has to fake her death, change her name, and leave everything behind, including George and Serena. Not even the Vampire Council’s shape-shifting classes can cheer her up. Then Serena shows up on Mina’s doorstep with some news that sends Mina reeling. Mina may look a lot better with fangs, but her afterlife isn’t any less complicated!

In this eagerly awaited sequel to the popular Sucks to Be Me, Kimberly Pauley addresses many of her fans’ most pressing questions (Will Serena become a vampire? What happened to Raven? What’s next for Mina and George?) with signature humor and breezy bloodsucking style.

Review: I had had a good time with the first volume even though it did not necessarily leave me a big impact … Yet I was curious to see how the second volume was going to be. It must be said that I had volumes 1 and 2, so why not try them both, right?

I admit that I really had a good time with this second book, even better than with the first one and I am all the more curious to read more!

Having agreed to become a vampire, Mina suspected she should give up her friends one day or the other, and that day finally came. Simulating her own death and being forced to move to the other side of the country with her parents, our young heroine will have to adapt to a new life. George no longer gives any news, Serena seems taken by her family problems and Mina finds herself left to herself. But luckily for her, other vampires are in town and especially Cameron, this very enigmatic boy.

I confess that I was really wondering what this boy really wanted. He seemed perfect at first but the more we advance in the story and the more we think that he finally hides something. But is he bad? And ladies and gentlemen, that’s a good question! On top of that, it would seem that a clan of terrible vampires is in town, as does Raven. Mina can not be bored.

It was a nice novel, the intrigued is more mastered compared to the first novel. However, I have just seen that there was no sequel and for the moment, the story then remains without a proper ending.



Still Sucks to Be de Kimberly Pauley (VO)

Sucks to Be Me, Tome 2

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Avec son petit ami vampire George et sa meilleure amie Serena à ses côtés, Mina a pensé qu’elle avait toute la vie – ou plutôt la vie après sa vie – devant elle. Mais alors, les parents de Mina lâchent une bombe. Ils déménagent. Vers la Louisiane. Et pas dans quelque chose de cool comme la Nouvelle-Orléans, mais dans une petite ville minuscule où les cheerleaders et les joueurs dominent l’école. Mina doit simuler sa mort, changer son nom et laisser tout derrière, y compris George et Serena. Pas même les cours de changement de forme du Conseil des Vampires ne peuvent l’encourager. Ensuite, Serena apparaît à la porte de Mina avec des nouvelles. Mina peut bien paraître mieux avec les crocs, mais sa vie après la mort n’en est pas moins compliquée!

Dans cette suite très attendue de la populaire Sucks to Be Me, Kimberly Pauley répond à plusieurs des questions les plus pressantes de ses fans (Serena deviendra-t-elle un vampire? Qu’est-ce qui est arrivé à Raven? Que va-t-il se passer pour Mina et George?).

Avis : J’avais passé un bon moment avec le premier tome même s’il ne m’a pas forcément laissé un grand souvenir… Pourtant, j’étais curieuse de voir ce que le deuxième tome allait donner. Il faut dire que j’avais les tomes 1 et 2, alors pourquoi pas se lancer ?

J’avoue que j’ai vraiment passé un bon moment avec ce second livre, même meilleur qu’avec le premier et je suis d’autant plus curieuse d’en lire plus !

Ayant accepté de devenir un vampire, Mina se doutait bien qu’elle devrait abandonner un jour ou l’autre ses amis et ce jour est finalement venu. Devant simuler sa propre mort et étant obligée de déménager à l’autre bout du pays avec ses parents, notre jeune héroïne va devoir s’adapter à une nouvelle vie. George ne donne plus de nouvelles, Serena semble prise par ses problèmes familiaux et Mina se retrouve livrée à elle-même. Mais heureusement pour elle, d’autres vampires sont en ville et notamment Cameron, ce garçon très énigmatique.

J’avoue que je me demandais vraiment ce qu’il en était au sujet de ce garçon. Il semble parfait au premier abord mais plus on avance dans l’histoire et plus on se dit qu’il cache finalement quelque chose. Mais est-il méchant ? Et ça mesdames et messieurs, c’est une bonne question ! En plus de cela, il semblerait qu’un clan de vampires terribles soit en ville, de même que Raven. Mina ne pourra vraiment pas s’ennuyer.

C’était un roman sympa, un peu plus d’intrigue et d’évènements par rapport au premier roman. Cependant, je viens de voir qu’il n’y avait pas de suite et pour le coup, l’histoire reste alors un peu en plan.


Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe) by Kimberly Pauley

Sucks to Be Me, Book 1

Synopsis: Mina Hamilton’s parents want her dead. (Or undead to be precise.) They’re vampires, and like it or not, Mina must decide whether to become a vampire herself. But Mina’s more interested in hanging out with best friend Serena and trying to catch the eye of the too-hot-for-high-school Nathan Able than in the vampire training classes she’s being forced to take. How’s a girl supposed to find the perfect prom date and pass third-year French when her mom and dad are breathing down her neck–literally?

Review: Having read it in English I discover that this novel has also been translated into French. A long time ago, my friend Sullivan McPig offered me the first two novels and I confess that I was intrigued. But then, I finally tried and I confess that I was curious to see how it was going to be. It was a while since I had not read a YA and all the more about vampires.

Mina always knew that her parents and uncle were vampires and this secret weighs on her as she has no right to talk about it. Yet, it seems that her life is about to change. Indeed, the council of the vampires, after discovering her existence, asks her to take courses to decide if she would like to be transformed or not. Mina is going to meet with aspirants, between Aubrey a strange but beautiful boy; George or Lorelai, new friends; Raven, the bitch … in short a whole new little group. Between these important decisions, we also find of course the sentimental meanders of our young heroine.

It was an entertaining and pleasant read even if it will not leave me an unforgettable memory. It’s cute, perhaps more intended for the younger ones. I sometimes did not feel that our heroine was 18 years old, but much less, but it may be a personal feeling. In any case, it is a cute reading and I will read the sequel with curiosity.