Title: Dangerous Girls and Dangerous Girls: Taste of Night
Author: R.L. Stine
Obtained: bought || image obtained from teenreads.com
Twin sisters Destiny and Livvy Weller return home from summer vacation with a dark secret . . . and an inhuman desire to drink blood. What have they become? Can they ever turn back? As their deadly secret becomes harder to keep, more questions arise and loyalties are tested. And as one sister descends into darkness, the other must find a way to save her—and herself. Who will live to see the glow of the next full moon? Which sister will survive? (from HarperCollins website)
On the Cover
My copy of the book is the image of the book cover above, minus “The Taste of Night” written on it. In case you can’t tell, the crying girl at the front has pink tears. I really like this cover. It’s pretty basic–an image of one of the main characters (possibly Destiny, but since she and Livvy are twins it’s a little hard to tell). The image is pretty accurate to the description of the characters, down to eye color; the only thing that isn’t is that weird pink tear. And you obviously can tell it’s a vampire book, what with the mouth in the background. I think that weird face in the background is what bothers me most. There’s a mouth and a nose, but you don’t even get a glimpse of an eye, even though you should probably at least see the corner of one.
On the Plot
I want to say the plot is your basic, average, every-day YA vampire novel plot. I really, really do. There’s one character who is desperate to remain human; her evil twin, who is a vampire and doesn’t mind killing, and the loads of friends and family, some of whom are given names and a very brief description before being killed off.
Despite spending so much time with Destiny, I really found that I disliked her. Her pressure of Livvy to become human again is distressing. Livvy constantly asks, “Why can’t you see I’m okay like this?”, but Destiny just “knows” her sister isn’t happy, and goes through everything to try to get her sister to come back home. In fact, this remains a huge part of the second novel, and I started losing interest.
I couldn’t get a good grasp of the characters, either. I got their thoughts, their actions, their words, but no emotion. When their friends died, there wasn’t a lot of moping and tears. Destiny was more concerned about people staring at her when she went back to school, than the fact that she had lost a couple of friends. I get that the books are supposed to be about eighteen-year-old girls, but come on. Even eighteen-year-olds get weepy and mopey when their friends die.
All in all, I didn’t enjoy this book too much. I think I’ll give it away. The writing was dull, and some of it was written like someone in high school would: instead of just emphasizing the word “so”, the author not only emphasized it, he dragged it out like so: “soooooo“. I haven’t seen that done, ever, in a published work, but there it is.
I just couldn’t get into this book. I wonder now if all the R.L. Stine books were written like this and I just didn’t notice.