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Vampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston

About the Book-Vampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things

In this heart-wrenching debut YA novel that’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown meets They Both Die at the End, a teen girl takes a trip to New Orleans with her estranged best friend to find a vampire to save her dying father.

Victoria and her dad have shared a love of the undead since the first vampire revealed his existence on live TV. Public fear soon drove the vampires back into hiding, yet Victoria and her father still dream about finding a vampire together. But when her dad is diagnosed with terminal cancer, it’s clear that’s not going to happen. Instead, Victoria vows to find a vampire herself—so that she can become one and then save her father.

Armed with research, speculations, and desperation—and helped by her estranged best friend, Henry—Victoria travels to New Orleans in search of a miracle. There she meets Nicholas, a mysterious young man who might give her what she desires. But first, he needs Victoria to prove she loves life enough to live forever.

She agrees to complete a series of challenges, from scarfing sugar-drenched beignets to singing with a jazz band, all to show she has what it takes to be immortal. But truly living while her father is dying feels like a betrayal. Victoria must figure out how to experience joy and grief at once, trusting all the while that Nicholas will hold up his end of the bargain…because the alternative is too impossible to imagine.

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Our Review of Vampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things

There was something about the cover of the book that grabbed my attention. Ever since I saw it I had wanted to read it. By the time I finally picked up the book, my expectations were overflowing. So maybe I did jump the wagon too soon.Something was definitely off with the book for me. Maybe its could be that my bars were up so high that I didnt see the true scope. Whatever be the reason, fact is that in the end I was kind of not a very big fan

The book is a combination of hits and miss. To begin with I hated the central character, our FC. So with a bit shaken up there, everything ahead was a tough journey for me. The fact that I couldn’t relate to the character and justify her actions, made certain scenes and plots seem very kiddish and almost comical. 

The other reason for why I couldn’t fully indulge in the book is that I felt that the book was wavering around the true purpose and direction of the book. Its like the book decided to head in a certain direction and then decides to maybe deviate a bit but then turning back to original path. So because of these the book seems to be in different mood in different parts. There was a certain point in the book where I kept asking the question – Where exactly are you headed with this.

With everything said, Talk about MC and I could build a shrine for the character. If you pick up the book, then Henry will make it worthwhile. All throughout the book, he was the one character that I felt bad for because he was the true victim in all of the plot. ( nevermind its a plot thing…you will know it when you read the book)


In conclusion, the problem with Vampires, Hearts and other Dead things is that the book is two seperate dish which is trying hard to mix together and make one big meal but unfortunately it isn’t able to. Individually those both these portions are great but just oil and water it struggles to meet the melting point. Having said all these this is one of those book that would generate different reactions. So for me, it didnt work as I felt something was off.

Squirrel Rating

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