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Companions of the Night

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  4,978 Ratings  ·  352 Reviews
When Kerry's little brother forgets his stuffed bear at the laundry, Kerry ventures out at 11th p.m. to retrieve it for him. The laundry is deserted and kind of spooky, and while she's there three men burst in, dragging a bound and bloodied young man they insist is a vampire. Kerry helps him escape, only to be caught up in a desperate game between vampire hunters and their ...more
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Published September 1st 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1995)
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Brittany (Nice Girls Read Books)
Apr 12, 2014 Brittany (Nice Girls Read Books) rated it it was amazing
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The first thing you must know is that this book was written before the 'Twilight' vampire hype swept YA novels and turned them into a predictable and boring genre. Companions of the Night is blissfully original.

Each page kept me so absorbed in the story, eager to finish it and find out the ending. When I'd finished the book, I was disappointed that it didn't go on for longer. I would love to see a sequel, though I think all hopes of that are basically dust by now.

The ending was bittersweet, b
Nov 04, 2007 Emma rated it it was amazing
Vivian Vande Velde is basically my hero. She is a master at taking traditional fairy-tale-like themes and making them fresh and totally unique. Companions of the Night (1995) does that for the vampire story.

Kerry’s little brother, Ian, had a simple request: drive to the laundromat to retrieve Ian’s stuffed bear. Kerry knew all the reasons she should tell Ian no (she had a big test to study for, it was the middle of the night, she only had a driver’s permit and shouldn’t be in a car without a lic
Jackie "the Librarian"
Aug 29, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teen vampire fans
You want to read a GREAT teen vampire story? Forget Twilight. Well, try to, anyway. This is the one you should be reading. It's got a smart heroine who isn't particularly klutsy, vampires, danger, AND (bonus!) you get the whole story in ONE book!

It's late at night, but does Kerry get to climb into her comfy bed? Noooo, she's in charge of her little brother Ian for the evening, and HE left his teddy bear at the laundromat and can't sleep without it. She trudges back to the laundromat, and is sea
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Omigosh I wanted this to be good. I wanted this to be good so badly. I wanted something creepy. Look at that cover! It sure looks like a creepy book. Creepy YA Romance. YA Romance generally sucks, I know, but look at the cover! How can’t that be awesome?!

“Easy, my dear Anzu. The cover is awesome, true, but it is a mere metaphor. The shadow monster doesn’t necessarily have to be a shadow monster but a symbol for the darkness within a person. Duh.”

Well… yeah. That sucks.

Bleh meh meh bleh bleh ble
Emily Michelle
Sep 26, 2014 Emily Michelle rated it it was amazing
I don't love vampire books, for the most part. The ones that I've read tend to be a little mindless, full of hot, leather-clad vampires and the humans who happily get sucked into their glamorous world of the night.

And that's why Companions of the Night is my favorite vampire book. It takes the typical elements of YA vampire fiction and examines them, then turns them on their heads. The usual components are there: teenage girl gets caught up in vampire world and develops an attraction to one of t
Dec 03, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a great book, but I will say that I found the human/vampire relationship much more "realistic" (as if there is such a thing), than certain other teen vamp books published as of late.

By realistic, I mean, the vampires in this story were vampires. They had to drink blood and it had to be human blood and raiding the local blood bank wasn't going to cut it. That fact alone made the love story much more difficult to create.

I also appreciated the fact that the vampire was manipulative. And that
Jun 12, 2013 Shannon rated it it was amazing
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Sherwood Smith
Jun 08, 2016 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fantasy
This short, tight YA story about vampires has long been one of my favorites.
Jul 10, 2016 Bree rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
Some spoilers.
This vampire story was definitely unusual. The beginning was a little intense. I felt bad for Marsala. I'm not sure if he was good or bad. Maybe he was crazy, but if what happened to his son was true, then that explained it, but didn't excuse it. To sum it up, it left me feeling confused. There was a little romance between the main characters, but at the end it felt ambiguous, as it was intended to be. Would I recommend this story. Maybe. Give it a try if your looking for an unconv
Sep 06, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, urban-fantasy, ya
One of the few really excellent vampire novels out there. The entire plot has so much common-sense and believability working for it, and the characters are so likeable, that I wish it was hundreds of pages longer.
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
People talk like we're living in an unprecedented age of vampire novels. But really, the vampire novel never went out of style after it was invented. The vampire young adult novel, however, is more popular than ever. Back when I was in junior high those of us who liked vampires had fewer options. And one of the most popular options was COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT by Vivian Vande Velde.

I was already familiar with Velde when someone recommended COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT to me. I liked her books, ever si
Jan 06, 2011 Andrienne rated it really liked it
This book was suggested to me after I posted my review of Silver Kiss. I wanted another take on the human girl, vampire boy love story and this did not disappoint. I had to take away one star though for a couple of reasons. Towards the middle, the story lost steam in figuring out what happened to the girl's family. There were parts that seemed contrived; too much effort in inducing some emotions. It could also be that in the effort of the author to make it mysterious (which it was), it got to th ...more
cEe beE
THE best YA vampire book ever!!

Long before Stephanie Meyer came along and ruined vampire lore, before Vampire Academy, Diaries, and a host of others, Vivian Vande Velde wrote the perfect YA vampire novel.

COTN has a believable storyline and realistic characters. The vampire Ethan is charming, but he is devious and not to be trusted. 15 yr old Kerry has to help him hunt down a vampire hunter so she can find and save her father and little brother.

Like most of Vande Velde's books, this is a short
Jul 28, 2007 Oyceter rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I really loved the vampires in this book; they actually feel like they've lived for quite some time, as opposed to psychologically being a high school student for centuries. I particularly loved the moral ambiguity of the book, that the threat to Kerry felt real and immediate, and the lack of romanticization. This is what a vampire-human relationship might work out if vampires were real.

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Apr 02, 2015 Abby rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This is one of those books that tries to skate by on mediocrity because it's written for teenagers. The main female character is flat and just a bit too cool and logical for a sixteen year old girl. I just didn't believe her. The main male lead, aka the vampire, is neither mysterious nor particularly engaging. There's so much more that it would have been interesting to learn about his life, his change, etc, but these things are glossed over in favor of the two characters driving around town and ...more
Mar 01, 2009 Jina rated it liked it
This vampire romance has a distinct undertone of violence and pulls you in from page one. Kerri is a 15 year old girl whose mother has left her, her brother, and her father for another man and another life. Their family is still trying to cope with the pain that brought and one of the main reasons that Kerri gives in to her brother's tears and goes to fetch his koala from the 24 hour laundry.

On her arrival she finds three men have beaten and tied up another man and are holding him hostage. They
May 03, 2011 Kellie rated it it was amazing
Vivian Vande Velde, produced an excellent Vampire story without the usual clichés found in many YA books. Kerry is a likeable character who is willing to go through great lengths to save her family, with the help of Ethan. Ethan isn't the nice friendly vampire (found in certain YA Vampire series), he's cunning, ruthless and untrustworthy, but shades of humanity peek out when you least expect it.
Perhaps what I like most about Companions of the Night is the fact that Ethan doesn't reveal all, whi
I ran across Vivian Vande Velde's (great) name in a list of popular teen vampire novelists and picked up Companions of the Night on a whim. I read it in about a day and really enjoyed it. The plot moves along at a quick clip, and while the characters do have a strong rapport, the romance element is not given much attention until the very last chapters. (Side note: I wasn't overwhelmed by these characters—they are certainly serviceable, but I didn't completely connect with them. Some of this is j ...more
Jun 09, 2008 Mary-Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, romance
Now this is what I mean by a vampire novel. I'm still not sure I buy that the woman is *in love* with the vampire, but it's solved in this novel by the fact that Kerry is a teenager, much less naive than your average 16 yr old perhaps, but still a teenager and therefore prone to crushes and faulty judgement, not to mention that she spends the whole novel in a state of crisis and hyped up nerves and makes her declaration of love when she's just avoided a lot of danger. These are the circumstances ...more
May 13, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I liked this much more than I expected. The main character is smart and has agency. The vampire isn't watered down and there's definitely a sense of danger throughout the book.
Nov 05, 2012 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2
A very good YA with an original plot (this has been published in 1995), a smart heroine, a lying vampire out for blood, and monsters with human skin.

Each page kept me absorbed in the story, eager to finish the book, and find out what happened next. How refreshing that the book has an "open" ending: it's up to you imagining what happens after you turn the last page. This story has ended, but you may dream the rest of her life, if you wish to.

As I have often said I'm not a fan of YA, but I
Jamie Collins
I don't read a lot of YA fiction, but I liked this vampire novel aimed at pre-teens and young teenagers. (The cover art is admittedly terrible.) I'm not sure my son would care for it, but if I had a daughter I'd pass it on. It's just the sort of vampire story I like, where the vampire hovers somewhere between a good guy and a bad guy, and is attractive but not to be completely trusted. The heroine adopts a mostly practical approach to the vampire, and there's actually a bit of romance as opposed ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Brenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like that the vampire is a jerk. He's undead, and he doesn't ever have to explain himself. I like that the female lead thinks for herself. I like that she isn't defined by her looks.
One more thing - I admire the blunt, matter-of-fact way sex is described in this book. No, nobody HAS sex in it. It's not a steamy erotica. Rather, the vampire simply explains that, yes, sex is part of the appeal of vampires and that, yes, both parties usually enjoy it. That's it. I really do admire any YA author
Ashley Davis
Jul 11, 2013 Ashley Davis rated it it was ok
So, I don't know exactly how I feel about this book. I wanted to read it as study for my genre, so I got a sample. The sample was less than satisfying, with pretty simple writing (which is not bad in and of itself, unless you focus too closely on all the unnecessary wordage--I know about this better than anyone!--and the juvenile tone, but then again it's 3rd person on the shoulder of a 16 year old), but I wanted to see where it was going. I bought the kindle edition for $4.99 and read it in 3 d ...more
Mar 17, 2014 kyendwarrior rated it liked it
All of Vivian Vande Velde’s books NEED A SEQUEL. (PLEEEASE! :D)

So far I’ve read Dragon’s Bait and this one, and I need to know what happens to ALL OF THEM! DO THEY STAY TOGETHER? ARE THEY IN LOVE (well, in the case of Alys and Selendrile, there was a teensy weensy hint that they liked each other)?? I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AFTER!!

But I digress.
There will be another time to rant about the lack of sequels… another time…


Everything (the world, the vampires, etc) is all explained in bits (no in
Jul 18, 2008 Elke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a favour to her younger brother, Kerry drives to the laundromat at night to retrieve his forgotten teddybear. But suddenly the place is rushed by a gang bringing a young man with them who they claim is a vampire. To prove this, they intend to keep him there until sunrise and have him burned by the sunlight. Kerry does not believe them and helps the young man to flee. But soon she must discover that Ethan really is a vampire and now she has to decide wether he is a bloodthirsty monster or not. ...more
Jul 09, 2015 NC rated it liked it
I almost couldn't believe myself when I rated this. I had planned on giving it 1 star and didn't change my mind until the last 20% of the book finally messed up with my head. It made me scream with sheer frustration, at that point, I silently wished that Kerry would be drained and left as an unknown corpse, but I just couldn't further impose such malicious thoughts on her because I finally grasped the reason her character is made, an ideal victim of literally everyone, and that enabled me to com ...more
Jul 26, 2010 Gracie rated it really liked it
It is so rare these days to find a good fantasy book that ends. This is just one book that stands alone and i think it makes the book much better for it. This doesn't have some stupid ending that leaves the author free to make excessive amounts on crappy sequels. You like the characters but what's more important, the author cares more about their authenticity than their appeal . That is so rare these days. These are believable characters. They are not always going to act exactly the way you wan ...more
May 21, 2015 Yajaira rated it it was amazing
Discovered this book in 6th grade. This is where my love of reading and all things supernatural began. :)
Aug 13, 2014 Lani rated it really liked it
I'm so excited that I loved this book, because I have had a hard time finding vampire lit that I either like or even want to read (I'm a vampire snob). I thoroughly enjoyed the story and was never quite sure where the plot was going next.
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Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951, currently residing in Rochester, New York) is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at young adults.

Her novels and short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy, but are primarily humorous. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She says that she really likes to write for
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