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Deadly Offer (Point Horror)

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  708 ratings  ·  56 reviews
When you make a deal with a vampire, there's no chance to change your mind. Or is there?

Althea is a nobody who wants to be somebody. She wants to be noticed, to have friends, to be part of the popular crowd. Then she meets the vampire who lives in the circular tower in her new house.

The vampire says that he can make her popular--more popular than she ever imagined she coul
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Scholastic (first published December 1st 1992)
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Resistance is Futile
Althea craves popularity. She wants to be a cheerleader - swooned over by all the jocks and the envy of all the girls. When, against custom, she opens the shuttered tower room in her house, she releases a vampire who makes a deal with her: If she brings him victims, he will give her popularity. Althea finds herself spiraling out of control as the vampire asks for more and more - and she feels she has to give it to him or suffer public humiliation.

Looked at from a superficial point of view, ther
Sep 03, 2012 Leah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen fans of softcore dark fiction
Rating: 4 of 5

The Cheerleader was among the many Point Horror books I read in the early 90s, between the ages of 12 to 15. In those days, when I wasn't buried in a Stephen King novel, nine times out of ten I was reading L.J. Smith, R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Caroline B. Cooney, or Richie Tankersley Cusick. Their novels always thrilled and entertained, and yes, there was a healthy dose of jumps and creepies.

Nowadays, I'd recommend the Point Horror books for younger 12- to 15-year-olds, who wa
Stephanie Davies
For a throwaway YA vampire fiction, The Cheerleader is actually pretty immense. It's so readable that I've returned to it every few years and I'll probably be reading it into my thirties.

I still remember vividly so many scenes from this book. The party, when she sits on the stairs and can't make conversation because there are so many different types of music coming from the different rooms of her house. Or how she dances in Pizzahut because she's popular, finally popular, and that's what popular
Jordan Rodgers
I love Caroline B. Cooney. I really do. But she does not do the vampire story very well. It was different. But not nearly as interesting as other vampire stories. It was way too tame. Not once in the entire book did you get to read about the vampire doing what vampires do, sucking blood. I wanted way more action.
Dude, since when do vampires grant wishes, anyway? Isn't that genies or something?
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
why does it always have to be the cool popular girls who meet all the vampires
I found this book to be a bit shallow which made me not want to continue reading but the more I kept reading the more I found I couldn't stop reading it. I think the reason why I found it so addicting was that it was different to the other vampire books that I have read before. I didn't find anything believable as everything that Althea was experiencing was from what the vampire did which made me not trust anything that happened but there was times when I wanted to believe it. I would say there ...more
Deadly offer, the Vampires Promise by Caroline Cooney
Having read Caroline Cooney’s popular, Face on the Milk Carton series, I find this new series exciting and thrilling. The idea of a different darker version of a vampire is intriguing. How he is vaguely described makes him more sinister. The idea of him seducing his victim into giving him what he wants is frightening in its simplicity. Unlike Dracula, and Twilight he is unearthly and frightening. The ideas contained within the book are extraor
I've decided to read Vampire novels for one month, The Cheerleader started the month. This story revolves around Althea a loner high school girl with no friends, who just wants to be popular. Go figure she lives with, you guessed it a vampire, oddly enough you never hear of parents or siblings. The vampire offers to give Althea the chance to be popular in exchange for her to sacrifice people to him. The people will only be tired a little bit or so he says, with this in mind she agrees and so the ...more
Althea's strive for popularity is just beyond the plausible. She's just an unsympathetic character. She's shallow, even when Cooney tries to make her have a little depth, and it was a struggle to read this, both when I was a teen and now two decades later.

Along with a main character I would have liked to see drown, we have a vampire who isn't really much of a vampire at all. I get that we're presented with a non-traditional vampire, something that downplays the sensuality and mysticism of vampir
I was a huge Caroline B. Cooney fan as a child – my favorite book growing up was The Terrorist and I read it multiple times a year. But I was not a fan of The Vampire’s Promise: Deadly Offer. It was written a while back, before vampires were popular.

In Deadly Offer, Althea wants so badly to be popular and she meets a vampire who promises her all the popularity in the world if she brings him victims. Althea does get the popularity she dreams of. I don’t really know why the vampire doesn’t drink h
Lizzy Lessard
Caroline B. Cooney bares her fangs DEADLY OFFER, but it will be a hit or miss whether the reader will be hypnotized into this YA horror. Like her Fog, Snow, and Fire series; DEADLY OFFER sets up a gloomy and helpless atmosphere and chokes the reader with it from the first to last page. It's a docile version of a psychological horror, though YA and MG readers shouldn't have any problem relating to Althea's situation. For readers more removed from high school woes, Althea's willingness to be puppe ...more
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Overall I thought this was a pretty good book. Maybe as far as vampire novels go this one didn't have quite the intensity of some others, but I thought the story was well written and was able to get a pretty good sense of the main character and her struggle between doing what was right and becoming who she wanted to be.

The dialogue was interesting and believable. For a book that was written with the young adult in mind, (I would say 12-15) I actually enjoyed reading it even as an adult.

The mai
 Bella Marie
Althea is a normal girl. Even if she had friends in the elementary she has no friends in high school. None literally. Being popular and have friends that loves her and she loves them is all that she wants. A vampire answers to her wish but wants something for return. How far will Αlthea go to get what she needs and wants? well read it and see yourselves.
I really liked the book. It describes exactly my life when I was in high school and during the college. The 3 years out of 4 that college last
Viktoria Jean
Oct 28, 2007 Viktoria Jean rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the hot-blooded
Caroline B Cooney
The Vampire's Promise [1] Deadly Offer


Althea is a nobody who wants to be somebody. She wants to be noticed, to have friends, to be part of the popular crowd. Then she meets the vampire who lives in the circular tower in her new house. The vampire says that he can make her popular--more popular than she ever imagined she could be. All Althea has to do is agree to a simple deal. So simple a promise, but so
Carol [Goodreads addict]
I picked this up at a used book sale as part of a trilogy, all bound together. I thought it sounded interesting but believe me, it wasn't. Althea enjoyed popularity and success in middle school. She is now a sophomore in high school but all her friends have divided off into groups and she just can't seem to fit in with any of them. She so wants to be popular and to be a cheerleader. She moves into a huge house with a tower. Upon opening the shutters in the tower, she frees a vampire. He promises ...more
Popularity! How do you become popular? Through sports? Being beautiful or handsome? Having lots of money?

What if you could become popular through some power – or through some supernaturual creature, say, a vampire? That’s what Althea decides to do when she mistakenly releases a vampire from a shuttered tower.

The only problem? Althea has to give one of her friends to the vampire – or in plain language – betray a friend.

And what are the consequences of betraying of her friends to she can become po
More like 2.5.
Nothing is free and never trust a vampire. The story is about a lonely girl who lost all ties to her friends when she enters high school. She makes a bargan with a vampire to become popular. All she has to do is choose which victim to hand over to the vampire. Nothing "bad" will happen, they'll just be a little tired the next day. Of course, the vampire gets greedy and the price of popularity becomes just too high. In the end, Althea decides it's not worth it and needs to make frie
I have a soft-spot for Caroline B. Cooney. I grew up reading her books and wanting to be a dark mysterious girl who was highly disturbed. Luckily I achieved all of the above. I read this book in 7th grade along with a few of her others, and I was in love. The idea to sell your soul to get everything you wanted sounded pretty tempting to a nerdy and socially inadequate 11-year-old. Unfortunately, I never met a vampire who was willing to do the trade.
I went through the book last night, and sadly -
Caroline B Cooney has always been one of my favorite authors. And this book has always been one of my favorites. This must be the 10th time I read this!!!
Cooney's Deadly Offer is a very creepy book that will make you confront your own ethics and the decisions you would make.

Althea is a nobody who would like nothing more than to be popular. She wants to have scores of friends and be on the cheerleading squad. When the ancient vampire living in the shuttered tower of her home offers her immediate popularity, she knows there will be a catch. When she has to choose a sacrifice for him, she has to decide how far she is willing to go in order to maint
Althea wants to be popular and would do anything to get in the cheerleading squad, so when the resident vampire offers to make her dream come true, she agrees. But the vampire wants something in return, he wants to be fed...
Althea has a choice, save her friends but lose her popularity, or sacrifice her friends to get what she wants.

There is a cute romance sub-plot in this book, thankfully not involving the vampire, who is pale, has nails like foil, and smells like death. He also seems to like f
Katie Roberts
I love the Cheerleader and Caroline B Cooney. Over the past few months I've been going back to books that have been published in the 90s and father back because there is something more in them for me that more modern novels don't. Cheerleader fits that bill perfectly. It brings back a lot of memories of my own high school experience and let me reflect on my own choices of what I had wanted back then. While I couldn't relate to Althea's need for popularity, I could definitely sympathize with her ...more
A weird take on the vampire genre, and one I really didn't enjoy.

Althea is a socially akward teenager with tunnel vision. She wants to be popular. The Vampire is trapped in the shutters of her house (???) in a tower, and possible the bushes out front. The Vampire grants Althea popularity in exchange for victims.

Not Cooney's best work, and she is usually a decent writer, but this book was tedious.
Jessica Mitchell
Jessica Mitchell, 11
Deadly Offer (Vampire's Promise, #1)
3.5 stars

Despite the slightly low rating i'm giving this book, i'm going to say this; it was the first book I've actually gotten absorbed in for a really long time. The way Caroline writes is just so fantastic..I could hear the characters' voices and could feel Althea's emotions almost the whole way.
One thing I didn't like was how the author didn't really explain WHY the vampire is there. A little back story would be nice, please!
I am pretty sure this is the first vampire book I ever read. I read this one along with a bunch of R.L. Stine books back in middle school. But this one has stuck in my mind. Another reviewer mentioned remembering how the vampire was described, and that is what I remember the most too. He was very intimidating and overwhelming and made me think of and smell mold and mushrooms. I cannot for the life of me remember how it ends, though.
This book was ok but I hated how she liked popularity so much. I also didn't like that the book had such a lame ending.

I LOVE Caroline B. Cooney but this book was a total distaster. It took me forever to get through and I knew that if I didn't bring it to school I would never get through it. I don't really recommened it. The last thing I have to say is that this book is origanally titled The Cheerleader.
Aussie bookworm
I remember loving Caroline B Cooney's books when i was a young teen, I am excited to be able to read them again as a re release but Deadly offer is not what I remembered. Being older now I would recommend this book to young teens. The storyline was not really relatable to me anymore. I enjoyed reading it again and would like to re-read any others that are being re released for nostalgia's sake.
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