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Look for Me by Moonlight

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,535 ratings  ·  241 reviews
When sixteen-year-old Cynda goes to stay with her father and his second wife, Susan, at their remote bed-and-breakfast inn in Maine, everything starts off well despite legends about ghosts and a murder at the inn. But Cynda feels like a visitor in Dad's new life, an outsider. Then intense, handsome stranger Vincent Morthanos arrives at the inn and seems to return Cynda's i ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 8th 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published April 24th 1995)
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To all the whiners complaining that this book wasn't anything like Twilight - get over it! It was written ten years before Twilight, and long before vampires became teenage heartthrobs. Throughout history, vampires have been evil and dangerous - even Angel, who began to turn the tide for vampires from scary monster to romantic hero, could be dangerous. Romances between teenage girls and ancient vampires don't end well. Period.

I first read this book in middle school, shortly after it was first pu
I gave this book the rating my goofy middle school self would've given it had that weird child had access to the internet as it is today.

This is a very dated book and everything is very predictable and the characters are flat and one-dimensional. But I remember having fond memories of loving this book, and don't want to penalize it for the fact that my standards have risen and Vincent is no longer a tall dark and dangerous dreamboat of horror.

Cynda was always whiny and annoying though. I wish I
I remember being obsessed with this book in middle school. Ob. Sessed. I also remember it having enough romance and passion and awesome twist-at-the-end-edness for me to reread it a bunch of times. So when I found a cheap copy in a used book store, I bought and read it in a day.

See, I wanted to enjoy this. I mean, it brought back such fond memories, right? And I remember Mary Downing Hahn as being a great author, so I wanted to enjoy the hell out of this book. Unfortunately it was just...utterly
I love Mary Downing Hahn. She is an incredible author. Look for Me by Moonlight is inspired by a poem called The Highwayman. In the poem an inn-keepers daughter is in love with a highwayman. An employee at the inn is jealous so he alerts the authorities that the highwayman is frequently at the inn. They come and tie up the daughter, but she manages to shoot herself and warn the highwayman that the soldiers are there. He comes back the next day and is killed himself. This poem is frequently broug ...more
Sep 27, 2009 Susan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Susan by: Becky of "Becky's Book Reviews"
Look For Me By Moonlight was not exactly what I expected. I thought I was getting into a YA paranormal romance type of novel, but there was really no romance to speak of. By the time Vincent began planting kisses on Cynda's naïve teenage lips and neck, it is perfectly obvious to the reader that he is bad news.

Vincent himself is an incredibly well-written "bad guy," complete with an atmosphere of danger and cruelty. Our heroine however, was weak, weak, WEAK! I kept waiting for Cynda to see Vince
Taylor Capaniro
The genre was a mystery,and romance,and fiction.The audience is the reader themselves, I like the fact that Cynda became stronger at the end of the book she just needed to prove to everyone what Vincent was and what he does to the family and a good friend and Cynda as well with all the suffering he put her through.

In my opinion I thought the book was amazing I do wish it had something surprising at the end just thought it would end a little bit different then it did and I recommend people read i
Chio Duran
I liked this book. Even though the plot was a little bit predictable and the characters were not developed in depth, the story was refreshing and entertaining.

Cynda is your average teenage girl who has problems with her parents and has to deal with family issues and loneliness. She is desperate for someone to listen to what she has to say. Then comes Vincent. I have to say that Vincent was the character that I liked the most. After all those romance books that have come out in the last few year
Cynda is sixteen, and for her, the world is unfair. Like so many other teenage heroines of supernatural tales, she's frustrated by the boredom and isolation that comes when she moves in with her estranged father and his wife who run a remote inn, even an inn that's supposedly haunted. As such, her curiosity is piqued when a mysterious young man named Victor shows up at the inn one night and decides to stay awhile. Her five-year-old half-brother Todd hates him immediately, but Victor quickly wins ...more
I usually dislike the 'aha!' ending, where everything is thrown on its ear and the author crows about about how clever they are and how the stupid little reader was just so easily taken in (hello, Sarah Waters!)
This isn't quite like that. This 'aha!' took a silly, mediocre story and turned it into ... something else entirely. (I hesitate to say "thrilling psychological horror" but that's kind of what it is.)

My biggest - my only - problem was the narrator. Supposedly sixteen years old, she talks
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
This book was ok. It wasn't the greatest vampire story out there.

The story is about Cynda, who goes to Maine to stay with her father, stepmother and stepbrother in their inn while her mother and her mother's boyfriend go to Italy. During this time a stranger, Vincent, comes to the inn to stay for awhile. It turns out that Vincent is a vampire and has come to feed on Cynda.

This was a slow moving book. At times it was very boring. Cynda was a whiny little thing that annoyed me. She was always whi
Nia Zanders
This is a good bookI like it because Ilove fantasy fiction with a little bit of romance and vampires.It was about a girl name Cynthia aka Cynda. She is staying with her dad and step mother,Susan, and her step brother Todd. During her vist Cynda stays in Underhill Inn which her father owns.While at the Inn Cynda hears word of guost in the Inn. Not just any guost, guost of girls killed near by or in the Inn.Then a man named Vincent comes to stay in the Inn.Cynda is instintly attracted the Vincent ...more
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Angelika Valencia Montoya
I loved the book. It was very unique and different. I loved how the author started out the story as a normal teenager in love with a normal guest. She made the guest as if he was in love with her to. Put it as if the ghost of the dead girl was just haunting Cynda. Then came out with the part where the Man was just using her and pretended to love her. I loved how the author started out with him as if he was just an abuser but then out of nowhere he bit her. Plus how he said he wanted just her but ...more
I love Mary Hahn for many reasons, not the least of which, is she is the author who has made my Grand a pleasure reader. Her books are the ones Ashley will carry with her and sneak out of her backpack.

THis one is darker than some of the others, with a really bad-guy antagonist...Vincent seems so romantic, so perfect. Cynda is the product of a divorce and is being shipped to her father's old country inn along the Maine coast. Her stepbrother Todd is a demanding kid, her father ignores h
Sakura Koneko
Aug 12, 2007 Sakura Koneko rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes vampires
I read this book after finding it in a school library.

Originally I found it very interesting and exciting, until I got near the end and it just started feeling like the telling of a young girl caught up with an older man who is abusive in a sense... it seemed to me more like the fact he was a vampire was added in to take notice away from a more nonfiction storyline that the book could tell.
Kate Yancey
Feb 07, 2009 Kate Yancey added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire fans everywhere
Recommended to Kate by: myself
I read this book and could not put it down. I always knew us girls would be sucked into the dark, hansome, and mysterious figures that come upon us. I'm one of those people who have dreams based on what they see, hear, smell, taste, feel, and remember. I had a dream that took me to every scene in this book. It was a true adventure. If only this book could be real ;).
Alice Yates
This book was very, very good, but REALLY creepy. It's a very very old take on vampires--nothing like the new Twilight obsession--it is about how vampires are supposed to be. In this, the vampire isn't a sparkly teenage boy--this vampire is a REAL vampire. He's very persuasive and extremely evil.

A great, quick read!
A highly sensual story; after all, it is about teen crushes and vampires. The protagonist's broken home makes her perfect prey for a seemingly benevolent stranger. Ultimately, she must use her wits to save herself and her younger brother.
This is the first vampire book I ever read. I was probably only ten or eleven when I read it. This book was the first of many vampire-related novels and films to come. It's a beautiful, simple, and sometimes spine-tingling read.
I remember reading this over and over again in 5th grade. I was obsessed about it. I just recently picked it back up again about a year ago and fell in love with it all over again. It's an awesome read!
I saw this book in my local secondhand bookstore; and since I've been looking for Mary Downing Hahn's The Wind Blows Backward, I satisfied myself in buying Look for Me by Moonlight instead. The summary itself was intriguing; what I didn't expect was the vampire aspect of the book. I was expecting of ghosts and ghouls, not murderous vampires.

The book vomits a lot of teenage drama, but it might be because of Vincent's influence, which caused the heroine to act like such a ninny. It's a nice take o
I have a student who isn't a strong reader but who adores books with the horror sticker on the spine. I have already hooked her on ereaders which can read to her but I needed some books on the ereader which would keep her hooked and reading. This book seemed like it would fit the bill.
It's not my kind of book. Although I enjoy paranormal tales, I don't like gothic horror. I especially don't like gothic horror paired with teenage tragedy/melodrama even though they pair up remarkably well.
I'll d
I loved the book!
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Sep 23, 2009 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Heather by: library
I've been on a YA fiction kick and especially paranormal with Halloween around the corner along with a few related challenges, so when I saw this at the library it looked really fun and interesting, so seductive. It really wasn't.

Cynda comes to live with her dad, stepmom, and half-brother up in cold Maine and the inn that her father and stepmother own and run. But it's haunted! Maybe I'm too used to vampires trying to be good like Angel from Buffy, Edward from Twilight, and now we have the Vampi
This book took me a ridiculous amount of time to finish. It was so short and really hard to get in to. The plot didn't capture me at all. The book was supposed to be spine thrilling and spine chilling and none of that happened to my spine. I was annoyed through out the whole book and just wanted to get it over with and found myself skimming the pages and had to force myself to pay attention to what was going on.

The reason why I gave this book 2 stars was becuase towards the end I will admit it k
Look for Me by Moonlight follows Cynda, as she moves in with her father and his new wife when her mother leaves for Italy with her new husband. Living in an old inn, the family is settling in for a quiet winter, when a tall, dark stranger comes to stay.

Yes, this is another teenage-girl-of-divorced-and/or-dead-parents-seeks-solace-in-the-arms-of-a-strange-lover kind of story (think Twilight and The Vampire Diaries), but the difference here is that the lover turns out to be truly evil and abusive
Marzana Islam
I read this book when I was in high school I think in year 7, I picked it up and it was one of the first books I actually fell in love with. It was seriously amazing to me, I felt so connected to the story it was just so good. Of course people's opinions are different, but for me it was a very in depth story about a girl who feels confused with her life and is suddenly living with a father with a new family.

And comes along the mysterious man who turns everything upside down and eventually the se
I found out about Look for Me By Moonlight when I was searching for old Mary Downing Hahn books I had read when I was younger. I came across this in the search and being that I love all things vampiric in nature (and have since WAAAYYY before Twilight), I decided to investigate further.

The story is about sixteen year old Cynda (short for Cynthia). Cynda is spending six months at an old inn in northern Maine with her father, stepmother, and half-brother. Cynda is hoping to renew her relationship
Leigh Collazo

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READALIKES: "The Highwayman" (poem by Alfred Noyes); The Old Willis Place and many others by Mary Downing Hahn; anything by Lois Duncan (my personal favorite is Ransom)


Overall: 4/5
Creativity: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Engrossing: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Appeal to teens: 5/5
Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5

Language: none

Sexuality: mild; large age gaps in the relationships; some kissing and staring at breasts through shirt

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