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"If you ever want to hide from the world, live in a small city, where everyone seems anonymous."That's the advice of twelve-year-old Ariella Montero, who lives with her father in Saratoga Springs, New York, in a house haunted more by secrets than by memories. "The Society of S" traces her journey south, to Asheville and Savannah, and on to Florida, as she learns that every ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
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Jackie
I've read a lot of vampire books--you could say I'm a bit of a connoisseur. So I appreciate a fresh perspective on the idea, which is exactly what Hubbard's book brings. It centers on 13 year old Ariella Montero--delicate and protected from the world by a reclusive father after her mother disappeared shortly after her birth. It's certainly a coming of age story, though this teenager has a few more
things to deal with than your average middle-schooler. She begins to slowly but certainly unravel t
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Carolyn
Feb 18, 2008 Carolyn rated it it was ok
For a vampire story, it is pretty slow-paced and uneventful in the way I must have been expecting...I was only partially drawn into this story, it's characters somewhat on the bland vs. alluring side, and perhaps underdeveloped as characters one could empathize with.
These vampires can drink scientifically created blood substitutes rather than feeding off of humans, and would like to co-habitate in some sort of harmony.
The focus was on a family unit being split apart when the husband is "vampi
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Kara
Jul 29, 2011 Kara rated it really liked it
I don't know why this keeps getting grouped in with Twilight because it's a very different kind of story - and by that I mean The Society of S actually has a positive message for girls. Sure they are both young adult books about vampires. But that's where the similarity ends. The protagonist, 13 year-old Ariella, is intelligent, curious, self-possessed, and sympathetic. It's a classic coming of age story about a girl trying to understand who is she and where she comes from. There is a small sub- ...more
Natalie
Aug 04, 2009 Natalie rated it liked it
So here I present my first review of an audio book! (Cue canned applause)!

The audio book of The Society of S came into my possession by accident. I was shopping online at Barnes and Noble, and saw the book in the bargain section, so I ordered it. When it arrived, I realized that I had accidentally ordered the audio book instead of the hard copy, but I decided to give it a try anyways.

It worked out rather well, and I found that I really enjoyed the change-up in listening to a book instead of read
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Raised by her handsome, clever, enigmatic father, Raphael, thirteen-year-old Ariella Montero never knew her mother or why she suddenly left - she only knows how sad her father always is, and that he won't speak of her.

Ariella tells her story of growing up in a large, mostly empty mansion, looked after by a daytime housekeeper called Mrs McGarritt who has ten kids of her own, while her father and his friend and assistant Dennis spend their time in the basement laboratory working on biomedical re
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Lena
Aug 10, 2007 Lena rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Vampire/society type readers
The story starts off and ends with the journal of a child/preteen girl, that finds out that her father is part of a secret society of vampires called the Sanguists.
Ariella ( the child) has been raised by her father, thinking that her mother is dead. Ariella who is a loner and home schooled by a local lady, eventually makes friends, with the lady's family and starts to bloom into a normal girl.
Ariella starts to notice things about her father and delves into her past. Arielle believes that her m
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Theresa
Jul 16, 2009 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Theresa by: ...it was on clearance at B&N for $5!
Shelves: fantasy, ya, 2009, audiobooks
On audiobook.

This book was different from what I thought it was going to be... it was intriguing. I have found this series called by two different names: Society of S and Ethical Vampire Novels. I think that the second title is more fitting. The author really put a lot of thought and planning in to creating the world that Ariella "Ari" Montero lives in. This is not a fluffy, YA novel and I enjoyed that it made me think.

I have already picked up the audiobook of the second book, The Year of Disapp
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Rhonda
Jan 29, 2009 Rhonda rated it did not like it
Most boring vampire book I have ever read.
Donna
Dec 15, 2014 Donna rated it did not like it
Environmentalist vampires. That sounded, well, interesting to say the least. The real selling point, though? The hardcover was $5 on the Barnes and Noble bargain rack. Can’t beat that! And I have to say, thank whatever god may exist that that’s all I paid for it. I would have been peeved if it cost any more.

I must have missed the “literary” note in the jacket flap (I skim, it’s highly likely) but, even then, I don’t think the writing in this was good enough to be deemed literary. Not that I thin
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Mimis Bookworld

Ich bin damals (2009) auf der Suche nach einem guten, tollem Vampirbuch gewesen. Allerdings muss ich sagen war es damals sowie heute ein Griff ins Klo.

Das Grundgerüst des Buches gefällt mir an sich gut: Mädchen erfährt das sie ein Vampir ist, begibt sich auf eine Reise durch die USA auf der Suche nach sich selbst, ihrer Mutter und ihrem Vater. Es fehlte jedoch der rote Faden in der Geschichte. Die Umsetzung ist schlichtweg miserabel. Alles plätschert so vor sich hin, bis es dann mal zu Ende ist
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Courtney
Mar 18, 2009 Courtney rated it liked it
I wanted this book to be better than it actually was. It has an interesting twist, but the plot is lacking.
Mr. Z
"Imagine finding the love of your life, then losing him. Yes, people lose their loved ones all the time to war and disease, accidents and murder. But imagine watching your lover change before your eyes, devolve into some other being, and you're powerless to bring him back."

As an 8th grade language arts teacher, I can think of a number of reasons why this vampire series may resonate with readers, especially at the teenage level. "The Society of S" is a story about a teenaged girl, Ari, who is tr
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Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 11, 2013 Dark Faerie Tales rated it did not like it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: The book is about a young girl who tries to discover who she really is (cough, vampire.)

Opening Sentence: I stood alone outside our house in deep blue twilight.

The Review:

The story of this girl is based on her trying to find her own identity because her father has sheltered her from so much throughout her life. She works on trying to ease as much information from her father that she possibly can. With the help of her friend Kathleen, Ari i
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Fiendishly Bookish
In a surprising deviation from conventional vampire lore, Susan Hubbard has created a coming of age novel that is elegantly written and lingers long after the last page has turned. But if readers are expecting the typical tale of lusty vampires mired in melancholia, then the unraveling journey of young Ariella Montero might prove a bit tame.

The Society of S evolves meticulously to chronicle the quest of 13-year-old Ariella who endeavors to solve the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her
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Kristin
Nov 28, 2010 Kristin rated it really liked it
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Dani Quiroz
Dec 21, 2010 Dani Quiroz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Gané el libro en un concurso ;) hace unas tres semanas y llegó a mi casa el miercoles 25/8. Debo decir que desde el momento en el que abrí el paquete y saqué el libro quedé enamoradísima, más aun cuando abro y veo que estaba firmado y DEDICADO para mí (Fue genial)

La lectura de "La Sociedad de la Sangre" es fácil y rápida. A pesar de que he leído más reseñas malas que buenas de este libro a mí me ha parecído buenísimo.
Ariella tiene 13 años y ha vivido toda su vida entre las paredes de la casa qu
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RJ McGill
Nov 30, 2007 RJ McGill rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy vampires, literary fiction, intelligent & refreshing slant on an old theme
Shelves: reviewed
Intellectually provocative and absolutely addictive, Susan Hubbard's The Society of S is an intelligent work of fiction that entertains and stimulates the senses! A modern thriller that brilliantly combines an ingenious and intricately layered plot with a haunting portrait of a young girl faced with the realization that everything she knows about her family is a well fabricated lie.

A beautiful, Victorian mansion, in the heart of Saratoga Spings, New York is home to Ariella Montero and her over-p
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StarMan
A fairly fresh/different take on the YA vamp genre, but with a slow pace. This is a story of discovery, of trying to grow up when no one will give you a straight answer. And wondering who you can really trust.

All that's been done before, but not from the viewpoint of this unique 13-year old girl who has a very odd upbringing, and much to learn.

"But IS she a vampire?" you ask. Well, read and find out. Things are not always black-and-white in Ari's world.

I like the writing style if not the intel
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Naty
May 05, 2013 Naty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5
Ok, vamos por partes:
El comienzo fue bastante bueno, pude hacerme una idea bastante buena de los personajes, pero me di cuenta hacia la mitad del libro que aun sentia que era la introduccion y eso me desespero.

La mitad del libro la senti muy larga y en su mayoria innecesaria (view spoiler)
El final me dejo bastante confundida, (view spoiler)
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Tukang Kueh Keren
Buku lain tentang vampir. Entah kenapa, kok awalnya ngantuuuukkkk banget baca buku ini, tapi lama-lama seru juga, sayang kok tetep berasa kurang greget ya....terutama masalah si Malcolm itu yang gak jelas sebenernya dia itu maunya apa....mungkin karena maksudnya mau dibikin berseri macam Twilight (?) jadi dibuat menggantung sana sini.

Yah...satu jenis vampir lagi....kalo di twilight, para vampir itu tidak makan, mereka hanya minum darah....baik darah hewan maupun orang :D

tapi di sini para vampir
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Camille
Feb 26, 2008 Camille rated it liked it
Recommended to Camille by: Reader's choice table
It seems like there are a lot of books about reformed vampires been written right now. This is one of them. My favorite books with vampires are still The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. This book was worth the read. The most interesting part about this book was the fact that she was born a vampire rather than created and that she had a choice. That her father kept her in the dark about his nature, and her mother didn't even try to contact them was a little odd, but it all pulled through in the end ...more
Alekz
Jan 30, 2016 Alekz rated it liked it
It was actually better than expected, if you're going to read this, please don't expect a Stoker or a Meyer or a DelToro/Hogan vampire, I was actually open to what this book could offer, and it was really good.
It has pretty interesting story, huge HUGE HUUGEE plot twists, at the beggining it caught me but I didn't like that it gets pretty slow for the first third of the book, then it gets super fast. I read it without knowing that has a second and a third part, so I can't wait to read the other
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✿Ivy Roots✿
Jul 27, 2016 ✿Ivy Roots✿ rated it liked it
Read this a few years back.
Can't really remember what my reaction was to the book, but it was kind of forgettable.
Annalisa
Apr 17, 2014 Annalisa rated it it was ok
The writing is nice and even lyrical at times but the writer seems to either be setting up an endless series of sequels or to have run out of energy and memory. So many of the threads that are brought up are simply dropped that at the end I felt disconnected from the characters and their situation. The book felt wildly unbalanced--the slow and graceful opening that allowed me to get to know Ari and her father turned into a graceless bolting through plot. It's like an art house film decided to tu ...more
Jamie
Sep 09, 2009 Jamie rated it it was amazing
I read this book over the summer, I only just enveloped myself in the world of vampire fiction, having read the Twlight saga in one week. I found this book at the library and once I started I couldn't put it down. It was a great read, a vampire coming of age story about a girl who knows she's different and then finds out her father is really a vampire and her mother isn't really dead but part of a society that is all about preserving the race by developing safer methods for obtaining and drinkin ...more
Selenis
Aug 18, 2012 Selenis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Selenis by: Marta Mendonça
Tive sentimentos contraditórios sobre este durante a leitura. De início, gostei imenso. A meio, começou a parecer-me que estava a perder-se um pouco. No entanto, voltou a ganhar interesse no fim. Uma perspectiva diferente sobre o assunto, o que não é fácil tendo em conta o tema :D
Obrigada pela dica, Marta :)

I had contradictory feeling while reading this book. At the beginning, I found it really interesting. Then, it seemed to be a bit lost in the middle, but found it's way again towards the end
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Jennifer
Oct 13, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of teen vampire lit
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Susan Wight
Jun 14, 2014 Susan Wight rated it liked it
The reason why twelve-year-old Ariella Montero is home educated is that there is something different about her; she doesn’t know it yet but she may just be a vampire. Her life has always been predictable; each day she spends time studying alone in the morning and then meets her cultured father, Raphael, in the afternoon for lessons in history, science, literature, philosophy and languages before yoga and dinner. But all that changes with the death of a friend which results in her setting out on ...more
Kimberly
Apr 17, 2015 Kimberly rated it it was ok
This is a story about vampires. Since the blurb is a little vague about the paranormal elements I was going to keep it secret and review this book that way. Goodreads, however, is full of reviews revealing this fact so there it is. Vampires lost their allure, for me, around Breaking Dawn (Stephenie Meyer.) They became less erotic, less mysterious and more...annoying. They managed to make the idea of eternal life boring and unexciting. Who wants to spend the rest of their life fulfilling their hu ...more
Kristen
Sep 21, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
What a strange book. I picked it up because it had a Horror label on it at my library, and we are doing an all-staff genre study for the horror genre. I don't think I could possibly have found a less scary book with a Horror label. I only found out later that the series name is Ethical Vampire, so that should give you a clue. The tone of the story was philosophical and somewhat mournful (almost Gothic!), and it contained very little that was actually frightening. There are a couple of murders, s ...more
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Susan Hubbard, born in upstate New York, is the author of two collections of short fiction, both winners of national prizes, and four novels. The Society of S was published in May 2007 by Simon & Schuster, and The Year of Disappearances, a sequel, was released in May 2008. The U.S. paperback edition of The Year of Disappearances was published in 2009.
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“After we became a couple, she composed our time together. She planned days as if they were artistic events. One afternoon we went to Tybee Island for a picnic; we ate blueberries and drank champagne tinted with curacao and listened to Miles Davis, and when I asked the name of her perfume, she said it was L'Heure Bleue.

She talked about 'perfect moments.' One such moment happened that afternoon; she'd been napping; I lay next to her, reading. She said, 'I'll always remember the sounds of the sea and of pages turning, and the smell of L'Heure Bleue. For me they signify love.”
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