The Society of S (Ethical Vampire, #1)
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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...more
Carolyn
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...more
Natalie
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...more
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...more
Kara
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
Lena
Aug 10, 2007 Lena rated it 4 of 5 stars 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...more
Theresa
Jul 16, 2009 Theresa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Theresa by: ...it was on clearance at B&N for $5!
Shelves: audiobooks, fantasy, ya, 2009
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...more
Rhonda
Most boring vampire book I have ever read.
Donna
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...more
Courtney
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...more
Dark Faerie Tales
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...more
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...more
Kristin
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Dani Quiroz
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...more
RJ McGill
Nov 30, 2007 RJ McGill rated it 4 of 5 stars 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...more
Naty
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)...more
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...more
Camille
Feb 26, 2008 Camille rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Jamie
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Bekah
It's hard for me to attach a genre to this book. Is it YA? Does it just scratch the edge for adult supernatural? Or is it fantasy? I found it in a thrift shop for 25 cents so I can't say. But regardless of its genre or intended audience, I definitely recommend this book.

Ariella is a fascinating lead girl. She's well versed for a thirteen-year-old thanks to her broad literary and cultural education by her father, but this quality coincides and conflicts with her social ignorance (not her fault)...more
Fantasy Literature
A current Professor of English at the University of Central Florida who has received teaching awards from Syracuse University, Cornell University, UCF, and the South Atlantic Administrators of Departments of English, not to mention many other educational accolades and achievements, Susan Hubbard is also an author of two critically acclaimed short story collections (Walking On Ice, Blue Money) and two chick-lit novels (Lisa Marie’s Guide for the Perplexed, Lisa Marie Takes Off). So, besides an im...more
Anne
Great book! I was really shocked at how much I liked it. Jill, thank you so much for recommending it!
Annalisa
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
Patrick Neylan
A girl is brought up alone by her mysterious, intellectual, over-protective father. Gradually she discovers more about his vampire past and the strange fate of her mother, who disappeared soon after she was born. Eventually she sets off in search of both her parents, coming face to face with her own vampire heritage on the way. Yes, this is the plot of Elizabeth Kostova's 2005 novel The Historian. It is also the plot of The Society Of S, a light, easy-reading version for teenage girls.

Hubbard ha...more
Sarah
This was a surprisingly decent vampire novel. I must admit that I went through a vampire stage when I was in high school and read every fiction novel out there about them. Since then, I haven't been too keen on vampires, other than Twilight by Meyer and Peeps by Westerfeld.[return][return]Hubbard has the action move slowly and calmly. I picture the author as someone who speaks deliberately and carefully. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's what I get from reading this author's first novel. Ariella is a...more
Rick
I don't have a clue when I bought this book but I found it in the bookcase and picked it up and started reading. I also don't know why I've not read it before as much as I like this genre. It is an interesting take on the vampire genre, especially considering you sort of know from the beginning but it isn't said until halfway through the book. At first, I didn't know what I'd think but the more I read the more I enjoyed it. It is written in the person of a young teenager's journal but it's writt...more
Alisha
I'm just going to jump in here and say that I have had severe issues with most vampire books I've read (granted I haven't read that many...). I absolutely loathed Twilight (and its craptastic sequel, New Moon. Haven't ventured further than that and don't ever plan to), I hated Companions of the Night, and thought I Am Legend was just "okay". I have read an anthology of classic Victorian vampire short stories and that was pretty good, but overall, my experience has been very "meh"-like. Hence why...more
Sara Farinha
Ariella é uma criança que cresce sem a presença da mãe, e sem qualquer explicação para esse facto. O seu pai, um indivíduo meigo mas intransigente, controla toda a sua infância, proporcionando-lhe aulas em casa e monitorizando todos os aspectos da vida da sua filha.

Ao entrar na puberdade, Ariella vê-se confrontada com os aspectos da vida dita normal de outros jovens e começa a colocar em causa os motivos da sua educação super-protectora e do desaparecimento de sua mãe.

É na busca por sua mãe que...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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