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Vampire Dreams (SparkNotes Smart Novels)

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A thirst for blood, a taste for brunettes... and an unusually large vocabulary.

James Weston never wanted to be a vampire. He's fled his sinister mom and her murderous friends to start over as a tutor in Manhattan, the one place he can blend in. But when blood-drained bodies start to surface in his neighborhood, he fears that his own malevolent nature is taking control.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 22nd 2004 by SparkNotes
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Christine
Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is about a teenager named James who once was a human, but after when he found out his mom was a vampire, he became one of them.It started when one night he was scraped with a knife by 3 guys who wanted money from him,he tried to defend himself, but it didn't work.His mom couldn't take it anymore because she didn't want her son to be treated like this, so she turned him to a vampire,but then things change after few months.He moved to Manhattan and started out as a tutor.He needed human ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadToo.com

James Weston never wanted to become a vampire. He didn't even know that his mother was one until the night she changed him without even asking. After waking up from the horrible experience of having his neck bitten and being forced to drink the blood of his mother, James began his education on being a vampire. His mother's friend, Alistair, took him to his estate and began his training along with two other newly-turned vampires named Susan and Adam. Su
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Monica
Oct 07, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: sophomores and junior high school students
The reason why I was reading this book was to learn new vocabulary words to prepare for the SATs. However, this book was long, disorganized and boring. On the bottom of every page would be 1-10 SAT vocabulary words that did not help me remember at all. It was just annoying bobbing my head up and down to see what these vocabulary words meant. The story itself was "all over the place". I found myself re-reading pages so I can clearly understand what was going on.
This book was about a college seni
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Nicole
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was actually pretty good! The only downside is that the author often threw in words that made me stop mid-sentence just to look up the mean of the word (they where at the bottom of the page in a gray box). I understand that this is the entire purpose of the novel; after all it is an SAT prep novel. But having to stop mid-way through the story really broke the flow and pacing of the book. Other than that, if you hated the characterization of the Twilight novels, then Vampire Dreams is the pe ...more
Lizzie♥
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: second-quarter
This book shows a good way to learn vocabulary and all while you enjoy a good book. Well this book tells the story of a boy named James and well he thought he had a normal life and it so turns out he doesn't. he later finds out that his mother, Angelica,is a vampire. He feels his world turned around ever since his mother changed him into one as well. He gets away from them since he doesn't want to kill people, but moves to Manhattan. He falls for a girl named Victoria where then he turns her int ...more
Christina
Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Christina by: Mom
In order to appease my mom, I read Vampire Dreams by Tyche. It’s an SAT vocabulary novel that is supposed to be “the painless way to learn SAT vocabulary.”

The plot of Vampire Dreams is pretty interesting, although I did find myself comparing the vampires in this book to the ones in Twilight. However, it’s a little forced at times because Tyche is trying to fit in all the advanced vocabulary, which interrupted the flow of the novel more than the other ones I’ve read. In addition, Vampire Dreams s
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Mrs. Schatz
May 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Story was ok. I am glad to know that I knew most of the vocab listed!!! I thought the concept--vocab bolded within text and definitions at bottom of the page--was a little distracting but a good idea. I did like to look down to reassure myself that what I thought the word meant actually was right. I recommend it.
Margie Jimenez
Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book for my high school aged daughter to help her learn SAT words and this book is chockfull of vocabulary, which I personally happen to love. The story was good too. Read it in one day.
Lesly Marroquin
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it has enough romance for a girl to like but not to much to disgust you. i read this book in 6th grade and i feel in love with it because it was so good.
Jess
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
being an SAT book it was okay considering they had to add 1000 SAT Words in it
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