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High Stakes (Jacob Maresbeth Chronicles #1)

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“I’m not a vampire,” insists Jacob Maresbeth, teenage journalist for the school paper. But what is a vampire, really? What happens if you have all the right symptoms, but are a living, breathing sixteen-year-old boy?

Diagnosed with a rare disease, Jake can’t help but wonder. After eight years in and out of the Newport News hospital, he’s had it up to here with doctors, dise
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Paperback, 142 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Cooperative Press
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Christian
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Jacob Maresbeth is just your average sixteen-year-old boy, well, aside from his vampiric tendencies that is. As a child, Jacob developed a strange blood disorder that his father has come to call "epilemia." This disorder has a strange set of symptoms, including nocturnal habits, fast healing, and, of course, the consumption of blood. This is why one should not be surprised that Jacob's sister, Lizzy, prefers to call him a vampire.

The story begins with Jacob and Lizzy b
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Sharon Bayliss
Jacob Maresbeth is a vampire. Although, that's not the correct term, his father calls it "epilemia." Which is one of many things that make this not-your-usual vampire tale. Poor Jacob's affliction is explained in scientific terms making the story seem much more real. And, Jacob isn't the overly sexy, overly perfect, brooding vampire we've come to know. He's a real teenage boy, with all the insecurities and flaws that come with it. And, in my opinion, that just makes him all the more appealing. J ...more
Fran
I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Jacob, was a dorky likeable teenage boy. Not your typical vampire heart throb. I found this to be a nice refreshing take on the teenage vampire story. And I've read a lot of vampire stories. I found the medical explanation of his vampirism to be plausible for the story and interesting. I do hope the author expands on it in future books, though.

I read the book straight through in one sitting. It's a quick easy read. The writing was well done. The b
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Jennifer
I've been trying to read young adult novels at a pace to stay ahead of my daughter and have plowed through a variety of genres. High Stakes was a fun quick read with two great siblings who pick at each other mercilessly but come through when they need to. Jake Maresbeth isn't a vampire, but isn't a normal 16 year old (but what 16 year old is?). I'm looking forward to reading more books in the series.
Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
Narrated by sixteen-year-old Jacob Maresbeth, High Stakes reads like the most interesting “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” essay I’ve ever read.

Jake is not a vampire, not really. Except he kind of is. He drinks blood and his internal clock definitely has a nocturnal preference. But besides that, he’s pretty much your average healthy, growing teenage boy. And being an average teenage boy, he’s pretty disgruntled that he has to leave the sunny beaches of his home town of Newport News, Virginia to
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Mara
This is a review for an uncorrected Advanced Readers Copy.

Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I do love the cover art. It's dark and intriguing and Gothic. Love it!

Characters: Jacob is very entertaining, very likable guy protagonist. We get to know him best, through his hilarious narration. He had me laughing the whole time. Aunt "Syl" was bursting with personality, with her obsession in playing the nursemaid and her overly loud presence. There were three characters I would have liked to have gotten to know
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Elizabeth
I copy-edited this book not long ago, and kept having to remind myself that I was copy-editing and not just reading for pleasure. Schillace provides a refreshing take on the teen vampire genre by keeping the stakes realistic and leaving the reader wondering whether Jacob's condition is strictly a blood disorder or something more...
Hannah
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There's a missing home for the humor in young adult and middle grade fiction. Reading this made me realize how action/drama focused nearly every narrative I've read in the last year was. This book had me laughing every few pages thanks to Jake's awkwardness and his authenticity as an average teenage boy. I've missed that.

I also thought Brandy Schillace's world was interesting, involving the blood disorder that has vampire-like symptoms. I think that's what also made it a really fun
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Ariel
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Cooperative Press
Adore this book and can't wait for the others in the series to be released!
Danielle
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a positive review.

An enjoyable, fast read, High Stakes, introduces us to Jacob Maresbeth, his sister Lizzy, Aunt Syl, and an attractive Hungarian graduate student Zsofia. The relationship between the two siblings is just as important to the novel as is Jacob's "disease," and the way that Schillace builds to the climax makes the final pages that much more interesting. I'm intrigued by introducing the vampirism as a disease, making it more a part of
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Jack
Quite an overdue review, but better late than never, I say...

I don't normally read YA fiction, but word-of-mouth for this novel was so positive that I had to read it for myself. The short verdict: yes, it's an excellent read. The long version is below, but be forewarned that in the course of this review, I may unwittingly drop hints that give away the plot. Proceed with caution.

Aspiring teenage investigative reporter Jacob Maresbeth lives with epilemia, a condition so rare that, as far as his fa
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Dizzybea
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

High Stakes is a fun and delightful YA story. The disease was a nice take on the vampire myth. I loved seeing Jacob go through regular teen boy angst while also dealing with his "disease". While the ending seemed a bit rushed, it didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book. I highly recommend this book to YA readers looking for a fun quick read.
penny shima glanz
In High Stakes we meet Jacob, he's just your average teenage boy with his summer vacation plans ruined by being shipped off to spend two -- wait no -- four weeks with his well-meaning Aunt Syl and his theatre-mad little sister Lizzy in Cleveland of all places. His exile from a summer on the beach is redeemed when he meets his English Professor Aunt's newest (and hot) grad student Zsòfia who is working on her dissertation research in Aunt Syl's impressive Bela Lugosi collection. He really wants h ...more
Rita Arens
Fun page-turner with a charming narrator. I'm going to give this one to my ten-year-old, as well. Appeals to a wide audience.
Maria
Totally fascinating! Great beginning to a series! Loved the premise! Can't wait for the next one!
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Author, historian, and adventurer at the intersections, Brandy Schillace spends her time in the mist-shrouded alleyways between literature and medicine.

Brandy grew up in an underground house in abandoned coal mining territory near a cemetery. It does things to you (like convince you to get a PhD). It also encourages a particular brand of fictive output. Taking a cue from Edward Gorey and John Bel
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