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Night School

(Blood Coven Vampire #5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,412 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Vampires, Slayers and…FAIRIES? Sunny and Rayne McDonald are about to get SCHOOLED.

After their parents’ shocking revelation about their fae heritage and an attack on their lives, the McDonald twins find themselves on the run—forced to hide out at Riverdale Academy , a boarding school for vampire slayers, deep in the Swiss Alps. With no cells, no internet, and no way to con
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Berkley Trade (first published July 29th 2010)
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Briar's Reviews
Night School is another hit by Mari Mancusi that will leave you hooked and breathless.

So we've seen vampires, and we've seen lycan...but can you believe that Mari Mancusi added in another magical creature? Yup. She did! Fairies! When I initially read these books when they came out, I'll admit I didn't like the fairies that were added. But now, as an adult who constantly sees giant film and book universes I understand the need for such an addition - and it does, oddly, work!! I think it's a cute
Book Binge
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was my first Blood Coven novel (this is the fifth novel in the series) but, as the book starts with a "My story thus far…", it's pretty easy to catch up. Blood Coven novels switch points of view between the two sisters and this time, it was Rayne's turn to tell the story. We start out with a quick recap of what's been happening in the two sisters' lives and, well, it's quite a bit. Rayne was always the Goth chick, into the arcane and paranormal while Sunny was completely the opposite. When ...more
Loni Flowers
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
My thoughts: Just when you think nothing worse could possibly happen to Sunny and Rayne…it does! Now they find out shocking news that their parents have a past and they use to live in Fairyland and their mom was Queen of the Fairies. The only problem, Fairyland needs a new queen and if mom won't do it, one of the twins has to. But when there is an attack on the family which endangers their lives, mom and dad go back to Fairyland to sort things out and the twins are hidden away in the Swiss Alps ...more
Jan 31, 2011 rated it liked it
I like this series a lot for some weird reason. And while this book was still fun to read and I look forward to the next one, I had some problems with it that didn't sit right with me.

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Alisha  Thompson
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Plot: I had to read this after reading Blood Ties because it came in afterwards. I'm partly glad I read this, so I'm caught up with the series, but I also think I didn't need to read it. I felt that this installment wasn't the best out of the rest of the series. The plot was kind of made up on the spot. I could understand why Rayne should go to Riverdale, but it was weird how Sunny had to go to. Sunny isn't a vampire slayer, so why couldn't she just go to another private school or a public schoo ...more
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it

I've always loved Rayne's POV as much as I love Mari's spontaneous ability to make things more interesting by the end of the books with another cliffhanger. This is no True Blood season 3.(view spoiler)

Mari had decided that she's finished with the romance genre and head on to adventure. I've enjoyed the series from the start and Mari's attempt to trying to bond with her readers from facebook community is always a welcome. She's by fa

Nicole Bunge
I'm gonna preface this by saying "My fault for picking up book... 4?5? in a series randomly." But... that hasn't deterred me before.

The premise- 2 twins who are both vampires (and in one case, a slayer) find out they're OMG! fairy princesses! (WTF!?!)
And no- that's not me being glib with the chat-speak, that's REALLY how the author writes. Which is nauseatingly immature, and will date the series/book in about 5 minutes.

Not to mention, I can't figure out how someone so stupid as the narrator (Ra
نوره آل ثاني
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: قصص
The book was interesting I guess. It wasn't what I expected at all. I wanted it to be more funny and i don't know romantic I guess, so this book got 3 stars. Anyway I hope the next book won't disappoint me like this one!
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read this book:S-c-r-i-b-d-(:

problem in book in beginning:rayne and sunny found out their parents are acturally magical fairies who escaped from a mystical Irish island, to live a more ... mortal one. And now, it seems, the other fairies back home have tracked Sunny and Rayne, and they want the family to return.

raynes and sunny's parents explained about how the twins lifes was never really normal and they had fake aunts and grandparents that their parents hired..and now the mother explains how t
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Rayne lives in a world of vampires, vampire slayers, faeries and so much more. In her recent past she’s undergone her own transformation from average teenage girl to vampire/vampire hunter and now she’s learned that she herself is the heir to a powerful faerie kingdom. To escape the likelihood of capture and “deportation” to “fairyland” her parents decide that it’s best for both her and her twin sister, Sunny (yes, Rayne and Sunshine), to stow away at Riverdale Academy, a vampire slaying school. ...more
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I believe this has been my favorite of the series for sure. I felt there was much more going on, an evil plan in the making, tricksters at their best, and so many funny antics. I was laughing out loud many times during this read. I loved this book and the series keeps getting funnier and more serious at the same time.
Long story short :

Rayne and Sunny find out their parents are fairies and their entire lives have been a ruse, running from the fairy courts. Now the fairies are after Sunny
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Yes, this review is out of order. I'm sorry my friends! I'll post my Bad Blood (Blood Coven Vampires #4) later on tonight or early tomorrow!

Once again my friends, I was hooked from the very first page. As with all the installments in this series, you can pick up the book and instantly be up to speed with what Rayne and Sunny are currently up to! Mari has a great habit of reviewing earlier events, so that no matter how long it has been since you read the last installment, you'll remember right aw
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won lunch in a silent auction with Mari at a recent writer’s conference. She was so fun and delightful and gave me some great advice for my own YA novel that I wanted to check her books out.

So typical me, I happened to grab a book that is right in the middle of the series. It was on the discount rack okay! Fortunately it is written in a way that everything made sense without having any previous knowledge of what’s been going on.

I came into knowing it is about vampires (Says so on the cover)
Connie Garcia
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In book 5 of Night School by Mari Mancusi has the Sunny and Rayne McDonald Twins shipped of to Vampire Slayer School. For rayne this cannot be good for her due to needing her fake blood to function Sunny is as she would be freaking out since Magnus was not with her when she litterly disappeared and any good girlfriend that just saved her man didn't want him to think she bounced on him. Rayne has so much on her plate first being a Vamp/Vamp slayer & now a Fae princess!!! Rayne figures she is stuc ...more
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

After the fairy attack at the apartment, the twins are sent to a slayer school where they will be "safe." Right, like Rayne, a VAMPIRE could be safe in a school where they train kids to KILL vampires. Rayne will be in soooo much trouble if someone finds out she's, you know, a vamp.

Anyway, now its Rayne's turn to be falling for a guy who's not her boyfriend. In this book, I was totally not okay with this other guy! I didn't like him! He was so irrelevant to me that
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I think this was my favorite book in the series yet! This was another Rayne narrated book, and differing from my prior dislike to her character, I thought Rayne really branched out in this book. It was a book full of many twists and turns, I could never guess where Mancusi was taking readers.

The characters in Night School were a mix. I felt some of the characters were undeveloped while others really grew and developed more. Headmistress Roberta felt very unreal to me, and I didn't get m
Brittany's Bookish Things
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I love this series but I have to admit that when we found out at the end of book 4 that they were fairies I was very excited about reading this. I thought she was trying to put everything into one series and felt bad for Sunny and Rayne because they have a lot they are going through already, saying that I am soooooo glad I bought this book. It was even better than the others, it was so funny at times I found my self laughing out loud and having people look at me weird. I had trouble putting this ...more
Bay Sparkman
Sep 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
I was pretty disappointed in this book. It seemed like they were trying to make a book by copying other books, throwing big names(actresses, places, etc.) here and there and not really coming up with anything new. In the end i was really quite upset by the end because i had wasted my time on a book that threw a whole lot of crap together.
Amber Kestner
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, vampires
What a great book for being the 5th one in the series. I didn't mean to take so long especially being involved with other books in the process but I can't help my addiction. Anyways Rayne,Sunshine,Magnus & Jareth are all great in this book you find out so much about each one. I am not going to spill details but I highly recommend it. ...more

A series review:
1. Sunny McDonald was “accidentally” bitten by Magnus, the current Blood Coven Master, and nearly turned into a vampire. Magnus thought he was actually biting Rayne, her identical twin who had already gone through all the training, including giving blood to be blood matched with her new mate for eternity. Thankfully, Magnus and Sunny find the Holy Grail, which she drinks from to revert the process and remain mortal. Her blood, however, is highly
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
While this book was UTTERLY ridiculous, that's why I like them. I know that they are silly. I know they are ridiculous. I know they are going to have insane adventures and half the time make no sense and just have the craziest lines and be so silly, but that's why I like them. Sometimes what you need is not a book that tears out your soul or brings you to tears or makes you feel like something life changing happened when the book is over and have it leave you with a book hangover. Sometimes you ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, fairies
Another book featuring Rayne's POV, and I can tell you that I like her in this story. She's strong and the sensible one, unlike her twin, who always has been the weakest in the family, and just like the previous instalment where Sunny has developed feeling to another guy, this time it's Rayne's turn. Although it's the bloodlust thing, it still counts right?

Vampire, vampire slayer, fairies, Disneyland all came alive in the story, and I freaking loved the creativity! The ending, however, wasn't w
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cmc2020
I have always enjoyed the Blood Coven books, but had a hard time getting through this one. way to many puns and just predictable. The book felt rushed. As if the author had a lot of information that needed to be tied up to move on with the story. I love Sunny and Rayne so I will be reading the next books in the series. I enjoyed reconnecting with the characters and learning more of the family past that has brought them to this point in time.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a interesting part of Rayne and Sunny story.
This book wasn't what I would have expected.
They are from fairyland? How does this work and
Why didn't their parents ever say anything?
Does Rayne or Sunny become total fairies and if so why?
Will Rayne find and save Sunny?
What about Corbin what will happen to him?
So many questions time for book 6.
Trina Collins
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
There were a lot of twists and turns in this book that I did not expect to have occur. However I feel there was a lot of buildup which was really good and then the ending was slightly rushed like it needed to be tied up in a nice neat bow. Still a good book.
Elizabeth Townsend
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
omg was so not disappointed
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Mari Mancusi grew up where the north wind meets the sea (otherwise known as Massachusetts), but has since made her home in the great state of Texas, mostly due to her love of summer. (And tacos.) A former Emmy Award winning TV news producer, today she is the author of more than two-dozen books for kids, teens, and adults, mostly of the sci-fi/fantasy variety. In addition to writing, Mari loves tra ...more

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  • Bad Blood (Blood Coven Vampire, #4)
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