My Sister the Vampire #1: Switched
Reviewed by Simon Smith (age 9) for Reader Views (4/08)
“My Sister the Vampire #1: Switched” is a great book. It is about a girl named Olivia who moved to a different school because of her dad’s job. She was nervous and upset because she had to move. She found out that she had a twin sister whose name is Ivy when they were talking to each other in science class one day. Later, they decide to switch identities so that they could do different things at the same time. Once, while Olivia was covering for Ivy at a meeting, she thought that all of the people at the meeting had a weird sense of humor because at the beginning of the meeting they said their secrets would be cloaked in darkness and would never see the light of day. Little did she realize that all of the people at the meeting were vampires!
Later she finds out that Ivy is a vampire and a lot of the people at her school are, too. Olivia is exactly the opposite of a vampire. She doesn’t wear black, she loves garlic, and her skin is not pale. Olivia is sort of scared of all of these vampires. By the end of the book her feelings changed because one of the vampires at the meeting became her friend. The book ends with Ivy and Olivia deciding to stick together even though one is a vampire and one is not.
I think that the author, Sienna Mercer, is great at writing and should keep up the good work. Sienna Mercer did an excellent job of showing how even vampires can be good guys if you don’t treat them like Brussel sprouts. I also liked it a lot how Sienna Mercer used some of the myths about vampires (like the weakness for garlic) but not others (like vampires not being able to see their own reflection).
This book is a good choice for both genders and kids ages seven and up. The words weren’t too complicated but she made the story very good. “My Sister the Vampire #1: Switched” is the first in a series and I can’t wait to read the other.