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ISBN13: 9781416552710
ISBN10: 1416552715
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It was the year of disappearances. The honeybees were the first to go.

Ariella Montero is no stranger to the dark side of life. Half human, half vampire, she spent her first thirteen years in exile from both societies. When her best friend was murdered, Ari ran away to begin a new life in Florida. But, one by one, the people and things she cares most about keep disappearing. And Ari may be next.

She can hypnotize, she can read minds, and she can make herself invisible, but can she escape her stalkers? Ari's special talents are severely tested as she moves on — from a vampire community in the Sunshine State to college in Georgia to the primeval maze of the Okefenokee Swamp. In contending with the politics of vampire and human cultures, Ari comes face-to-face with zombies that are infiltrating America, as well as demons and shadows that haunt us all.

The Year of Disappearances continues the most surprising vampire story you'll ever read.

Review:

"Fourteen-year-old Ariella 'Ari' Montero, who's half human and half vampire, wants to know why bees are vanishing as well as humans in Hubbard's smooth supernatural thriller, the sequel to The Society of S (2007). Ari has moved to Homosassa Springs, Fla., hoping for happiness with her reunited parents, but after a hurricane hits and a fire almost kills Ari and her scientist dad, he leaves. Ari is further upset when a new friend, Mysty, disappears. The precocious Ari enrolls in college, dates and gets a crush on a visiting (vampire?!) politician, but is horrified when Autumn, another new friend, is murdered. After Ari's father returns and becomes ill, she and her mom wind up fighting for her dad's survival. The ending promises greater challenges ahead. Though Ari sometimes sounds more like 40 than 14, Hubbard's intriguing tale poses a tantalizing question: will humans or vampires ultimately inherit Earth?" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Exploring themes of young love, environmental awareness, and national politics, Hubbards coming-of-age saga is elevated beyond the goth and gore typical of the vampire genre." Booklist

Review:

"With a delicate touch, the talented Hubbard manages to merge environmental concerns with a murder mystery, a coming of age tale with a literary vampire twist." St. Petersburg Times

Synopsis:

Wherever Ariella Montero goes, it seems, someone is murdered. Writing in a style that The New York Times calls "minimalism O. Henrified," Susan Hubbard continues, with The Year of Disappearances, her heroine's mysterious and spellbinding quest, begun in The Society of S, to recognize the demons who may live inside us and the ones we love — so that they can be removed.

About the Author

Hubbard teaches fiction at the University of Central Florida.

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lsumner, June 27, 2008 (view all comments by lsumner)
This is a great book for anyone who likes an intelligent vampire novel. There is some suspense and the author keeps you guessing to the very end. However, this book isn't something that will give you nightmares. I loved the descriptive and sometimes poetic language. The characters were well thought out.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416552710
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Hubbard, Susan
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Horror fiction
Publication Date:
20080506
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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Product details 304 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781416552710 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fourteen-year-old Ariella 'Ari' Montero, who's half human and half vampire, wants to know why bees are vanishing as well as humans in Hubbard's smooth supernatural thriller, the sequel to The Society of S (2007). Ari has moved to Homosassa Springs, Fla., hoping for happiness with her reunited parents, but after a hurricane hits and a fire almost kills Ari and her scientist dad, he leaves. Ari is further upset when a new friend, Mysty, disappears. The precocious Ari enrolls in college, dates and gets a crush on a visiting (vampire?!) politician, but is horrified when Autumn, another new friend, is murdered. After Ari's father returns and becomes ill, she and her mom wind up fighting for her dad's survival. The ending promises greater challenges ahead. Though Ari sometimes sounds more like 40 than 14, Hubbard's intriguing tale poses a tantalizing question: will humans or vampires ultimately inherit Earth?" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Exploring themes of young love, environmental awareness, and national politics, Hubbards coming-of-age saga is elevated beyond the goth and gore typical of the vampire genre."
"Review" by , "With a delicate touch, the talented Hubbard manages to merge environmental concerns with a murder mystery, a coming of age tale with a literary vampire twist."
"Synopsis" by , Wherever Ariella Montero goes, it seems, someone is murdered. Writing in a style that The New York Times calls "minimalism O. Henrified," Susan Hubbard continues, with The Year of Disappearances, her heroine's mysterious and spellbinding quest, begun in The Society of S, to recognize the demons who may live inside us and the ones we love — so that they can be removed.
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