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The Taste of Night (Dangerous Girls #2)

Review

The Taste of Night (Dangerous Girls #2)

Two months have passed since Destiny Weller last saw her twin sister Livvy. Back then, they had both been fighting the darkness that threatened to consume the town of Dark Springs, Massachusetts. That was before Livvy decided to turn toward the darkness and become a vampire --- while taking Ross, Destiny's long-time crush, along for the ride and breaking the strong foundation of their family as well.

Destiny has since tried to move on and make a new life for herself and her family. She and her friends, Ana-Li and Ari Stark, have recently graduated from high school and are preparing to head off to college. Everyone is excited about the prospect of beginning a new chapter in their lives. For Destiny, however, this is not exactly the case; she has to stay in Dark Springs to keep her family together. Her little brother Mikey has begun to hallucinate and her father, Dr. Weller, is still nowhere closer to finding a cure for vampirism.

Meanwhile, Livvy is thriving in the nightlife and doesn't care to go back to what she considers to be her boring old life. Along with her new friends, Monica and Suzie, Livvy loves going out each night to party with hot guys --- the same hot guys who they love to feed on, especially under a full moon. One night, when Monica mentions that there was a graduation ceremony at the twins' high school earlier that day, Livvy becomes defensive, but nonetheless decides to have a graduation party of her own and suggests that they go to the new club, Rip, to celebrate and feed.

Destiny and Ari also decide to go to the club, where most of their friends and classmates are celebrating. They have recently begun dating, but Destiny feels awkward about Ari's changing personality due to the incident with Livvy and Ross. This is made even more apparent when Ari accuses Destiny of being too serious, and the young couple gets into an argument. Destiny becomes angry when she sees Ari dancing with a beautiful red-haired girl and leaves the club. Little does she know the twist of fate that lies ahead.

Livvy is hanging out by the bar in Rip, on the prowl for a hot guy to cure the edge of hunger that she constantly feels. It seems as though this could be her lucky night when she meets a handsome college student named Patrick. The two flirt, and Livvy goes outside for a smoke while waiting for Patrick to meet up with her. Destiny sees Livvy and begs her to come back home. Livvy threatens to turn her twin sister into a vampire, but lets a frightened and confused Destiny go.

Afterwards, Livvy sees Patrick and lures him into the woods surrounding the parking lot of the club. The moonlight is bright and there's excitement in the air, perfect for a vampire and her prey. Livvy realizes that she is truly attracted to Patrick and the couple passionately kisses. Hunger soon overtakes Livvy and she goes in for the kill, but to her horror, she finds out that Patrick is a vampire who wants to change things around Dark Springs. Patrick soon leaves a very confused Livvy, who is hungrier than before and realizes that she hasn't seen the last of the mysterious vampire.

The next day, Destiny drops off her little brother at day camp and begins her new job at the Four Corners Diner. Two of Destiny's old friends are customers there and she tries to talk to them about their summer as she give them their menus. The friends feel awkward when they ask about Destiny's future plans, and Livvy and Ross. After work, Destiny decides to go by Ari's house and apologize about what happened the night before. Instead, though, she finds herself being questioned about the events surrounding Ari's murder!

Destiny can't believe that anyone would kill Ari, but considers the sad possibility of her own twin sister being the murderer. Her friend Ana-Li doesn't believe that Livvy is responsible, but Destiny doesn't know what to think of her sister anymore. Could she be the next victim? Two weeks go by without any more abnormalities, and Destiny gradually begins to have some sort of normal life once again. She meets Harrison, a college student and the new cook at the diner, and agrees to go to a friend's birthday party with him.

While there, Destiny meets Harrison's friend Alby, and the reality shakes her once again that the presence of vampires is everywhere and that the life she once knew will never return. A few days later, her twin sister has a nasty shock and thinks that Destiny is responsible. Livvy decides to plot her revenge against Destiny with Patrick, but doesn't realize that Destiny is fearful for her sister's life. Will Destiny save her sister in time, or will she become Livvy's next victim?

I thought THE TASTE OF NIGHT was more suspenseful and intriguing than the first book. There were a few unexpected twists that kept you guessing right until the very end. I definitely recommend this book to fans of R.L. Stine and readers who like supernatural horror. It will be quite interesting to see what other events unfold in the town of Dark Springs as the series continues.

Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle on August 1, 2004

The Taste of Night (Dangerous Girls #2)
by R. L. Stine

  • Publication Date: August 1, 2004
  • Genres: Horror
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0060596163
  • ISBN-13: 9780060596163