Teen Vampire Romance in Resurrected by Morgan RiceBy
This is a vampire romance for the young and young at heart. It is Scarlett’s 16th birthday and her family is looking forward to the surprise birthday party they are planning for her. At the end of the day, Scarlett’s mother Caitlin gives Scarlett a necklace. She received it from her grandmother, who received it from her grandmother.
The silver cross has a mystical quality to it that neither can ignore. When Caitlin restless from a dream, goes up to the attic that night to pull out some antique books her grandmother gave her, she finds a diary. All her life she has wondered why she cannot remember much of her early childhood. Here she has the answers, in a diary of her childhood as a vampire.
A Journal of Hidden Memories
But is it a story written as a child or is it real? Are vampires real? Caitlin is shook to the core and seeks out an old professor to talk to about it. It is while she is gone that her beloved daughter Scarlett becomes ill, and Caitlin rushes home in time to see Scarlett toss her father across the room like he was a stuffed toy. And then Scarlett disappears, returning the next morning lost and disoriented. Caitlin doesn’t want to believe what she has read, but she recognizes the symptoms from her diary. Scarlett is changing into a vampire.
If you read author Morgan Rice’s earlier vampire romance series The Vampire Journals you will be familiar with many of the characters in this book that begins a new series for her. That said – you don’t have to have read it to get into the characters and the great YA vampire romance storytelling here. Rice is a master at this genre and it shows in the way she brings you into the dynamics of the character relationships right off the bat.
A Vampire Romance with Mystery
The mystery of Caitlin’s memory and the way the journal takes us into the back story of why there are no vampires now is really well handled. As we accompany Caitlin and Scarlett on their journey of discovery we get to see all the angst of any teenage girl’s life.
There are boy problems and of course the new boy in town (such a staple of these kinds of stories) and a great supporting cast of girlfriends to give us all some insight into Scarlett. There is of course a type of vampire romance threading through the book, but it is of the subtle variety.
But Caitlin cannot rest because when she went to New York to find an answer to whether the journal was real she was told not only was it real but that Scarlett is the last vampire left, and she must find a cure before she infects others. Scarlett has begun to feel the strange powers that overcome her at times, her sensitivity to light and most of all her strange connection to the new boy in school, Sage.
Just what or who he is and how it connects with the changes she is going through is only part of the mystery. Caitlin must fight to find a way to stop the changes her daughter is going through or risk losing her forever. Can they find the answer?
Vampire Journal Characters Return
You will find this a great story with tons of action, lots of great characterization and just enough vampire romance in a YA format to satisfy the need for some love. For those who read and loved Rice’s vampire romance series The Vampire Journals, Caitlin and her husband Caleb will be familiar and well loved characters.
For those of us just getting to know them in this new vampire romance series, they are the perfect couple grappling with a very imperfect world. It is one that does indeed include their daughter as the last remaining vampire. The question is, what does that mean for Scarlett and the rest of the world? I will warn you, don’t start on Resurrected late at night, or you may find yourself reading until dawn.