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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Rachel Lin is a shy and awkward 16-year-old who is trying to live her life as normally as she could. When she receives an invitation to a party in Toronto, she decides to go even though she has been warned in a dream not to go by a woman named Lily. The ominous dream becomes real when a psychotic serial killer vampire, Eckhart, turns her into a vampire against her will. Her geek friends try to help her cope with her new self, but they also have to deal with Eckhart and other unexpected problems. A Suburban Fantasy (The Modern Fantasy Saga) is a vampire-themed story with a unique twist by Andrew Geczy.
The characters are quite the ensemble; I personally think that each character, main or otherwise, has received enough attention for their role in the story. The minor downside is that there are quite a number of lead characters, so it would be great if Geczy could provide a list (with a short description for each of them) in the book. I’m amused by a number of references, such as Sarah Palin, Glee, Twilight, including some subject matters in the story - Jason’s weird obsession with militarism, Bilal’s view as a Muslim and some attitudes towards Rachel being a half-Asian. I see it as a bold yet quirky and funny way to include these aspects in the story without being insensitive. Vampires are a famous and classic theme. Writers have to give at least some distinctive twists to their story to stand out from the rest instead of being repetitive. Andrew Geczy did a commendable job and I enjoyed A Suburban Fantasy.