Twilight With 'Tude

No sugar-coated vampires lurk among these pages

Our major gripe with author Stephenie Meyer is that her goddamned Twilight kids are so squeaky clean. No drinking, no cussing, no teenage bone-downs.

With that said, we’re ready for someone like Richelle Mead, author of the New York Times bestselling series Vampire Academy. Not that Mead promises literary penetration shots, but she can at least claim the tag of "Twilight with attitude." Here we have teenagers with real grit; namely, immortal vampires thirsting for the blood of mortal vampires who can only be protected by their half-human, half-vampire bodyguards.

Mead reads from and signs copies of the series’ third installment, Shadow Kiss, at Borders Books & Music.

Sun., May 3, 2 p.m., 2009
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