All Just Glass by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Adia Vida is proud of her family’s distinguished heritage, realizing that she will be the one to carry on the work of defending humanity against the vampire race. Unfortunately, Adia’s worst fears have come true — her sister and dearest friend, Sarah, has been turned by two vampires, acquaintances from school that Sarah was strongly attracted to. Their mother, Dominique, the head of the Vida clan, has called together the entire family, and has issued an edict that Sarah is to be killed. Adia, along with several others, is not entirely comfortable with Dominique’s proclamation, but they recognize they must follow her direction. The first thing they need to do, however, is locate Sarah.

Confused and frightened, Sarah clings to Nikolas and Kristopher, unsure of her place in this new world. No longer a Vida, and knowing that her own mother has issued an order for her death, Sarah is certain that turning herself in, allowing the family to terminate her undead existence, would be the best for all concerned. Sarah does not expect that her intended sacrifice will escalate the existing conflict and bring the fight between witch and vampire to a violent conclusion.

I enjoyed the continuing conflict between the Vida line and the vampire race, and appreciated Adia’s courage in accepting the role her mother assigned to her, though she wanted nothing more than to save her sister. The bond between Adia and Sarah was very strong, and seeing the two women working from opposite sides towards the same outcome was interesting. The characters were believable, the descriptions clear and easy to imagine, and my attention was captured from the very beginning.

Book Stats:

    • Hardcover: 256 pages
    • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 11, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0385737521
    • ISBN-13: 978-0385737524

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      All Just Glass

      Adia Vida is proud of her family’s distinguished heritage, realizing that she will be the one to carry on the work of defending humanity against the vampire race. Unfortunately, Adia’s worst fears have come true — her sister and dearest friend, Sarah, has been turned by two vampires, acquaintances from school that Sarah was strongly …

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      My name is Mary, and I’m a serious book junkie, with a large personal collection of reading material. I’m fascinated by ghosts, the paranormal, and true crime stories. I love discovering the possibilities in the next world and am curious about the reasons people do what they do in this one. I’ve been reading since the age of 3, and always have a book or two or three going. I’m an elementary school substitute teacher, and I always have a book or two in my “bag of tricks”. My new favorite is “Frog in a Bog”. My husband and daughter do not share my passion for books, and secretly think I’ve gone over the top with my collecting and reading habits, but I firmly believe there are worse habits I could have!

      2 comments

      1. This book studies what is, to me, the most fascinating aspect of vampires. They turn people. And they don’t turn people in a sexy fun way. They put you on the opposite side of your life. Those around you must face that you have turned into their nightmare, and must be killed, no matter how much you love who they were. This has points even over, say, Buffy, because Sarah still has the soul and personality she always did, and is determined to do the right thing, as is her sister. Definitely adding this to my list.

      2. I had missed this series I guess. Sounds kinda good.