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Monday, June 1, 2009

Book Review: Let the Right One In: A Novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Summary: Swedish author Lindqvist's debut, a horror novel, offers few twists that won't already be familiar to readers of modern vampire fiction. Oskar, a much bullied 12-year-old schoolboy living in a Stockholm suburb, notices that his next-door neighbor, Eli, has some peculiar traits: Eli only comes out at night, smells like death warmed over and is of ambiguous gender. Eventually, Eli reveals he's a vampire who survives by feeding off the neighborhood lowlifes. Occasionally, his bite accidentally turns victims into undeads who, unaware of their vampirization, go on rampages that end in spectacularly gruesome fates. As sweet as the pure and wholesome friendship between Oskar and Eli may be, it's the gory set pieces that propel the predictable plot.

My Review:
This book is nothing like the typical vampire book. I loved the descriptive writing and the character development. But the only negative comment I have is the ending...I felt like it was too open ended for me, I was left with questions but no answers. But, overall it was a good book.

My Rating: 4 out of 5
Author's Website:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/479779.John_Ajvide_Lindqvist
Purchase at: Amazon.com


5 comments:

Michelle said...

I've heard this is really good and original, just like you mentioned in your review. I really want to read it.

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

Yeah Michelle, you should read it...it's refreshing since it's so different than the YA vampire books we're used to =)

Kate said...

This sounds interesting. Great review. I don't like open-ended reviews, I want my questions answered!

Kate said...

Open-ended books*

I tend to think ahead of what I'm writing :)

B.A.M. Book Reviews said...

I saw the movie and it was really interesting. Kind of creepy too. Btw, I am the Messenger is one of my favorite books, I hope you're enjoying it :)

-Briana

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