By: Kimberly Steele
Narrator: Kimberly Steele
Link: In Print
Categories: horror, romance, fantasy, historical, adult
Over All Rating: Good
Audio Rating: Decent
Narrative Rating: Good
Teaser: Lucy Albert is not your ordinary maladjusted suburban adolescent. Born in the time of the Black Plague in medieval Italy, Lucy is chosen as a mate by the vampire Sebastianus against her will. Struggling to survive in a world she cannot identify with, Lucy isn't looking for attention, especially not from hormonally anxious high school boys. But even a vampire can't help feeling tempted sometimes. Enter John Diedermayer, an overachieving seventeen year old boy with a future as bright as his academic record. How can she run away from what seems so normal, so natural?
Welcome to Forever Fifteen, a vampire story that imagines it as it truly could be. Lucy does not wear dark sunglasses or a trench coat. She is not cool. She is not a modern emancipated woman, but instead a person who feels like the leftovers from another age, just trying to get by.
I picked up Steele's novel mostly out of a love for young adult novels. This podiobook is actually curious in that it fits into this age range of young adult novels but the content is not at that level (Well, I was listening to stuff like this as a young adult but that's rather beside the point.) I actually find this dichotomy rather disturbing in that the novel is set in a young adult setting--high school--but some of the rest of the content is of an adult nature.
However, I do think that, the above adds something to the sense of horror that the author is going for. This is a dark story, and yet I feel that at times it is trying not to be. Lucy the main character is rather your typical I'm not going to kill a lot of humans just to live sort of vampire, stuck inside the body of a fifteen year old girl. What I enjoyed most was the historical elements of Lucy's past as they came through. I didn't so much find myself caring about Lucy and John or what happened to them. They were less interesting because of the broad abundance of such stories in our society. High school boy meets girl, girl likes boy, trouble happens etc. It was not done in any way that was different enough to really keep me interested.
That being said the book is not badly written or badly read. Over all it is very good, it's simply not really along the lines of something that appealed to me after I started listening to it. So please, if you like it please feel free to post an opposition. :)