Musical Chairs

Rated 3.25/5 based on 4 reviews
Step into the life of Annabel, a teenage vampire with a taste for the blood of emotionally damaged high school students. Every year her master allows her one special kill, a student whom she takes the time to befriend. Getting close to this year's chosen victim is more challenging than Annabel anticipated though. Will Annabel be able to break through the barriers that separate her from her target? More
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Words: 13,290
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476149899
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Review by: Nancy Allen on June 01, 2012 :
I won Musical Chairs in a giveaway on LibraryThing

Musical Chairs is about a girl called Annabel who goes to school at Sunset High. The classes at Sunset High are held at night. Annabel is a vampire that gets to choose one high school student a year to kill. Although this is not the only time she can or needs to feed. When choosing her one kill a year Annabel likes her victims to be someone who has a lot of emotional problems. When Annabel decides on her victim she will change her way of dressing to be more in style with theres to better infiltrate their little groups.

When Annabel first meets Aiden she tries to introduce herself to him but he ignores her. What she doesn't know is that Aiden has a girlfriend, Deblin and she is afraid of losing him. Aiden would not cheat on her but Deblin has some very bad hang ups about herself and does not know this. Annabel finally gets Aiden to let her hang out with him, Deblin and his best friend Bane. Annabel doesn't like Bane because he ask to many questions. But she eventually figures out that the only way to stay in with their little group is to date Bane. This is the only way Deblin will probably ever trust Annabel enough to let her be a part of their group.

I like Musical Chairs because it has a whole new twist on vampires. It keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way to the end. Wait, even at the end you still do not know who her victim is, I guess that is why it is a series.(less)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katie Loughlin on May 29, 2012 :
I won a copy of Musical Chairs through LibraryThing.

It’s hard to comment on an incomplete novel but I’ll try. Even taking into account the fact it’s supposed to be book one in a series, twelve two-to-three-page-long chapters coupled with the lack of a full plot structure made this story fall short of a novel. Most of the story is spent having the protagonist outright tell the exposition and it ends before even reaching a climax.

Unless they are well-written, I detest first person point-of-view stories because they often fall prey to clunky dialogue and poor attempts at describing situations in the character’s voice (and I tend to wonder throughout the book who the narrator is talking to except in situations where it’s stated). That may just be my personal taste, but I found the first person usage in Musical Chairs to be distracting, awkward and nauseatingly reminiscent of Twilight. In the first chapter, after talking about how she likes to feed on emotional people, Annabel touches on how emotions are transferred into the blood and then says, “It’s a complex thing to explain so I’ll get into it a bit later on,” which leads the reader to believe she’s talking to someone or something (perhaps a diary?) about this story (considering the circumstances were peculiar compared to her other high school kills); however, Annabel’s thoughts are sprinkled throughout the text. It seems unlikely that since the fourth wall is already down that she wouldn’t just directly state how she was feeling/what she was thinking at that moment. Along with this, Annabel describes every detail about a person’s outward appearance when she first met them or every time she changed an outfit. It became a huge chunk of text containing nothing that couldn’t be briefly stated and it only reminded me that I was reading a story someone had written, which is surely not the effect the author intended. Every teenager Annabel ran into got some vague characterization (mainly consisting of the clothing they wore) but because it was written in first person, I’m not sure if Annabel viewed high school students as flat characters or it was simply bad writing. Aside from all this, I found it hard to overlook the obvious grammatical and spelling errors in the text, though these are more easily remedied.

I can’t say I would recommend this story to anyone before changes were made to it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amy Manuwal on May 28, 2012 :
I loved the story. It was great and I bought the full Sunset High Series yesterday. I can't stop reading them. I'm on book 3 now. Now I came across a few errors one or two but it was all together a great story. I read for story not for structure but because it is interesting. I loved the first book it got me hooked. I really like that she's not a vampire like all those other books. She's kind of funny but very vicious like a vampire is supposed to be. But I see a softer side to her which is great as well. I can't wait to finish the rest of the series.
(review of free book)

Review by: Amanda on May 08, 2012 :
I won a copy of Musical Chairs through LibraryThing.

Annabel is a vampire that gets 1 high school student kill a year, and she wants to make it a good one. She plots and plans to infiltrate herself into a group, so she'll be able to taste the fear and betrayal as she feeds. And what better clique to become involved with than an emo one. Just thinking about America's tortured youth makes me want to cut myself. The length of the book is short and sweet, leaving you wanting more. Which I do. I'm going to purchase the next in the series after doing my review. I want to find out what becomes of mousy Deblin, why Aiden is so stand offish, and why Bane thinks he has a chance with a hot vampire chick.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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