Review: Night School

Night School by Mari Mancusi is the fifth book in the Blood Coven series. It was released in paperback and eBook formats on January 4, 2011. Published by Berkley Trade, the print edition is 256 pages. It is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, in stores and at other online booksellers.

Goodreads description:

Vampires, Slayers and…FAIRIES? Sunny and Rayne McDonald are about to get SCHOOLED.

After their parents’ shocking revelation about their fae heritage and an attack on their lives, the McDonald twins find themselves on the run—forced to hide out at Riverdale Academy , a boarding school for vampire slayers, deep in the Swiss Alps. With no cells, no internet, and no way to contact their vampire boyfriends—the twins are on their own.

Being a vampire stuck in a school full of slayers isn’t easy. Especially with no blood substitute stocked on campus. Soon Rayne finds herself succumbing to her bloodlust and losing control—especially around the arrogant, but devastatingly handsome Corbin Billingsworth the Third—who isn’t sure whether he wants to kiss her…or kill her.

But when Sunny starts acting strange, Rayne realizes Riverdale Academy may be hiding some deadly secrets of its own—leading to a showdown in Fairyland that may cost the twins their lives.

Trouble always seems to find Rayne McDonald. Even when she means to do good, things never quite work out as planned. This time is no different.

After learning the truth about their parents, Rayne and Sunny are hidden away in Switzerland at Riverdale Academy, a boarding school dedicated to developing the finest vampire slayers in the world.

If it wasn’t ironic enough that she was a vampire and a slayer, now being stuck in a school of well-trained vampire hating students really takes the cake.

Having kept the truth about her vampire nature from her parents, Rayne is left with no choice but to give up her vegetarian vampire ways and get her next meal straight from the source. Specifically, one of Riverdale’s elite Alpha slayers, Corbin Billingsworth.

And if things weren’t complicated enough, Rayne, in a rash attempt to protect her sister from being forced into becoming a fairy princess takes matters into her own hands. Consequences be damned.

Without phones, computers or any means of escape will Rayne be able to control her hunger without revealing her secret? A secret that will surely get her staked in a “stake first ask questions later” environment. And with strange things happening in the Night School building will Rayne manage to stay under the radar, or will her curious nature once again land her in hot water?


Night School is yet another light, charming and humorous story in this series told from Rayne McDonald’s perspective. This fifth installment in the Blood Coven series picks up right where Bad Blood left off and focuses on Rayne’s adventures as she tries to cope with being a vampire trapped in a slayer school, all the while remaining hidden from the fairies who want to capture her sister and force Sunny to become their princess.

As in all the other books in the series, nothing goes off without a hitch and Rayne is once again forced to be the savior in a situation that was mostly caused by her actions.

Author Mari Mancusi has written another fun, delightful story for young adults and a guilty pleasure story for those not-so-young-adults. While there are some parts in this story that are fantastical and go way over the top, the author always manages to make these ideas work, through her character Rayne’s sarcasm and disbelief.

Although there are a few loose ends, this does not leave you hanging…that is unless you read the sneak peek of the next book, which is included.

The next book in the series, Blood Ties, will be released on August 2, 2011.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=4]

On a personal note:

I really enjoy this series. I started reading it back during my vampire-only book craze when I couldn’t find too many YA vampire books to read. I read the first three books in a couple of days and thought they were such fun. Bad Blood wasn’t yet released so I had to wait for it. And when I got it, it took awhile before I read it because I forgot how much I liked the others, but once I started reading I was reminded of why. They are absolutely adorable.

The same thing happened here. When I first started Night School, I was once again skeptical, and wondered why I continued, especially with the added fairy element, which I thought was a stretch. But after a few pages the clever writing and dialog pulled me back in.

Don’t expect anything too serious with these books. They are not books that will leave you wailing, sobbing, on the edge of a cliff or biting your nails while breathlessly waiting for the next installment. Sometimes it’s nice to read something that has a little less angst and will allow you a few smiles rather than tears.

I’ve always liked the Rayne stories much more, because I love her snarky personality, though I do miss her blog. But the next story, told from Sunny’s p.o.v. seems like another enchanting adventure.


To read an excerpt from the Blood Coven website, click here.

The sixth book in the series, Blood Ties, will be released on August 2, 2011. A sneak peek is included at the back of Night School.

Book trailer for Night School:

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