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All Just Glass
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
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Delacorte, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is the author of the edgy Den of Shadows and Kiesha'ra series and of Persistence of Memory, which looked at the YA vampire romance from a new angle. She now brings fans All Just Glass, a story that takes place in just twenty-four hours. Another vampire tale, it's unusual in that two close sisters end up on different sides.

Sarah Vida and her elder sister Adianna are the last generation of a legendary family of vampire-hunting witches. As All Just Glass opens, a series of almost accidental events has led to Sarah's being turned into a vampire (undead being considered better than dead at the time.) Her family know it happened. Adia has now learned that Sarah has hunted and fed (and fears that she's killed her prey), and is staying with twin vampires Nikolas and Kristopher.

When Adia informs their mother, Dominique, the latter announces that her daughter is dead. She invokes the Rights of Kin, which calls a high priority hunt against Sarah's killers, and especially against 'the creature inhabiting Sarah's skin'. Dominique puts Adianna in charge of the hunt, with her cousin Zachary and Michael Arun (a witch of another line) as helpers. They start seeking information on Sarah's whereabouts.

While this develops, readers learn that not all vampires are killers. Nikolas teaches Sarah to feed on humans who are more than willing to bleed in exchange for the euphoria the act produces. Accidents and misunderstandings play out through various encounters between witch and vampire. Sarah is willing to sacrifice her new life to avoid hurting family and friends (old and new) while Adia knows her duty but does not see how she can force herself to slay her own sister.

It's quite a quandary, and there are many surprises for all before it's resolved in an impressive manner by someone who comes to realize that not all vampires are monsters, and that balance is 'Much better than perfection.' If you enjoy a vampire adventure but are looking for something edgy and unusual, then try Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' absorbing All Just Glass.

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