Sixteen-year-old Elise Amador has all the outward appearances of a typical teenage girl growing up in Southern California, from her ever-present iPod and cell phone, to her rock ‘n’ roll T-shirt and Vans sneakers. Life at home on San Pedro’s Paseo Del Mar appears equally normal, as Ely struggles to balance her growing spirit of independence with the strict standards imposed by her parents, all the while relying on her family as the unfaltering center of her world. But there are troubling questions, too. Where has her mother been going when she mysteriously disappears without any explanation? Where has her brother, Ace, gone and why isn’t there more of an effort being made to find him? And, who is the gorgeous, shadowy figure she discovers in the middle of the night standing on the rocky shores of the Pacific, with the piercing stare that brings chills to her spine? Even more troubling, why hasn’t she caught a tan after spending two prime beach days lying out in the sun?
Lucila Rubalcava’s breathtaking new novel of teenage vampires, Dormant, weaves a skillfully spun web composed of the hidden secrets and unimaginable truths lurking behind the everyday reality of Ely’s life, while exploring the emotions and feelings that truly define her. At the center of the story is Ely’s burgeoning relationship with the devastatingly attractive, onyx-eyed Jordi Enric Pax, an enigmatic suitor who has come to San Pedro from the Spanish provinces of Catalunya and yet seems to know every detail of Ely’s life, not to mention her every thought. To Ely’s surprise and delight, when her grandmother escorts her on a summer trip to her native home in Mexico, she discovers that Jordi has made the journey as well. She also discovers through a secret midnight rendezvous that he is a vampire.
Lovingly detailed and beautifully recounted settings populate this transporting narrative, as it traces a path from rural Jalisco south of the border to the Northern Pyrenees in Spain with a world previously unknown to Elise thrillingly coming to life and bringing very real dangers at every turn. A memorable cast of characters are along for the ride, including Camille, Ely’s younger sister, their parents and grandmother, Sarah, Ely’s sassy and rambunctious BFF, Landon, Ely’s first real love interest, and Connor, Sarah’s overly concerned brother who can’t get over a lingering crush he has on Ely. When a vampire named Silas appears and helps Elise and Sarah to get out of a tight spot in a rough part of town, Ely becomes aware that there is much more going on than Jordi has revealed, and that her own identity is layered with obscured truths about the past and secrets that must come to light. Dormant’s rousing adventure presents peril and deception alongside humor, passion, and romance, with the promise of more exhilaration and excitement still to come.
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Published June 7, 2012
Romance, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy.