Check out our review of Youngblood by Sasha Laurens, a queer young adult fantasy. Perfect for fans of Vampire Diaries and dark academia. You could say it’s the Vampire Academy of 2022.
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“The truth was, no one else could be trusted to love you, even to like you. Certainly not understand you, and in only a few cases respect you.”— 𝙔𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙜𝙗𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙙, Sasha Laurens
Okay first of all, this book was FUN. It’s been so long since I read a YA vampire novel that wasn’t incredibly cheesy and awkward. This book checked all the boxes.
Secluded boarding school ✅
A deadly infectious disease ✅
Plot twists and secrets ✅
I absolutely loved the dual POV, and how both Kat and Taylor’s voices were very distinct and also stream-of-consciousness. Getting inside the heads of these two Youngbloods who come from very different worlds was so fun.
I also really loved the plot: a disease is infecting humans, and is deadly to vampires so now vampires have to drink synthetic blood in order to survive? Thus no longer having to rely on humans for survival and proving they’re the superior creatures? LOVE.
This got 4.5 stars from me because it tended to drag in some spots, and the constant change of POV in the middle of a chapter was mildly exhausting to keep up with.
This book also touched on a lot of important topics like class and race (human vs. vamp) differences, and sexuality.
I highly recommend if you’re looking for a fun sapphic vampire story unlike anything else out there.