Author: Kim Turrisi
Pub. Date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Synopsis: An adaptation of Shaftesbury’s award-winning, groundbreaking queer vampire web series of the same name, Carmilla mixes the camp of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the snark of Veronica Mars, and the mysterious atmosphere of Welcome to Nightvale.
Newly escaped from the stifling boredom of a small town, college freshman Laura is ready to make the most of her first year at Silas University. But when her roommate, Betty, vanishes and a sarcastic, nocturnal philosophy student named Carmilla moves into Betty’s side of the room, Laura decides to play detective. Turns out Betty isn’t the first girl to go missing ? she’s just the first girl not to come back.
All over campus, girls have been vanishing, and they are completely changed when (or if) they return. Even more disturbing are the strange dreams they recount: smothering darkness, and a strange pale figure haunting their rooms. Dreams that Laura is starting to have herself.
As Laura closes in on the answers, tensions rise with Carmilla. Is this just a roommate relationship that isn’t working out, or does Carmilla know more than she’s letting on about the disappearances?
What will Laura do if it turns out her roommate isn’t just selfish and insensitive, but completely inhuman? And what will she do with the feelings she’s starting to have for Carmilla?
Produced by Shaftesbury, and available on the YouTube channel KindaTV, Carmilla is a global sensation. A scripted transmedia series that puts a modern spin on the cult-classic gothic vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu, Carmilla has generated over 71 million views and 245 million minutes of watch time across three seasons since its launch in 2014. It has been translated into more than 20 languages and also been made into a feature film.
Author Kim Turrisi brings her trademark humor and sensitivity to an adaptation that offers a deep dive for existing fans and a portal for new fans around the world.
Let me start off by saying that I’ve never watched the Carmilla web series, but I thought this book sounded really interesting, so I was excited to read it. While I don’t really read too many vampire-related novels, the few that I have picked up have usually left me wondering why, and I’m here again – I liked this a lot and I’m wondering why I don’t read more books like this.
While I haven’t seen the web series or the film, I really enjoyed this and I felt like it was easy to connect to the characters, despite never having any prior experience with them or the world the book is set in. This is an adaptation, of course, not an entirely original idea, but I have to give the author so many props for making this book so amazing.
The main characters in this book are so easy to like, and I thought there was so much going on and handled so well. They have so much depth and personality and it’s so obvious that she put a lot of care into recreating them and the story in a novel format. There is humor and a bit of darkness that blends together well to make this fun, fast paced, and exciting to see what happens next, page after page.
After reading this book, I’m planning on starting up watching the web series, and I’m looking forward to it. Since I always tend to like books better, I’m wondering if I’m going to be spoiled with how great that was compared to the series, so we shall see!
I wish this was a little longer; there was so much awesome stuff going on in this book that I honestly wished there could have been more! I hope there’s going to be a part two somewhere down the line!
Whether or not you have seen the web series, I think this fun read is definitely a great way to welcome spring…with an extra hint of darkness and a whole lot to love!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
A graduate of Florida State University, Kim Turrisi began her career in film and television. After a year of on-set production (getting coffee, wrangling actors and taking lunch orders) Kim segued to the development side of the business. First working as a development executive at Columbia-Tri-Star and eventually shepherding many projects in family entertainment for Disney, Viacom and Hallmark.
Kim created and wrote an online web series for which she won a Daytime Emmy. She wrote for ABC Family’s webisode series, PRETTY DIRTY SECRETS, an internet companion piece to smash hit PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.
While she’s always been a voracious reader and writer, she never thought about writing for teens until she immersed herself in the children’s publishing world as the Director of Special Projects for the Society of Book writers and Illustrators. There, reading children’s literature is a big part of her job.
Her debut Young Adult novel JUST A NORMAL TUESDAY is loosely based on the author’s own experience, the debut YA novel follows 16-year-old Kai as she struggles through the emotional aftermath of her sister’s suicide. Kai spends a month at grief camp, discovering a roadmap to piecing her broken heart back together.
One of Kim’s favorite parts of the writing process is to create playlists for her characters that she listens to when she writes. When she revises her manuscripts, she’s generally in mismatched plaid and her desk is riddled with junk food. She collects Chuck Taylor’s, Van’s, and has a killer sock collection.
Born in Hawaii, she credits her love of travel to her life as an Air Force brat moving every two years. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found obsessing over her dogs, Riley and Rocco.
Represented by Tricia Lawrence at EMLA
Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kimmyt22
3 winners will receive a finished copy of CARMILLA, US Only.
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