When Hemophilia Prevents Vampirism*
with a freckled nose and long dirty blond hair, is enrolled in Las Vegas High School.
Her formal name is Princess Sunshine of the Sidhe Light Court of Tir na nOg.
Sunny is the royal daughter of Queen Shrinking Violet. Sunny has wings and can
fly because she is a full-blooded fairy. She also has a twin sister named
Rayne with black hair.
slayer and recently attended a two-week vampire 12-step rehab program. (You gotta love that) Sunny was bitten by a vampire – she turned into one for six days due to
mistaken identity with her sister and then became mortal again, or was cured,
after drinking blood, whose antibodies help the human cells, from the Holy
Grail in England. There she met Lord Magnus, Master of the Blood
Coven. Sunny loves Jayden, a mortal with green eyes and black hair who earlier
saved her life. Jayden has hemophilia. (How does that relate to the plot? I’m sure I don’t know!)
allows herself to be bitten again (who is doing all this biting?) to provide blood for the first time. Jayden is ill. Lord Magnus explains Jayden’s
condition to Sunny: “He’s stable now,” he replies. “But I don’t know for how long. I don’t know if it’s because of the manner in
which he was bitten or his hemophiliac blood disorder—but his human cells aren’t properly bonding with the vampire ones. Meaning he’s not really a vampire. But he’s not really human either.” Maybe hemophilia interferes with turning into a vampire?
transfusions for his vampirism (not for his hemophilia). Sunny provides more of her blood using a syringe and blood bag (sadly Sunny did not follow universal safety precautions!), but the
cure for Jayden is to drink from the Holy Grail. The trio set off to England
but the Holy Grail is stolen and taken to Tokyo for the
impending war with the vampire Consortium. In Tokyo Sunny rescues her
abducted twin sister and prevents the war between the vampire factions. Good job, Sunny. Before the Holy Grail is blown up in the Japanese temple
by the Consortium vampires, Sunny transfers to Jayden some of its blood by
kissing him, thus curing him of being a vampire. Sunny asks Jayden how he is
feeling once they return to Las Vegas: “One
hundred percent,” he says,
looking slightly bashful. “Except
for the fact that somehow in the transition my hemophilia went away.” What?!
unbelievable as the rest of the story, but that will not deter its popularity
with teen readers as they somehow relate to a romantic fairy princess who kicks butt. The YA novel is part of on-going series about
these vampire and fairy characters, including the character with hemophilia.
The Emmy Award winning author and television producer lives in Austin, Texas
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