Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots

Title: Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots
Author: Debbie Dadey
Page Count: 80
Rating: A+
Format Read: Paperback
Genre: Children’s Book
Keywords: Vampires, Kids, Mystery
Kid Appropriate: Early Elementary 

The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids was one of the very first book series that I was able to read on my own in elementary school and was absolutely obsessed with as a second and third grader. Each book is less than a hundred pages and easy to consume for readers that are either reluctant or just beginning to read. 

Each installment is a mix of monsters, fun adventures, friendship, and kids playing detective. 

With the first book originally published in 1991, this series is an older one that is a perfect fit for any monster and mystery loving young reader. According to Goodreads, the series contains 51 books covering creatures from vampires to leprechauns to werewolves and even Cupid. I have included both the original cover for the first book and the cover change done more recently. 


Title: Obsidian
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Page Count: 335
Rating: A
Format Read: Kindle
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Keywords: Aliens, Twilight, Romance
Kid Appropriate: Teens 

I had heard that this book is basically Twilight but with aliens. There is truth to this, but don’t let that deter you! There is a seventeen year old girl, named Katy, that moves to a small town and meets a hot guy, Daemon, who hates her for no reason. Something is just off about his family and any time Katy is around them weird things start happening. Beyond this the story is a fun, engrossing, funny, and a really fast read. 

Katy is a really fun protagonist to read about. Aside from being sarcastic and speaking her mind, she loves books. She even has her own book blog! Kat is not the typical timid character as she says and does things that other characters would only wish they could do. (Hint: the spaghetti scene is hilarious.) Daemon is the bad boy that you will learn to love and hate, which sums up his relationship with our protagonist. Watching these two interact, usually bickering, is so much fun and made me laugh out loud more than once. Secondary characters are also enjoyable, especially Daemon’s sister Dee. 

Armentrout has crafted an enjoyable read that is reminiscent of the ever-popular Twilight but is fresh enough to hold a reader’s attention and maybe even earn a rave review. Absolutely recommended. 

About the Author of Adventures In Obsessive Reading 

Ms. Winkle is an author and book blogger. Bleeding Heart is the first installment in her Guardian Chronicles series and her first novel. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Montana, an MA in International Security from the University of Arizona. When she isn’t studying she can usually be found with a dog and a book. 

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