Surviving Curtis Hall:The Lure of Blood

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L.A. Matthies
L.A. Matthies worked in a career in hairdressing and cosmetology. She and her husband have three children and live in New York. Matthies divides her time between her new book and supporting her three children in achieving their academic, athletic and personal goals. Surviving Curtis Hall i More...


YA/Fantasy wins NABE 2013 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award!
Attempting to avoid the violence and drugs at Hibernia High, sixteen-year-old Tristen McCoy and his friends have transferred on a sports scholarship to the elite Curtis Hall boarding school. Hometown lacrosse heroes, the boys are tested as they attempt to assimilate into a student body where excelling is the norm. Tristen hones his leadership skills and sense of humor while finding his way in this new environment. He and his friends must rise to the challenge of competing with peers whose skills equal and perhaps surpass their own. Tristen's attention is soon captured by the beautiful and alluring Marcella Venier. Despite their different origins and upbringings, the two are drawn to each other. Marcella, compelled to live a clandestine life with dark secrets and a covert research mission, struggles with her desire to further her own designs and still remain in Tristen's world.
˃˃˃ Events spiral out of control, and a student is lost in the subterranean tunnels beneath the school's campus!

Tristen and his friends stand accused of foul play, and in an effort to make things right, he enlists Marcella's help in organizing a search party. During the perilous rescue attempt, danger threatens to not only sever the bonds of friendship of the group, but take their lives as well. They hope they can survive until graduation.
˃˃˃ "You don't want to miss this amazing young adult thriller!"- Jessica Page,Times-News correspondent


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Secrets will be revealed, lives put in jeopardy, and the very existence of Curtis Hall questioned. 

With a quick introduction to Marcella in the prologue, giving the reader a peak into her background, it doesn't take more than a few pages to get caught up in the story. Each fairly short chapter focuses on a different character, and there are several additional people we meet, primarily students intertwined in the events surrounding Tristen and Marcella. From Skye, the very cool, totally awesome vampire masquerading as a student, to the downright nasty Pietro, there are lots of personalities who share the pages and keep the story moving. We're also given a look at Marcella's backstory which adds a nice depth to the tale. 

Quill says: If you love vampire stories, you should check out Surviving Curtis Hall for a unique and fun trip down some dark and creepy tunnels, sprinkled with just the right amount of romance.-Ellen Feld- Feathered Quill Reviews
eathFea   If you have a longing for adventure; “Surviving Curtis Hall: The Lure of Blood” is a perfect fit. Each character’s personality is well-described in every chapter. It draws you in and makes you want to read more as the pages are turned.thereThis is a story worth getting lost in. You don’t want to miss this amazing young adult thriller.-d QuilReviewed by Jessica Page
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