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High school bites-especially when you want to kill your classmates. Check out this original horror novel featuring Archie Comics characters! Everyone knows the characters from Riverdale: popular Archie Andrews, sophisticated Veronica Lodge, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and angsty Jughead Jones. But this is not the Riverdale you know and love. Something twisted has awoken in High school bites-especially when you want to kill your classmates. Check out this original horror novel featuring Archie Comics characters! Everyone knows the characters from Riverdale: popular Archie Andrews, sophisticated Veronica Lodge, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and angsty Jughead Jones. But this is not the Riverdale you know and love. Something twisted has awoken in the town with pep. Inspired by the iconic Archie Horror comics, this reimagined universe takes the grittiness of the TV show and adds a paranormal twist. Everyone thinks that Veronica Lodge has it all: the rich parents and the big house. The popular jock crush. The perfect best friend. But all that changes when she's bitten by an ancient vampire named Theodore Finch. Theodore is turning all of Riverdale's most powerful citizens into vampires-including Veronica's parents. But that's only the beginning of what he has planned... Veronica escapes from becoming one of Theodore's minions, but the lives of the entire town are at stake. Veronica can't defeat him alone. With some help from her friends, Veronica discovers how to turn everyone back to normal-including herself. All they have to do is kill Theodore. But Veronica's bloodlust is getting harder to control. Can Betty, Archie, Dilton, and Cheryl figure out how to stop Theodore-and save Veronica-before it's too late? The Archie Horror series contains all-new, original stories that fans of horror AND fans of Riverdale will die for!


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High school bites-especially when you want to kill your classmates. Check out this original horror novel featuring Archie Comics characters! Everyone knows the characters from Riverdale: popular Archie Andrews, sophisticated Veronica Lodge, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and angsty Jughead Jones. But this is not the Riverdale you know and love. Something twisted has awoken in High school bites-especially when you want to kill your classmates. Check out this original horror novel featuring Archie Comics characters! Everyone knows the characters from Riverdale: popular Archie Andrews, sophisticated Veronica Lodge, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and angsty Jughead Jones. But this is not the Riverdale you know and love. Something twisted has awoken in the town with pep. Inspired by the iconic Archie Horror comics, this reimagined universe takes the grittiness of the TV show and adds a paranormal twist. Everyone thinks that Veronica Lodge has it all: the rich parents and the big house. The popular jock crush. The perfect best friend. But all that changes when she's bitten by an ancient vampire named Theodore Finch. Theodore is turning all of Riverdale's most powerful citizens into vampires-including Veronica's parents. But that's only the beginning of what he has planned... Veronica escapes from becoming one of Theodore's minions, but the lives of the entire town are at stake. Veronica can't defeat him alone. With some help from her friends, Veronica discovers how to turn everyone back to normal-including herself. All they have to do is kill Theodore. But Veronica's bloodlust is getting harder to control. Can Betty, Archie, Dilton, and Cheryl figure out how to stop Theodore-and save Veronica-before it's too late? The Archie Horror series contains all-new, original stories that fans of horror AND fans of Riverdale will die for!

30 review for Interview with the Vixen

  1. 5 out of 5

    Toria (some what in hiatus)

    I'm not really sure what compelled me to pick this up as I know nothing about the Riverdale universe, either the comics or the show. But I highly enjoyed this audiobook, was a fun paranormal YA novel that was both engaging and entertaining. I'm not really sure what compelled me to pick this up as I know nothing about the Riverdale universe, either the comics or the show. But I highly enjoyed this audiobook, was a fun paranormal YA novel that was both engaging and entertaining.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angel White (Bookn.All.Night)

    This was another fun listen. This time we are back in Riverdale with Veronica as the main monster and the journey she takes as she tries to figure out who she is and what her place is. Loved this one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Bloody, long-lost family quarrels stalk the town with pep in this second entry into the Archie Horror novel canon. Rebecca Barrow's licensed-fiction debut showcases obvious appreciation for the inherently campy and juicy source material, as well as her trademark appreciation for the longings, ambitions, and secrets that make up teen girls' lives. Veronica might be sporting a new set of fangs and a mean right hook, but her thrill ride toward vamp-hood is steeped in carefully-grounding details and Bloody, long-lost family quarrels stalk the town with pep in this second entry into the Archie Horror novel canon. Rebecca Barrow's licensed-fiction debut showcases obvious appreciation for the inherently campy and juicy source material, as well as her trademark appreciation for the longings, ambitions, and secrets that make up teen girls' lives. Veronica might be sporting a new set of fangs and a mean right hook, but her thrill ride toward vamp-hood is steeped in carefully-grounding details and framed by her relationships to her parents, Archie and Betty, and perhaps most importantly Cheryl. The vampire has been used as a metaphor for many things, but its efficacy in examining queerness is unparalleled. Queer literature is often synonymous with romance, but Interview with the Vixen is a fine example of a seemingly-light teen book and obvious locus for romance containing not an overt romance plot but a story of tangled friendships, family power dynamics, and personal change that will feel familiar and empowering to many queer readers. The ambition and drive Veronica's spent so much time trying to curate and tame for the sake of her family, friends, and school come roaring out in the wake of her encounter with a powerful vampire--and once bitten, any shyness about what she wants and who she might become are gone, a neat mirror to the metamorphosis queer people often experience around coming out. Pearl girls gone feral, frenemy team-ups, Archie the Damsel, holy-water swimming pools, high-fashion stakes, and a visit or two to Pop's: Vixen has something for Riverdale fans, Buffy acolytes, and anyone who loves a good spin on the ultimate monster of camp (the vampire) (or possibly Cheryl Blossom...)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Felicia Harris

    This book was such a fun ride! I loved how strong they made Veronica and I was so happy to see Cheryl featured more as well

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This feels like a novel-length episode of the old Archie's Weird Mysteries cartoon series. In that series (which ran from 1999 to 2000), there was a 3-part Halloween episode in which Veronica seemed to be some kind of chosen one called the Ender, who was destined to end the eternal night of the vampires (once it was brought about). She was turned into a vampire twice during that trilogy and went by the name "Vampronica". The line-up of Archie's Weird Mysteries was, generally, Archie, Betty, Vero This feels like a novel-length episode of the old Archie's Weird Mysteries cartoon series. In that series (which ran from 1999 to 2000), there was a 3-part Halloween episode in which Veronica seemed to be some kind of chosen one called the Ender, who was destined to end the eternal night of the vampires (once it was brought about). She was turned into a vampire twice during that trilogy and went by the name "Vampronica". The line-up of Archie's Weird Mysteries was, generally, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Reggie, and Dilton. In 2012, the classic Betty and Veronica comics title did a 2-issue story called "Betty the Vampire Slayer vs. Vampironica", during which Veronica was turned into a vampire. Note the slight change to her vampire name compared to Archie's Weird Mysteries. This story can be found in Betty and Veronica #261-262. The story was played mostly for laughs. Fast forward to 2018. Archie Comics had (ahem) revamped its main line of comics 3 years earlier, and it had also been experimenting with AU horror titles, such as Afterlife With Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Jughead: The Hunger (in which Jughead became a werewolf). So it was only natural to do a Vampironica title, which ran for 5 issues. This was followed by a 5-issue interdimensional crossover with Jughead: The Hunger in 2019. Finally, there was a second miniseries, Vampironica: New Blood, which ran for 4 issues from 2019 to 2020. This novel, Interview with the Vixen, is, at its most basic, a novelization of the first Vampironica miniseries. But calling it that wouldn't be doing it justice. Author Rebecca Barrow has greatly expanded the story, especially in its second half, giving the characters much more to do and giving them amazing depths of characterization. These feel more like real people, not cartoon characters. The novel borrows a lot from Riverdale without being set in that continuity. Josie's mom is the mayor, and Kevin's dad is the sheriff, though neither Josie nor Kevin appear or are even mentioned in this story. Veronica is said to have brown skin, which is a nod to her Riverdale actor (she's white in the Vampironica comic). Cheryl is said to have brown eyes (she has green or blue eyes in the comics), which is a nod to her Riverdale actor. She's also openly gay and trained in the use of a crossbow. So the basic plot is Veronica gets turned into a vampire, but she's not under the master vampire's mind control (unlike the other vampires), and she must find a way to kill the master vampire, so she (and everyone else that was turned) can be turned back to normal. To this end, she's helped by Dilton, Betty, Archie, and...Cheryl! Can we talk about the amazing chemistry between Veronica and Cheryl in this book? Veronica/Cheryl wasn't something that I thought I needed in my life (my preferred ship is Betty/Cheryl), but their scenes together are so good! Spoiler: they don't get together; they're just friends. But Veronica worries a LOT for Cheryl's safety in this book (much more than she does about Betty, her supposed "best friend"), and Cheryl is concerned about Veronica being disappointed in her. You would totally expect them to share a passionate kiss. Alas, it doesn't happen. But the final scene of the novel is a private, tender scene between Veronica and Cheryl, and you can tell they truly care for each other. The story gets into some heavy subject matter with Veronica having to kill two major characters (and the others being prepared to, if necessary) and then having to wrestle with her guilt, debating whether she's a murderer or not. Cheryl counsels Veronica in the final scene, saying they're in this together: "So we make a pact. That's what friends do, right? If you go down, then I go down. But we won't. Because we're going to stick together on this. You have nothing to feel guilty about. Promise me. You won't torture yourself thinking about what happened. We're moving on. Promise?" I'm not sure if a sequel was ever planned, although I'd be surprised if one comes out at this point. One major issue was left unresolved, and there are questions of what the future will hold. But Veronica Lodge is forever changed by her experience. She has known horror and triumph, known what it's like to live up to people's expectations of her and what it's like to truly live, and she doesn't want to go back to her old life. Not ever.

  6. 5 out of 5

    J.D.

    Something bad is going down in Riverdale and Veronica's in for quite a change.  Not only does she stumble upon her dead parents' bodies, she's also attacked by a vampire leading her to get into a car crash with one of her classmates immediately afterwards.  Upon waking up alone in the woods she realizes something is very different.  With the help of her friends, she attempts to save Riverdale from a vampire takeover.  But will she be willing to go back to being her old, human self again afterwards? T Something bad is going down in Riverdale and Veronica's in for quite a change.  Not only does she stumble upon her dead parents' bodies, she's also attacked by a vampire leading her to get into a car crash with one of her classmates immediately afterwards.  Upon waking up alone in the woods she realizes something is very different.  With the help of her friends, she attempts to save Riverdale from a vampire takeover.  But will she be willing to go back to being her old, human self again afterwards? This is my first Archie horror spin off book and I plan to read the graphic novel version right after this.  This book is not in any way connected to the show (Riverdale on Netflix). Veronica and Archie aren't a couple, neither are Betty and Jughead. Also Cheryl's brother Jason is very much alive and well.  This was a cool twist on a classic comic book that I absolutely loved as a kid. I remember always getting a new Archie comic whenever I'd go grocery shopping with my mom and I COULD NOT possibly have been happier when I heard that the comics were getting a reboot in book form to go along with the show. There were a couple minor things I didn't like, the biggest being that Jughead was not included in this one at all! Being my favorite character of the bunch, it sucked he wasn't involved.  I also found that the characters seemed to feel a little flat to me. Cheryl was lacking her feisty attitude, Veronica was lacking her usual confidence, etc.  This was still a fun read overall and I can't wait to read the graphic novel as well as A Werewolf in Riverdale. 

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    Ever since I was little, Jughead has been my favorite of the Riverdale gang, and Veronica one of my least favorite. So the fact that I enjoyed Interview with the Vixen more than Werewolf in Riverdale (the Jughead-centric Archie Horror YA novel) is a bit miraculous--especially since Juggie didn't really show up at all in this one. Veronica Lodge is changed into a vampire against her will after finding her parents murdered in her large mansion. She finds help in an unlikely person: Dilton Doiley, Ever since I was little, Jughead has been my favorite of the Riverdale gang, and Veronica one of my least favorite. So the fact that I enjoyed Interview with the Vixen more than Werewolf in Riverdale (the Jughead-centric Archie Horror YA novel) is a bit miraculous--especially since Juggie didn't really show up at all in this one. Veronica Lodge is changed into a vampire against her will after finding her parents murdered in her large mansion. She finds help in an unlikely person: Dilton Doiley, the resident science geek who has no issues accepting her new vampiric nature because, as he points out, he's not exactly blind. On her quest to change herself back, Veronica ends up having to save the whole of Riverdale. (The book also made me consider the off-the-wall pairing of Dilton and Veronica as viable, which is not a thought I've had in my years of being an Archie fan.) The Archie Horror comics, and now its YA novels, understand the Riverdale gang so much better than the TV show while holding up as comics or YA novels in their own rights. Veronica's vampire transformation is (surprise surprise) symbolic of her coming of age, and the themes work well in this book. Unfortunately, I'm not sure who the target audience of this book is. Is it 30-something's with Archie nostalgia (me, specifically)? Is it Riverdale fans? Because it doesn't, on the face of it, seem appealing to either of those sets of people. For the 30-something's, the Archie Horror comics exist. Riverdale fans might find the cover/premise too campy or not gritty enough. Regardless, I'd recommend this book to people in both of those camps.

  8. 5 out of 5

    sierra

    I will state first of all. This isn't a continuation of the first book. If you read this one first it won't matter or like only wanna read this and you'll still be fine. Sadly they don't connect. Honestly that was confusing me for a long time. Also they act like Jugghead doesn't exist but I'm chill with that because I'm a HUGE Cheryl fan and a decent size fan of Veronica although if Riverdale Veronica was a vampire Id be a WAY bigger fan. This book is basically a fanfic by a lesbian who wants Ch I will state first of all. This isn't a continuation of the first book. If you read this one first it won't matter or like only wanna read this and you'll still be fine. Sadly they don't connect. Honestly that was confusing me for a long time. Also they act like Jugghead doesn't exist but I'm chill with that because I'm a HUGE Cheryl fan and a decent size fan of Veronica although if Riverdale Veronica was a vampire Id be a WAY bigger fan. This book is basically a fanfic by a lesbian who wants Cheryl&Veronica to date BUT doesn't wanna piss off the people paying them to write the book so like some stuff got cut. I'm picturing a lot of hot sex&kiss scenes that got cut by straight editors who were like "this is for teenage feminists who were mad about Twilight but still love vampires....not lesbians." But I would-'ve given it 5 stars if they just me a crumb of a kiss with Cheryl&Veronica...frenemies turned lovers is my new trope! They'd be the hottest power couple ever!! The vampire storylines are really interesting but they add a lot of mind control aspects that don't make sense. I love how much they add to the story but I got lost and had to rewind a lot. I listen while walking my dog so if I get distracted for even two seconds by my dog chasing a chicken or whatever I gotta rewind😂 Either way This makes me want to lower my rating for the first book to like two stars! This was so much better!! So well written and creative. Just a kiss away from perfection!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Gray

    I should have known better I grew up reading Archie Comics, they were an integral part of my childhood. I never watched Riverdale, because I knew it would taint my feelings towards my favorite beloved characters. (Also, I wasn't happy with the casting choices- that's neither here nor there.) I'm older now though, and my husband bought this for me for my birthday. I know that none of this is cannon, and I like the horror genre so I would go into this knowing that this is essentially fan made. ugh T I should have known better I grew up reading Archie Comics, they were an integral part of my childhood. I never watched Riverdale, because I knew it would taint my feelings towards my favorite beloved characters. (Also, I wasn't happy with the casting choices- that's neither here nor there.) I'm older now though, and my husband bought this for me for my birthday. I know that none of this is cannon, and I like the horror genre so I would go into this knowing that this is essentially fan made. ugh This was so cheesy and I don't think it was even on purpose. Each character felt like a caricature of the person they were supposed to be. It was almost like the author was given a prompt, that said "spoiled rich girl with daddy issues" and that was meant to be Ronnie (she never went by "V.") It was the same for everyone else. Where was Jughead? I know this was book two, and maybe Jughead was in the first, but he's a main character in the comics...I don't know. The writing wasn't that good either. Also, the "feminism" twist felt so so forced...Idk. The only redeeming factor of this book was Cheryl and Veronicas dynamic. Nothing about this was inherently problematic, and it was readable so two stars. If the author somehow finds this, the bulk of my opinion is based in the fact that this is the Archie universe and I'm very protective of that- nothing against you.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael Loring

    Archie Horror is slowly becoming my new obsession, and I am not ashamed in the slightest. After reading "A Werewolf in Riverdale" by Caleb Roehrig, I knew I needed more horror tales from the town of Riverdale, and thankfully Author Rebecca Barrow's "Interview With The Vixen" was right there waiting for me. Veronica Lodge, one of the two girls perpetually vying for Archie's affections, has her life turned completely upside down when she is turned into a vampire against her will. Determined to get Archie Horror is slowly becoming my new obsession, and I am not ashamed in the slightest. After reading "A Werewolf in Riverdale" by Caleb Roehrig, I knew I needed more horror tales from the town of Riverdale, and thankfully Author Rebecca Barrow's "Interview With The Vixen" was right there waiting for me. Veronica Lodge, one of the two girls perpetually vying for Archie's affections, has her life turned completely upside down when she is turned into a vampire against her will. Determined to get her life back, Veronica sets out to kill the one who turned her. Along with her friends, she finds herself fighting thr forces of darkness that had been hiding in Riverdale for centuries. Clever, action-packed, and appropriately humorous, Interview With The Vixen was a fantastic read. I had an absolute blast seeing familiar characters fight to survive in this strange new reality they find themselves in. My biggest hope now, having read both Archie Horror novels, is that they do "Jughead The Hunger vs. Vampironica" in novel form. Nothing would make me happier than that! Five out of Five Stars!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    SUCH A FUN BOOK!!! Ahhh, it had Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibes and I just loved how campy and energetic and fast-paced the book was. I listened to the audiobook and have decided Frankie Corzo is my favorite narrator of all time. Highly recommend especially if you're looking for a low-stakes, action-packed spooky book. It's not scary at all, but is perfect for October. I also enjoyed reading this and visualizing the actors from Riverdale :) SUCH A FUN BOOK!!! Ahhh, it had Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibes and I just loved how campy and energetic and fast-paced the book was. I listened to the audiobook and have decided Frankie Corzo is my favorite narrator of all time. Highly recommend especially if you're looking for a low-stakes, action-packed spooky book. It's not scary at all, but is perfect for October. I also enjoyed reading this and visualizing the actors from Riverdale :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael Grimm

    I really loved this book overall the one hiccup for me is the fact that it isn't in the same universe as "A Werewolf In Riverdale." Which I can't hold against it so FIVE STARS. I sincerely hope they continue with not only Veronica's storyline from this but I would love more supernatural Archie. I really loved this book overall the one hiccup for me is the fact that it isn't in the same universe as "A Werewolf In Riverdale." Which I can't hold against it so FIVE STARS. I sincerely hope they continue with not only Veronica's storyline from this but I would love more supernatural Archie.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Lee

    I've always loved Riverdale so I thought this was quite fun. I've always loved Veronica and Cheryl so I was happy to see them both. I really enjoyed the dynamics. Interview With the Vixen was exactly what I was hoping for - a quick fun, paranormal read with characters I already liked. I've always loved Riverdale so I thought this was quite fun. I've always loved Veronica and Cheryl so I was happy to see them both. I really enjoyed the dynamics. Interview With the Vixen was exactly what I was hoping for - a quick fun, paranormal read with characters I already liked.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I’m only vaguely familiar with the comics and have only seen a handful of Riverdale episodes, so I worried my lack of knowledge would cause confusion, but it didn’t because this book was such a blast to read. It’s fun horror with smart humor and loads of female empowerment.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rosalie Kicks

    This is a fun way to escape. I really enjoy vampire stories and having this set in Riverdale is neat. My only complaint... I missed Jughead. Not sure why they chose to keep him out of this story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    LJ

    I absolutely loved this book! As someone who loves both the vampire diaries and riverdale, this book was perfect! I would love for there to be another one 💕

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Jessica

    Not horrible but took a bit to keep me interested as it dragged on a little

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sara Weather

    #171

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Gray

    2.75/5

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Parks

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ethan Walker

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lovely Days

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alli

  26. 4 out of 5

    Riah

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jett

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tatie Punkinhead

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