Dark Thirst, by Sara Reinke
This one is by Sara Reinke and yes, it's another vampire book.
However, this one was in the romance section so I normally wouldn't have picked it up at all, but it intrigued me because the vampire is deaf.
But, since it's a "romance" it has all that ridiculous over-written sex scene nonsense that does less than nothing for me. I ended up skimming all those parts waiting for it to get back to the story. It's not that I don't want any romance/sex/whatever in my books, but I don't need, or want, to read about it in excruciating detail.
That issue aside... the story itself was really interesting. There's this teenage vamp who was severely hurt when he was a child before he was able to heal so he ends up deaf and unable to speak. However, this shouldn't have been too much of a problem because these vamps have telepathic ability and he can talk to his family that way except that he's not allowed.
And just to push all of my buttons, they don't let the kid learn ASL until he's at least 8 or 9, and none of his family learn it. They require him to write everything down instead. That royally pisses me off when it happens in real life and it gets me just as rilled when it's in a book. I just do not understand how parents can refuse to communicate with their children. How do you go through life being unable to tell your kid you love them? Grrr!!
I'll get off my soapbox now...
The vamp rules are a little different than the norm, they can eat regular food, but they need blood too. It helps them heal faster if they get hurt, that kind of thing. And sunlight isn't an issue. This specific family is raised with the idea that feeding equals killing.
So, our main character is in his upper teens and he hates what his family is, he thinks they're monsters (and I have to agree with him on that one) but he clearly isn't so it seems to be that they're raised to be that way, not that they have to be. He doesn't want to live like them so he runs away and goes looking for the man that was his tutor when he was younger. And finds his sister instead.
The family doesn't want to let him go and they come hunting for him, and he ends up learning a lot more about who he is and what he's actually capable of doing. Which things are part of who he is and which things are just what he's always been told.
I liked the story itself a lot, she did a lot of interesting things that aren't normally part of vampire stories. I just wish the graphic crap hadn't been there.
edited August 2008 to add: this falls somewhere between examples 2 & 3 in the Romance Disclaimer