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HaBO: The Vampire & the Computer Geek

This HaBO comes from First Lastly, who wants to find this romance:

I’d like some help with a book title again. I discovered this book in my old junior high school library. It was popular then so this was around 2016-2018ish?

All I can remember was that the title said something along the lines of ’ something something Cinderella’. And that the plot was something about a vampire dominated community where humans and vampires co-exist, but the vampires are more lords or royalty. Then the female main character somehow in need got talked into auctioning herself to be fed to a vampire: the male main character. I remember a scene where the MMC figured out she’s a computer geek and challenges her to crack this difficult coding time. She solves it with only a second left of her timer.

I’m sorry if it lacks solid details but would appreciate it if anyone figures it out. Thank you so much!

I know we can HaBO this one!


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  1. Jill says:

    This may not be it, but that really reminds me of Thea Harrison’s: Night’s Honor. (Part of her Elder Races series)
    She does auction herself and is a computer geek.

  2. This doesn’t include the Cinderella aspect in the title, but Thea Harrison’s Night’s Honor was published in 2014 and involves a heroine who has to auction herself off to vampires in the beginning and then prove her computer skills in a timed exercise to the (vampire) hero once he’s bid on her in the auction.

  3. Jane says:

    The first half of this sounds like The Black Lily by Juliette Cross (Cinderella with vampire royalty), but not the second half—definitely no computers in that one.

  4. denise says:

    This doesn’t have an auction, but it does have vampires, a Cinderellaesque theme, and she uses computer skills per the blurb. Double book, so you have to read about both. Looks to be more cozy mystery than romance.

  5. MaryK says:

    I also immediately thought of Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison. I liked that book a lot.

  6. PamG says:

    I also thought of Night’s Honor, but I find my mind a bit boggled by the idea of Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series being available in a junior high school library. It’s definitely urban fantasy, but it still seems a little racy for an 11 to 14 year old. Schools tended to have tight budgets and that whole “in loco parentis” thing going on even before the rise of the rabid book burners, so I’m wondering about this.

  7. Tori says:

    It reminds me of Bound by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires #1) by Larissa Ione but no tech connection in the goodreads description.

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