Monday, 22 October 2012

The Vampire Fighters by Pete Johnson

Series: The Vampire Blog, Book Three
Publisher: Yearling
Format: ARC
Published: 7th June 2012
Number of Pages: 272
Book: For Review*
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Humour, Horror, Coming-Of-Age, Action-Adventure, Paranormal, YA, YA-Child Crossover
Recommended Age: 10+
Contains: Violence, Death
No Alcohol, Drug References
Author's Blog: Pete Johnson

Marcus, Tallulah and Gracie are back in the final fast-paced, fun and frightening story of award-winning Pete Johnson's vampire series.
Life has never been more complicated for thirteen-year-old Marcus. It's not easy trying to hide your secret identity as a half-vampire, avoid garlic at all costs, AND work up the courage to ask a girl out. Especially when that girl is vampire-crazy Tallulah.
Plus, Marcus's parents are still convinced his special power is going to arrive any day now. And they're trying not to show their disappointment every time another day passes and it doesn't appear -- but Marcus is totally feeling the pressure.
As if that wasn't bad enough, a seriously creepy Winter Fair has arrived in town -- and a number of terrifying attacks have started happening. Giles believes a super-evil sect of Deadly Vampires is behind them, and Marcus suspects an eerie ventriloquist at the Fair.
All Marcus wants is an easy life. But now it's up to him to save the day.

Since becoming a half-vampire, Marcus has been poisoned by pizza, faced down a deadly vampire once or twice and had a sudden blood craving in the middle of a date.  
What with all that drama, the pressure of keeping his identity as a half-vampire secret, trying to get up the courage to ask out moody, vampire-obsessed Tallulah and dealing with his parents never ending hope (and disappointment) as they wait for the special (and very rare) power he's meant to develop to come. 
Oh, and there's also the so-called "Blood Ghost", which is another "Deadly Vampire" - AKA, a human killing, super strong vampire.  Eek!
And there's a chance there might be more of the Deadly Vampires on the way...
So much for being normal!
Oh, this series just keeps on getting better and better!  It's funny, mad, addictive, fun!  I do love a good vamp story, and while this isn't a teen book, I loved it!  It's just so funny and addictive and unique, thanks to the spin Johnson's put on vamp mythology.  I know kids will love this one and the others in the series - they're so much fun and excellent for reluctant readers!  While there are a few little details that bugged me (how Marcus blogs, where vamps come from) they didn't take away my enjoyment at all.  Or make me any less sad that this is the last in the series - I'll miss Marcus so much!
I loved all the characters in this book!  There was a character personality for everyone to love and loads of characters for kids to relate to as well.  Marcus was brilliant: he made me laugh so much and was totally off his rocker – in the best possible way!  He had a mad and snarky remark for everything - literally!  And I loved how real and relatable he was - sure, he was funny and confident, but he was also flawed as he had fears and girl troubles.  I think kids will really be able to relate with him and his situation - well, half-vamp thing aside!  Gracie, the other-half vamp, was my favourite girl lead in the book.  Cheeky, funny, bubbly Gracie was just perfect, especially with Marcus.  Tallulah was so vampire-obsessed it’s scary.  Her bluntness and spookiness was funny, though.  I also thought both Marcus' parents and Tara, a half-vamp mentor, were brilliant.  The bad guy was great too - and super creepy!
As always, just lovin' the blog layout: Johnsnon’s writing is so funny and witty!  But sometimes I wondered how Marcus managed to write some of the posts while he surely must have been in the middle of all the action.  Sure, he had an iPod, but still...  Now, the plot for this one was the best if the series, if you ask me!  Twistier, faster paced, more action, more mystery...  It was all so awesome and addictive!  I'll admit that one of the twists may have been a little far-fetched, but I just loved this book so much.  The ending was just stunning and left me desperate for more!  But it was also kinda perfect. 
And I seriously love the vamp mythology!  It's just so hilarious!  The only thing I'd wish for is to know more about where vamps and half-vamps came from.  Sure, we know they're related somehow but how did they come about?!
The Vampire Fighters is ridiculously addictive and dangerous.  What with the short blog posts, non-stop humour and fast pace, no kid will be able to put it down - they'll feel just as hooked as I was!  It isn't a thought provoking or complex read - it's funny, light and action-packed.  The series has been so much fun to read and I'm seriously sad that there won't be another!  It's such great fun and I laughed out loud a lot.  And oh how I shall miss Marcus and Gracie and Tallulah!  For reluctant readers and obsessive readers alike, The Vampire Fighters will just appeal to them all!
With a witty and reluctant half-vampire lead, deadly vampires in the loose and a race to stop them, The Vampire Fighters definitely ensures that the series goes out with one heck of a bang!  I can't wait to read another Pete Johnson book, though I'm not sure if it will be the same without Marcus! 

Star Rating:
4 Out of 5

Read this book if you liked:
The Vampire Blog Series by Pete Johnson
Dark Lord by Jamie Thompson 

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Happy Reading
* This book was received from RandomHouse in exchange for an honest review


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