Saturday 4 August 2012

***Review** Confessions of an Average Half-Vampire by Lisa Shafer

Released: February 4th 2012
Publisher:Create Space
Series: Yes #1
Format: E-book
Source: From author for review purposes
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Author Site: Lisa Shafer

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lurking in the nuclei of a few rare human cells is an as-yet unstudied gene. It is a gene that makes the inheritor crave mammal blood and faint in bright sunlight. It is a gene that prevents the bearer from appearing normally in digital or mirror images.
It’s a gene that makes life heck if you’re in junior high and trying to fit in.

Eric Wright is a half-vampire with a problem. Several problems, actually. He can’t tell bloodlust from his rollercoaster adolescent hormones. The cutest girl in first period English wants him to become a vegetarian. And the assistant principal suspends him when he refuses to explain why his skin appears translucent in a school security video.

Then Eric’s non-vampire mom, who’s definitely not telling everything she knows, takes him with her on a business trip. To Scotland, where it never stays sunny for very long. The perfect hang out for a vampire. Or several. If only Eric can find one to talk to before he makes any more stupid mistakes....

My Review:

Imagine being a teen and going through puberty, not easy right. But add onto that by being and teen and also being a vampire..... not easy at all.

I found this book to be highly amusing, you can’t help but chuckle about Eric and his mishaps. He is a typical awkward teen, certainly where girls are involved. Things haven’t always gone swimmingly for Eric around the ladies, he had a very traumatic episode when he was younger and he bit a girl. So to Eric every little awkward moment is heightened. Eric has some good friends at school; this helps him get through things. By the sound of it Eric has moved school a few times and this time he seems settled, but it only takes one person to notice how unusual he is and then that would be the end of his time in that area. Eric is a well likeable protagonist; he really does have a good heart. But average, no this is not a word I would use to describe Eric.

The content of the book is certainly suitable for younger teens; there are no graphic scenes and no bad language.

 There are many books on vampires out there and it takes an amazing book to stand out, this one certainly holds its own.

I found the writing style of this book flowed well and there were some well placed moments of humour. I think this was good as instead of being a serious and angsty teen book it was light hearted and fun. There were some serious bits in there, but then again Eric is a bloodsucking vampire so what do you expect.

To sum it up I did enjoy the book and I would like to read the next in the series. I would like to know what happens to Eric.

If you want a fun and light read featuring teens going through puberty and a bit of vampirism thrown in then this book is for you. 

My Thoughts on the Cover: 
This is simple but effective. It does give you a rough impression what the book is about. The blood spatter effect is fun and the font gives the impression that this is not a crime or gore fest kind of book.

 *** Many thanks to the author for supplying me a copy of this book for review.***


Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Great review Jenny this sounds like a great intro to the world of vampires for a young reader. Thanks for sharing it;)

Lisa Shafer said...

Thanks for reviewing my book!

caroline.taylor078 said...

This sounds really different from the usual type of vampire book I read,the fact it has a male lead character and it also sounds like a really funny read aswell.

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