Tuesday, June 26

Team Human: Book Review

Team Human

HarperTeen
July 3rd 2012
Young Adult | Fantasy
Vampire

Official Blurb - Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn’t mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It’s up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity!

On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.

Weird.

Funny.

Still weird.

Mel is one funny character. In fact I rather disliked moments where she had to restrain herself. The cover really doesn't do this story justice. Yes, the cover is beautiful and eye catching. It really is nice to have a picture to go along with the character of Mel but I am not sure the serious look fits her. The cover is far too serious for the book. The best comparison I can think of is a comedy show. They always try to have some theme among all the skits but come the end the story isn't deep. That sums this book up very well. Plenty of funny moments but the serious moments are odd. They feel like the commercials in between the show. "A word from our sponsors. . . now back to the show." This book is also full of the odd view of all the usual scenes. We get the third wheel view of a romantic union. Which means we are on the outside trying not to vomit. Ugh! Yet, surprisingly a bit funny.

I think these two authors should sign up as an advertising team. They could make some big bucks. In turn, the power of their words instilled a desire for a tomato sandwich as well as Chinese food in me. When I should have been focusing on the characters and story my tummy was grumbling for food at their suggestion.

Here is another point at which the book deserves the label weird, the names. Lottie is a really cruel nick name for Mel's brother. There is a huge stink made over Mel's full name. Though I was less than impressed when it was revealed. They really set the bar high with Kitten for a guy's name.

There even came a point where I began to wonder if they were high when they wrote this. The book is so messed up. Not in a poorly written way but more of a "What were they thinking?" way. The characters sometimes do the strangest things.

Perfect to put a smile on your face and chase away the blues. A very funny and entertaining read but shallow in depth. Reminds me a bit of Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst. Definitely not your average vampire book.

Content:
Language: Mild
Sexual: Mild

Moments Divine:
"Anyone who licks that vampire gets a detention!"
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"Francis was sitting as if someone had tried to put a stake through his heart but accidentally inserted it where the sun did not shine--which I guess is anywhere for vampires, but in a place where the sun does not shine even for regular people."
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"What are we doing, lovely librarian? Plotting world domination! Kidding. We're working on our group project on this map thing. Clearly. And plotting world domination."
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"Who would choose the possibility of immortality over chocolate?"
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"Better overcautious than missing a jugular vein, as the saying goes."
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"Well, vomiting is not high on the list of activities I like to witness either. Or partake in. Vampires are not alone in their vomit distaste."
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"Amnesia is way more common than you'd think," Kit said. "It happens all the time on TV shows."
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"Do . . . friends always stroke other friends' veins?" "

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