The Vampire's Assistant

The Vampire’s Assistant
Cirque Du Freak #2
Darren Shan
Fantasy
3 Stars
Epub, 141 Pages

the adventures of Darren as he is with the Cirque Du Freak. He refuses to drink human blood and it almost kills him in the end. We are also introduced to Mr Tiny, the very obvious villain of the series.

Mr Vampire Assistant whines about not drinking human blood and hence almost dies from it. The originality was gone, so some things grated instead of amused.

But the story was still intriguing. Mr Tiny is introduced, a wider Vampire world is hinted at and things happen [whoohoo for eco-freaks getting their due!].

A Living Nightmare

A Living Nightmare
Cirque Du Freak #1
Darren Shan
Fantasy
4 Stars
Epub, 148 Pages

two best friends go to a freakshow that will change their lives forever. A real vampire works for the show. One of the boys wants to become a vampire, but is rejected on grounds of having bad blood. The other boy steals a spider and it ends up biting his friend. The only way to save his friend is to go to the vampire and ask for help. The vampire gives him a serum, but requires that he become the vampire’s assistant and become half-vampire. Darren agrees to save Steve. Darren fakes his death so he can go away in peace but Steve isn’t fooled and vows vengeance on Darren and the vampire for taking what he wanted. A wonderfully delightful ya book. Sometimes it is nice to read something where you know exactly what is going to happen.

It was nice to read a story that was meant for younger people but was still well written enough to keep a mature adult interested.

Sure, most of the plot was telegraphed and those with some experience under their belts could see what was going to happen a mile away, and sure, lots of the humor was young teen boy humor, but even with that, this was put together in such an engaging way that I sped right through, enjoying the ride.

Slightly self-deprecating humor helped grease the “read’ableness” wheels ๐Ÿ™‚