Publisher: Hachette, 2005
Sub-genre: Swords and sorcery, YA
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I'm pretty sure just about anyone on the planet could take one glance at this book and figure out why I picked it up. Dude, it's called Vampirates. As in vampires. And pirates. And if there were any more awesome in that one word, I think my head might explode. Avast, me hearties, and gimme yer blood!
Actually, I expected this to be a whole lot cheesier than it turned out being. It was a lot of fun, but not in the "you gotta laugh at it to love it" sort of way. More in the "can't stop reading because cool pirate stuff and also cool vampire stuff and non-stop action and vampirates rule!" sort of way. The story ends on a cliffhanger, and I have to admit I've already reserved a copy of the second book at my library.
Connor and Grace are fairly typical of the "young hero" mould. She's the intelligent and far too curious for her own good specimen, and he's the naturally gifted fighter with an extra helping of sensitivity. Some of the secondary characters stood out a little more: both captains were creative, and I really liked Lorcan, Grace's seventeen-year-old vampirate bodyguard.
This would be a particularly good choice for any young reluctant readers. There's lots of action, and do I need to go over the part where vampires + pirates = awesome, or can I just assume we've all got the jist of it now?