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Friday, June 22, 2012

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC
Age Group: Young Adult

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.

I’ve been slowly dipping my toes back in the vampire genre and I was really intrigued by the premise of Team Human. Vampires and humans co-exist in the world, but our narrator isn’t in love with one of the undead, in fact she is pretty much against them. When her best friend falls in love with a vampire, as far as Mel is concerned, it’s the worst thing that could possibly happen.

Mel is a pretty awesome character. She’s opinionated, so funny, and fiercely loyal to and protective of her friends. I liked her right from the start and I really enjoyed seeing everything unfold from her point of view. The vampires here are pretty typical. They can’t go out in the daylight and they drink human blood, but they also try to co-exist with humans peacefully. There is even a vampire police force. So cool. One thing that sets them apart, though, is if the transition to vampire doesn’t work some people turn into zombies. Shuffling, mumbling, and decaying zombies. A Terrible side effect of trying to become a vampire, but a seriously cool aspect to the story.

This book isn’t really action packed, which I was concerned about when I first started read, because I wasn’t sure how it would hold my attention. The thing is, before I realized it, I’d read a hundred pages and it had felt like twenty. It’s so well written and full of so much humor, I just kept flipping the pages to find out what was going to happen next. The mystery that drives the story is a good one, and while I pretty much had it pieced together before it was solved on the page, I still wanted to see how the characters solved it and what the ramifications would be.

As far as I know, this is a standalone, and it works perfectly that way. Everything is wrapped up nicely and the mystery has a satisfying end. If you are someone who loves the vampire genre, someone who doesn’t really care much for it, or someone who is trying to get back into it, I think this book is perfect. It’s just a cool book that was so much fun to read, whether you’re Team Human or Team Vampire :0)


  1. Wow!!!!!!! Fabulous review :-) I just adore mystery so this book sounds like one I would enjoy! And yes the premise does sound very unique!!! Vampires and humans together!??!? Awesome!!! Mel sounds like a highly engaging character!!! I think this is a book that really fits my taste!!! Thanks for the reviews :-)

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    1. Mel is so awesome and it's a unique story, definitely worth checking out!

  2. Yay! I'm so glad you liked this one, Sarah! :) I'm always in the mood for a funny book, so it looks like I'll have to check this one out. Plus, I'm strangely in love with the cover. I... I don't even know why. A satisfying mystery and lots of laughs? Yes, please! Wonderful review, Sarah. <3 :)

    1. I actually really like the cover, too. I think it's the simplicity or something, I don't really know. Haha. It's definitely one you'll want to check out, I've not read anything quite like it before :0)

  3. I hadn't heard of this but it sounds like a fun read. :)

    1. It was definitely a new take on the vampire genre, and the main character was so funny :0)

  4. AHHHH I'm so glad you liked this one! *-* I've been praying that this would turn out to be a good read, because it sound so funny and awesome. Your lovely review has convinced me that I must buy this when it releases.

  5. Twilight was a game-changer for the vampire genre, and this novel stands out as an example of how to deal with the aftermath of The Sparkly Ones, while tipping the hat to all the vamps that went before and what makes the undead so freaking scary.

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