Sunday, November 18, 2012

Review: Team Human

Author: Justine Larbalestier, Sarah Rees Brennan
Format: eBook
Print Length: 235 pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: July 3, 2012

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.

My Thoughts

Imagine growing up in a world with vampires- now imagine living in a city founded by vampires.  Cool, huh?  Well to be honest cool is not the word that Mel would use.
Yikes!  Is more like it.  In order to become a vamp you were supposed to apply for a license- just like a driver’s licenses.  Once the license is approved you go to the clinic and presto you are transformed- if done right, you are a vampire devolved of all human emotion.  If it doesn’t take- you die.  Oh, and if something goes wrong.  You are turned into a zombie.
Thank goodness Mel does not have to worry about this.  You see she’s never even met a vampire.  That is until the day he shows up at school.  Then all heck breaks lose- Cathy (Mel’s bestie) loses her mind and her heart to the blood loving vamp, Francis.  What was she thinking?
New Whitby is a fun place to visit.  Team Human was a perfect way of addressing the current vamp loving culture that we now live in.  I remember a time when liking paranormal anything meant you were weird/Goth/maybe even a little depressed.  But now, it’s all the rage!  Team Human pokes fun at our vamp loving culture in a way we can all relate to.
You know that time when your bestie falls for a bad guy- one you totally disagree with?  Well, welcome to Mel’s world.  She will do anything to save her bestie from falling for a vamp and being turned.
There is never a dull moment in this book.  It’s fast paced and you really can feel Mel’s love for her bestie.  You can understand why she is heck bent on convincing her to not become a vamp.  Would you want your bestie to become one?
Mel does get a love interest, sort of.  Kit, who Francis helped raise after humans left him on the vamp’s doorstep.  He offers a lot of comic relief and a different viewpoint of the vamps.
Disclaimer- if you are totally serious about vamps and have no sense of humor do not read this book.

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars

Other Characters

Cathy- the studious best friend who happens to be in love with a vampire
Ty- ex-boyfriend, still friend
Anna- other best friend, a lot goes on in her life- I feel bad for her
Francis- vamp that Cathy falls in love with

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