Friday, August 17, 2012

Team Human

Team Human by

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.
-Plot summary borrowed from Goodreads

I don't even know where to start with this review, because I loved the whole damn book. It's snarky, it's clever, it's got fascinating and original world building, it's funny and scary and just so freaking good. From some descriptions, I thought it was a Twilight parody, and there are some elements of that (Mel's best friend Cathy does fall hard and fast for the vampire new kid at school, who is suitably broody and pale), but mostly it does its own thing. There are some really awesome sequences in this book- all of Mel's eyerolling/genuine concern while Cathy and Francis (yup) make googly eyes at each other, her breaking into a vampire's house with unexpected results, a trip to the Center for Vamps That Came Out Wrong, and a heart-pounding conclusion. If you're going to read one paranormal YA book this year, read this one.


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