Authors: Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Series: Team Human, book one
Source: ARC from a friend
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About the Book: 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.
Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.
My Thoughts: It didn't take me long to realize that I was going to love this book. In fact, I had my first inkling before I even started chapter one. I mean, there were chapter titles!!! I love chapter titles!! And the title of chapter one? "Two Girls and a Hazmat Suit." (read it here!) Clearly this book was made for me. This didn't come as much of a surprise considering it was written by Sarah Rees Brennan (one of my all time favorites!) and Justine Larbalestier (also pretty awesome.) These ladies had me laughing so much! Basically the entirety of my notes consists of phrases and one-liners that had me giggling in the beginning of the book. Then I got too engrossed in the story and stopped taking any notes. It was just so much fun!
I liked the idea that vampires were a fact of life in New Whitby but they stayed in their part of town and humans stayed in their part.They live together but not really. Of course there are exceptions. For example, humans work as "vampire psychologists" helping vampires adjust to their lives and changes in their world. How clever is that?!? One of my favorite parts? There is a human boy who has been raised by vampires. I can't go in to too much detail but I loved this addition and all the issues it creates!
Mel was a great character. She knows who she is, what she believes, and what is best for herself and those around her... or at least she thinks she does. I enjoyed her as a narrator. She is funny and loyal and imperfect in all the best ways.
This book is made of the kind of awesome that can only be achieved when you don't take yourself too seriously and you just plain have fun! Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier were the perfect authors to do this. I am eagerly awaiting the companion novel!