Thursday, July 19, 2012

Review: Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan

Published date: July 3 2012

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 352 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

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.

Review: I felt like I'd been reading this book for weeks, maybe months. When really, it’d only been a few super long days. Team Human just never seemed to stop, going on and on in a seemingly endless direction. For some books that can be a good thing or a very bad thing. In this instance, it was a little of both. There were parts that I couldn't stop laughing and then there were part where I was pulling out my hair.

Team Human seems almost like a parody book, from a certain distance maybe. Well, if you squint both eyes and turn your head to one side. So if you really did do that, I assume you now know it is not a parody of any of the most loved vamp books out there. 
Compiling all that you know about vampires into one novel, cracking jokes along the way at the other more serious vampire novels out there, Team Human deals a blow to all vampire-aholics with reality. And boy, does it bite. Although the outside influence of Team Human is evident, it indeed is a story all it's own, and yet a tribute to others. It stands alone among so many look alikes.

Now, the characters in this book create living entities themselves. They live, breath, argue, and care just like the next guy. Or vampire that still managed to hang on to his humanity. (When has that ever happened? Pshh.) The group of friends in this novel make their resounding love apparent to even the most dimwitted, unlearned baby. Oh gosh, I am turning in to Francis. 

Just so you know, when you crack jokes on vampires, you are instantly freaking awesome in my book.

Speaking of cracking jokes, the main character Mel Duan is a type of character I've never before experienced in teen literature. She’s sort tempered and rude and not afraid to tell everyone where to shove it where the sun don't shine. Especially the vamps, even if the shine don't shine anywhere for them. When Mel's BFF wants to do the unspeakable, she cannot help but to do everything (AND I MEAN EVERYTHING) in her power to stop her. Mel will go to the moon and back just to help her friends, and so basically the whole book is her trying to either stop her friend from making an eternal mistake or figuring out a runaway dad case.

I felt like I was in one of those weird romance mystery TV shows.

The romance that was included (come on, it was a vampire novel. You can't write it without any romance. Duh.) was of a midly amount but yet it made the story ultimately what it is. Take the romance away from Team Human and what do you have? Nothing. The whole story wouldn't have been set in motion if not for it. Other than that (well, that pretty much is the whole book) it was a cool vampire drenched experience. If vampires where the everyday norm for my city I would probably be as short with them as Mel is. I cannot blame her there.

Team Human is not your average YA vampire novel. Soon it’ll have you choosing teams and showing you how to really stand up for what you believe in.

What team will you pick?

1 comment:

  1. This one looks really good, but sad it didn't live up to your expectations! Great review though :)

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