Saturday, September 8, 2012

Review: Fang Girl by Helen Keeble

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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Overview

Things That Are Destroying Jane Greene’s Undead Social Life Before It Can Even Begin:

1) A twelve-year-old brother who’s convinced she’s a zombie.
2) Parents who are begging her to turn them into vampires.
3) The pet goldfish she accidentally turns instead.
4) Weird superpowers that let her rip the heads off of every other vampire she meets.(Sounds cool, but it doesn’t win you many friends.)
5) A pyschotic vampire creator who’s using her to carry out a plan for world domination.

And finally:
6) A seriously ripped vampire hunter who either wants to stake her or make out with her. Not sure which.

Being an undead, eternally pasty fifteen-year-old isn’t quite the sexy, brooding, angst-fest Jane always imagined....

Helen Keeble’s riotous debut novel combines the humor of Vladimir Tod with Ally Carter’s spot-on teen voice. With a one-of-a-kind vampire mythology and an irresistibly relatable undead heroine, this uproarious page-turner will leave readers bloodthirsty for more.


My Thoughts

This book was so fun!! It's so much more than a cheesy humorous vampire book. It has great characters and surprisingly a great plot too. The comedy aspect of it is just an added bonus. This book is laugh out loud funny and the characters are so easy to like!! I loved this book from the first chapter. We get thrown right into Jane's (Xanthe, but don't dare call her that) undead life and take a seriously adventurous journey with her to find out what the vampires really want with her. 

Jane is so entertaining. Before being turned into a vampire, she was obsessed with them, so she has a general idea of how things work when you are undead. She is still a fifteen year old girl though and she does act her age which I really like. She is insecure, unsure, but also very snarky and has the attitude of a girl her age. She is also very dedicated to her family and wants to make sure they are safe no matter what. Add in all of the other characters, like Ebon, Van, Hakon, and Lily and it definitely starts to get more difficult, but she won't give up. 

The cast of secondary characters is fantastic!! I seriously loved them, especially Jane's parents and brother. Her parents are very excepting of her new condition. Her mother goes into research mode and wants to try to find out as much as she can. Her twelve year old brother Zach is really obsessed with the Victorian era so he thinks that Jane being a vampire is the coolest thing ever. He takes a liking to Ebon since he has lived (well, unlived) through the Victorian times. Van was fun. He hates vampires with every fiber of his being and he is a vampire hunter. His interactions with Jane were really great!! I loved the bickering and the attitude they had towards each other. 

I absolutely loved this book. The fun fast-paced plot, the characters, and the humor. It all was weaved together perfectly to make a fantastic book. I find that most books that try to be funny don't really have a great storyline to them and end up being just another cheesy comedy book, but this hits the mark! It is cheesy, don't get me wrong, but I also really enjoyed the journey of trying to find out what the vampires want from Jane, and who is really the good guys and bad guys. If you are looking for an entertaining read that is more than just a lame attempt at comedy I highly recommend this book. 4 out of 5 stars


15 comments:

  1. This sounded like a really funny read but I did think it would be a bit too cheesy for me. I'm really happy to hear it has a great fast paced plot. I would probably be like Jane and her parents. I wouldn't mind being a vampire! Just do a little research lol Also a nice snarky hunter hehe Love those.

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    1. Yes, Jane's character is really great and her parents are awesome!

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  2. You know, even though it does sound a bit cheesy, I think I might like it. I like funny vamp humor sometimes. Nice review!

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    1. It's cheesy, but fun. And besides it has such a great plot that the cheesiness doesn't really bother you at all.

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  3. Greatt review! I think i would LOVE this book, because really, who wouldnt love a book that would make them laugh?? Jane sounds like a fun character as well! Will def add it to my TBR!! Thanks Amy!
    - Farah @MajiBookshelf

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    1. I think you would really like this book. It was definitely fun!!

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  4. Oh man, I had an offer to get this for review and I turned it down. Bad call, Andrea! I love humorous books. I'm glad you liked Fang Girl, Amy. Great review!

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    1. If you would like a review copy... I received my box of author copies last week, and have been looking for good homes for some of them. *grin* Drop me an email (helen at helenkeeble dot com) if you're interested!

      (um, in case it isn't obvious, I'm Helen Keeble. I try not to be too much of a crazy stalker on reviewers blogs, honest...)

      I'm delighted you enjoyed my book, Amy! And thank you for the AWESOME review!

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    2. Haha!! It's okay, stalk away!! I really loved it and I am happy you stopped by to read my thoughts on it!

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  5. YAY YAY YAY *does happy dance*

    I can't tell you how happy I am that you loved this one. You know that I've desperately wanted to read it. I'm glad it's just as hilarious as the synopsis promised. Plus it's good to know that there's a great group of supporting characters. Great Review! Now I'm dying even more to read and review it >.> LOL

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    1. It was such a fun book with a great storyline!!

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  6. Fun vampire book? Sweet! Thanks for sharing.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. It was definitely fun!! I recommend it!

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  7. Right? Her parents freaking rocked. I love how supportive they were in such an effed up situation. I found myself laughing at this one alot. I'm happy you loved it like I did! Great review!

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    1. I laughed a lot at this too!! I am so glad that I requested this one and even more psyched that they sent it to me!!

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