Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Team Human By Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

Posted by Angel kk at Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Team Human 
Are you Team Human or Team Vampire?
Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan have both  written some of the wittiest  young-adult fiction on the market. With them working together they are a force to be weakened with.  

From the start it is clear that Team Human is a satire. And in any good satire its main weapon is its wit, which is found load and clear in the lead  Mel. She is witty, clever, and determined. Not afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she believes in.

When i first started to read this book i was honestly not sure what to expect. Another story about vampires trying to fit in to the human world, or  another star cross lover story about  girl who falls in love with a vampire and her jealous friends? 

But i was remarkably surprised at the story’s content. Yes it is a story about a girl who falls in love with a vampire, but it is also a story of friendship in its purest form. The type of friendship that everyone hopes to have. The friend that would do anything and everything for her friends. 

The lead character Mel is what some would call opinionated others would maybe say she is a little racist.  But when Mel’s best friend Cathy falls head over heels for the new guy, who just happens to be a vampire, Mel will do everything in her power to stop her. Including jeopardizing her  friendship. But is there any way to stop someone in love? 

Mel’s feelings on vampires are clear at the start of the book. It’s not that she goes out of her way to dislike them, but she also doesn’t think a lot about them. Her opinion is only made worse by the fact her friend Anna’s dad ran away with a vampire. Leaving Anna devastated.

When Anna tells Mel that her mum has been acting strangely, Mel makes it her mission to find out  what  Anna’s  mum is up to. The hunt for truth will see her cross paths with a vampire cop, her human son and  zombies.  But what Mel will find could be worse than they ever thought possible.

 As Mel tries to convince Cathy that becoming a vampire is the worst thing that she can do. She slowly falls for Kit. A human who is living among vampires after be left on their door step as a baby.  

There is something for everyone in this story, humor, love and mystery. 

Would you let your Best friend date a vampire???

The Story 

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.

Rating: 3.5 stars
Book: Team Human
Author: Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
Type: stand alone
Publisher Allen & Unwin


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