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Willow the Vampire and the Sacred Grove [Kindle Edition]

Maria Thermann
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Book Description

Eleven-year-old Willow Band lives with her parents in a remote cottage at the edge of the picturesque village Stinkforth-upon-Avon. The villagers have no idea there’s a family of vampires in their midst. Insurance salesmen, bankers and visiting vicars beware…or you’ll end up on the Band’s dinner table!

Willow loves poetry, ballet and animals…but she doesn’t like eating leathery postman, wrinkly non-organic dancers or her friendly neighbour Mr. Edwards, who has long been on her mother‘s list of Sunday lunch ingredients.

Having fled London for the safety of the Stinkforthshire countryside, Willow and her parents try to blend into the rural community of humans without arousing their suspicions…despite the mysterious disappearances of staff from the local research facility causing a bit of a stink…

Willow is an unusual vampire: she was born eleven years ago in a disgustingly human way that baffled even the wise old heads of the Vampire Council – how was this be possible, when age-old vampire tradition demands blood sacrifice at full moon for baby-vampires to enter the world?

She finds herself at odds with both her human and her vampire world. Why exactly did her Great Uncle call her a Child of Light? What will her very human friend Darren say, when he finds out she’s a blood-sucking fiend?
Just when Willow starts to settle into her new life at Stinkforth’s School for the Gifted, she discovers her mother has a dangerous secret that puts the whole family at risk, plunging Willow and her friends into a dark mystery that may well spell the end of the world as we know it.

As she battles with villainous relatives, greedy headmasters, vicious bat-monsters, disgruntled ex-prison warders, miffed pagan gods, not to mention her arch rival Felicity Henderson, who’d stop at nothing to beat Willow in this year’s poetry competition, Willow discovers there’s more to her than just fangs and an eye for a good sonnet.

Author Maria Thermann hopes you will enjoy her stories set in the fictional county of Stinkforthshire, England – an entirely slayer-free zone. The adventures of Willow the Vampire and the Sacred Grove are aimed at children aged 8 – 12…and anyone who enjoys vampire stories!

Product Details

  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Maria Thermann (April 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RQMHZ6
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4.0 out of 5 stars Witty And Incisive August 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I immediately connected with eleven-year old Willow Band, the baby-faced vampire with the sharp teeth and the kind heart. Willow is painfully aware that she is "different", because she was born as a human baby to her cool vampire parents, Alice and Dylan. Somehow Willow manages to straddle the border between the metaphysical and the mortal without alarming her human friends. Life can be frustrating and from the first sentence we know Willow doesn't have things easy.

' "Being a vampire really sucks." Willow bit into the postman without much enthusiasm. Mr Lightfoot's neck was rather sunburned and leathery." '

This book has many such LOL moments and the curdled mix of human nature (good and bad) and "the dark side" provides opportunities for black humour at which the author excels. The scenes at school are particularly entertaining, especially Willow's poetry and ballet classes. A good assortment of characters and the pacing is excellent.

The story develops on many levels, as Willow discovers her mother is hiding some awful secret and there are some vampire skeletons rattling in the ancestral vaults. The introduction of the sacred grove and the mystery centred on the ancient oaks of Uppsala grip the reader anew with a captivating adventure into classical Norse mythology, as Willow struggles to save her family from approaching doom.

A really great and unusual book.
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6 Great Reasons to Read Willow the Vampire and The Sacred Grove

After years of studying Literature and Creative Writing, I have devised my own way of writing book reviews. I like to deconstruct the mechanics of the book to see what it really consists of. I particularly like to do this with children's books because sometimes, thankfully not a lot, writers think that they can just write any old thing simply because it is for children. This is not the case with Willow the Vampire and The Sacred Grove. As the title suggests, here are 6 great reasons why it should be read.

Reason 1 - Plot.
Willow Band is an eleven year old girl who loves animals, goes to ballet lessons and writes poetry. We might be fooled that this is just an ordinary girl but Willow is a vampire - worse still, a vampire with a difference. She was not born in the ordinary vampire way but in a normal human way. Even more bizarrely, Willow can go out in the daylight. As if that is not enough of a mystery, we find out that the Band family had to move quickly from London to the rural village of Stinkforth and Alice, Willow's mother has disappeared for days at a time, on occasion. As old documents are found, it becomes obvious that there is a deep secret attached to Willow's birth and Alice's past disappearance. When vampire men turn up in the village of Stinkforth things turn nasty and we find out that Alice and Willow have something which a ruthless, dastardly Count wants. With everything to lose, Willow must use both her brains and vampire strength to save her world as she knows it.
Reason 2 - Characters.
The characters in Willow and The Sacred Grove are served up to us as wickedly as the Band household serve up the local vicar or a banker.
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