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Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean Paperback – April 1, 2007
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Grade 6-9–Connor and Grace Tempest have grown up listening to their father's sea shanty about the Vampirates and their ancient ship...that haunts the oceans blue, a song that predates the changes that left their future world largely flooded. After his death leaves them orphaned and penniless, the 14-year-old twins run away to sea and are separated by a storm. Connor is rescued by a pirate ship, where he soon finds a place among its crewmates. Grace, on the other hand, has been rescued by a mysterious ship, which readers won't be surprised to find is the home of the Vampirates. The siblings become involved with the internal politics of each vessel, meeting new friends–and new enemies, like the vampire Sidorio. Grace's sense of horror and wonder at the Vampirate lifestyle is clearly drawn, and her protector, Lorcan, and the living figurehead, Miss Flotsam, offer sympathy and clues to the ship's many mysteries. Swashbuckling Captain Wrathe and his crew feature a few stereotypes, but their adventure-filled lifestyle has a clear appeal to Connor and readers. This book is a good choice for reluctant readers, who will be drawn into the turns and twists of the twins' story, and the dramatic cover art will help catch their attention. This fantastic tale will find many fans, who will be left looking for answers to mysteries only begun to be answered here.–Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI
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The pricing on this book is awesome, and it arrived in two days. Already my boyfriend and his little brother are enjoying reading this book together, the story is great for younger boys or girls and we will definitely be buying the next books in the series once they are done.
I liked this story from the beginning: a stormy night, a lighthouse, a song of a vampirates, twins whose mother is unknown, a mysterious ship in storm,...!!!
WOW! Suspense and mystery starts right away! Young adults will love this story and the following books.
And then what happens: A vicious storm separates the twins, Connor and Grace Tempest, destroying their boat and leaving them fighting for their lives in the sea.
Connor was picked up by one of the more notorious pirate ships and he finds himself wielding a cutlass.
Grace ends up to be onboard of a more mysterious, sinister ship...possibly the same one she saw the first stormy night... She is assured that she will be okay just as long as she follows the captain's rules...
No more spoilers..
I would recommend this to all readers who like vampires, fantasy, suspence, pirates!
Connor is a genuinely likeable character, but Grace... She's consistently described as mentally strong and eerily intelligent, yet she never actually shows any of those characteristics.
The male characters are all seem to be interestingly complex, but the female characters are, aside from Grace, coldly professional, until it's appropriate for them to blush or be supportive.
Adult characters keep saying things they shouldn't say to children. The setting and time period is murky (we aren't even told when the story takes place until almost a third of the way into the book). The anachronism stew only makes things more confusing.
The writing isn't unreadable, but it is often laughable.
And the ending. I don't really have an issue with cliffhangers, but this book really ended mid-scene.