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Vampire Island Hardcover – August 16, 2007
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Adele Griffin's Vampire Island takes us into the world of Lexie, Maddy and Hudson, a world where vampires and humans live together, but not all vampires are fruit-bat hybrids. I really enjoyed following Lexie through her boy problems, Maddy spying on the neighbors, and Hudson setting out to save the world.
Hudson has a small language problem. He uses old world words (like "yewn," "O' Happy Day" and "whilst") in a new world. He wants to help save the planet from global warming, so he makes people write on both sides of the paper, use the least amount of electricity possible, and sometimes has his sister Maddy scare kids into not using as much throw-away paper or plastic at lunch. By night he loves to fly through Central Park, talking to bat friends. By day he talks to the animals his parent's pet sit.
Lexie can do things only bats can do, echo-sounding, super-fast reflexes (I liked the coin catching trick), double-jointed knees. These attract the attention of the hottest guy in school, Dylan Easterby. Dylan happens to be the same age as Lexie (her human age anyway). Lexie runs into trouble because Mina, the most popular girl in school, also happens to want Dylan.
Of all the vampire children, Maddy has the most trouble adapting to the vegan diet, but she's willing to try some interesting new foods. She drinks hot pomegranate juice every morning, pretending it's blood. She eats mosquitoes and ticks to get the blood they have taken from others. She also has a keen sense for uncovering and hunting down pureblood vampires.Read more ›
I have very mixed feelings on this book. On the one hand, I loved its dark humor - reminiscent of Pure Dead Magic by Debi Gliori. I thought it was very cool to have a teenage heroine who quotes dead poets. Almost immediately I developed a sort of fondness for some of the characters, Maddy in particular. All that aside, this book was not exactly satisfying. It seemed to leave off too suddenly with too many loose threads. Obviously there's going to at least one sequel if not more, but this particular episode of the story didn't feel finished. The writing was not spectacular to begin with, and this leaving-off made me even more disgruntled.
It was an OK read. If you're in the mood for an easy-read with slightly-ridiculous Gothic settings and situations (which I was, strange as it sounds) then you'll have fun with this. Just don't go into it expecting something great.
Oldest daughter Lexie has a crush on the hottest guy in her eighth-grade class, Dylan Easterby. But do her batlike habits (such as double-jointed knees and lightning-fast reflexes) and her tendency to quote gloomy, doomed poets set her apart from the crowd, or do they just make her seem odd? What's more, Lexie's best friend is exhibiting some seriously weird symptoms. What comes over him after dark?
Middle child Maddy is beginning to have second thoughts about her family's vegan lifestyle. When the family's new neighbors, the von Kriks, treat Maddy to a dinner of steak tartar, Maddy's thirst for blood grows almost as strong as her nose for trouble. Maddy suspects that the von Kriks are genuine pureblood Old World vampires, and in Harriet the Spy style, she grows determined to catch them in their lies, even if it means lacing tempting cookies with garlic.
Youngest child Hudson may be blessed with good looks and the ability to fly through the city at night, talking with other species as he goes, but he's pretty clueless when it comes to dealing with his fellow nine-year-olds.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hudson's life is stupid but Madison's life is interesting and Lexington's life is a fraction less interesting than Madison's so I give it 3 stars and a , 'cause I mean seriously I... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Annaira
My 9 year old son and 8 year old daughter loved this book and are eager to read the series!Published on December 10, 2012 by Suzy H
It was a good book. Maddy was a little suspicious, and so was I. I think that the Von Kriks were nice people but they were really rude to her. Read morePublished on June 13, 2010
Although an interesting premise, I wasn't happy with some of the themes of bullying and lying. Could have been fleshed out more. Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by P. Hobbs
Lexie, Maddy, and Hudson aren't your average kids. Their parents are in a rock band called The Dead Ringers and walk dogs for a living. Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by DelusionalAngel