Sunday, July 1, 2012
5:00 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
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.
I love vampire books. Love'em. I did not, however, love Team Human. I was really excited about this book because everyone was saying that it was a great book even if you did love vampires. Plus, I thought it would be an interesting take on a story that's been done over and over. Unfortunately, it just wasn't for me.
I think my biggest issue with this book was the fact that it was told from Mel’s perspective. Given the fact that I found her character to be rude and opinionated, it was difficult to read the entire story through her eyes. I felt like the story was definitely slanted and I couldn’t get an accurate account of the events taking place.
I couldn’t connect to any of the characters. Mel was rude. I spent pretty much the entire book disliking her. I get that she didn’t want her best friend to date a vampire but I didn’t think that she handled things the way they should have been handled. Cathy seemed to fall in love instantly with Francis for no apparent reason because Francis himself was incredibly boring. The only interesting character to me was Kit and I must say that he is the only reason the story picked up at all for me. Kit appears to bring out Mel’s best qualities and whenever he is around Mel was almost likeable.
The plot itself moved very slowly for me. I found myself having to force myself to pick the book back up and continue. I didn’t care if Mel was able to break Francis and Cathy up or if she found out the real reason that Francis enrolled in their school. The only plotline I enjoyed was the one with Anna and her father. If there had been more focus on that plotline and less on will Mel stop Cathy from being with the guy she loves I probably would have enjoyed the book much more.
Like I said early, Kit was my favorite character. He was interesting and brought out the less obnoxious side of Mel. I also enjoyed seeing all of the miscommunication issues between Kit and Mel. Apparently, Kit’s upbringing made him different than the average teenager.
From what I understand this book is supposed to be funny. Maybe I just didn’t get it but I didn’t really think it was. There were a couple of scenes that were funny (Kit & Mel miscommunication) but for the most part I just didn’t get the humor.
In the end, I think I was too Team Vampire to enjoy Team Human.
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