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Monday, January 16, 2012

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean

Vampirates: Book 1
The Demons of the Ocean
by Justin Somper

 

~ Reading level: 5.1 ~ Genre: Fantasy ~
 ~ Chapters: 35 ~ Pages: 330 ~

*SPOILER ALERT*
Fourteen-year old twins Connor and Grace were raised in a small town called Cresent Moon Bay by their father. He was the lighthouse keeper and that is where they lived. On dark nights, he used to sing them an old shanty about Vampirates as they watched out over the sea to ensure all the ships were safe. When their father died, they found themselves orphaned.

Refusing to stay in a town where they were an oddity, they took their fathers ship and headed out to sea. They were soon caught up in a storm, the ship broke apart, and sank. Connor and Grace were rescued but by different ships.

Connor finds himself aboard a pirate ship where he learns to become a pirate and has finally found a place where he is wanted and fits in.

Grace finds herself on the mysterious Vampirate ship her father used to sing about. She finds all sorts of mysteries aboard the ship both vampire pirates and the donors they feed off of but Grace is protected by the Captain and Lorcan. She finds friends and a sense of peace she had been missing in her life.

Despite being happy, the twins miss one another and Connor sets out to rescue his sister. He climbs aboard the Vampirate ship at dawn and pursades his sister to leave with him. Together at last! But Grace is not happy, she vows to return to the Vampirate ship and Lorcan.


My Opinion
When my sons picked out this book I was prepared not to like it. I mean seriously vampire-pirates, how good can that be right? I was pleasantly surprised by how captivating this story truly is. I ended staying up late just to finish it (a rarity for a children's book!). The chapters switch back and forth from Connor's story to Grace's story leaving you always hanging on for what will happen next to each of the twins.

If you know a Harry Potter fan who was looking for something new to read... recommend this to them! Shhh... don't tell the boys but I found the book so good that I just ordered the next 2 in the series.



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