Sunday, 5 December 2010

Review: Bloodthirsty - Flynn Meaney

BloodthirstySome vampires are good. Some are evil. Some are faking it to get girls. Awkward and allergic to the sun, sixteen-year-old Finbar Frame never gets the girl. But when he notices that all the female students at his school are obsessed with a vampire romance novel called Bloodthirsty, Finbar decides to boldly go where no sane guy has gone before--he becomes a vampire, minus the whole blood sucking part. With his brooding nature and weirdly pale skin, it's surprisingly easy for Finbar to pretend to be paranormal. But, when he meets the one girl who just might like him for who he really is, he discovers that his life as a pseudo-vampire is more complicated than he expected. This hilarious debut novel is for anyone who believes that sometimes even nice guys-without sharp teeth or sparkly skin--can get the girl.

Bloodthirsty follows the story of Finbar Frame – geeky, unpopular, useless with girls. To make things worse, his twin brother Luke is the complete opposite. Moving house and school gives Finn a chance to reinvent himself. Becoming aware of the current popularity of vampires, of the Edward Cullen variety, Finn decides that would be his new image; after all, he’s already got the physical attributes: moody look, pale skin, allergy to the sun, freaky eyes.

Not outright telling his new class mates of his self-proclaimed vampire status, Finbar drops subtle hints to allow them to ‘work it out’ for themselves, helped out by the fact Jenny, a girl in his class, is a little bit obssessed with the supernatural. Soon the rumours are flying and for the first time in his life, Finn has friends and attention from girls.

Bloodthirsty is a funny vampire-spoof, making light of the Twilight craze (and other similar books). It’s also a coming of age story from the less common male point of view. There’s plenty of laugh out loud moments but at the same time you really start to feel for Finn. He’s the kind of character that you kind of want to hug and tell him it’s all going to be okay. I really enjoyed reading it as it’s something a little different from most other Young Adult books. An excellent vampire book without any actual vampires!

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