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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Book Review: Cirque Du Freak #2: The Vampire's Assistant by Darren Shan

Shan, Darren. Cirque Du Freak #2: Vampire's Assistant. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2000.

“Come,” he said, standing. “The night is young. We will go find a rabbit or a fox for you.”
“You don’t mind me not drinking from him?” I asked.
Mr. Crepsley shook his head. “You will drink eventually,” he said. “When you are hungry enough.”
“No,” I said silently behind him, as he turned to walk away. “I won’t. Not from a human. I’ll never drink from a human. Never!”

Darren is slowly adjusting to life as a vampire's assistant. The hardest part isn't dealing with a cranky vampire or never being able to see his family again, though. The hardest part is having to live without any friends.

I liked this one even better than the first one. Lots of interesting ideas about the life that Darren is now forced into living. Still no improvement with the exclamation points, though. And this is the novel that starts to get really violent. I was shuddering all over the place.

For anyone 13 and over, it would probably be okay, but for the younger group, I recommend parents reading it first to see if it's appropriate for their child.

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