Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan
Hardcover, 344 pgs
Expected Publication: July 3rd, 2012 by HarperTeen
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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.
A delightful read with a mix of hilarity and serious with characters that will send you into fits of giggles while still touching your heart as you feel for them and the struggles they face.
I went into Team Human without expectations other than I thought it would be funny. And funny it was! Trust me, I did my share of snorting. But I wasn't expecting the more serious tone that was there as well. They managed to mix the two so it was still a light hearted and fun read, but with a fantastic story that you can take somewhat seriously (not too much though ;). Have you read either of these authors? Or maybe chatted with them online a bit? Well, I had a decent idea for their personalities, and this book was so them! They made what is a bit over the top and slightly ridiculous and turned into a real story, a real interesting story at that!
I devoured this book quite quickly, it kept me pulled in and moved at a fast pace. There wasn't any slow parts, but things never got too busy either. Mel is a fantastic character with a hilarious inner voice and is the queen of snark. She says what's on her mind and doesn't give it a whole lot of thought. She's Team Human, and that's THAT, and she just thinks everyone should accept that. My issues with Mel were minor but there were a few. I didn't fully understand her aversion to vampires. There's an explanation with her friend and her father and all this junk, but I didn't think it was a good enough reason for her to have such strong feelings about it. However, I can chalk it all up to being that she's just not fond of them because they're creepy, and dead and they drink blood from people. I also felt like she overreacted to things a lot. Now that's kind of a point in this story, and so I can't really find fault with it too much.
Another minor issue is that Cathy and Francis 'fall in love' in like no time at all! Now they are secondary characters, but they are vitally important to the story. I didn't love that they fell in love so quickly and I didn't quite get how it happened, but once again, it's just how this story works, it's a bit slightly ridiculous so the over the top scenario's like that one aren't as much of an issue as they normally would be.
I loved Kit. He has this fantastic personality that really pops. He's really a great side kick for Mel as their personalities just go together well. There's just a slight problem with Kit (for Mel) and it makes her attraction to him something she just wants to deny. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I had to point out Kit and his awesome personality. His and Mel's banter had me in fits of giggles. Fits, I tell you!
The best part of the book (and the funniest) is the characters and their banter. They love and they hate and they just have so many darn strong feelings about everything and they turn everything into a slightly ridiculous but highly hilarious situation. I really loved reading about them even when they were annoying. This is one book where annoying was kind of okay.
I most definitely recommend this to those who want a book that they don't need to take too seriously. One with plenty of laughs that still provides a somewhat deep and compelling story. This was a hoot from page one and I hope you'll give it a chance yourself!
Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.