Review: Fang Girl by Helen Keeble

Fang Girl by Helen Keeble
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: Sept. 11th, 2012 by HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
Things That Are Destroying Jane Greene’s Undead Social Life Before It Can Even Begin:

1) A twelve-year-old brother who’s convinced she’s a zombie.
2) Parents who are begging her to turn them into vampires.
3) The pet goldfish she accidentally turns instead.
4) Weird superpowers that let her rip the heads off of every other vampire she meets.(Sounds cool, but it doesn’t win you many friends.)
5) A pyschotic vampire creator who’s using her to carry out a plan for world domination.

And finally:
6) A seriously ripped vampire hunter who either wants to stake her or make out with her. Not sure which.

Being an undead, eternally pasty fifteen-year-old isn’t quite the sexy, brooding, angst-fest Jane always imagined….

Helen Keeble’s riotous debut novel combines the humor of Vladimir Tod with Ally Carter’s spot-on teen voice. With a one-of-a-kind vampire mythology and an irresistibly relatable undead heroine, this uproarious page-turner will leave readers bloodthirsty for more.

Fang Girl is a book you don’t take too seriously.  It’s quite ridiculous and on the satirical side. But I gotta say that I don’t think I have laughed this hard in ages. Seriously, don’t drink anything while reading it, it’s likely you’ll snort it right out.

Jane wakes up buried in a coffin and she immediately knows she’s a vampire. Her sire is even digging her up. Unfortunately she’s chased off and Jane emerges on her own. But now what? Oh yeah, she calls her mum and dad. And while appropriate behavior occurs, with slight freaking out, this family quickly accepts things and even delves right in to help her figure this all out. With ridiculous experiments of what she ‘eats’ to testing out the vampire blood on a gold fish, her family is on the road (not literally) to learning everything about vamps.

Jane’s matter of fact way of thinking will have you guffawing aloud as she realizes things that are pulled straight out of books. And as she discovers not all that is true, we are learning alongside her.  I mean, some of these things are so ridiculous but absolutely hil-arious.

I had a lot of fun reading the book and I think the ridiculousness was the part I liked the most because the characters didn’t really blow me away and the more serious aspects of the book didn’t wow me.  I still enjoyed this book and recommend it if you’re looking for a satirical comedic ride.  Its worth it for those laughs, trust me.

Disclosure:  I received this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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Comments

  1. Haha I’m totally up for a good laugh so I should go and get this one! Plus, I always love stories with Vampires! Even though you couldn’t fully connect with the characters it still seems worth the read :)

    • It’s definitely worth the read! And I think you’d really enjoy it! This is one I really wanted to talk to people about after finishing and just laugh together. Read it!

    • EXACTLY! Sometimes 3 stars isn’t so bad. I mean honestly, not every book needs to blow me away. And actually, in the funny department, this one DID blow me away. I mean it was so extremely ridiculous that it had me rolling. It was definitely worth the read!

    • Well if you love vampires that you definitely have to give this one a shot. Seriously, it was freaking hilarious! And anyone who goes in with an idea of what it is should enjoy it. That’s my opinion. ;)

  2. If it made you laugh, then I consider my mission accomplished! *grin*

    (er, in case it isn’t obvious, I’m Helen Keeble)

    Thank you for the great review! As a smalltime debut novellist, I really appreciate book bloggers spreading the word about my book. Hope that the ridiculousness and comedy might tempt you to try my second book (not a sequel to Fang Girl or about vampires, but another YA paranormal comedy in the same vein) next year as well… ;)

    • Helen, I appreciate you stopping by! I know I had some mixed feelings about the book, but it was definitely worth my time! I did enjoy it quite a lot and I will certainly be watching for more of your work! This was actually one that was really perfect for my mood as I think I needed something that wasn’t too serious and made me laugh. So thank you for that!

  3. I love, love, love funny books! I don’t read enough of them. This one sounds like a lot of fun and so very silly. I think I’ll pick up a copy when it releases in Sept! Fabulous review, Candace. :)

  4. Oh, I just looooove funny books. Books with a satirical side are fantastic. It’s always nice to have a laugh while reading ^^ Especially when you get all those goofy glances from people around you :p Lovely review!

  5. I must say, I am enjoying the fact that vampire satires are now being written. There are far too many “serious” vampire books that it’s about time people start writing parodies on the ridiculouslessness surrounding the genre.

  6. It sounds like it could be hilarious. I like a good laugh. I think I already have this on my tbr list but I better double check. Thanks for the review :)

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