Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Fify Percent Vampire Review   

Fifty Percent Vampire
D.K. Janotta

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: September 5, 2015
Publisher: Blue Tom Publications

Pages: 281

Goodreads Rating: 3.57
My Rating: 4.0

Book Description:


Living at home is driving seventeen-year-old Astrid Sonnschein nuts. She's desperate to leave her parents behind, and why not, with stepfather George a foul-tempered old vampire, and Mom - well, the less we say about Mom the better.

And our heroine has another compelling reason for getting out of Dodge. If she stays home much longer she's in grave danger of being transformed forever, and the last thing she wants is to become the newest Nosferatu.

So it's off to Rosenberg High and relative safety. Except it's far from safe when her relatives are holier than holy Aunt Jean, beer-swilling couch potato Uncle James and devious, cat-loving cousin Emma. And that's just evenings and weekends. Astrid Sonnschein's schooldays teem with teeth-sinkable challenges, the man of her dreams refuses to play by the rules, and the plethora of pitchfork-bearing peasants are beginning to mutter.

Peasants-schmeasants! It's when the full moon rises that Astrid's real troubles begin ...

 My Take on the Book:

That was a both cute and disturbing book. Seriously though, I don’t know how the author managed that.

This book was a bit slow to begin with but once it picked up I was not willing to put the book down.

I found myself kind of regretting that I choose to read this book so late at night due to some of the more disturbing scenes and wondering how I was going to possibly forget what I had read. Or how I didn’t see any of it coming.

The Great (Pros):

  • Unique. The story in itself was kinda different from what I’m used to. It had a Vampire Kisses type feel but a maturity those books didn’t. 
  • Characters. I really liked the characters of this story, the good, the bad, the main and the minor. They were well written and planned out.
  • Subject matter. While this had me feeling a bit uncomfortable at times, I liked the diversity in this book. There is a bit of everything including some disturbing scenes that I’m likely not to forget anytime soon. Normally I’m not a fan of those more disturbing ones, especially in books that feature younger characters but I felt like it really worked for this book and made it all the better.
  •  Curve balls. I liked that a lot of the expected is not well to put it simply… right. At least in my case that is. I found that most of what I was anticipating never came to fruition. That in itself was a curveball. I really enjoyed that aspect of this book.

The Not So Great (Cons):
  • Predictably. Like so many before it, there were some instances of predictability that really peeved me. I’m usually ok with some ‘aha I knew it’ moments but in a book that was heavy on the curveballs the minor and easily avoidable moments that were predictable and slightly clich├ęd bothered me. 
  • Pace. I was kind of thrown off by the switch in pace. It happened frequently and through off the flow of certain scenes which left me reeling at important moments wonder what the fluff was happening. 
  • Character Shifts. The back and forth attitude changes of characters was not something I could follow easily. It broke up the flow of the story and had me scratching my head. And while I did enjoy some of the curveballs that the characters brought in the story, I felt like this was one of this book’s biggest flaws. The facts just didn’t add up and I tend to get really irked by conflicting facts and dates.
4 Quills

Even with the cons that I encountered, I found myself really enjoying this book. I loved the whole who dun it mystery aspect as well and the supernatural/paranormal twist but I think what I loved most was the reminiscent quality it had to the  ‘Vampire Kisses’ series. I feel like this is what that book would have been were it a bit more mature and less about wanting to be a vampire or obsessed with vampires in general.

Totally worth it if you have the time and you’re looking for a nice vampire read. Also its free for those with Kindle Unlimited!

About The Author

D.K. Janotta was born and raised in England and Wales but now calls a chalet on a mountainside overlooking beautiful Lake Geneva in Switzerland home. He has worked in Belgium, The Netherlands, Norway, France, South Korea, and several states of the USA. He subverts the vampire genre to ask questions about and reflect on the meaning of human life.

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