Wednesday 18 August 2010

Book Review - Vampirates: Demons Of The Ocean

Connor and Grace are twins, recently orphaned after their widowed father's death. Rather than being adopted by the town's busy-bodies, they decide to set sail for new pastures in their father's last single possession, his sailing boat. But a vicious storm sees their boat capsize and the twins separated. Two mysterious ships sail to their rescue - each picking up one twin before disappearing into the mist. Connor wakes to find himself on a pirate ship and is soon being trained up with a cutlass. Meanwhile Grace finds herself locked in a darkened room, as the vampirates await nightfall...Determined to find each other, yet intrigued by their new shipmates, the twins are about to embark on the biggest adventure of their life... 

My Review
I had looked at this book many times over the last few years and never got round to reading it, but lately I have got really inot Pirates and even vampires, so this seemed like the perfect combination. My friend encouraged me to read it, saying it was amazing, and i have to admit she was totally right. The story is very fast paced and immediately pulls you in. Connor and Grace are twins separated after one unfortunate event after the other. When their boat capsizes Connor is rescued by 'The Diablo' a pirate ship, although physically strong and a great athlete, he struggles to accept life as a Pirate, more interested in finding his sister than raiding ships, although constantly told by others that she must be dead, he will not believe it. Grace is rescued by Lorcan Furey from the 'Vampirates' ship, Grace and Connor only knew of this ship through a shanty their father used to sing to them, but never believed it to be real. I loved the Vampirate ship, it is written so you aren't completely sure they are vampires, but you know the ship is sinister and that Grace is in trouble, but also that not everyone is bad. As the twins make friends on each ship, they settle into their life but still try to find a way to be reunited. Grace is given a magic ring that shows her a glimpse of her brother, and knows he is safe. Connor gets visions of his sister and renews his determination to find her. 
I loved the characters in this book, the twins connection is touching, The captains of both ships, although completely different beings are both larger than life and a bit mysterious. Lorcan is sweet and Bart from the Diablo is like the big brother you want, strong and tough but also a big softie. I cannot wait to read the next one in the series and am pleased to find out that there are in fact 6 books in the series so far.

My Rating
I would give this book 9/10. It is an amazing story that will sweep you away. Fantastic  

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