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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read!, 30 Oct. 2011
carly (Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
I really wont be able to praise this book enough, it is fantastic!

Pan is not a regular 16 year old girl, from the age of 6 she she has been plagued with what she calls 'monstervision.' Her mum and dad have supported her and she has been attending a psychiatrist. Pan's mum and dad split up and she is living with her mum in Schriksdorp 'the dullest place in America.' Its hard for her to fit in with people there as she is a goth chick and they would rather make fun of her. Pan hits a girl who is making fun of her parents in the mall and her mum packs her off to stay with her dad until things cool down.

The story really begins when Pan steps off the train to meet her dad, she sees a monkey with a trash bag, meets a cute guy (Javi) and a monster Huntress (Annie). The book is action packed with vampires on their quest of seeking 'the prize', which jus happens to be in Pan's dad Dave's possession. Things get messy from there on in as you can imagine!

Pan is such a strong in depth character, which I instantly liked and related to. She has a great relationship with both her parents, and she is a great friend. I would love to be friends with pan. there are quite a few strong characters in here that I would love to hear more about.

The ending was just amazing, keeping you on the edge of your seat for the next but giving nothing away.

All in all a 5 star read. Action packed, fast paced with very interesting characters. I cannot wait for the next instalment 'Blood Reign.'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fang-tastic!, 8 Sept. 2011
Mrs. K. A. Smurthwaite "Kell" (Aberdeen, Scotland) - See all my reviews
Attention all monster maniacs, vampire victims, Goths, fans of the macabre and all-out urban fantasy, paranormal and supernatural snapper-uppers - there's a new series on the market and you're gonna love it!

Pandora Zwieback is such a regular kinda gal (well, apart from her "monster vision", that is) that you can't help liking her. As teens go, she's one of the good ones and although she can pack a punch and is a little troubled, she's not the kind of kid you want to slap every five seconds and that can make all the difference when you're reading a novel where she's the star of the show, so to speak. She's grounded enough that one can readily accept the concept of her having what she calls "monster vision" as she's so sceptical of it herself.

It's written in such a way that the excitement kept me riding high the length of the novel, and it wasn't till the end that I realised there was no sex (and, in fact, no romantic scenes at all), which makes a nice change from all the soft-focus, mushy, vampires-just-want-to-be-loved stuff that's flooded the market after the unaccountable popular Twilight saga. There is also surprisingly little violence, considering we're battling legions of the undead here, and minimal gore, which means it's safe for readers from the mid-teen range upwards.

Actually, it's one of those fabulous books that manages to straddle the young adult / adult fiction divide without doing the splits and ending in a prat-fall that would ruin many others, catering equally for teens and more, ahem, "mature" readers alike with a light touch that makes it a joy to read.

To top it all off, it's left wide open for the sequel and then doesn't give any teaser chapters at the end, which is great because, and here's where it triumphs, it doesn't need them! Yes - I already know I want to continue reading The Saga of Pandora Zwieback and I didn't have that horrid let-down when I realise that, far from having several chapters left, the story has been cut short to make way for an introduction to sucker you into the sequel. Thank you Mr. Roman!

I know the cover art might put some people off buying it (I've heard several comments along those lines, but personally, I love the cover!). Please don't let that prejudice you against it. I promise you that if you ignore the art at the beginning, you'll be so engrossed in the pages between the covers that you'll forget you ever disliked the picture in the first place.

I, for one, can hardly wait for the next installment to be published!
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