Children’s books can be one of the most difficult areas to write in. Once you’ve picked your target ages group, you have to tailor your work accordingly, being careful not to sound patronising or confusing. Ms Mace manages this admirably, placing her aim squarely at the youngest end of the YA spectrum and producing a well written, high quality book. The whole product is then enhanced by Ellen Sallas’ illustrations and Elizabeth Little‘s cover.
The main story line follows the attempt to disinherit Vlad by his Aunt and Uncle after his parents go missing. The story has all the usual elements of a classical vampire story, including the enemies: werewolves, bounty hunters and pitchfork wielding villagers. There are a number of side plots which provide interesting insights into Vlad and his struggles to remain a Hupyre, rather than allowing his vampire instincts to take over. This all produces an exciting journey through Vlad’s small world, with a predictably thrilling ending that hints at further stories to come.
It was easy enough to read with no really challenging concepts to work the mind, and all plotlines neatly resolved. A sweet little adventure story to while away an hour or so for an adult; it received the thumbs up from my own children, prompting my son to ask if there was a second book in the pipeline.
To be completely honest though, the story somehow left me feeling a little unfulfilled. Vlad’s obsession with peaches proved to be a quirky and useful device at times and there were a fair few echoes of “The Little Vampire” and “Young Dracula” that I couldn’t shake. However, this is only a tiny niggle in what was, overall an excellent book.
A well written, high quality book, showcasing a sweet little adventure story to entertain the children.
I really enjoyed this book! It is great for 10-14 year olds as it is quite scary. I really like how Vlad has asthma and his cousins think it is horrible and that vampires DONT have asthma! Although I have recommended it for 10-14 yrs, I think adults would enjoy it as well. All round great book! :) - Zoe, age 12
In the start of this exciting and beautifully illustrated series, the teenage hero, Vlad is an asthmatic hupyre––part vampire and part human. When Vlad’s evil vampire relatives––Aunt Valentyna, Uncle Viktor, cousins Gretchen and Boris––tell Vlad they have killed his parents, and attempt to takeover his family castle, Vlad sets out on a quest to defend his family name, his inheritance and, most of all, his life. Pursued incessantly by his lethal vampire relatives, Vlad goes on the run, starting a roller-coaster string of action-packed adventures that kept me turning the pages. In a riveting climax, Vlad must prove to the people of Malign village that his is not an evil vampire: he does not murder, nor does he drink blood. He must demonstrate that he is proud to be a hupyre. I would highly recommend Vlad The Inhaler for the 8-12 age group, but this tale’s interest is not restricted to children. As an adult reader, I found myself smiling at the author’s clever puns and plays on words. I was offered a free copy of Vlad The Inhaler in return for an honest review.
Vlad is a roller coaster of an adventure. The reader quickly empathises with the half human, half vampire, peach obsessed Vlad and his mission to save his family's castle whilst fighting off his evil relatives! We loved Vlad in our household so much that we are off to a book reading by Lorraine Mace today in our local book shop here in Spain :-) It really is the perfect book for 8-12 year olds and full of hidden adult humour too!