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.
Logan's thoughts ... I loved this book! Vlad is really funny, how can you be a vampire if you don't like eating meat? Doesn't he even eat bacon sandwiches? I didn't like it when Vlad thought his mummy and daddy were dead, that mad me sad and when the others came to steal his money, they made me mad! But when Vlad goes off on his adventure, I was really excited! He did loads of fun things and I wish I could do that too ... I didn't like that it ended – I want to know what happened and can't wait for the next one! My thoughts ... This is a fantastic adventure for children! Vlad is just adorable, an eleven-year-old half human, half vampire who hasn't fully become a vampire yet, and he doesn't like meat, oh, and he has asthma too ... Then his mum and dad disappear, and his evil family turn up to 'help' him, which in vampire terms means steal his inheritance. This sends Vlad off on the adventure of a lifetime. A fast paced and well-thought-out plot, Vlad the Inhaler is perfect for any wanderlust-filled child. Too old for Logan to read on his own as he's only six but he adored it and, we had a great time reading this one over a few nights. We couldn't do just one chapter, he's turning in to me! It helped him to understand that even eleven-old-year old vampires are scared sometimes so it's OK for him to be scared of things too. I strongly recommend this for any child, even the younger ones as it is gripping and a wonderful adventure!
This children’s adventure is an easy read, with a likeable half-breed vampire battling against evil.
Vlad is half-human and half-vampire, and all this means in practice is that most hate him for not belonging to either faction. But when his parents go missing and his nasty vampire relatives come to stay to “look after him” (i.e. torture him until he gives up the family secret treasure which he doesn’t know about), he sets off on an adventure of a lifetime…
Well-written, pacy, and fun, this is great children’s fiction. Be warned though – this is clearly the first book in a series and does not end in a clearly resolved storyline. But an enjoyable read, with the right doses of good-versus-evil and adventure. Recommended.
*Thank you to the author for my free review copy via TBC.
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!