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3 July 2014
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.

Summary

A well written, high quality book, showcasing a sweet little adventure story to entertain the children.
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