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.
This may be a book written for children but after downloading it for my own kids, I took a sneak peak! A few pages in and I was hooked till the end! Can't wait for the children to enjoy it as much as I have and I do so hope that Vlad will be back!! A fantastic read by Lorraine Mace
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
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.