Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 9 December, 2013 by Amanda / 6 Comments

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan {Amanda’s Review}Team Human by Justine Larbalestier, Sarah Rees Brennan
four-stars
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Humorous Stories, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Mel is horrified when Francis Duvarney, arrogant, gorgeous, and undead, starts at her high school. Mel’s best friend, Cathy, immediately falls for the vampire. Cathy is determined to be with him forever, even if having him turn her could inadvertently make her a zombie.

And Mel is equally determined to prove to her BFF that Francis is no good, braving the city’s vampire district and kissing a cute boy raised by vampires as she searches evidence in this touching and comic novel.

Team Human was fun and entertaining.

Thoughts on Team Human

A young adult paranormal novel is a big switch from the historical romances I’ve been reading lately, but Team Human was the perfect palette cleanser—and far more entertaining than the usual “Let’s watch the Minnesota Vikings lose” Sunday afternoon. Ahem. The downside to binge reading within the same genre is that after a while, everything starts sounding similar. It’s why tossing books like Team Human into the mix is so important.

Plus, Team Human is good enough to stand on its own too and not just because it’s an atypical vampire story. It’s funny and lighthearted. It’s frustrating in your typical YA fashion. It’s got just enough of a mystery to be intriguing. And it has enough general non-preachy life lessons to make it worthwhile. Friends change. You can’t control your life or decisions other than your own. Don’t rush into a decision—and don’t do something just because it’s what’s expected of you. All good stuff.

I’m almost a little sad Team Human is a standalone. I would’ve picked up its sequel in a heartbeat. That said, hooray for standalones! Team Human works perfectly as a standalone, with just enough world building to make it real to us without bogging us down. It’s not necessarily a place I’d want to live, but I was intrigued. And that’s good stuff.

four-stars

Filed under: ESR: 8, Paranormal, Review: Amanda, YA, ,

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6 Responses to “Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Yay! I so enjoyed this one as well Amanda. But I’m with you, I was disappointed to learn it was a standalone because I would have pounced on the sequel with no shortage of enthusiasm. It was such a fun read, and sometimes I just want to be entertained and nothing more:) I hope these two pair up again sometime in the future!

  2. I really liked this one because it was kind of a satire of the whole genre, especially since it came out at the height of the Twilight craze. Great characters and most excellent snark.

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