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I Belong

Review: Fang Girl by Helen Keeble

Title: Fang Girl

Author: Helen Keeble

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: N/A

Publication Date: September 11, 2012

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062082256 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062082251 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Kayla


Sure, the idea of vampires is sexy, but who actually dreams of spending eternity as a pasty, bloodthirsty fifteen-year-old?

Not me.

Unfortunately, the somewhat psychotic vampire who turned me into a bloodsucker didn’t bother to ask first. Now I’m dealing with parents who want me to vamp them, a younger brother who’s convinced I’m a zombie, and a seriously ripped vampire hunter who either wants to stake me or make out with me. Not sure which. Oh and PS, none of my favorite fanfic prepared me to deal with vampire politics—which are looking pretty tricky based on the undead Elder trying to hunt me down.

What’s a vampire-obsessed fangirl turned real-life fanggirl supposed to do?

Quick & Dirty: This book has all the vampire books you’ve ever read smushed into one very long book. There are vampires, the hunters and Xanthe’s family. Period.

Opening Sentence: Just because I like vampires doesn’t mean I’m stupid.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

So this starts off in a coffin. Seriously, a coffin.

When I first started reading this book, it moved so fast I got lost.  It takes place in a small town where you honestly wouldn’t think that anything wrong could happen but isn’t that where it all ends up happening?

Xanthe Jane Green was a normal girl, in every sense of normal that there is. Except that she died and then came back. Xanthe is just a weird name in my book, and I quite honestly don’t know how to pronounce it…I mean, it’s a cool name and all but it’s just odd. She’s a sweet girl and the idea of her drinking blood just grosses her out, because that is just the normal reaction when you find out that you are a vampire and that you have to drink someone else’s blood to survive. However, she is strong. She puts up with her family through all of their freak-outs and everything. She is what you call a dhampir, which I have only ever heard in the Vampire Academy series, which kind of makes me wonder. However, the personality of this character is really creative.

Then there’s Ebon. He is what you would call a bad good guy. The author makes you think that he’s a good guy and that he is just trying to help Xanthe, but he isn’t. All along he betrays her and makes her think that he is her friend, her only vampire friend. This ends badly for him because he takes her family and honestly vampires just need to stop trying to take peoples family members. It’s just sad and down right wrong to take someone’s family.

Another main character is Van. He’s a vampire hunter that was raised to believe nothing but the fact that vampires are bad and that they must all die. So, he tries to kill Ebon, but finds out that Xanthe is a vampire too. So he goes after her too. Then there’s that inevitable turn that is in every vampire story. He falls for Xanthe and she just doesn’t understand that he likes her, but he also isn’t very good at telling her either. Then there’s the whole thing on how he’s supposed to kill her. So it turns into a major retelling of every vampire story with a forbidden love.

In all truth, the story behind this book is very complex. If you were to take out all of the little jokes and little things that aren’t really needed and just looked at the story itself then you would realize how creative and complex it is. I think that with all of the little sidetracks that there was in this book, it makes you not want to focus on what was really going on. And the fact that there is so many twists in this book, it makes it good and any true reader that can’t handle suspense would just have to keep reading to find out what really is going on and how all of it connects.

I guess the perfect word to describe this book is twisty. Its very hard to follow. Some people like that in a book but I just found it hard to stay on track. There were times that I had to go back and read a part again. However when I look back and think about the entire book, I respect the author’s creativity in creating this book. The background is really good once you figure out what exactly is going on, and the jokes are pretty funny. I guess the only word to describe this is predictable, which just makes the book disappointing. But it was an adventure trying to keep up with it. So if you like the challenge, go ahead.

Notable Scene:

Whoever was on the other end had stopped blocking me. Once again I could see through the other vampire’s eyes… which were looking at a website on a laptop screen. A very, very familiar website.

Ebon was rambling on, something about darkness and blazing eyes and nightmares made flesh. I barely heard him. His earnest voice was like a safety cord running back to my own body, keeping me a little bit back from the unknown vampire. I didn’t know if they could sense me, but someone more powerful than Lilith was not someone to risk pissing off. I stayed very still and small, watching as the vampire scanned the recent activity on the site, then clicked the log-in button. The screen updated itself, and what I saw in the top corner shocked me all the way back into my own body.


FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Fang Girl. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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