Title: Confessions of a Vampire’s Girlfriend
Author: Katie MacAlister
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
The volume Confessions of a Vampire’s Girlfriend contains two previously published books, ‘Got Fangs?’ and ‘Circus of the Darned’:
Got Fangs? – All sixteen-year-old Francesca Ghetti (Fran) wants to do is have a normal life where she’s one of the crowd, blending in so no one will know just how much of a freak she is. Dragged to Europe by her mother to join GothFaire, a travelling band of psychics, magicians, and assorted other oddities, Fran has to cope with not only the normal angst of always being a fish out of water, but also with keeping her own talent secret. Enter one Moravian Dark One (referred to by most people as vampires) named Benedikt (Ben) who claims Fran is the key to redeeming his soul; a mysterious horse who seems to have an involved past; an immortal friend who remembers what Mozart was like and a demonologist who thinks he’s Elvis, and you can understand why Fran despairs of ever fitting in.
Circus of the Darned – “I’ve given up all hope of having a normal life. As if things weren’t freaky enough traveling around Europe with a group of witches, mediums, and magicians who make up my home-away-from-home (aka the GothFaire), now I also have to cope with a mysterious man who wants to steal my horse, and a time-travel counsellor who insists I’m Cleopatra reincarnated. I just want to go on a date with Benedikt, but when your boyfriend’s a vampire, nothing is easy. Not only is Ben keeping secrets from me, but somehow, I raised an entire battlefield of warring Viking ghosts–all of who refuse to be sent back. And I thought all I had to worry about was what to wear on my date”
I read this because ‘Got Fang’s’ is set in Hungary and I was looking for books set in Hungary – and I am reading my way through the ‘Aisling Grey’ which I am really enjoying. Fran is sixteen and a great little character – funny, loyal, emotional and sullen; in fact everything a teen is supposed to be! The leading man, Ben, is handsome, brooding and all round nice guy with edge. Both books are a nice blend of adventure, romance, mystery and humour; I have to confess that the Vikings in ‘Circus of the Darned’ stole the show for me. Well written stories which suit the age level they are aimed at (the tweens) with good supporting characters and the occasional over the top dialogue – but that is how teens speak – everything a drama; there are a few stolen kisses – but no hanky panky. There is 3rd book featuring Fran and Ben ‘In the Company of Vampires’ however, it is aimed at an older audience.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and enjoyable.
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