Review: ‘Team Human’ by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Team Human’ by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees BrennanTeam Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan
Published by HarperTeen on July 3rd, 2012
Genres: Friendship, Paranormal, Vampires, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
Readers who love vampire romances will be thrilled to devour Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. Team Humancelebrates and parodies the Twilight books, as well as other classics in the paranormal romance genre.

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.

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As soon as I read the description to this book I couldn’t help but add it to my list if books to buy. A book that pokes fun at vampires? Hell yes!

Team Human is a delightful read! I was laughing at some of the jokes out loud, and didn’t even care when I got weird looks. The book is cute and laugh-out-loud funny! When you think of vampires, you think of creepy vampires that Buffy the Vampire Slayer hunts for right? Well in this world, vampires are known in society and are a part of society. They even have their own town that also includes their own police force. Not to mention suits and helmets that help them walk in sunlight.

Mel being the protective best friend that she is, is trying and failing to keep her bestie, Leah away from Francois, the new vampire attending her school. Mel did have this lioness-like quality with her friends and when her other best friend asks her for help she goes full out into the investigation.

I didn’t understand what the plot was until I kept reading. I mostly thought it’d be about Mel keeping her away from the vampire, only to fall in love with a vampire herself, but that’s not the case because she definitely plays for Team Human. Her love interest is wholly human and he was such a fun character to read.


Something momentous could be happening. The beautiful Francois could have turned his head and given us a view of his amazing profile.
Ah, spilled blood, the vampire lover’s low-cut top. Personally, I’d prefer a guy who wants to see my boobs.
Accused of nymphomania by a weirdo raised by vampires? I wasn’t going to tell anyone ever.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.





  1. Christina

    February 28, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    I have made it exactly one chapter through this book, but I can’t wait to get farther. I really liked the first two books in the Lynburn Legacy and there were plenty of moments where I was laughing out loud. I’m so glad that you liked Team Human because I was kinda worried since it had a low average rating on goodreads.

    • giselle

      March 2, 2015 at 1:52 PM

      I really thought it was funny..It’s a different book than others I read.

  2. rohimba

    November 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Can’t wait to read this book, I love the tag line on the cover…

  3. Jaime Lynn

    August 30, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Loved it. Surprisingly, I really did. I wasn’t expecting a ton because of some reviews that I had read, but I decided to try it anyway. I am so glad that I did!

  4. Alyssa Susanna

    June 22, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    I read this book – I wasn’t too impressed with it. It’s my first Sarah Rees Brennan read – and I didn’t really like it. There were funny scenes, but then there were scenes that I just didn’t think were hilarious. I’m glad you enjoyed this book! I was just too unimpressed to like it.

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  5. Maritza Robinson

    October 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    I love reading about vampires but I think I will try this book. Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the review.

  6. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    June 15, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    This sounds pretty funny, maybe I’ll have to give it a try. I wasn’t too sure on it before, but will have to check it out. I love book that grant me weird look due to laughing out

    Great review!

  7. Lexie B.

    June 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Great review! 😀 I love, love, love the sound of this one. It just seems so unique and hilarious, which is definitely not something you find very often in the vampire genre.

  8. Cathee

    June 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    I liked it too! It was so funny! And, I totally agree with the laughing out loud and not caring for the weird looks!

    And, I love her love interest 😀

    Happy reading!

    A happy member of Team Vampire… still supporting slightly Team Human because is makes fun of Vamps ;D

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