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.
Published by HarperTeen on July 3rd, 2012
Genres: Friendship, Paranormal, Vampires, Young Adult
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.
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.