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To ask other readers questions about Water Vamps , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 17, M. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read my books cover to cover, and the first day I was reading this one I only got through the many positive review quotes that filled quite a few pages up front. I did not like the book at all. I don't think my problem is that it was written for eleven year olds and had main characters that age.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was written for that exact age group, and is a wonderfully well-written book; this was a weak story poorly plotted and poorly executed. We were introduced to quite a I read my books cover to cover, and the first day I was reading this one I only got through the many positive review quotes that filled quite a few pages up front.
We were introduced to quite a few characters up front, but it was difficult to be too interested in any of them save perhaps the first two, who mostly vanished from the book until the end.
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There is something of a teenage romance between the main characters which is almost interesting. There is a lot of talk about the fact that the author includes several types of vampires, although I would have thought that even by this time vampires would have been boring and her versions are not really more interesting--or if they are, the fact that we are dealing mostly with pre-teens takes a lot of the interest out of them.
There were some original ideas, but most of them seemed ridiculous or incredible. I will admit to having some trouble with what we might call the religious slant.
Our primary heroine and her mother are both witches, which is fine with me; the daughter is also a "psychic vampire", although she never "feeds" that I recall during the book. Her aunt and uncle are also psychic vampires, and they are cruel, coming to visit only to steal energy from other members of their family including the toddler--and they are also they only Christians in the book, painted to be the villains.
In the end they are both killed by blood-sucking "water vampires", who are thereby recognized as heroes for their heroic snatch and kill actions against the bad people. So witches and vampires are mostly good, and Christians are evil, and that's part of the message of the book. I would have less trouble with it were it not so blatant. The editing was better than some, but again worsened as the book progressed. Some of the tropes were just annoying--like more than one of the characters thinking that they were proud of themselves for having used, usually in their thoughts, one of their spelling words from school.
Despite some potentially interesting facts, the water vampires prove to be rather boring. Their culture is not significantly different from that of humans other than that they hunt for their food and live on blood which includes fish and shellfish blood, and although human blood is better only a very few water vampires can survive either out of water or in sunlight.
The book was a chore to finish. I have no idea how it garnered such positive reviews, unless it's simply that people want to appear open-minded about stories that exalt modern anti-christian faiths and condemn Christians. Giles does not seem to have as much talent as the eleven-year-olds for whom she writes. I am embarrassed for her publisher. Jul 16, Bryce Warren rated it it was amazing. Giles creates a delightfully original vampire mythology in her young adult book Water Vamps. The main characters Robyn and Marion aptly named after the literary adventurers Robin Hood and Maid Marion engage in their own adventure involving Water Vampires, a complex hybrid of ravens and mermaids--with teeth!
Giles celebrates the unconventional in numerous ways throughout the book, which any vampire-lover will embrace whole-heartedly. Her compelling tale follows the burgeoning young romance G. Her compelling tale follows the burgeoning young romance between Robyn and Marion which leads to their dangerous encounter with the Water Vamps. Giles mixes her unique history of vampires and the background of Charleston, South Carolina, creating a fully absorbing fantasy tale.
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Together, Robyn and Marion discover a pair of deceitful adults and a perilous, hungry species who are more than they appear to be on the surface and with whom they have more in common than they realize. Water Vamps Jul 22, Khemical Komixz rated it it was amazing. Im a Huge Fan of G. Giles And this new book doesnt dissapoint Her style Defiantly turns a corner for a vampire novel. Marions character is like Maid Marion in that he supports Robyn, He is also on the swampfox of the low country Theres also the young love lesbian love story between Candace And Molly, You dont see that often in a young adult read.
I give the book five stars its a progressive young adult read plus it has plenty of old world southern charm without being based in New Orleans or Atlanta this is a must be and Ill def read it again Dec 23, Simon Williams rated it it was amazing. One thing GL Giles does do well is provide interesting, multifaceted characters in her story.
This is the only one of her books I've read so far! Not the sort of thing I would normally read either, but credit where credit's due- I didn't once feel like putting it aside or not bothering to get to the end. Water Vamps has a charm to it which also helps the reader warm to the Robyn and Marion characters.
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