Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

For some, the general idea of becoming a vampire these days is rather appealing. Who wouldn’t want to be an ageless, perfectly gorgeous, sex icon? But on the more realistic side, nobody really truly wants to be stuck as their normal imperfect teenage self. Unfortunately, the vampires running around in Jane’s neck of the woods didn’t bother asking permission before turning her into an eternal fifteen-year-old.

Now she’s stuck dealing with parents who want to be turned for the sake of responsible parenting, an annoying little brother who is convinced that she’s a zombie rather than a vamp, and a seriously sexy vampire hunter who’d rather cut her head clean off rather than have a make out session. And to add to all that, fanfic is not quite as realistic as she’d hoped based on the fact that most of the current vampire residents also want to hunt her down and NONE of them are sparkling sex gods.

As an avid reader of most books having to do with mythology and folklore, I am a sucker for anything new coming out in that genre. Fang Girl was no exception and thank goodness there were no sparkling vampires running around. (I’m definitely an old schooler and cannot stand the incorrect sparkliness that is the Twilight series.)

I loved the light hearted humor and reliability of each character. Jane, along with the rest of her family, definitely made my day. What family arguing the logic of becoming vampires themselves in order to be responsible parents wouldn’t make you giggle? The occasional jab at society’s current obsession (and misconceptions) with vampires and other mythical creatures definitely made me laugh out loud which ended up earning me some weird looks from the people sitting in the room with me. Although I’m not sure what I found most amusing – the vampiric goldfish or the fact that apparently vampires have set up base in the local IKEA. I loved Helen Keeble’s style of writing and would definitely love to read anything else she’s written.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.

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