VAMPIRATES: EMPIRE OF THE NIGHT (Book 5) by Justin Somper
HOW CAN HE BE OUR DAD?
Family past. New
fights. Destiny. Journey. Spies.
Middle grade/YA (ages 8 and up)
Aiming at an older audience than earlier books?
Vampire and pirates
Third person close POV shifting between 14yr old brother and sister twins (Grace and Conner)
Fifth in a series (Vampirates)
Plot arc — Secrets revealed, alliances tested, temptations offered
Themes — hormones, maturation, longing, heartache
Character arc — aging, maturing, realistically growing into confusions and awkwardness of adolescence
Character development realistic — maybe too much so?
Less plot centric, more character based than earlier books of series
Almost romance novel feel
Romance novel formula to plot — Grace torn between the ‘bad boy’ and the ‘good boy’, struggling to temper lust and love and longing and friendship — with Vampires in the mix, plot had strong overtones of Twilight saga
Sudden change of heart from bad to good boy in Grace feels too pat, too good to be true and under explained — needed seeds to be planted earlier in the series — without hints and clues from earlier books, readers may feel cheated
Plot feels sometimes forced / over outlines
Structure too rigid?
Emotional arc minimal — discontent rides over whole book
Cliffhanger ending as new characters appear and some main characters lose luster
Without assurance of familiar into the next book may alienate some loyal readers?