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VAMPIRATES: EMPIRE OF THE NIGHT (Book 5) by Justin Somper

Posted in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, middle grade

HOW CAN HE BE OUR DAD?

Family past.  New

fights. Destiny. Journey. Spies.

Sibling rivalry?

 

Nitty Gritty:

Middle grade/YA (ages 8 and up)

Aiming at an older audience than earlier books?

Fantasy fiction

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?