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Posted July 12, 2012
If you're looking for a different kind of book to read (and you'
If you're looking for a different kind of book to read (and you're a tad tired from the same type of paranormals), Team Human is a perfect pick for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I knew this was one book that wouldn't take itself too seriously, and would have some witty comments about the vampire genre in general; but what I wasn't expecting was such a deeply stimulating response to ideas of tolerance and discrimination. Team Human is much more than just another YA paranormal, but an excellent example of well-developed satire.
Reasons to Read:
1.A vampire book- with a twist:
I know the cover/description hint that this may be just another YA paranormal romance featuring vampires and a love triangle but it's NOT. There are vampires, and there is romance, and there's sort of a love triangle off to the side (but not in an annoying way at all- it's part of the plot for some secondary characters, I guess you could say). But there's also MYSTERY and HUMOUR and some real character growth and self-discovery. Vampires aren't complete monsters, but they aren't completely glorified either.
2.A real theme dealing with tolerance and discrimination:
It's not secret that Mel doesn't trust vampires. And it's perfectly understandable why she's so hesitant to support her best friend Cathy in her romantic relationship with a vampire. But at the same time, she begins to realize how little she actually knows about vampires, and even that her own personal preferences and ideas may not be universally shared - an important lesson for everyone to recognize at some poin in their life.
3.A mystery/teen detective element:
Mel ends up taking it upon herself to solve her friend Anna's mysterious disappearance of her father leaving, and her mother's strange reaction. I always find that it's a fun thing to add to a book, and it was handled really well in Team Human. I actually found this to be the best part of the book, and in particular the most exciting and suspensful. And also poignant.
My one problem with this is that I think the overall message came on a little too strong and while I definitely appreciate it and think we can learn a lot from it as a principle, I still can't help but wonder if it's a case where we can go too far. It's a delicate balance to show Mel as a caring friend, yet one that is a tad too controlling and pushy about HER ideas; but I still couldn't help but feel that to a large extent she was being fairly honest and reasonable. If my friend was risking herself (and acting VERY focused on one youthful, new romantic relationship) and putting herself in danger I'd probably react in the same way. But I couldn't help but wonder exactly how far the book suggested we should go with this, and where we draw the line. Needless to say, I didn't LOVE that and I had some questions regarding it. I just wasn't left wholly satisfied.
But overall, Team Human is a smart read, one that is an absolute breath of fresh air among YA paranormal books which are now dime a dozen.
ARC received from HarperCollins Canada for review.
Posted July 7, 2012
I am going to start by saying I had not read any of Sarah Rees B
I am going to start by saying I had not read any of Sarah Rees Brennan or Justine Larbalestier’s works before I read Team Human, so I was coming in fresh. I have since read Sarah’s , The Demon Lexicon, and loved it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Team Human was not at all what I was expecting. I have been interested in this book for a while as I love vampire stories and YA genre. Putting these two authors together as a writing duo made for a quick and easy read where you could tell behind the scenes these ladies were having fun. It comes across in the writing.
Mel , looooovvveee her full first name, no, not in a million years will you guess it. I have to be honest and say, that I personally found her to be a tad annoying as a character. She was sticking her nose into all sorts of business , very blindly, and throwing accusations about like last years fashion. But, this IS her character. It didn’t make it any less annoying, but , she is deliberately written this way. Mel is Mel and she truly believes in her job of bff to Cathy.
I looovved Cathy and Francis. I could see Team Human being their story, it is semi, but it is mainly the most, LOL!! annoying Mel and her endeavours to break up, stop things with Francis and Cathy. Well, she is Team Human.
I would have liked to get to know Francis loads more as I really, really, loved his characteristics. He is very funny, without trying to be. Sure, everything goes rather quickly in Cathy and Francis’ relationship but Francis is well over 150 years old so, hey, why not.
I loved Francis’ family. Minty is a tad frightening, Kit is the human amongst the vampires. I liked this! Kit , again, wait until you find out his name...I laughed but I also went...awwww! There was some silly fun with Kit, being raised by vampires, hence why I think these ladies were having a lot of fun behind the scenes writing this book.
Mel was spending her time throughout this book with the ‘anti Francis’ campaign, and trying to solve a mystery, with Kit slowly growing on her until he too drops a bombshell. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to shake Mel or commend her for caring toooo much for her friends business.
I really liked Cathy. She is intelligent, she suits Francis. She is not prejudiced, she really ‘sees’ Francis. She thinks things through, unlike Mel, who I thought was a bit too pepped up, sometimes.
I liked the ZDU - Zombie Disposal Unit, idea. A bit of a different take on turning vampire, sometimes it doesn’t stick. I think readers are used to seeing a rather painful, long, turning vampire process in books. The ladies have written their version a bit more........ well, that would be spoiling. Shame on you for wanting to know......hehe!
I enjoyed the mystery that was playing behind Mel’s busy bodying. There was a great twist and I am looking forward to more Kit. He is a great guy, just a bit naive to some things. Mel has so much prejudice and Kit has none, so this will be an interesting friendship.
I enjoyed Team Human, it is a read that will make you laugh, you will find that a good friend comes with great intentions, but sometimes they need to be told politely, ‘thanks for caring I hear you, now hear me.’
Posted April 16, 2013
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Posted September 12, 2012
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