From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9–Connor and Grace Tempest have grown up listening to their father's sea shanty about the Vampirates and their ancient ship...that haunts the oceans blue, a song that predates the changes that left their future world largely flooded. After his death leaves them orphaned and penniless, the 14-year-old twins run away to sea and are separated by a storm. Connor is rescued by a pirate ship, where he soon finds a place among its crewmates. Grace, on the other hand, has been rescued by a mysterious ship, which readers won't be surprised to find is the home of the Vampirates. The siblings become involved with the internal politics of each vessel, meeting new friends–and new enemies, like the vampire Sidorio. Grace's sense of horror and wonder at the Vampirate lifestyle is clearly drawn, and her protector, Lorcan, and the living figurehead, Miss Flotsam, offer sympathy and clues to the ship's many mysteries. Swashbuckling Captain Wrathe and his crew feature a few stereotypes, but their adventure-filled lifestyle has a clear appeal to Connor and readers. This book is a good choice for reluctant readers, who will be drawn into the turns and twists of the twins' story, and the dramatic cover art will help catch their attention. This fantastic tale will find many fans, who will be left looking for answers to mysteries only begun to be answered here.–Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI
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Vampirates: Demons Of The Ocean, by Justin Somper "For a blood-sucking, swashbuckling adventure, look no further than this ace book!" 5/5 - KRAZE CLUB "a fast-paced voyage that leaves you hungry... for book two!" - NEW BOOKS CLUB "a fresh and compelling debut... Somper never stoops to stereotype in this engrossing tale... promises to be an addictive series" - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "simple, and yet so perfect... Inspired" - HAM AND HIGH "a compelling narrative which presents the joy of being alive alongside the emptiness of death" - TES "a clever combination of two genres that could make it as popular as Pirates of the Caribbean" - THE TIMES "full of swashbuckling, action-packed thrills" - JEWISH CHRONICLE "a vivid and bloodthirsty debut" - EVENING STANDARD "impossible to forget" - WENDY COOLING, CAROUSEL "Totally original... I wish i'd had this idea!" Anthony Horowitz "Vampires... and pirates? It doesn't get much better than this! A fantastic read, perfect for Horowitz and Shan fans." John Webb, Children's Buyer, Waterstones "A great mixture of the swashbuckling and the truly spooky - a real page turner." Graham Marks, Childrens Editor, Publishing News "Vampirates is high- concept, high octane adventure that never once fails to be anything but intriguing. Its' classic dramatic scenarios make it an appealing page-turner." John Mclay "It's a fabulous idea, fast-paced, full of good jokes, fun characters (with terrific names) and quite different to anything else I've read. I do like the various influences: a whiff of Dahl, a touch of Lemony Snickett...hitting the zeitgeist." Anthony Horowitz USA REVIEWS 'a gleefully quick read... a vivid picture of life on a pirate ship... Somper deftly draws parallels to the real world... An enigmatic conclusion leaves the galley door wide open for sequels.' Publishers Weekly 'a good choice for reluctant readers... this fantastic tale will find many fans' School Library Journal 'winning fantasy... satisfying and exciting' Voya