Friday 4 April 2014

Vlad The Inhaler by Lorraine Mace

Reviewer: Liza Perrat, author of Spirit of Lost Angels and Wolfsangel (

What we thought: Chillingly clever, devilishly delicious and spine-chillingly suspenseful, Vlad the asthmatic hupyre is a teenage hero who will appeal to readers aged 8-88.

In the start of this beautifully illustrated and exciting series, Vlad is an asthmatic hupyre––part vampire and part human. When Vlad’s evil vampire relatives––Aunt Valentyna, Uncle Viktor, cousins Gretchen and Boris––tell Vlad they have killed his parents, and attempt to take over his family castle, Vlad sets out on a quest to defend his family name, his inheritance and, most of all, his life.

Pursued incessantly by his lethal vampire relatives, Vlad goes on the run, starting a roller-coaster string of action-packed adventures that kept me turning the pages. In a riveting climax, Vlad must prove to the people of Malign village that his is not an evil vampire: he does not murder, nor does he drink blood. He must demonstrate that he is proud to be a hupyre.

You’ll enjoy this if you like: Nice, and nasty, vampires, werewolves and great action-packed adventure stories, with a small dose of black humour.

Avoid if you don’t like: mean vampire relatives.

Ideal accompaniments: bowl of slaughtered peaches topped with a dash of fresh A+ blood.

Genre: Children’s fantasy/adventure.

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