The Vampire s Assistant was an excellent young adult novel that is full of thrills and chills I watched the movie adaption of this series YEARS ago, and I had been dying to pick up this series Unfortunately for me, the bookstore is big and full of millions of books so I d forget what I was looking for the minute I walked in Luckily for me, I walked into a bargain bookstore and found an old, extremely damaged version of this book for clearance so of course I bought it A little water never hu The Vampire s Assistant was an excellent young adult novel that is full of thrills and chills I watched the movie adaption of this series YEARS ago, and I had been dying to pick up this series Unfortunately for me, the bookstore is big and full of millions of books so I d forget what I was looking for the minute I walked in Luckily for me, I walked into a bargain bookstore and found an old, extremely damaged version of this book for clearance so of course I bought it A little water never hurt anybody I hadn t read the first book in this series, but jumping right in was super easy This book was fun, full of silly frights and awesome character development, and made me remember why I loved vampire novels in my youth This book is quick it moves fast and keeps you interested at every turn There s some really creepy bad guys, Evra the snake boy , a wolf man, and some awesome parental yet not so parental adults hanging around It s definitely the type of horror book I would read as a kid but it doesn t scare me at all now adult me has worse things to be afraid oflike politics and billsick.I highly recommend this book to anyone considering introducing their children to YA books with horror or vampires in it It s fun and creepy in all good ways It ll keep the adults interested too Four out of five stars What makes Darren Shan s books a great read is that even though they re over 200 pages long, I can easily finish them The action within this book is very quick and there s always something new for you to read The ending for me was a little shocking, but the way that Darren Shan writes makes you want to read the next book The Vampire s Assistant is the 2nd book in a series of seven books After reading the Dreamcatcher which was over 800 pages long this was an easy read and very quick For man What makes Darren Shan s books a great read is that even though they re over 200 pages long, I can easily finish them The action within this book is very quick and there s always something new for you to read The ending for me was a little shocking, but the way that Darren Shan writes makes you want to read the next book The Vampire s Assistant is the 2nd book in a series of seven books After reading the Dreamcatcher which was over 800 pages long this was an easy read and very quick For many this book might seem scary especially just by looking at the cover However, when you start reading personally I don t find it scary and I know it s unrealistic Even though this book is fantasy Darren Shan creates a lot of imagery for me as a reader I feel like I can imagine everything and it s like a movie playing in my head Theyou read the closer you feel to the characters and with a strong relationship you start to feel nervous, when they feel nervous, and relieved when they feel relieved Darren Shan writes in a way that as a reader you become part of the book, and that s what makes it so fun to read his books I didn t know what to read next, even though Blood Song was already on my currently reading list, so I decided to rearrange a part of my bookshelf I noticed book 3 lying around with a couple of other random books I then had a slight feeling of wanting to continue on with the series I heard nothing but great things, but book 1 managed to disappoint me Setting the bad past experience of book 1 aside, I decided to read the book 2 and decide after if I would finish the series or not Despite the I didn t know what to read next, even though Blood Song was already on my currently reading list, so I decided to rearrange a part of my bookshelf I noticed book 3 lying around with a couple of other random books I then had a slight feeling of wanting to continue on with the series I heard nothing but great things, but book 1 managed to disappoint me Setting the bad past experience of book 1 aside, I decided to read the book 2 and decide after if I would finish the series or not Despite the 3 star rating I gave this, I have to admit that I can t wait to finish all of the books in the series.This can be considered one of those YA horror books that you should ve read when you were actually a young adult I m turning 20 this year, so I didn t find anything creepy about this novel What I liked though would be the coming of age feeling it had I like reading about an adventure of a kid growing up, so this series might be the thing to read, and hopefully resurrect the YA genre for me I ve given up on the genre way too long ago, but I still try to read a few of them once in a while and see if something floats my boat This is one of those boat floaters, and I m glad I continued on.This second novel was way superior to the first one All introductions aside, it was a great novel of adventure The writing was okay for me, it didn t have any major issue so I don t have much to complain about The plot was also consistent, and the latter parts had a good amount of action I liked reading about how the main character had to make important life decisions Hopefully he grows older in the next novels, because I would like to see the possible development of the main character While reading this, I remembered an episode from Fairly Odd Parents wherein Timmy Turner joined the circus for a day, but ended up missing his family so he decided to go home This series seems like that at first, but the main character didn t go back, he became a full member of the circus I would love to readabout his adventures with Cirque Du Freak, and thankfully there are 10books in the series.3 5 stars Nothing spectacular, but it s one of the few YA series that managed to catch my attention I m sure the author hastricks up his sleeves in the next novels I really had to think about my rating for this one for quite a while I waffled between 3 and 4 stars for a few days because of one thing the heavy handed foreshadowing.TheI thought about it though, and especially after finishing the book, I realized one really important thing these books are not written for people my age Without the foreshadowing and the constant mentioning that bad things are coming, I honestly think that what happens could be severely traumatic, upsetting, and distur I really had to think about my rating for this one for quite a while I waffled between 3 and 4 stars for a few days because of one thing the heavy handed foreshadowing.TheI thought about it though, and especially after finishing the book, I realized one really important thing these books are not written for people my age Without the foreshadowing and the constant mentioning that bad things are coming, I honestly think that what happens could be severely traumatic, upsetting, and disturbing for a child to read and this is set at 12 and up, so if you re a parent I d suggest reading these first before handing them off to your kids I m being very serious when I say that this could be nightmare material The foreshadowing is therefor quite necessary because it prepares the reader for the very awful things that happen.And even then, with the foreshadowing and warnings, I still wasn t prepared for the ending it still left me shaken and upset and even surprised at how wrong things went I was almost left with my mouth hanging open and a few tears in my eyes when the shit hit the fan It was intense and scary and pretty much everything you d want in this type of book.Cirque du Freak is turning into a great, and well, I don t want to say fun series because it s horror and that s not really fun, you know But it s entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat and I read the third book the very next night in one sitting The characters are well written, the world is fascinating and strange and just terrifying enough for an adult, and the story is so different from any others I ve encountered that I ve actually continued reading the series instead of bouncing off to something else instead I rarely continue on with a series but with this one I find myself opening up the next book as soon as I finish the last because I can t wait to see what will happen.If you re looking for something gory, scary, and well written, then grab this series and give it a chance I can say I m enjoying it immensely and will probably read the whole series in the next week or two The hunger inside us must be fed to be controlled Wow This one blew my reading mind all over the place, being far superior to the first Both stories were good and this was a continuation where the first left off however, this one wasconsistent with plot, pacing, and even richer in story detail Generally the tales of when all the big, bad begins has the most suspense and ambition, but in this case the character slowly settling into his new world ended up kicking the previous books The hunger inside us must be fed to be controlled Wow This one blew my reading mind all over the place, being far superior to the first Both stories were good and this was a continuation where the first left off however, this one wasconsistent with plot, pacing, and even richer in story detail Generally the tales of when all the big, bad begins has the most suspense and ambition, but in this case the character slowly settling into his new world ended up kicking the previous books butt and taking names.The ensemble of bizarre circus characters was truly intriguing from his new friends and the unusual problems they face, to the leaders in charge who he must be wary of in both power and crossing lines, to some of the difficult and at times morally questionable work, Darren is also cursed with trying to accept what he now is and what he must do to survive.Soundingemo than it really is, the boy doesn t struggle too much on page but instead experiences with a rampage of other emotions relating to interesting plot details Mr Crepsley is slowly growing on me I could have done without him the first book, took him or left him, but here he senjoyable in his role.It s a little over 200 pages, and with the quick action and something new always happening, it s a quick read Even if there is a vampire theme and the cover is a bit eerie for youngsters, it sof a drama piece than anything thrillerish There are horrifying incidents that occur, but these are all seriousness, no cheese.There s a decent amount of gore compared to the first and as a young adult for this age level, but it s not on the adult plane Whether a parent wishes for their children to read this or not.well, it would depend of the child s sensitivity level This one takes itinto the realm of teenager, I think.Shan certainly has an amazing ability with words, to where when reading it you can clearly picture whatever s going on, making it clear and real, mentally impressing and everlasting in memory.The ending of this book was shocking, especially for a young adult.It broke my heart.The first one was addicting and easy to fall into after an awkward meeting this one continues it to be such an awesome experience that it s forever on my keeper shelf Almost surreal sometimes, exciting others, tragic and powerful, this one packs a huge punch that you WANT to be hit by I can t recommend this highly enough for horror fans, young adult enthusiasts, adults, and people who enjoy different sorts of fantastic worlds peppering with circus tricks, loners struggling to survive in a world which rejects them, and coming to term with life altering changes Basically this is recommended for all readers everywhere The Cirque du Freak series was incredibly popular when I was in junior high school, but after reading the first novel, I don t understand why The characters were all very annoying and facile, the plot dragged on aimlessly and the sentences were choppy This book was nothing special and not even worth reading. What an incredible second installation to the Cirque Du Freak series Darren isn t too keen on the new life that was all but forced upon him, but it does prove to be exciting and full of interesting characters We meet several new and fun people, and a few not so fun and interesting people possible villains The atmosphere isn t as sinister as we originally thought in Book 1, and yet the characters prove they aren t all what they seem to be at first meeting.Darren s new friendships at first b What an incredible second installation to the Cirque Du Freak series Darren isn t too keen on the new life that was all but forced upon him, but it does prove to be exciting and full of interesting characters We meet several new and fun people, and a few not so fun and interesting people possible villains The atmosphere isn t as sinister as we originally thought in Book 1, and yet the characters prove they aren t all what they seem to be at first meeting.Darren s new friendships at first bring him solace with his new life, but he s still not fond of Mr Crepsley or the vampire world A vampire novel trope is, naturally, going through the motions of leaving one s humanity behind and adapting to this new way of life this is my favorite version of that process, this series Darren is going to be 12 I don t think his age is ever officially mentioned but the Wiki says he s 12 for a long time, and not exactly a normal, average human 12 year old.The first book opened the door to Mr Crepsley creepy world the second book kicks the door ajar and invites in to get a firsthand experience It s a great setup to the future adventures Darren and his freak friends are going to go on, and I m super excited to continue with him Also, note My 12 year old brother loved this series He read all 12 books in less than a week The adventure continues of Darren, the half vampire, as a vampire s assistant with the freak show In this book he makes two new friends as he is adjusting to life as a half vampire He s coming to terms with drinking human blood stubbornly refusing to do so and meets an ecowarrior vegetarian nicknamed Reggie Veggie who will cause some trouble for Darren I loved the book s age appropriate discussion on environmental protection and animal rights As someone who has been a vegan for quite The adventure continues of Darren, the half vampire, as a vampire s assistant with the freak show In this book he makes two new friends as he is adjusting to life as a half vampire He s coming to terms with drinking human blood stubbornly refusing to do so and meets an ecowarrior vegetarian nicknamed Reggie Veggie who will cause some trouble for Darren I loved the book s age appropriate discussion on environmental protection and animal rights As someone who has been a vegan for quite a while now, I thought the conversations between R.V and Darren were true to life and the author did a great job in having a vegetarian character who wasn t dumb or obnoxious and who could offer a unique perspective on the freak show Once again the book is very dark and macabre, which I love, and I can t wait to read the next book in the series The book was a quick, enjoyable, fun read I liked it Darren is miserable His master, Mr Crepsley, keeps pressuring him to drink human blood, but Darren refuses hoping to keep his humanity But with each day that passes without drinking human blood Darren grows weaker Crepsley warns Darren that if he does not drink he will die On top of all this Darren is lonely for friends his own age So Crepsley takes them back to the Cirque du Freak where this story takes place.I am enjoying this seriesThe book was a quick, enjoyable, fun read I liked it Darren is miserable His master, Mr Crepsley, keeps pressuring him to drink human blood, but Darren refuses hoping to keep his humanity But with each day that passes without drinking human blood Darren grows weaker Crepsley warns Darren that if he does not drink he will die On top of all this Darren is lonely for friends his own age So Crepsley takes them back to the Cirque du Freak where this story takes place.I am enjoying this series a lotthan The Saga of Larten Crepsley series I read previously Darren seems muchof a real and relatable character Though I think most boys would LOVE to be a vampire, Darren s struggle with losing his humanity feels real even for someone young To read my review of the other books in this series, use the links belowBook One A Living Nightmare Book Three Tunnels of Blood Book Four Vampire Mountain Book Five Trials of Death Book Six The Vampire Prince Book Seven Hunters of the Dusk Darren Shan was just an ordinary schoolboy until his visit to the Cirque Du Freak Now, as he struggles with his new life as a Vampire s Assistant, he tries desperately to resist the one temptation that sickens him, the one thing that can keep him alive But destiny is calling the Wolf Man is waiting