Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Title: Confessions of an Average Half-Vampire
Author: Lisa Shafer
Format: eBook
Source: Author
To Purchase: Amazon Kindle  

Description: Lurking in the nuclei of a few rare human cells is an as-yet unstudied gene. It is a gene that makes the inheritor crave mammal blood and faint in bright sunlight. It is a gene that prevents the bearer from appearing normally in digital or mirror images.
It’s a gene that makes life heck if you’re in junior high and trying to fit in.

Eric Wright is a half-vampire with a problem. Several problems, actually. He can’t tell bloodlust from his rollercoaster adolescent hormones. The cutest girl in first period English wants him to become a vegetarian. And the assistant principal suspends him when he refuses to explain why his skin appears translucent in a school security video.

Then Eric’s non-vampire mom, who’s definitely not telling everything she knows, takes him with her on a business trip. To Scotland, where it never stays sunny for very long. The perfect
hang out for a vampire. Or several. If only Eric can find one to talk to before he makes any more stupid mistakes....

Review: Lisa Shafer’s Confessions of an Average Half-Vampire is a fun coming-of-age tale perfect for upper middle-grade to lower young adult readers.

Eric Wright is a half-vampire trying to figure out the vampire part of him while keeping it secret from everyone else. Although he would rather be more normal, he struggles to fit in and not bite his fellow classmates. He decides to find another vampire to teach him his vampire ways, but he discovers it might be easier said than done.

Confessions of an Average Half-Vampire is a fun story sprinkled in with more serious issues like bullying. Eric is a cool kid, intelligent, thoughtful, a bit quirky. The voice is great for a young teenage boy, even if he rambles a bit too much at times. His friends and enemies are well-written. I love how the vampires are born that way through a genetic trait. Shafer does a wonderful job slowly introducing the other vampires to the plot and letting the reader get used to the world she created.

Overall, I liked reading Lisa Shafer’s Confessions of an Average Half-Vampire and look forward to the next book in the series.