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Fang Girl

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  883 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
Things That Are Destroying Jane Greene’s Undead Social Life Before It Can Even Begin:

1) A twelve-year-old brother who’s convinced she’s a zombie.
2) Parents who are begging her to turn them into vampires.
3) The pet goldfish she accidentally turns instead.
4) Weird superpowers that let her rip the heads off of every other vampire she meets.(Sounds cool, but it doesn't win you
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by HarperTeen (first published September 10th 2012)
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Sep 11, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, paranormal
A ridiculously funny vampire comedy, Fang Girl brings us a fun read with a surprising lot to offer - aside from the humor, we've got a witty protagonist and a entertaining plot which has a good amount of substance for such a frivolous novel.

When Jane wakes up and realizes she's in a coffin, has super speeds, and fangs, her mediocre life is no more. 15 year old Jane is a surprisingly compelling character; her charm and wit throughout her ordeal is constantly entertaining, brimming with laugh-out
Helen Keeble
Oct 19, 2012 Helen Keeble rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I may be biased... :)
Feb 01, 2015 Louisa rated it really liked it
In all my books, movies and TV shows, I'd never heard of something becoming undead through being hit by a vampire's car. Not even in fanfic.


I'm really getting into vampire parodies these days and most of them are actually pretty well-written and, most importantly, don't take themselves seriously at all. Fang Girl is no exception! The characters are a delight, the parents of the newly undead main character are actually involved (and they kick butt), and the plot is interesting enough f
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
May 06, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who are sick of paranormal books taking themselves so seriously
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Jenni Arndt
Shelves: sadie-hawkins
Fang Girl is precisely what I hoped it would be: a light, hilarious read, the perfect snack to break up the depressing fare I generally read.

Vampires have been done to death, in just about every way possible. You would think it wouldn't be possible to put a fun, new spin on them anymore, without totally going insane with the mythology. Well, Keeble shows that there's still room for innovation. Her vampire mythos is definitely my favorite aspect of the novel. They've got some awesome powers, like
Jenni Arndt
Jun 22, 2012 Jenni Arndt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-own
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

Helen Keeble is onto something here, with Fang Girl she has created a hilarious, unique story that put a fresh twist on the old vampire. In Keebles world vampires move at the speed of light, could care less about crucifixes and have strong OCD tendencies. I laughed out loud way too many times to count and I came to care about a lot of the characters. We meet Xanthe Jane Green as she wakes up 6 feet under ground and comes to realise that she is slo
Mystical Machine Gun
Personally I think Keeble is amazing when portraying teenage girl's life and she handles fandom so very well. The book is funny in a satirical way and slaps all vampire lovers in the face - in the best way of course! Keeble is fantastic on giving us insights to vampire related things we hardly ever think of, though she does have some inconsistencies from time to time (how can vampires blush if they do not have blood circulation etc.). Her vampires have a wonderfully odd tendency too (read the bo ...more
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
3.75(Woulda been four but some parts were boring)

In the past month, I've read three or so vampire spoof novels. I need more. SO MANY MORE. They are the best because not only do they satiate my thirst for vampire non-melodrama, they also give me a respite from ALL THINGS melodramatic in books.
Apr 10, 2016 Cecilia rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, 2016-read
This book was hilarious! Loved that Keeble used so many vampire literature references but still created her own version of vampires. I will absolutely read the rest of her books!
Jennifer at BookShelfery
Oct 09, 2012 Jennifer at BookShelfery rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
There is only one word acronym to describe Fang Girl – “LOL.” One needs a fabulous sense of humor to read this one, and if you’re a Twilight-fan - wait no…scratch that - if you’re a YA slash paranormal romance fan, you can’t take yourself too seriously or you will seriously hate this book. Did I hate it? Absolutely not. It cracked me the f up.
Xanthe Jane Greene (Janie) loves all things vampires. She thinks vampires are sexy, has a Dracula ringtone, and spends her time hanging out at Fang-Girls.n
Amy Acosta
Sep 08, 2012 Amy Acosta rated it it was amazing
Xanthe Jane Greene had always been big vampire fan, writing fan fiction on and reading all the popular fiction about vampires out there. However, she never actually wanted to become one! Especially when becoming a vampire is not as fun as all the books she's read. Now Jane has to deal with parents who want to become vampires too to accompany her for eternity, an Elder vampire intent on killing her and her sire, a Victorian vampire guy who's trying really hard to romance her, and ...more
Fang Girl is pretty much like utterly awesome crackfic - even better, in some ways, as it takes a lot to pull off good crackfic with a setting and characters unfamiliar to the reader.

Definitely one of the funniest books I've read this year. It sort of felt like it started to run out of steam towards the end (or perhaps it was just that there was actually a plot, too, and that plot necessitated a few more serious moments, which didn't mesh with the funny quite perfectly), but overall, it was an e
rin kim
At first this book was interesting but later became boring.
I liked its humor and some characters (MC's family is insane, best thing about this book) but all in all it didn't touch me. I've expected something else.

But if you're looking for hilarious and light book, this book would do it for you.
6 out of 10.

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Susan Allegrini
Jun 23, 2012 Susan Allegrini rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and cute great summer reading. I hope there will be more in the future!
Sep 28, 2013 Mimi rated it it was amazing
Comedy and vampires, its a dream come true. I laughed throughout the whole book.
Oct 23, 2012 Kris rated it it was amazing
You know a book is going to be funny when the tagline is, "You know something is seriously wrong when you wake up in a coffin...." I was cracking up over that line for a good hour or so. The rest of the book is even better. I started this book kind of late, thinking to get a head start on it. Bad idea. (I mean, good idea. What better time to read a story about the undead than the time they're awake and out for blood?)

Jane is a surprisingly compelling heroine. I was expecting a fangirling, silly
Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 20, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was ok
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This book has all the vampire books you’ve ever read smushed into one very long book. There are vampires, the hunters and Xanthe’s family. Period.

Opening Sentence: Just because I like vampires doesn’t mean I’m stupid.

The Review:

So this starts off in a coffin. Seriously, a coffin.

When I first started reading this book, it moved so fast I got lost. It takes place in a small town where you honestly wouldn’t think that anything wrong could happ
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
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Oct 05, 2013 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, ya, fantasy, 2013-reads
I'd heard great things about Helen Keeble's Fang Girl, and when I was looking for a light, fun read, it was exactly the ticket. Plus the synopsis had me very curious - a vampire goldfish and parents that want to be vampires? I was so in.

Jane Green is a girl completely obsessed with vampires, and she knows her stuff. So when she wakes up in a coffin, it's pretty much instantly that she realises she's become her own obsession, and with a few added bonuses - or perhaps complications.

I adored Jane's
Sep 14, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, kindle
How to start reviewing this book?
Easy. By saying it was a great and funny read!
I laughed for most of the time, especially for the first half.
Jane (or Xanthe if you like better) is a huge fan of everything vampire, starting with vampire books and ending with Buffy. Which made me like her immediately.
She's also witty and brave. A real heroine. With that funny side that you can't not like.
This book is simply too hilarious! I couldn't refrain myself from laughing.
The only flaw is that there's not
Jessa Larsen
Oct 22, 2012 Jessa Larsen rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader of most books having to do with mythology and folklore, I am a sucker for anything new coming out in that genre. Fang Girl was no exception of course and thank goodness there were no sparkling vampires running around. (I’m definitely an old schooler and cannot stand the incorrect sparkliness that is the Twilight series.) I loved the light hearted humor and reliability of each character. Jane, along with the rest of her family, definitely made my day. What family arguing the log ...more
Aug 30, 2014 Moonlight rated it really liked it

You know those story's that you come across sometimes and you think, if there ever was a possibility (which is unlikely) this book could be real? This is one of those times in a really strange way, your probably thinking... What is she going on about? But in all the world, a great place for a vampire to hide, is IKEA. Why is that I hear you ask, because it is loud, massive and there are loads of rooms you could hide in. Also a never-ending supply of customers to feed from.

The cover is very si
Jan 05, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing
This was a refreshing alternative to the random vampire crud that surfaced after Twilight.

First off, the main character is a vamp. SHE'S ALREADY BEEN TURNED. So that got the Bella syndrome waaaay out of the way.

Next, since she had been such a big vamp fan before said turning, she knows all of the plot twists--
I fidgeted with my lip gloss, looking down. There was no way that I could tell Mum that I already knew exactly who Ebon was. It was obvious.
Three words:
All the signs pointed to
Erleen Alvarez
Jul 14, 2013 Erleen Alvarez rated it really liked it
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Fang Girl by Helen Keeble is a paranormal comedy, packed full of fight scenes and a roller coaster twist and turns. A fast-paced and highly entertaining read that will satisfy your vampire cravings.

Xanthe Jane Greene, a vampire fanatic, woke up one night just to discover that she was an actual living vampire (well, not technically living) and was inside a coffin. The reason behind her transformation was still a mystery and the last memory she has was he
Feb 09, 2013 Schmunzelrapunzel rated it really liked it
Something around 3.5 stars from me,
this is really a new and funny twist on the classic teenager-turned-into-vamp- story.

I liked Xanthe very much, she's witty & brave and I also enjoyed how she leads us through the surprisingly substantial plot.
With that I mean that I didn't expect to find here much action or even intelligent twists in the story, but it really was well thought out..

Really refreshing was also, that we don't have here an natural- beauty, shy, lovely girl who taps slowly in her
Jul 28, 2015 Jonathon rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-romance
This was fantastic! I went into it expecting a light, predictable and utterly unoriginal book. I ended up finishing it in one day and absolutely loving it. Jane has a unique quirk to her speech that is perfect to read. A lot of the characters keeping switching from good to bad and it's never a clean cut decision on who is right and who is wrong.
Jane made me laugh on several occasions with her analyzing what was going on as if it were a Vampire novel. (Which it was, but she doesn't know that.) Th
Jane wakes up in a coffin and realizes she is a vampire. Her sire is chased off before she can answer any questions so now Jane has to figure out where to go and what to do. She decides to call her dad and mum to come get her. The problem with that they think she is dead. When they get passed the fact she is back they do all they can to help her. her little brother thinks she is a zombie instead of a vampire. While trying to figure things out, her sire is making calls to her with not a lot of i ...more
Nov 08, 2012 Claire rated it really liked it
This is such a great book - I really liked it. 15 year old Xanthe (just call her Jane) has been turned and is now a vampire... What does she do? She goes home! Her parents are hilarious! Her father (Keith) has such a dry sense of humor, offering his daughter a rabbit (named Marmalade) and a guinea pig (named Toast), even a goldfish (named Brains) to feed on. Her 12 year old steampunk brother (the one responsible for having named the above creatures) is convinced she's a zombie and Jane's mother ...more
Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot
Jan 14, 2014 Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Fang girl was so fun to read. It was a unique take on the whole drawn out vampire theme, taking out all the bloodthirst and gore and leaving a fun filled story about the unplanned turning of a teenaged vampire crazed girl.

The main character is a spunky vampire loving teenager that wakes up six feet under as a vampire. Its startling and starts off with a bang. I loved it. It wasn't filled with romantic encounters or typical teenaged angst but it had all the qualities that a good book should have
Jan 02, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing
This was refreshing. You come into Jane's world ("Your name is Xanthe Jane, and you prefer JANE?") as she wakes up in her coffin. She's obsessed with the angst-filled world of vampire fanfics and brooding bloodsuckers already, so you don't have to deal with the whole "What? A vampire? You're crazy; things like that don't exist!" She knows, and she deals. Jane is funny and original, more attracted to the dorks than the vamps of the world.

The world building could've used some work; we don't know m
Aug 27, 2014 Kinga rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, vampires
Favourite character: the Gold fish. Like, seriously.

I loved Janie/Xanthe. She's not drooling over excessively victorian dressed 200 hundred years old vamps with a false french accent. (She's trying not to at least...) She loves vampires so there is no initial shock of 'Oh no, vampires !' and no info dump. Thank God.
I know Van kills her a few times( stakes her, burns her, wants to chop off her head etc ) but come on...
Loved the family factor.

And the humour! I need more vampire/comedy books.

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Helen Keeble is not, and never has been, a vampire. She has however been a teenager. She grew up partly in America and partly in England, which has left her with an unidentifiable accent and a fondness for peanut butter crackers washed down with a nice cup of tea. She now lives in West Sussex, England, with her husband, daughter, two cats, and a variable number of fish. To the best of her knowledg ...more
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“We both looked down at the stake through my heart.
Funny. I would have thought that should hurt more.
From the look on the vampire hunter’s face, he thought it should hurt more too.”
“Dad got me a ... guinea pig?"
"For breakfast," Zack said. "That's why I named her Toast. You aren't going to eat her, are you?"
"Woot!" Zack hugged the cage to his chest, carrying it off in the direction of his bedroom. "I hope you don't want to eat Marmalade or Sugar Puff either!"
"Marma-- oh, never mid.”
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