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Demons of the Ocean (Vampirates #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  5,833 ratings  ·  507 reviews
Twins, Connor and Grace, never dreamed that there was any truth to the Vampirate shanty their father sang to them before he died, but that was before the two were shipwrecked and separated from each other. For Connor, who is taken aboard a pirate ship, there's the chance to learn to swordfight, but for Grace, aboard a mysterious ship of vampire pirates, the danger is great ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 4th 2006 by Little Brown and Company (first published 2005)
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Evan
This was a dumb book. The setting made no sense--they were supposed to be in the 26th century with 18th century technology, but that disjunction was never even hinted at. The characters weren't developed enough to even be caricatures and the book wasn't decent enough to have an ending. Quite literally, the author thought, "hmmm, vampires are cool and pirates are cool and 'vampirates' is witty!" And then he attempted the bare minimum needed to write a book that could be titled Vampirates. And fai ...more
Marie
Nov 14, 2007 Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA fiction lovers
I love vampires. I love pirates. What's better than either one? BOTH!

I loved this first book: the story of a brother and sister, Connor and Grace Tempest, who face the death of their father, overcome the psychopaths that are their townsmen, and then seek adventure on the open sea, where they are separated due to a storm. Each knows the other is alive, but how will they find each other again? How will Connor cope? And how will Grace survive the odd ways of the vampirate ship?

Full of swashbuckli
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Clawfoot
I'm really not sure how to rate this book. It was uniformly awful, but highly enjoyable because of it. So long as you read it aloud with a bunch of snarky friends, it's a fantastic way to pass the time. Friendly, law-abiding pirates who don't want to hurt anyone? Pacifistic vampires who also don't want to hurt anyone? Angsty teens? Ninjas in vases (who don't manage to hurt anyone)? You'll hurt yourself laughing.
Whit
Let it be stated for the record that this was purchased for me as a joke. I expected it to be bad. I went into it knowing it was going to be bad. What I didn't know was that it was so much worse than bad, I could never have adequately prepared myself.

First off, it's set in the future. This way, we can talk all about modern things, while still entertaining the thought that pirates still sail the seas in oldie-timey ships, fighting with cutlasses and other oldie-timey things while not having to do
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Kelli Venier
I picked this book up to read for the afterschool Book club. I needed a book about pirates and found this one on the shelves. Like Hunger Games, the cover was really holding me up, but I went onward and really liked it. The book is about a set of misfit twins that never seemed to fit in in their small town. Thier father is the Lighthouse keeper and dies suddenly, leaving the twins, Grace and Connor orphaned. The two take their father's boat out to escape foreclosure and the orphange, to sail dow ...more
Summer
There are no words to describe how disappointed I am in this book. I figured I would be a sucker for it instantly since I have a mild obsession with pirates... alas, it is likely this obsession that makes me as disappointed as I am. This is such a great concept- merging pirates and vampires, but it is so poorly executed that this concept alone is the only redeeming factor of the book itself.

GR does a good job giving you a summary, so let me just get right down to the nitty gritty.

1) Where the he
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Gabrielle
I remember reading this book when I was about 10 years old. I know what you're thinking, 10 years old, yeah must be a great book *sarcasm* But honestly, I read the first four books in the series and then I was like wow these were AMAZING! I wish Justin Somper would've written more. And then four years later, I was fooling around on the internet looking up books and googling authors and I stumbled upon Justin's site. He had written 2 more books! I immediatly picked up the fifth book and I have be ...more
Qt
I thought this was quite a fun, easy read! I loved the cast of colorful characters and the intriguing concept, and I really liked how so many of the characters were friendly and nice to our heroes. I will definitely be reading more of this series.

There were a few minor things I wasn't crazy about. I would have liked to learn more about Grace and Connor's world, to get a better idea of what it was like, what "technology" was available, etc. And, maybe it was just me, but it seemed odd how quickly
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Michele Velthuizen
Interest level: 5th +
Reading level: medium
Genre: adventure, suspense, horror, vampires, pirates

If you're looking for an adventure story with an interesting twist, try this new exciting series. Although it has many features of a typical high sea adventure, this series is actually set in the future (2505) and the kind of piracy that exits is unlike any you may have read about. Good and notorious pirates abound, but there are is a new mysterious breed of pirates - those who seek blood rather than g
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Jaydee Faire
Pirates who are vampires! Sounds like the best book ever, right?

WRONG.

This book is so awful, so poorly written, so full of badfic cliches and cookie-cutter characters that I'm positively shocked that it ever made it out of the slush pile, much less spawned two equally lackluster sequels.

I read this book while I was working in the children's section at a large chain bookstore, along with a kid of about ten to encourage him to read. I wouldn't be surprised if this book put him off reading for life
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Wickedshizuku
I know just the title sounds completely ridiculous, but this book had me completely stone-walled with shock. I wasn't expecting this to be as fantastic as it was. The action was stellar, and the fact that Vampires were pirates actually made a lot of sense once it was explained in a whole chapter by the captain of the Vampirates. Also to be honest this was 100 times better than the Twilight saga.
Kara
I have been trying to read a lot of books my sons read/have read or will read. So, I grabbed Vampirates off the shelf. This series was a favorite of my 17 year olds when he was younger and my 12 year old is starting to give it the eye (even though it isn't in his genre).
With a series name like Vampirates it has to be the corniest thing out there, right? Wrong! I am hooked and love these books. I want to read the next one in the series, however, I am trying to get an idea of what different books
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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
3.5

When I first saw the name of this series I thought, "Really? Are you serious? I can just imagine what the author was thinking: 'Hey, do you know what's really popular right now? Vampires. And do you know what else is popular? Pirates. I bet I could smash them together and make a mint!"

Ugh. Pass.

But...

I had heard things about it in the one YA group I'm in, which helped to chip away, a bit, at my initial skepticism, and then, recently, I was at the library and they didn't have the book I was l
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Mike
"If Pirates are bad, and vampires are worse, then I pray that as long as I be, that though I sing of Vampirates, I never one shall see."

That's a verse from a sea shanty often sung in Vampirates. The premise is pretty obvious, right? It's pirates, who are also vampires! How cool is that! Sadly, my own review might read something like:

"If stories of pirates are good, and stories of vampires are better, then though I read the Vampirates, I pray you never do."

Ok, this book isn't THAT bad. Let's get
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Kali
What’s meaner than a pirate? A vampirate, of course. Set in the twenty-sixth century off the coast of Australia’s Crescent Moon Bay, this is the story of fourteen-year-old twins Connor and Grace Tempest. When their lighthouse keeper father dies, leaving them penniless and alone, the twins take to sea. But before they can begin a new life, a ferocious storm sinks their boat and separates them—perhaps forever. Connor is plucked from the sea by a pirate ship and the athletic youngster makes fast fr ...more
Simcsa
Grace and Connor are twins, whose father used to sing them about Vampirates. And as it turns out, it wasn't just a song.

After their father's death, there aren't many options. Rather than going to an orphanage, the twins steal a ship and set out on the ocean all alone. Isn't that a little.. reckless? I think it is. And after being shipwrecked, the twins should think so too, drowning and helpless. Though they don't die. They get saved by two different boats, Connor by pirates, Grace by a weird shi
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Amy Thorne
I would have given this a 3.5 instead of 3 stars if Goodreads had let me and if really it were worth my time to sit here and agonize over such things. Am I going to read the next book? Yeah, I am. Is this the second coming of HP, or even SP? No.

Here's a book where the concept alone was worth my good humor. For this Somper gets my hat tip, and I started this story with quite a lot of goodwill stored up. My chief complaints: much is made of how smart Grace is, but she does precious little to illus
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Joshua Brown
In this book it has two main characters Grace and Conner Tempest, The are twins that get there boat wreaked and where saved by different ships one was a pirate ship which Conner is on and the other is a vampirate ship where grace is on. The setting of this book is on ships. I enjoyed this book allot there is some action and adventure. Overall this book was amazing and the genre of it is adventure/action. I would recommend this book to people who like pirate books.
Kelly
"If Pirates are bad, and vampires are worse, then I pray that as long as I be, that though I sing of Vampirates, I never one shall see."
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This book takes place in the 24 century. Grace and Connor, our main characters for this series, are "misfit" twins who have recently lost their father and swear that everything will be okay as long as the were together. The twins set out in their father's yacht, get caught in a storm, and get separated. Connor gets saved by a p
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Abigail
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Blue
This was a fun little book!

I don't really like vampires, but I love pirates! So it made up for it, and the mix was actually really interesting. The setting is pretty crazy, and the characters are captivating! (I specially liked Molucco Wrathe, such a weird and funny guy! I like weird characters lol)

It may seem like a silly book, as some people pointed out, but that's okay for me. After all, it seems to be directed to kids, and I love books for kids...so I enjoy it as it is supposed to be enjoyed
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Rose
Honestly the worst thing I have read. Nonsensical, contrived, and plain bizzarre at points. Based on a rubbish portmanteau that Somper came up with on the toilet. Would rather read the side of a cereal packet (printed below for comparative purposes).

Cereal Flours(Wholewheat{40%}, Wheat, Rice, Wholeoat{5%}), Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, , Flavourings, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Antioxidant (Ascorbyl Palmitate, Alpha Tocopherol). Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, I
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Devin
I didn't even get to the halfway mark in this book before I just had to stop. I really couldn't stand it. It felt like it was literally just a bad excuse to put vampires and pirates into the same story, no imagination or thought to it, just a "clever" title to sell it. The characters had no depth or personality. They felt more like automatons. The plot was horribly lacking in logical or interesting transitions of events into one another. It just felt so unthought about before it was written and ...more
Aaron
I found this book interesting. While it didn't shy away from the implications of piracy as a criminal career and as a cultural icon, there are certainly some interesting takes on what would be considered 'acceptable' for a young adult novel.

On the one hand, it seems to promote equal opportunity, at least when it comes to a criminal organization such as a pirate crew, it certainly poses some interesting seeming contradictions and questions. Chinese characters with their prized Katanas aside as e
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Carl Bussema
1) I'm done; I'm not going on to the rest of the series. It was enjoyable, but I don't think there's enough here to sustain it, and I have a lot of other things to read before I could even consider "marginal, possibly interesting series."
2) Note to future genre authors: do not set your work in the 25th (or 26th, can't recall) century, then use no technology more advanced than cannons and cutlasses; if you want to write a period piece, feel free to do so, but if you're going to go medieval on you
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Nicholas Karpuk
A plot point fairly early on in the first book of Vampirates where the tone very clearly shifts, and in some ways it feels like a mission statement for everything that follows.

The first couple chapters have a children's story quality to them, something almost in the Lemony Snicket wheelhouse, where the twin children of the lighthouse operator get orphaned and decide to set out to sea when all their possessions get repossessed.

But an almost immediate shipwreck on the open water separates them, an
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Esther
Jun 05, 2014 Esther rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone from 12+
Pirates and vampires! What more do you want? I like the concept, but I didn't like some of the characters and thought that the minor character that were amazing were not fleshed out some of the pirate were amazing I wish I had come up with them, but on the other side some pirates seemed stereotypical. But if there ever is a film or tv version it has to have the brilliant Eva green in it, to play a character introduced to the books in the second to last as captain of an all woman pirate group. L ...more
Adrean Messmer
I'm not entirely sure how to talk about this book. I think it's a kid's book, but I'm not sure exactly what age group.

Connor is a genuinely likeable character, but Grace... She's consistently described as mentally strong and eerily intelligent, yet she never actually shows any of those characteristics.

The male characters are all seem to be interestingly complex, but the female characters are, aside from Grace, coldly professional, until it's appropriate for them to blush or be supportive.

Adul
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Jenn
I got this book with the humble audiobook bundle. It was the first one I chose to listen to because, hello, VAMPIRATES. I couldn't resist.

The premise is simple enough: orphaned twins are separated, one is picked up by regular pirates, one is picked up by VAMPIRATES. The book starts off on a good note. It kind of reads like a Lemony Snicket book in the beginning and I really liked that. However, the premise is basically the biggest thing that happens in the book.

Basically, without spoilers, you
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Justin Somper is a bestselling UK author whose Vampirates books have been translated into over twenty languages. Justin trained in sword-fighting to help him write the fight scenes in the Vampirates series.
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“Well, if pirates are bad,
And vampires are worse,
Then I pray that as long as I be
That though I sing of Vampirates
I never one shall see.
Yea, if pirates are danger
And vampires are death,
I'll extend my prayer for thee-
That thine eyes never see a Vampirate

...and they never lay a hand on thee”
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