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The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque du Freak #2)

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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.
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published 2000)
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Will M.
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 ...more
The Holy Terror
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.

The more I 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
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Susan
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 ...more
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
“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 was more consistent 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
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Amy
The Vampires Assistant
By: Darren Shan


Twilight? Evermore? No, this isn't your average vampire book. Not all lovey-dovey, but real vampires. This book has no love, but it had cruelty. This book has things that Twilight and Evermore hid from you. This is just the second of the twelve books.

Darren, the main character in the book, gives up his human life to become a vampire in order to save his best friend, Steven. Steven, in the first book, A living Nightmare got bitten by Mr. Crepsley's spider, Mad
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Rebecca McNutt
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.
Michelle Kor
This book kept me up all night. Although it was on the paranormal side (and I'm pretty sick of this genre after the Twilight craze), but at least it's more adventurous than romantic (oh yeah! So my type!)

This book is about a guy, Darren, who went to a freak show set up by some gypsy with his best friend. After the show, his friend told him to go home because he needed to talk to one of the performers. And Darren hide behind some curtains and overheard that the performer is actually a vampire and
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Yumi Learner
The second book is more interesting than the first one, and I sometimes forgot that I was reading it in English. I felt like I was reading it in Japanese. I really can't wait to read the sequel!

I think the book series is very dark, and I don't want to recommend it to children because I don't like children are involved in violence, and they mix up the real world and novels. However, I highly recomend the series to English learners! It's quite easy for reading and never makes us bored to read! I
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5inabus
This book was quite gruesome but I liked it all the same. It is about The Vampires Assistant (Darren Shan) returning to the Cirque Du Freak with his guide Mr Crepsley (he was the one who turned him into a half-vampire). The difficult bit in the book comes when Darren Shan realises that he cannot stick to his humanity because he has to drink blood to survive. And he can't play with normal kids because he has powers and he might hurt them. So the whole book is about this struggle. Now I am reading ...more
Elio Zebinato
The book continued the story of the first book. This book gives you the same hero and his mentor. He has a hard time accepting the ways of a vampire. The book goes off to explain the events that took place before this book and who the character is. After that the story begins. After having to leave his family and join Mr. Crepsley they go off to join the Cirque du Freak. Once there Darren learns a lot about the circus and all its performers. He also learns about these people called the Little Pe ...more
Elizabeth
Las portadas de esta saga son bastantes feas. Las considero muy pobres a nivel de diseño, pero lo justifico con el hecho de que son libros de hace más de 10 años, cuando las editoriales no invertían mucho en sus portadas.

En cuanto la historia, me gustó muchísimo. No me decepcionó, ni tuvo partes aburridas.


En cuanto a las partes asquerosas, tuvo algunas, pero menos que en el primer libro.



En cuanto a los hombrecitos, en la película si se ven sus caras, cosa que no pasa en los libros. Y me alegro
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Nic Echo
Dec 21, 2012 Nic Echo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nic by: Tesk
About the Book:
After witnessing a freak show, Darren Shan meets Mr. Crepsley, a vampire, and Madam Octa, Crepsley's performing spider. Shan ends up stealing Madam Octa, but when something goes wrong, he has to return to Crepsley for help. However, there is a condition and now Darren is Mr. Crepsley's half-vampire assistant. Of course, becoming a half-vampire has its disadvantages. Darren has to leave behind his family and friends, it's impossible for him to make new ones, and there is also the f
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MaxiMillion
1. Darren Shan adds very macabre touches to his writing, and uses good cliffhangers and suspense to add to the feeling. All of the foreshadowing ("I know what's happening, and I'll stop it!"), gives you a stronger feeling,and enhances the feeling of being in the book.
2. Darren Shan gives the main character (Darren Shan) lots of characterization. From his feelings on becoming a half-vampire to being Mr. Crepsley's assistant, you see a lot of anger in our kid vampire.
3.This installment in the saga
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Markus
Darren Shan writes weird books, This book was really quick and light and a lot of fun, a very nice paranormal read, but the ending was weird, bizarre, crazy, insane, kind of awesome, messed up and maybe even something more. I have never read an ending of that kind.I am now starting to enjoy these books more, they are quite childish, but I enjoyed this one better than the first. Hope the third book really steps up, hopefully going to read that soon.
Nikki May
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Conner Miles
This is a great second book in the series. It is about Darren and his challenge of becoming a half blood vampire. Mr. Cripsley decides to take Darren to the Cirque Du Freak. Which is a show with "freak" people. Darren has to help out at the cirque and even gets his own act. Darren meets a kid named Sam and they become friends. The main characters in the book are Darren, Sam, and Evra. It takes place mainly around the Cirque Du Freak and wherever it goes because they travel every so often. The co ...more
Daniel Tfm
¡Esto cada vez se pone mejor!

Lo que más me gusto de este libro fue que se enfocara un poco más en el circo y en sus personajes o en casi todos, necesitamos más de Madam Octa U_U

Estuvo súper entretenido de principio a fin, en ningún momento me aburrió. Pensé que al centrarse más en el circo y sus personajes me aburriría un poco, pero no paso. Al contrario, me gusto conocer más a los personajes. Me intrigan las “personitas” y que miedo con Mr. Tiny *meyo*

Darren por favor, ¡eres un VAMPIRO! Es hora
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Siobhan
This is another great book in the series, continuing on well from the first and leaving you wanting to read more.

Once again the book is filled with great characters, with a storyline that keeps you hooked from the start until the end. We move forward with Darren’s story, following on from when he was turned into a vampire and moved away from his home. More ideas are opened up in this one, pulling you deeper into the universe that you grow to love over the twelve books.
Harlee
I think I liked the first one better, but I still liked this. I like Evra Von, and some of the other freaks Darren has connected to. Just like the first one, the end is heart wrenching. So much pain for one young kid. Which leads me to mention, I probably would have liked this series more if I'd read it when I was younger. It was a bit hard to connect with Darren and understand when he was being difficult and childish. He IS a kid though, so that's how he should be acting. I'm just saying it was ...more
Moe
Im going to say something. I almost puked during this book several times. I will continue the series, but I would like to forewarn you about the disgusting graphics this book gives you. I didn't expect this book to be this way, as I found it in the kid section. I think that it should belong in the adult section.
Ahmad Sharabiani
در این جلد دارن شان خود را یک نیمه شبه معرفی می کند، او زمانی مثل همهء پسرهای دیگر انسانی کامل بوده است، اما برای نجات جان دوستش از مرگ، قبول کرده که زندگیش را به دست شبحی خونخوار بسپارد. دارن همراه شبح به سیرک عجایب میرود و دستیار او میشود. و ... ا. شربیانی
Kaden Hopper
The Vampires Assistant is a book about a boy named Darren Shan who has become a half vampire, but isn't willing to accept the fact that he has changed. He has to leave his family forever and join the cirque du freak. The major conflict in Darren's life is that he won't accept the fact that he has to change. For him to survive he has to drink human blood, but he says he would rather die than drink human blood.
I choose to read The Vampires Assistant because i read the first Cirque Du Freak book an
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Renee
I remember now why this series stuck with me for the last 11 years.


The great thing about Darren Shan is that everything leads up to something. Nothing is left to chance and nothing is ever meaningless. Throughout the book there were so many clues about what was going to happen and even outright foreboding. I knew something important was going to come of an event, but I still wasn't left bored and nothing was predictable.

And there's just something about the character of Darren that makes me want
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Whitney
We now enter the second book of this long series; The Vampire’s Assistant. The Vampire’s Assistant shows us what happens after Darren leaves his life behind as a human to live as a vampire with Mr. Crepsley. But Darren can’t quite leave his humanity behind and it very well lead to his death. Drinking human blood means that Darren will no longer be truly human but it may be just the thing that saves not only his life in the end.

Plot

Now that Darren has been turned into a half-vampire, the reader s
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Dennis Klauer
Dennis Klauer
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12/9/08



Book Review Essay
The book I read was Cirque De Freak Vampires Assistant, by Darren Shan. It was a great book for all readers, but mostly for a little more expierienced readers. It also is for horror or action readers.
My favorite character in the story is Darren because he is smart, good at sports, loves adrenaline, and most of all loves adventure. He is courageous and makes the story interesting.
My least favorite character is Mr. Creepsley because he’s is the evil va
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Ash
There is a very good reason why I love Darren Shan's work, it's intriguing and most of all it provides yet another unique and entirely different take on the vampire. Which today is becoming increasingly popular, however not many manage to be as simgularly unique and not to mention amazingly intriguing as this take. Which is well among my favourites.

Darren Shan is a half vampire, he once had a normal, human life until he met Larten Crepsley who in exchange for the anti-venom that would save his b
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Saritza
If I had read the books and then gone to see the movie, I would have been very disappointed that Sam never made it to the big screen and that he was replaced by a monkey girl that so far, does not exist in canon (mind you, I'm only 2 books in).

Summary: 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
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Riely J
In this book, a teenager named Darren Shan returns to the Cirque Du Freak with Larten Crepsly because Darren is not happy being a half vampire. There he meets the Snake boy (or Evra Von )and they become good friends. As they work at the Cirque they meet a boy named Sam Grest and a hippie R.V. But no one will know the tragedy R.V will cause and the loss he will have. Darren will also need to drink blood(witch he refuses to do) or he will die.A misterios man name mr.tiny will go to the cirque du ...more
Sam
Author: Darren Shan
Genre: Adventure, horror

Exposition: Darren heads to the Cirque du Freak to live their with Mr. Crepsley. Upon arrival, Darren is assigned to live with Evra, the snake boy. They do the dirty jobs around the cirque, like gathering food. The two boys meet Sam, another young boy, who is very interested in the cirque. They also meet RV, an environmental activist who lives nearby.

Conflict: Darren and Evra are very concerned that Sam will find out the secrets of the cirque. None the
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Houston Terry
Darren Shan is a teenager, he has a best friend Steve who is a daredevil and does crazy things. They got a flyer for a freak show and they decided to sneak to the theater to see it. At the freak show their is a vampire called Larten Crepsley that has a deadly spider. After the freak show Steve tells Darren to go home so he can stay and try to convince Larten to turn him into a vampire. But Larten wont do it because he thinks Steve is evil. Darren steals Larten's spider and it bites Steve. Then ...more
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Librarian's note: Also writes under the name D.B. Shan.

Darren Shan (born July 2, 1972 in London, England) is the pen name of the Irish author Darren O'Shaughnessy, as well as the name of the protagonist of his book series The Saga of Darren Shan, also known as The Cirque Du Freak Series in the United States. He is the author of The Demonata series, as well as some stand-alone books, and a series o
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Other Books in the Series

Cirque du Freak (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak, #1)
  • Tunnels of Blood (Cirque Du Freak, #3)
  • Vampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak, #4)
  • Trials of Death (Cirque Du Freak, #5)
  • The Vampire Prince (Cirque Du Freak, #6)
  • Hunters of the Dusk (Cirque Du Freak, #7)
  • Allies of the Night (Cirque du Freak, #8)
  • Killers of the Dawn (Cirque Du Freak, #9)
  • The Lake of Souls (Cirque Du Freak, #10)
  • Lord of the Shadows (Cirque Du Freak, #11)
A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak, #1) Tunnels of Blood (Cirque Du Freak, #3) Vampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak, #4) Trials of Death (Cirque Du Freak, #5) The Vampire Prince (Cirque Du Freak, #6)

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