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(Vampirates #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  8,436 ratings  ·  698 reviews
Twins, Connor and Grace, find truth to Vampirate shanty their father sang to them before he died, after they are shipwrecked and separated. Connor, aboard a pirate ship, learns to swordfight. For Grace, aboard a ship of vampire pirates, danger is great. What will it take for them to find each other?
Published 2006 (first published 2005)
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Le Xuan Nguyen yup! I don't want to spoil your fun and give you spoilers so I'll just say that you can expect a little bit of romance :)
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Mar 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, youngadult
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
Asghar Abbas

The premise alone is worth the price of admission. I mean, come on look at the title! How can I not read this ? Or. So I thought, so I thought. And. So he spoke, and so he spoke, that lord of Castamere. Sigh. Why won't life just be a very long composition by the ever sublime Sigur Rós?

This book though is not as deep as this song I am listening to, is making it out to be. But at its core, it is about a pair of twin siblings. I can't seem to escape my fascination with this concept. For, what is m
Apr 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 14, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Dec 30, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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. ...more
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Apr 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA fans, Urban Fantasy fans, Paranormal fans
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: Fort Stewart, GA Library
Dear Pretties,

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.Dear Pretties,

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.
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All the best,
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
The book had a great concept but only meh execution. Why are the pirates and vampires all so nice to each other? Neither of them want to hurt people?! I get that this book is aimed at younger audiences but there isn't even much fighting. And why is it based in the future when it could just as easily be based in the past; there is no inclusion of the idea that it's based in the future when the ice caps have melted and a new age of piracy has emerged except for in the blurb. And this is really unf ...more
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good young adult series with enough story to hold most anyone's interest.
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
Sep 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 Carbonat
Jaydee Faire
Mar 30, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Pirates who are vampires! Sounds like the best book ever, right?


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
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 I enjoy it as it i
I have read this book when I was still a teenager and quite liked it. Now I had a possibility to read the next books in the series, so I decided to read this one again since I didn't remember a lot from the previous time.

Usually, I don't like young adult stories, they are too immature for me. However, this one is not bad. Not as silly as I was afraid it would be. Reading this now, as an adult, is not a bad experience.

Though I decided not to read the next books in this ser
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

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.


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 a
Kara Peterson
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"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."

Michèle 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
Jun 14, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a mess and I love it. Vampirates manages to be one of those books that you’re only able to passively read. You get curious over how much is left because nothing has happened yet, and it turns out you’ve finished the book.

Obviously aimed at illiterate 8 year olds, this book is a national treasure. I never did figure out if the pirate academy was literal or not. Either way, this book has no subtlety whatsoever with its ‘tell not show’ mentality. Complete with a built in vampirates ch
Dec 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Lesa Divine
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-it, i-own
A alright tale of two twins that run away from the place they've once called home after their father dies. They end up shipped wrecked and their both find themselves far apart saved by two different ships. Grace on the vampirates ship as Connor is on a Pirate ship. They just want to find each. But of course they both are put through something.
With pirates, vampires, swords, blood, fighting, suspense and more.
I'll continue the series to see how it all plays out.
It took me a while to warm up to this book (I heard it as an audio book btw). But somewhere around the second or third disk I was hooked. It has a slower pace compared to book 2 which certainly picked up the pace and was a big improvement!
s. fay
I thought this book was alright, however, I didn’t like how it alternated between two characters point of view. I would have preferred to only follow one of the twins.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All though its a childrens book, I still thought it was entertaining. If you like fantasy this is a book for you, its an easy read and fairly enjoyable.
Vampires and Pirates.

Vampires and Pirates.


Holy cow, this sounds awesome. I mean vampirates. Pirates and Vampires combined together. I don't know about you but this was a first for me and it sounded cool. But it disappointed me greatly.

So the other day I was watching season 8 of Supernatural and this particular episode I was watching had Dean and a vampire named Benny destroy a nest of vampires. There's this one scene where they talk about vampires who live on the coast and feed off of humans who would
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
Rachel Noel
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, this is a middle-grade book. Yes, I picked it up because the title made my inner child go "woah!" No, I have no regrets.

This book was an easy and enjoyable read. The main characters are generally smart, if a bit too curious sometimes. I greatly appreciated that Connor was as empathetic as he was towards Cheng Li and her situation. Captain Wrathe was a lot of fun and really embodied a lot of what people consider a pirate to be while also being a good captain to his crew.
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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.

Other books in the series

Vampirates (7 books)
  • Dead Deep (Vampirates, #1.5)
  • Tide of Terror (Vampirates, #2)
  • Blood Captain (Vampirates, #3)
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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”
“However bad your life appears, things could be far, far worse” 21 likes
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