The Vampire's Assistant
Finally, something where morals do not outweigh the plot. Finally, there's evil characters who are truly evil (and not merely misunderstood). Finally, a book where death actually exists and poses a real threat.
Darren is still reeling from the events of the last book. He must cope with becoming a bloodthirsty creature of the night. He doesn't want to kill, but is finding the impulse increasingly m ...more
The book was a quick, enjoyable, fun read. I liked it!
Darren is miserable. His master, Mr. Crepsley, keeps pressuring him to drink human blood, but Darren refuses hoping to keep his humanity. But with each day that passes without drinking human blood Darren grows weaker. Crepsley warns Darren that if he does not drink he will die. On top of all this Darren is lonely for friends his own age. So Crepsley takes them back to the Cirque du Freak where this story takes place.
I am enjoying this series...more
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 ...more
I was shocked by how gory and graphic this book was. It's considered a middle grade book ...more
Darren is much more likable now and I’m starting to care about what happens to him and his friends. So much happened in this one and considering how short it is, it’s nonstop awesomeness!! I especiall ...more
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 ...more
Darren's new friendships at first b ...more
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 ...more
I watched the movie adaption of this series YEARS ago, and I had been dying to pick up this series. Unfortunately for me, the bookstore is big and full of millions of books so I'd forget what I was looking for the minute I walked in. Luckily for me, I walked into a bargain bookstore and found an old, extremely damaged version of this book for clearance - so of course I bought it! A little water never hu ...more
I kid, you're a vampire's assistant now boy - go do the thing where the thing needs doing.
These books were amazing as a kid, I'm not going to tarnish my joyful memory of these books by rereading them - but alas, I just love the evil.
Muahahahaha - insert diabolical laughter echo here. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I have to admit, chapter one spooked me. I don’t like the sound of my footsteps when I’m out walking at night because they seem to echo and make me think that I’m not alone – the fact that Mr. Collins does find the sound comforting made it worse for me.
Throughout this book Darren left lots of torturous cliff-hangers at the end of a few chapters which made it impossible to put this down.
I really enjoyed the conflict between Darren and Mr. Crepsle ...more
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 ...more
We get to meet Evra in this one. I always liked the little snake boy. I loved getting to see behind the scenes of the cirque! It was cool watching Darren getting to meet the a ...more
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 ...more
I mentioned in my review of Cirque Du Freak ...more
This one gets 3 stars instead of the previous 2 I gave the first book in the series, because of the ending. This one ended really well; it was fittingly brutal, "fittingly" as in "in a book about supernatural beings with an already simplified writing, it was great to FINALLY get some violence that the writer chose to just tiptoe around up until this point"
I'm al ...more
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 ...more