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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: Team Human

Title: Team Human
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Paranormal
Author: Justine Larbalentier & Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Book: ARC sent by publisher

"Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn’t mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It’s up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity!

On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching."
This book is a quick fast paced read that sweeps the reader off their feet.

What I enjoyed most about this book is the fresh aspect of it. Let's hear it for Team Human!!!!
For once, there is a smart girl not falling for the predatory smiles of the undead. She smart and does not hang on his every word. Mel quickly catches on to what really is going on. Mel is selfless in all of her actions to help/save her best friend Cathy.  I liked that Mel is rational in all of her decisions. Her snarky attitude constantly made me snort.

The love interest definitely took a different turn than what I thought. A human raised by vampires, with the choice to change. I loved how well both sides of the story played out. Mel learns a lot more about vampires but she also teaches them more about humans.

My only gripe about the story is that I wanted more fighting. It has enough suspense and mystery to keep the reader going but I kept waiting for that moment of kick-buttery. You know what I mean? Still, the book has enough entertainment to keep me reading.

Team Human raises all the points about why being human rocks. It's not just about seeing the sun rise, but more about your humanity. The feelings of emotion, love, excitement, passion, joy, and laughter. Team Human is a great story!

I give it 3 BITES!

Happy Reading!



  1. I love the way Mel sounds! A lot of female YA characters these days are always too naive for me. Can't wait for this!

  2. Great review! I love the premise it sounds really neat and original. I also love that Mel is not the cliché Bella Swan character >.<

  3. "For once, there is a smart girl not falling for the predatory smiles of the undead."

    YES! Loved that about this one:) It was just a really fun read I though, and I love a book that can poke fun at itself a little bit. Win.

  4. Hey! How could you not love a girl named Mel??? I mean really! ;)

    Oh this one does sound so good. I swear I'm going to have to move it up my wishlist!

  5. This sounds like a unique twist on what could have been a very cliche story. I think I have this one, so I'll have to give it a try. I'll keep in mind what you said about the fighting or lack thereof.


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