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.
A refreshing new side of the "vampire" novel!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up 'Team Human', but I love author Sarah Rees Brennan, so I wanted to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did!
First of all, this is not your typical vampire/human love story. Mel and Cathy are best friends and I loved their relationship. Mel tries to protect Cathy when she falls in love with vampire, Francis. I was really touched by how caring Mel was and how much she wanted to protect Cathy, I mean after all, Franci is a vampire! I really love the lesson of friendship that this book has. While Cathy seems to be oblivious to the dangers she is putting herself in, Mel is right there by her side trying to make open her eyes to them. The world building was unique and I enjoyed reading about how people can become vampires, and what a huge risk that is, they could be turned into a zombie in the process!
Francis and Cathy's relationship was not based on physical attraction either. I really loved that. They are both intellectuals and I loved how that was the base of their relationship.
I found this book to be both entertaining, heart warming and towards the end it got my pulse racing. Overall, a lovely, refreshing take on the human/vampire world. I highly recommend this book if you have been looking for a new vampire book that is different from any you've ever read.
Team Human audiobook review
I think I enjoyed this one more in audiobook format than I would have in regular text. I read much slower than I can listen to an audiobook since I can listen at work. Since I read more on the slow side, I think I would've gotten a bit bored with the story and the main character, but I didn't really feel that, save for a few moments, while listening.
While Mel, our main character, can get a bit annoying with her snark, I found her highly amusing. Her incredible distaste for vampires confused me a bit since it seemed there wasn't much of a reason for it, but this was actually addressed in the story, so I can live with it.
I'm not going to lie, I wasn't entirely happy with the ending. I mean, I can't quite see it going any other way, but that doesn't mean I have to be happy about it.
Cathy drove me in.freaking.sane. I understand what it feels like to be seventeen,
I do. Seventeen is basically eighteen and you're supposed to be an adult at that point, so why can't you just make your own choices now? And hey, that is a legit question. And in most situations, I think people make perfectly good choices at that age. I do not, however, think it's a good idea to decide vamp yourself at seventeen. Especially when you're doing it because of a boy. A boy you've known for all of a couple weeks. That could likely result in some serious relationship remorse if there was ever to be a breakup. Plus, you know, it's kind of a life or death decision. So, I didn't really like Cathy or the decisions she made.
Kit, on the other hand, was a great character. I can completely understand his wish to become a vampire. He was raised by them. Much more reasonable, no? Plus, he was completely adorable with his skewed vision of humanity (as opposed to vampires). He and Mel made a really cute couple, especially since all they really had was a flirty kind of thing going on for half the book. Not too heavy, but completely adorable.
The story itself was pretty good. I appreciated that it was more than romance and Mel's crusade to stop Cathy from becoming a vampire. The side story is good, but it was still a bit predictable, as was the rest of the plot.
The Nutshell: If you're a quick reader or looking for a good audio, I'd recommend Team Human. The plot is a bit on the predictable side and the characters aren't outstanding or anything, but it's highly amusing and Mel's romance is pretty cute.
New side of the vampire genre...
This one was definitely a new side of the vampire. It's got everything, nasty humorous jabs, vampires, mystery and zombies.
Now, people, let us debate the pros and cons of being a vampire.
You can live forever, move really fast and be gorgeous
You never get to laugh, cry or really even smile again. You can never go in the sunlight at all.
I would never become a vampire. Anyone who knows me knows that I laugh. A lot. At everything. And I like the sun. So, from my point of view, Cathy's decision was a stupid one. I mean, she knows this guy for a few weeks and decides she wants to be with him. For eternity. Of not laughing, smiling, crying or anything. That sounds horrible. Anyway.
The plot was a little confusing. There were too many side plots, and you had to kind of dig to find the right one. There was the mystery regarding Anna, trying to convince Cathy not to turn into a vampire, trying to figure out Kit and his family, and hating on Francis. It was a bit confusing.
But the plot was also very original, which I really liked.
I really liked Mel as a main character. Unlike most female protagonists in vampire books, she was totally NOT obsessed with vampires. She was also really funny, which made the book more enjoyable in contrast to Cathy and Francis' seriousness. I thought that maybe her meanness to the vampires was a little unjustified and a bit over the top, but I still really liked her.
I also liked Kit and Anna, Kit because he was really funny, and Anna because, well, she was just likable.
I think this book would appeal to both vampire lovers and vampire haters, because although the whole book revolves around the existence of vampires, the main character really does not like vampires, and it's actually more about friendship and mystery.
- Very original
Vampires in the Government
Team Human is unlike any vampire book I have even encountered. It is not anything like Twilight, where it is all about love nothing else, no fun extras added. But Team Human had it all, vampires, love, humour, mysteries and zombies. Yes, zombies, and they are not that cheesy as well!!!
I think that Mel was a great main character. I thought that her humour brought a great contrast to the vampires solemn nature. I thought that she was a bit mean to the vampires, slightly over the top with the jokes and all. I thought it was a brilliant idea to make her opposed to the idea of Cathy becoming a vampire, it made the book much more enjoyable, but at the same time, a bit difficult.
I didn't really like any other character to Kit and Anna. I found them all to strange and, not just right. I didn't like how Cathy didn't think before her making her choice. I thought that she should of had time to live her life as a human longer.
All in all, this is a different type of vampire book. The plot never really comes out, but if you search hard enough, you'll find it. The characters are all different, an pretty good, even if they didn't work with me that well. I think that the majority of young adults will enjoy this book.
-The main character is not in love with a vampire!!!!
A Story to Remember
Team Human made me laugh–a lot. It was exactly what I needed to get out of a mild reading slump I had, but moreover, it definitely deserves bonus points for being a great read filled with laughs at every page and a novel that’s much, much more than just a vampire book.
If someone read a plot summary to me without getting me to read the actual book, I would have been disinterested. It’s not my kind of plot. I am an action girl. I’m all for punches and epic battles and roundhouse kicks and war between good and evil. I’m just dramatic that way. But Team Human didn’t focus on action whatsoever. (No vampires out to drink your blood either.) There’s a running theme of friendship and love–there’s so much more than vampires in this book. It’s a mystery/contemporary disguised as a paranormal comedy.
Larbalestier and Brennan had me laughing every minute I read this book. The book is chock full of witty jokes and hilarious moments, and never once did Mel disappoint in humor. The romance was subdued but nevertheless adorable–both in Cathy and Francis’s “getting-lost-in-the-other’s-eyes” relationship and in Mel and Kit’s “trying-hard-to-make-you-laugh” relationship. I never felt overwhelmed with “oh-my-gosh-he’s-so-hot-how-can-I-talk-to-him-without-making-a-fool-of-myself” or with steamy romantic scenes that might go a little too far (in my opinion). Things just clicked for both couples. It was just natural.
This book was probably the most original vampire novel I’ve ever read. I’m glad that Larbalestier and Brennan decided to make vampires already a known existence to everyone in their world–it would have been a pain to go through the finding-out-what-species-that-mysterious-guy-is trend again. And though there were a ton of clues pointing out the solution to the mystery, I never caught it until the page before it was revealed! Larbalestier and Brennan were masterful at diverting my attention until the last second.
Mel is the best protagonist. Ever. I can relate to her on so many levels–mostly because she’s an ABC (American Born Chinese) like me. We deal with the same problems–trying to decide what to do when we’re set loose into the world, trying to please our parents (though she rebels more often than I do), and trying to solve other people’s problems.
But not only is she relatable, she is the funniest protagonist I’ve ever encountered in my entire reading life. Her jokes cracked me up every single time, and never once did I get bored of her. She’s not a Mary Sue, and she’s got her own problems just like a normal teenage girl.
I didn’t find many grammatical errors, and Larbalestier and Brennan kept the description to a minimum–no flowery language and no ambiguous settings or characters. I powered through this book in three days (though I totally think that if I didn’t have massive loads of homework, I could have read this in one sitting).
Team Human is not a vampire novel. Even though the entire plot revolves around the existence of vampires, this mystery/comedy could be suitable to anyone–both vampire lovers and vampire haters. Themes of friendship and love with amusing characters and a curious mystery would definitely hook anyone in. Larbalestier and Brennan have created a story to remember.
This book was funny! Mel came across as spunky and loyal. When her best friend falls for a vampire she makes her dislike of him clear. Mel juggles her friends, vampires, zombies, and a boy called Kitten and the story comes together in a colorful piece with a heart felt ending.
A witty and fun addition to a market already bursting with fangs
Before I even started Team Human I knew it was going to make me laugh, because it was going to make fun of the stereotypical teen vampire story lines. Story lines that I enjoy sure but also make fun of, you know what I am talking about, girl meets new hot guy in school who happens to be a vampire, knows him for two seconds and they fall madly-can’t-live-without-each-other love. And Team Human did make me laugh but what I didn’t expect it to also do was make me cry. I also didn’t expect the amount sleuthing the main character Mel would be partaking in and although I don’t gravitate to much mystery books I really enjoyed the mystery in this one.
It’s the beginning of September and Mel and her best friend Cathy are starting their senior year, strange thing though so is a 100+ vampire named Francis, who may look seventeen but sure doesn’t act like any seventeen year old in the 21st century. Cathy who has been obsessed with everything vampire since Mel has known her is instantly enamoured…Mel is not. Mel doesn’t trust Francis, what kind of vampire wants to go to high school? Not to mention it seems the school’s principal doesn’t want him around either and Mel has made it her job to find out if it’s because the Principal’s husband ran off with a vampire and she’s prejudice to all of their kind or that something a lot more sinister is going on.
Team Human wasn’t just a story about poking holes at a cliché. It was a story about looking past one’s own prejudices and narrow minded beliefs and about accepting the decision and choices of those you love even if it goes completely against what you want. Team Human was about friendships and what it truly means to be a good friend, not just doing what you think is best for others but allowing others to do what they think is best for them even if you completely disagree.
This book was filled with so much character growth and development, not just for our main heroine but for supporting characters as well. Mel goes from being naïve and blinded by her own perspective to someone willing to seeing different points of views before stubbornly deciding that she knows everything. And Kit, a human raised by vampires finally steps out of the world of the undead and interacts with people with a pulse. It also showed the development of relationships between several different characters and not just in a romantic sense. Although, the drama and the mystery was what propelled the story along I enjoyed the character-side of things the most.
If I didn’t know any better I never would have guessed that this book was written by two authors, the storytelling is coherent and consistent from beginning to end and I would never be able to point out which author might have wrote what. The style was smart and witty and this story had me giggling throughout most of it and shedding tears later on while still unexpectedly leaving me with a good, warm fuzzy feeling as I read the last line. If you’ve been on the fence about reading this book then just give in and get it, you won’t regret it.