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.
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.
- The main character was funny and NOT in love with vampires
- Very original