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Darren Shan was just an ordinary schoolboy - until his visit to the Cirque Du Freak. Now, as he struggles with his new life as a Vampire's Assistant, he tries desperately to resist the one temptation that sickens him, the one thing that can keep him alive. But destiny is calling... the Wolf Man is waiting.

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Darren Shan was just an ordinary schoolboy - until his visit to the Cirque Du Freak. Now, as he struggles with his new life as a Vampire's Assistant, he tries desperately to resist the one temptation that sickens him, the one thing that can keep him alive. But destiny is calling... the Wolf Man is waiting.

30 review for The Vampire's Assistant

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    THIS IS NOT a unicorns-and-rainbows middle school book and I loved it for that. 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. Hallelujah. 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 mor THIS IS NOT a unicorns-and-rainbows middle school book and I loved it for that. 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. Hallelujah. 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 more difficult to resist. Meanwhile, he's becoming fast friends with a snake-boy (Evra Von), a human-boy (Sam Grest) and eco-activist (Reggie Veggie). I love Evra's personality - his dry humour combined with his outlandish snakeboyness. I wish he played a larger role in the series. As with the first book, what first is a fun adventure, quickly turns onto a nightmare of both physical and mental anguish. . P.s. If you read the books, I'd recommend waiting at least 2-3 years prior to watching the movie. The movie was based on the first and second book. That way you'd forget enough so you won't say, "but that wasn't in the books," on repeat. Audiobook Comments Well read, if a bit monotone. Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    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 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 a lot more than The Saga of Larten Crepsley series I read previously. Darren seems much more of a real and relatable character. Though I think most boys would LOVE to be a vampire, Darren’s struggle with losing his humanity feels real even for someone young. To read my review of the other books in this series, use the links below: Book One: A Living Nightmare Book Three: Tunnels of Blood Book Four: Vampire Mountain Book Five: Trials of Death Book Six: The Vampire Prince Book Seven: Hunters of the Dusk

  3. 4 out of 5

    Will M.

    I didn't know what to read next, even though Blood Song was already on my currently reading list, so I decided to rearrange a part of my bookshelf. I noticed book 3 lying around with a couple of other random books. I then had a slight feeling of wanting to continue on with the series. I heard nothing but great things, but book 1 managed to disappoint me. Setting the bad past experience of book 1 aside, I decided to read the book 2 and decide after if I would finish the series or not. Despite the I didn't know what to read next, even though Blood Song was already on my currently reading list, so I decided to rearrange a part of my bookshelf. I noticed book 3 lying around with a couple of other random books. I then had a slight feeling of wanting to continue on with the series. I heard nothing but great things, but book 1 managed to disappoint me. Setting the bad past experience of book 1 aside, I decided to read the book 2 and decide after if I would finish the series or not. Despite the 3 star rating I gave this, I have to admit that I can't wait to finish all of the books in the series. This can be considered one of those YA-horror books that you should've read when you were actually a young-adult. I'm turning 20 this year, so I didn't find anything creepy about this novel. What I liked though would be the coming-of-age feeling it had. I like reading about an adventure of a kid growing up, so this series might be the thing to read, and hopefully resurrect the YA genre for me. I've given up on the genre way too long ago, but I still try to read a few of them once in a while and see if something floats my boat. This is one of those boat floaters, and I'm glad I continued on. This second novel was way superior to the first one. All introductions aside, it was a great novel of adventure. The writing was okay for me, it didn't have any major issue so I don't have much to complain about. The plot was also consistent, and the latter parts had a good amount of action. I liked reading about how the main character had to make important life decisions. Hopefully he grows older in the next novels, because I would like to see the possible development of the main character. While reading this, I remembered an episode from Fairly Odd Parents wherein Timmy Turner joined the circus for a day, but ended up missing his family so he decided to go home. This series seems like that at first, but the main character didn't go back, he became a full member of the circus. I would love to read more about his adventures with Cirque Du Freak, and thankfully there are 10 more books in the series. 3/5 stars. Nothing spectacular, but it's one of the few YA series that managed to catch my attention. I'm sure the author has more tricks up his sleeves in the next novels.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I really had to think about my rating for this one for quite a while. I waffled between 3 and 4 stars for a few days because of one thing: the heavy-handed foreshadowing. 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 I really had to think about my rating for this one for quite a while. I waffled between 3 and 4 stars for a few days because of one thing: the heavy-handed foreshadowing. 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 disturbing for a child to read (and this is set at 12 and up, so if you're a parent I'd suggest reading these first before handing them off to your kids.) I'm being very serious when I say that this could be nightmare material. The foreshadowing is therefor quite necessary because it prepares the reader for the very awful things that happen. And even then, with the foreshadowing and warnings, I still wasn't prepared for the ending; it still left me shaken and upset and even surprised at how wrong things went. I was almost left with my mouth hanging open (and a few tears in my eyes) when the shit hit the fan. It was intense and scary and pretty much everything you'd want in this type of book. Cirque du Freak is turning into a great, and well, I don't want to say fun series because it's horror and that's not really fun, you know? But it's entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat and I read the third book the very next night in one sitting. The characters are well-written, the world is fascinating and strange and just terrifying enough for an adult, and the story is so different from any others I've encountered that I've actually continued reading the series instead of bouncing off to something else instead. I rarely continue on with a series but with this one I find myself opening up the next book as soon as I finish the last because I can't wait to see what will happen. If you're looking for something gory, scary, and well-written, then grab this series and give it a chance. I can say I'm enjoying it immensely and will probably read the whole series in the next week or two.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    What makes Darren Shan's books a great read is that even though they're over 200 pages long, I can easily finish them. The action within this book is very quick and there's always something new for you to read. The ending for me was a little shocking, but the way that Darren Shan writes makes you want to read the next book. The Vampire's Assistant is the 2nd book in a series of seven books. After reading the Dreamcatcher which was over 800 pages long this was an easy read and very quick. For man What makes Darren Shan's books a great read is that even though they're over 200 pages long, I can easily finish them. The action within this book is very quick and there's always something new for you to read. The ending for me was a little shocking, but the way that Darren Shan writes makes you want to read the next book. The Vampire's Assistant is the 2nd book in a series of seven books. After reading the Dreamcatcher which was over 800 pages long this was an easy read and very quick. For many this book might seem scary especially just by looking at the cover. However, when you start reading personally I don't find it scary and I know it's unrealistic. Even though this book is fantasy Darren Shan creates a lot of imagery for me as a reader. I feel like I can imagine everything and it's like a movie playing in my head. The more you read the closer you feel to the characters and with a strong relationship you start to feel nervous, when they feel nervous, and relieved when they feel relieved. Darren Shan writes in a way that as a reader you become part of the book, and that's what makes it so fun to read his books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    The Cirque du Freak series was incredibly popular when I was in junior high school, but after reading the first novel, I don't understand why. The characters were all very annoying and facile, the plot dragged on aimlessly and the sentences were choppy. This book was nothing special and not even worth reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    “The hunger inside us must be fed to be controlled.” 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 “The hunger inside us must be fed to be controlled.” 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 butt and taking names. The ensemble of bizarre circus characters was truly intriguing - from his new friends and the unusual problems they face, to the leaders in charge who he must be wary of in both power and crossing lines, to some of the difficult and at times morally questionable work, Darren is also cursed with trying to accept what he now is and what he must do to survive. Sounding more emo than it really is, the boy doesn't struggle too much on page but instead experiences with a rampage of other emotions relating to interesting plot details. Mr. Crepsley is slowly growing on me. I could have done without him the first book, took him or left him, but here he's more enjoyable in his role. It's a little over 200 pages, and with the quick action and something new always happening, it's a quick read. Even if there is a vampire theme and the cover is a bit eerie for youngsters, it's more of a drama piece than anything thrillerish. There are horrifying incidents that occur, but these are all seriousness, no cheese. There's a decent amount of gore compared to the first and as a young adult for this age level, but it's not on the adult plane. Whether a parent wishes for their children to read this or not....well, it would depend of the child's sensitivity level. This one takes it more into the realm of teenager, I think. Shan certainly has an amazing ability with words, to where when reading it you can clearly picture whatever's going on, making it clear and real, mentally impressing and everlasting in memory. The ending of this book was shocking, especially for a young adult. It broke my heart. The first one was addicting and easy to fall into after an awkward meeting; this one continues it to be such an awesome experience that it's forever on my "keeper shelf." Almost surreal sometimes, exciting others, tragic and powerful, this one packs a huge punch that you WANT to be hit by. I can't recommend this highly enough for horror fans, young adult enthusiasts, adults, and people who enjoy different sorts of fantastic worlds peppering with circus tricks, loners struggling to survive in a world which rejects them, and coming to term with life-altering changes. Basically this is recommended for all readers everywhere.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    What an incredible second installation to the Cirque Du Freak series! Darren isn't too keen on the new life that was all but forced upon him, but it does prove to be exciting and full of interesting characters. We meet several new and fun people, and a few not-so-fun and interesting people (possible villains!). The atmosphere isn't as sinister as we originally thought in Book 1, and yet the characters prove they aren't all what they seem to be at first meeting. Darren's new friendships at first b What an incredible second installation to the Cirque Du Freak series! Darren isn't too keen on the new life that was all but forced upon him, but it does prove to be exciting and full of interesting characters. We meet several new and fun people, and a few not-so-fun and interesting people (possible villains!). The atmosphere isn't as sinister as we originally thought in Book 1, and yet the characters prove they aren't all what they seem to be at first meeting. Darren's new friendships at first bring him solace with his new life, but he's still not fond of Mr. Crepsley or the vampire world. A vampire novel trope is, naturally, going through the motions of leaving one's humanity behind and adapting to this new way of life; this is my favorite version of that process, this series. Darren is going to be 12 (I don't think his age is ever officially mentioned but the Wiki says he's 12) for a long time, and not exactly a normal, average human 12-year-old. The first book opened the door to Mr. Crepsley creepy world; the second book kicks the door ajar and invites in to get a firsthand experience. It's a great setup to the future adventures Darren and his freak friends are going to go on, and I'm super excited to continue with him! Also, note: My 12-year-old brother loved this series! He read all 12 books in less than a week!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The adventure continues of Darren, the half-vampire, as a vampire's assistant with the freak show. In this book he makes two new friends as he is adjusting to life as a half-vampire. He's coming to terms with drinking human blood -- stubbornly refusing to do so -- and meets an ecowarrior vegetarian nicknamed "Reggie Veggie" who will cause some trouble for Darren. I loved the book's age-appropriate discussion on environmental protection and animal rights. As someone who has been a vegan for quite The adventure continues of Darren, the half-vampire, as a vampire's assistant with the freak show. In this book he makes two new friends as he is adjusting to life as a half-vampire. He's coming to terms with drinking human blood -- stubbornly refusing to do so -- and meets an ecowarrior vegetarian nicknamed "Reggie Veggie" who will cause some trouble for Darren. I loved the book's age-appropriate discussion on environmental protection and animal rights. As someone who has been a vegan for quite a while now, I thought the conversations between R.V. and Darren were true to life and the author did a great job in having a vegetarian character who wasn't dumb or obnoxious and who could offer a unique perspective on the freak show. Once again the book is very dark and macabre, which I love, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    The Vampire's Assistant was an excellent young adult novel that is full of thrills and chills! 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 The Vampire's Assistant was an excellent young adult novel that is full of thrills and chills! 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 hurt anybody! I hadn't read the first book in this series, but jumping right in was super easy! This book was fun, full of silly frights and awesome character development, and made me remember why I loved vampire novels in my youth! This book is quick - it moves fast and keeps you interested at every turn. There's some really creepy bad guys, Evra (the snake boy), a wolf man, and some awesome parental-yet-not-so-parental adults hanging around. It's definitely the type of horror book I would read as a kid (but it doesn't scare me at all now - adult me has worse things to be afraid of...like politics and bills...ick). I highly recommend this book to anyone considering introducing their children to YA books with horror or vampires in it. It's fun and creepy in all good ways! It'll keep the adults interested too! Four out of five stars!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The Vampires Assistant 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 The Vampires Assistant 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, Madam Octa. Mr. Crepsley is the person who blooded Darren to make him a vampire. You should read the first book before reading this. In this book, Darren is the assistant of Mr. Crepsley, he learns the way of becoming a vampire, learns the danger of becoming a vampire, and learns the behavior of a vampire. Vampires don't kill when they feed, they just get enough blood to satisfy them. If I was Mr. Crepsley, I would be patient with Darren because Darren became a vampire at such a young age. Patience is needed to teach someone that became blooded at the age of 14. I absolutely loved this book. I borrowed the whole series at once, just so I can finish it all within about 5 days, so I don't need to leave myself hanging. Although I've reread this book tons and tons of times, I still get the same feeling when certain things happen. This book can't compare to Harry Potter though, cause that is my first favorite book. I loved this book because it was interesting to see how many different kinds of vampire books are there. I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't like Twilight. This book has a bit of love in it, but isn't all over love like Twilight. Every library has this book, probably even the school library. This book is so awesome, don't miss a chance to read it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    jhldjfau

    This book was quite gruesome but I liked it all the same. It is about The Vampires Assistant (Darren Shan) returning to the Cirque Du Freak with his guide Mr Crepsley (he was the one who turned him into a half-vampire). The difficult bit in the book comes when Darren Shan realises that he cannot stick to his humanity because he has to drink blood to survive. And he can't play with normal kids because he has powers and he might hurt them. So the whole book is about this struggle. Now I am reading This book was quite gruesome but I liked it all the same. It is about The Vampires Assistant (Darren Shan) returning to the Cirque Du Freak with his guide Mr Crepsley (he was the one who turned him into a half-vampire). The difficult bit in the book comes when Darren Shan realises that he cannot stick to his humanity because he has to drink blood to survive. And he can't play with normal kids because he has powers and he might hurt them. So the whole book is about this struggle. Now I am reading number 3. By Cormac aged 9.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mission Blue

    I definitely need a break after tolerating this amount of stupidity!!! But I can't leave the story. I'll start the series again some other time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Kor

    This book kept me up all night. Although it was on the paranormal side (and I'm pretty sick of this genre after the Twilight craze), but at least it's more adventurous than romantic (oh yeah! So my type!) 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 This book kept me up all night. Although it was on the paranormal side (and I'm pretty sick of this genre after the Twilight craze), but at least it's more adventurous than romantic (oh yeah! So my type!) 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 that his friend wanted to become the vampire's assistant and begged the vampire to change him. The vampire didn't change his friend because he claimed that the blood was evil. After that, he went home and started avoiding his best friend. He stole the vampire's special spider and then somehow, the spider bit his best friend and his best friend went into a coma. In order to save him, he agreed to become the vampire's assistant and went around the world, travelling with him and in turn met a lot of people. A very interesting book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    BAM The Bibliomaniac

    Another lively chapter book for children Now we have a werewolf And an animal rights activist Do the two mix?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nic Echo

    About the Book: 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 About the Book: 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 fact that he will die if he refuses to drink human blood. Now, there is nothing that can be done with the first problem, but Crepsley decides to help with the second by taking him back to the Cirque so that he can make some new friends that will prove tougher than humans. Unfortunately, other problems are still bound to arise... Review: This book was much more enjoyable to me than its prior counterpart. Although I am still unable to decipher Darren's age (I'm guessing twelve) and the dialogue is still flimsy, I found myself easily overlooking these faults and enjoying the story and adventure. It was really nice to see Darren interacting with more people his age, and his new friend, Evra Von, the snake boy, seems like he could be a pretty interesting guy. We are also introduced to Mr. Tiny in this book, who manages to be almost too weird to be frightening yet at the same time manages it quite well and has you wondering what sort of part he will play in the series. Granted, some of the characters are stereotypical, something that I have always disliked in a good portion of youth books. For example, Darren and his friends meet R.V., who is a vegetarian fighting against roads being built to help save the environment. Of course, he is an extremest, does drugs, smells bad, and says "man" a lot. I find it really disheartening when cliches like this are written, especially in books geared toward a younger audience. After all, shouldn't we be showing them that people aren't always the cliche? That aside though, I found this book an enjoyable read and have already opened up the next one. It's fast paced with a good macabre twists and originality.

  17. 4 out of 5

    MaxiMillion

    1. Darren Shan adds very macabre touches to his writing, and uses good cliffhangers and suspense to add to the feeling. All of the foreshadowing ("I know what's happening, and I'll stop it!"), gives you a stronger feeling,and enhances the feeling of being in the book. 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 1. Darren Shan adds very macabre touches to his writing, and uses good cliffhangers and suspense to add to the feeling. All of the foreshadowing ("I know what's happening, and I'll stop it!"), gives you a stronger feeling,and enhances the feeling of being in the book. 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 of Darren Shan starts with Darren and Mr. Crepsley traveling, and later they head to the Cirque Du Freak, where they meet new friends, such as Evra the snake-boy, and the young human Sam. Sam really wants to join the Cirque, but his countless attempts to become a member don't work. Further on, they meet R.V., an eco-warrior, who is curious about the Cirque. When Darren manages to get a ticket for them, RV feels very sympathetic for the wolf-man....almost too sympathetic. He tries to free it the same night that Sam tries to sneak in, and both of his (RV's) arms are ripped off by the wolf-man. He runs off screaming into the night "My arms!My arms! Where are they?!". Darren sees Sam's backpack, and, realizing what happened, chases the wolf-man, and finds himself in an abandoned train station. He sees Sam hiding, and joins him, but the wolf-man attacks! Darren tells Sam to run, but Sam tries to protect Darren, and is fatally wounded. Suddenly, Mr. Crepsley appears, and knocks the wolf-man out. Then he tells Darren that if he sucks all of Sam's blood out, Sam's spirit will live forever in Darren's body. Grudgingly, Darren does so. The story ends with Darren having a craving for pickled onions-Sam's favorite food.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pobes

    Like the first book, The Vampire's Assistant was very enjoyable. I am 100% sure that both vampire literature and non-vampire literature will enjoy it. This book made me angry, mad, laughed, and cry. Every single sentence gave me chills and goosebumps. One thing I think that makes this book a little better than the first one is how much the Circus was in it. In the first book, we only got to read about the Circus for a few chapters. Even though those chapters were amazing and giving me chills, I Like the first book, The Vampire's Assistant was very enjoyable. I am 100% sure that both vampire literature and non-vampire literature will enjoy it. This book made me angry, mad, laughed, and cry. Every single sentence gave me chills and goosebumps. One thing I think that makes this book a little better than the first one is how much the Circus was in it. In the first book, we only got to read about the Circus for a few chapters. Even though those chapters were amazing and giving me chills, I still think that it wasn't enough. And this book did the opposite. It gave us tons and tons of chapters that revolve around the Circus. I got to learn about other freaks that were in the show. I got to learn about the history of the Circus. I got to learn about the things happening backstage and about the Little People. I was also introduced to 2 new characters, too. One of them made me mad as hell. The other made me cry like it's the end of the world. The ending of this book shattered my heart. I can't find any more ways to recommend it to you. Just read it, and you'll find yourself crying.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    This series is just marvelous!! And it has a praise by J. K. Rowling on the cover. What do you need more to start reading it! Seriously this is the best old kids/ young teens book/series since Harry Potter! Nothing less! It is fun, has very original characters, we don't fall into stupid clichés and stereotypes, it has a solid and dark story and I just having a great time reading it. Highly recommend!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yumi Learner

    The second book is more interesting than the first one, and I sometimes forgot that I was reading it in English. I felt like I was reading it in Japanese. I really can't wait to read the sequel! 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 The second book is more interesting than the first one, and I sometimes forgot that I was reading it in English. I felt like I was reading it in Japanese. I really can't wait to read the sequel! 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 really want to read the author's other books too!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Barth

    Let me just start off by saying NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE EVER HAPPENED IF YOU WOULD HAVE JUST DRANK SOME HUMAN BLOOD DARREN! Or you could have told Mr. Tall everything that was going on sooner than later, BUT NOOOOO. #imnotcryingyouare

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adam Marino

    The theme of this book is do what is good for you and people around you because in the book, Darren has to make decision on whether or not he should take blood from humans and not just animals. Darren chooses to drink the blood.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    I read this one in just a few hours. Just 130 pages on my e-reader + an extremely simple writing style= a very quick reading experience. 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 I read this one in just a few hours. Just 130 pages on my e-reader + an extremely simple writing style= a very quick reading experience. 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 already reading the next book in the series. I really hope the writing gets better soon.

  24. 5 out of 5

    15SpittallC

    It a great sequel to cirque du freak and is one if the best books in the series, will lot of exciting moments that eave you on the edge.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    A fun and fast-paced sequel. Ralph Lister once again gives a great performance as the narrator.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elio Zebinato

    The book continued the story of the first book. This book gives you the same hero and his mentor. He has a hard time accepting the ways of a vampire. The book goes off to explain the events that took place before this book and who the character is. After that the story begins. After having to leave his family and join Mr. Crepsley they go off to join the Cirque du Freak. Once there Darren learns a lot about the circus and all its performers. He also learns about these people called the Little Pe The book continued the story of the first book. This book gives you the same hero and his mentor. He has a hard time accepting the ways of a vampire. The book goes off to explain the events that took place before this book and who the character is. After that the story begins. After having to leave his family and join Mr. Crepsley they go off to join the Cirque du Freak. Once there Darren learns a lot about the circus and all its performers. He also learns about these people called the Little People. They keep the circus in check and keep alive. After getting situated he gains a new best friend around his age and both go out to explore the area. They meet new people, some that are good and others that are bad. Both will have to stick together and try to work together to fix the problems presented in the book. It had a basic plot line and everything that happened was foreshadowed, however somethings came as a surprise. This book has no mercy for anyone, so anyone can be a victim. This makes the book much better in creating a vibe that scares and warns the readers about something that will happen. Overall, the book receives a 5 star rating because of how well it is composed and how great the plot line is.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mkittysamom

    Pickled Onions lol I forgot How much actually happens in the first two books! There is a lot of moving around, feelings.. and getting to know the characters.. and hoping they stick around or not in some cases.. Mr Tiny... I just love how no one is just evil.. even the little people do things for others out of character! There is just so much stuff packed into this book.. I still can’t belive RV’s arms... Lol hope he doesn’t come back in the future.. dealing with Sam and blood resolution was hard Pickled Onions lol I forgot How much actually happens in the first two books! There is a lot of moving around, feelings.. and getting to know the characters.. and hoping they stick around or not in some cases.. Mr Tiny... I just love how no one is just evil.. even the little people do things for others out of character! There is just so much stuff packed into this book.. I still can’t belive RV’s arms... Lol hope he doesn’t come back in the future.. dealing with Sam and blood resolution was hard enough. I remember from hints that Darren has to go through trials in front of VIP Vamps at some point to become more than a 1/2 Vamp..but I’m just getting to Tunnels of Blood.. where Krepsley is seemingly sinister!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    This is another great book in the series, continuing on well from the first and leaving you wanting to read more. Once again the book is filled with great characters, with a storyline that keeps you hooked from the start until the end. We move forward with Darren’s story, following on from when he was turned into a vampire and moved away from his home. More ideas are opened up in this one, pulling you deeper into the universe that you grow to love over the twelve books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    My opinion of this book is one giant eye roll. Meh, lame, and bleh. This is definitely a children's book and probably one that would only interest 10 year old boys. I like the movie, which it why I wanted to read the book. However the movie script writers did a much better job than the actual book author. At least the audiobook was only 5 hours and I listened to it at 1.25x speed. Also, the narrator of the audiobook does a pretty close to terrible job.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Markus

    Darren Shan writes weird books, This book was really quick and light and a lot of fun, a very nice paranormal read, but the ending was weird, bizarre, crazy, insane, kind of awesome, messed up and maybe even something more. I have never read an ending of that kind.I am now starting to enjoy these books more, they are quite childish, but I enjoyed this one better than the first. Hope the third book really steps up, hopefully going to read that soon.

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