The Vampire Hunters, by Pete Johnson
Marcus has a secret!
He is a half- vampire , and so are his parents!
The book takes the form of Marcus’ blog and within his posts we learn what makes up a half – vampire and what sets him apart from other teenagers; namely an ability to fly (but only when he puts his mind to it – otherwise he has some pretty spectacular failures). When making the change from human to half vampire he is informed by his Mum and Dad that he will develop a thirst for blood and this happens more than once during the course of the tale. We never find out where his Mum gets the phials of blood to satisfy this craving , probably just as well.
The story is centred around Marcus and his relationship with Tallulah who is on her own quest to identify the source of some mysterious attacks in the nearby woods. She is convinced these are emanating from vampires. Marcus needs to accompany her to prevent her from ever finding out the truth about himself . Nicely woven into this adventure story is an excellent treatment of the interaction between boys and girls during their formative years. This can only enhance the experience of young readers.
The story has many twist and turns , it involves several other characters , all of whom are thoughtfully portrayed .It also manages to keep the reader constantly in trepidation throughout the pages of the blog and although the story is partly resolved in the last few pages , the very last lines provide yet another moment of suspense!