The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan | Review

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The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan | ReviewThe Vampire's Assistant by Darren Shan
Series: Cirque Du Freak #2
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on October 1, 2002
Genres: Fantasy, Vampires
Pages: 241
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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My Name is Darren Shan. I'm a half-vampire.

I wasn't born that way. I used to be ordinary.

My days as a human were over. My nights as a vampire's assistant had begun.

Darren joins the powerful vampire Mr. Crepsley as his assistant, and they return to the mysterious freak show. There, Darren makes friends with the snake-boy, Evra Von. As he struggles with his new life as a vampire's assistant, Darren tries desperately to resist the temptation that sickens him...the one thing that can keep him alive.
But destiny is calling...
The wolf-man is waiting.

(Last Updated On: May 31, 2022)

After finishing A Living Nightmare, I instantly starting reading the sequel because I just needed to know what happened. These books are just so short and fast paced and I adore every second of them!

In the sequel to A Living Nightmare, Darren must try to cope with how is life is now. He’s a half-vampire, which is pretty cool besides the fact that he doesn’t want to drink human blood.

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He knows that he has to because he keeps getting told that he must by Mr. Crepsley. If he doesn’t drink human blood and he continues drinking animal blood instead, he will soon die. Darren is slowly becoming paler, and that is not just a side effect of becoming a half-vampire.

Since Darren is unhappy moving around a lot and by the fact that he doesn’t really have any friends anymore because he can’t have them, Mr. Crepsley suggests that they go back to the Cirque Du Freak because Darren could make some friends there.

Once they return to the Cirque, Darren meets Evra, who is a boy who is half-snake, which is pretty wicked. Evra and Darren must share a tent, so they become pretty close.

This book was definitely better than the first, and I have a feeling that this will be a series that I will definitely stick with the whole way through because it’s just so enjoyable. They’re really easy reads too, as I read a lot of Goosebumps as a kid. I’ll be reading the third book really soon!

Have you read this novel? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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