Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean (Paperback)
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Short Description for Vampirates Originally published: Great Britain: Simon & Schuster, 2005.
- Published: 01 April 2007
- Format: Paperback 330 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780316014441 ISBN 10: 0316014443
- Sales rank: 185,275
Reviews for Vampirates
Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadToo.com
Well shiver-me-timbers! Get ready to be washed away by this exciting, swashbuckling adventure. VAMPIRATES is the story of Connor and Grace Tempest, twins and children of the lighthouse keeper of Crescent Moon Bay on the East Coast of Australia in the year 2505. The story begins with the two young children getting out of bed in the middle of a violent thunderstorm. They wander up to the lamp room to watch the glory of the lightening and churning water with their father. In order to ease their mind, their father sings their favorite sea shanty.
"I'll tell you a tale of Vampirates
A tale as old as true.
Yea, I'll sing you a song of an ancient ship,
And its mighty fearsome crew."
The twins are finally coaxed back into bed after several verses of the eerie song and settle in for the night.
Seven years later, Connor and Grace's father dies, leaving them penniless and homeless. The kids aren't strangers to the stares and whispers that occur whenever they walk by because they've been dealing with it since the day they came to the lighthouse. They've always felt like outcasts, never quite fitting in.
People in town couldn't figure out why Connor was so much better at sports than the rest of the kids, even when he neglected practice for weeks. Grave provoked equal suspicion - from both teachers and classmates - with her unusual wide-ranging knowledge and strange notions about things far beyond her age and station in life. Since they knew they'd never feel at home in Crescent Moon Bay without their father, the twins decide to take off in their father's boat and take their chances at sea, rather than moving in with the cold, local banker or going to the orphanage.
Their first night on the ocean a huge storm crashed down on them, tearing their little boat apart. As hard as they tried, they couldn't stay together through the churning water. Thankfully, they are rescued and brought safely on board another vessel; however, not the same one. Connor is pulled aboard a pirate ship named the Diablo and Grace is rescued by the Vampirate ship. Desperate to find each other, they both plead with the captains to go back and search for the other. Both are told there isn't a chance the other would have survived. Neither lose hope and know they'll see each other again.
Connor sets about learning the ways of a pirate. He is assigned chores, makes friends, and receives sword fighting lessons. He participates in a raid on another ship and helps acquire booty for the crew. Grace, meanwhile, stays locked in her cabin, told not to even look out the window. She overhears weird conversations about feasts and witnesses strange things like candles that never extinguish, food that appears out of nowhere, and has the overwhelming need to sleep every time she eats or drinks anything. Grace has one person that she talks to named Lorcan, who has been sworn to protect her from the crew. At first, Grace doesn't understand the reason for the isolation. She doesn't realize that some members of the crew aren't happy with the captain's feeding schedule and wouldn't think twice about disobeying an order. She finds out the hard way when she slips out of the cabin and doesn't make it back before nightfall.
VAMPIRATES is told in alternating chapters from both Connor and Grace's point of view. The reader witnesses the growth in both twins as they are forced to make their way alone for the first time. Their devotion and loyalty to each other is touching and adds to the overall hopeful feeling in the book. Once you dive into this adventure you'll hate having to come up for air.
Keep your eyes peeled for the sequel, VAMPIRATES: TIDE OF TERROR coming out in June of 2007.
*Gold Star Award Winner! by TeensReadToo
REVIEW BOOKS 1-4
The Vampirates Series are set in the future at the year 2505. At that time there is a new era of piracy which is rising. Whoever control the seas, control an the world the say. We follow up the 16 year old twins, Connor and Grace and their life after their father died. While they try to escape from their fate in the town they live with a small boat, a storm is coming upon them. The two kids are losing each other. Connor was saved by a Molocco Wrath and his pirate crew while Grace was saved from Lorcan Furey from the Vampirates ship. At the first book we have the kids trying to find each other once again when at the same time the learn about the new worlds they met and make new friends. When they meet again, Grace decides that she can't leave away from the mysterious ship of the Vampirates and her new friends. They separate once again. Grace tries to understand the world of the vampires and vampirates by staying with them. On the other hand Connor tries....
...to get used to the pirate life and even goes at the Pirates' Academy. As the story go on the kids learn more about their family's past which is connect strongly with the Vampirates ship and its crew, they fall in love even if they are young to understand it, they make new friends and enemies and they are trying really hard to fit in this new world of theirs.At the end of the 4th book(haven't read the next one yet) a big war is on the way and the kids will be in the middle of it.
With the new fashion with the vampire books written mostly for the female audience you might mistaken the book and think it fits in this category as well. Err..no. Is clearly a fantasy book for both genres. The world of the book is really dark and bloody. Fights, wars are the biggest part of it. There is no big love story in it but as it is normal for all people its characters fall in love. Not the main theme of the book though. You follow more the story around the two kids and how different they are and accept the new life. Vampires are the well known vampires we all knew before Twilight (no sparkles). They feed with human blood in different ways and they kill. Some of them have magic powers and they are pretty fearsome.Pirates are something also stay on what we know about them but not at the stealing cities part so much. I say even the good guys in this book are bad in a way. Probably only the girl, Grace, hasn't kill anyone yet...
Personally i really like the book cause its plot is original. As far from all the books i have read, i didn't meet something alike to it. Somper came up with a really good idea. There is no unnecessary details or scenes. The environment of the world is really well displayed and you create it easily in your mind. Same for the characters. Maybe sometimes the kids are getting used to the new conditions easily but still most of the reactions are original.
An interesting fact about the world of Vampirates is that Somper used real places and names. There is explanation of the world and how came up with the idea at the official site. Same for illustrations of the characters.
So if you are fantasy fan (i picked it up cause i'm fan of pirates and vampires) and you want an easy reading and fast book with some excitement in it, i say try it. by splashofourworlds.blogspot.com