Wednesday, August 04, 2010
REVIEW: The Vampire's Heart
Author: Mark A Roeder
Point of Sale: Amazon
The Vampire's Heart is a young adult story of a thirteen-year-old puny kid coming to terms with being gay, while falling for a vampire. In this case the perils of gay love range from mere humiliation to eternal damnation, and the new 15-going-on-900-year-old object of his affection is sending some serious mixed signals.
The writing is a little repetitive in places and has a heavy emphasis on 'tell' over 'show,' but for a teenage audience I think the emotional heart of the piece would more than overcome these limitations. Many of the characters verge on cliche (the jock, the bully, the mentor, the gorgeous British vampire) but there are still some twists and turns in the plot and our hero, Graham, is extremely likable throughout.
An older and more well-read person might find this story a little undemanding and overfamiliar, but for tweens, teens and anyone looking for an easy read with a happy ending, the Vampire's Heart may be just the ticket.