Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Review: Diary of a Wimpy Vampire by Tim Collins


Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
Format: Paperback
Released: May 20th, 2010
Grade rating: A-


Amazon summary:

Like Edward Cullen in Twilight, Nigel Mullet was transformed into a vampire when he was still a teenager, and will remain this age forever. Unfortunately, Nigel became a vampire at the awkward age of fifteen, and must spend eternity coping with acne, a breaking voice, and an ineptitude with girls . . . In this, his excruciatingly funny diary, Nigel chronicles his increasingly desperate attempts to be noticed by the love of his life, Chloe Sparrow, the constant mortification caused by his vampire parents (not to mention the worry that they might accidentally eat one of his friends), and the frustration one feels when you ve got the whole of boring eternity stretching out in front of you.

Review:

Nigel Mullet is nothing like the beautiful, sparkly vampires we've all become so accustomed to. He doesn't dazzle anyone with one smouldering look, he's not a smooth talker and he certainly doesn't possess any cool vampire abilities. He's a normal 100-year-old vampire forever trapped in a 15-year-old's body, and he's bored. Very bored. That is, until he meets Chloe - love of his life and the object of his eternal affection. Then begins a quest to make her his girlfriend, which is both hilarious and cringeworthy. But mostly hilarious.

I really enjoyed Diary of a Wimpy Vampire, though I knew I would as soon as I read the summary. It had me laughing out loud on many occasions, and the parody side of it was so amusing. Imagine a geeky Edward Cullen pining over the girl he can't get, then add a bit of Spike's terrible poetry to the mix, and you get Nigel. Being in high school forever sounds like complete torture, and his embarrassing parents don't help matters. His dad wears capes and his sister is a 10-year-old wannabe princess... things can't get any worse! Sounds funny? It is!

Tim Collins has written a brilliant diary-style book that vampire fans will love. It includes fantastically funny illustrations, and you can't help but feel sorry for Nigel. Navigating high school is hard at the best of times, but when you're almost 100 years old and still haven't bitten a girl's neck.. well.. what can you do? I really hope a sequel is in the pipeline, because I want more from Nigel. I'd love to see how he deals with things after the book ends, and I also want to see more of his family. They are so cool!

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire has been described as Twilight meets Adrian Mole, and I can't think of a better way of selling it. It has all the awkwardness of Adrian Mole's teen years, along with the vampirism you'd expect from Stephenie Meyer. Although sun rashes and a lack of strength have nothing on mesmerising golden eyes, Nigel still rocks, 'cause he does it all with a killer sense of humour. No pun intended.

22 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sounds fantastic. I have to read it.

Kate Evangelista said...

Okay, I just went into a coma.

asamum said...

Both myself and the 9 year old want this one. It just sounds so much fun.
Great review :)

Jesse Owen said...

You had me wanting to read it after the summary and after your review I'm definatley adding it to my to read list :)

SusanKMann said...

Oh I so want this book, I have to have it. It sounds awesome, right up my street. Great post and review. x

Time4u Book Review said...

Nice review, sounds like one my daughter would love to read.

SarwatC said...

I've avoided vampires for a long long time. This may be the book that breaks that embargo. Sounds great!

Bookgeek said...

Oh, I want this!

Becky said...

I'm thinking this one has to be a major success. Okay you've just sold a copy to my library.

Lauren said...

I'm a little vampired-out right now, but I think I could still enjoy this one. It sounds so different and fun.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Lovely review! You had me at "Spike's terrible poetry". :) This sounds like lots of fun!

YellowBanana said...

This sounds so awesome, I really want to read it now. Great review!

Anonymous said...

I hope it is as good as "Twilite: A Parody" by S. Jenner :) LMAO!

Anonymous said...

wanna know more books by him!!

Anonymous said...

i have this book its awsome and u will all love it for sure i know its an awsome book so is the writer tim collins

Anonymous said...

It is such a good book i love it so much i am reading it at the moment it is hilarious

Anonymous said...

This book is quite good, but it takes jumping the bandwagon to far. The writer is playing on the popularity of adrien mole, twilight and most of all: Diary of a wimpy kid. Thats right, just 1 word seperates the title from the populer book.

Anonymous said...

Wow ! i have to read this totallly what i was lookung for cos i have read all the twilight books already so this is perfect ! ( anyone read nightlight it is a funnier version of twilight)

Bella

cdwan said...

my friend at school was reading it and i was to until she made me stop

Anonymous said...

This is a very good!!

Anonymous said...

gostei enes deste livro espero que o proximo venha em breve

Anonymous said...

Ohh gawws.. Sounds soo exciting! I gotta read it..! Great review BTW.. ♥ xx