Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Review: The Wimpy Vampire Strikes Back by Tim Collins
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
Released: May 2nd, 2013
Nigel Mullet is just your average fifteen-year-old immortal vampire: he likes to play video games, laze about, awkwardly pursue girls, write in his diary and occasionally save the day. But now Nigel finds himself in charge of the vampire coven on the remote island of Hirta, a responsibility he's not particularly enjoying. He's sick of resolving petty disputes between vampires when he could be using his position to get to know the hot vamp girls who have been increasingly showing interest in him, especially the sultry Lenora. Power does have some other positives, though, such as having the biggest room in Hirta Castle and getting away without doing vampire history homework.
The Wimpy Vampire Strikes Back is the third book in the Diary of a Wimpy Vampire series by Tim Collins, which tells the story of 102-year-old Nigel the vampire, destined to be a teen forever. This latest instalment isn't quite as good as previous books but I still enjoyed it and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. We all need a good laugh sometimes, and Nigel certainly provides that!
In this book, Nigel Mullet finds himself the leader of a vampire coven on an island near Scotland. He has to do a lot paperwork, which he hates, and be more responsible than usual. Existing fans of Nigel will know that he's not even slightly responsible - he's a moody, emo teenager who just wants a girlfriend. That doesn't really equate to coven leader, but it's nice that he tries. Until Viktor arrives, that is...
Viktor and his mother Svetlana arrive and immediately cause havoc for everyone. They overthrow Nigel, bring stakes to meetings and generally make the vampires' lives more hellish than they already are. With Nigel's family taking more of a backseat role in this book (which is a shame), Viktor and Svetlana provide much of the humour, and their relationship reminds me of that of Joffrey and Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones. Viktor is a horrible little vampire boy and I'd quite like someone to stake him!
I really enjoy this series of vampire parodies, they're so funny and hit the undead nail on the head, so to speak. This time I also learnt something new, that vampires have their own tooth fairy for when they lose a fang - the Tooth Demon! Haha. Brilliant. I hope there's another book to follow and I hope the Mullet family will be in it more. I miss them!