Saturday, 22 November 2014

Review: Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird - Vampire Attack by Eleanor Hawken

Publisher: Quercus
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: October 2nd, 2014
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

Sammy Feral's special talent for investigating weird creatures takes a turn for the terrifying when an army of vampire bats invade his hometown... and local children start going missing! Then, Sammy's own little sister disappears. Can he track down the evil Count Batcular and save Natty... before it's too late? 


Vampire Attack is the fifth (and final?) book in the Sammy Feral series, which sees young Sammy Feral living at Feral Zoo and training to become a cryptozoologist. He's an expert in weird and wonderful creatures, can talk to animals and is a dab hand when it comes to cleaning out pot-bellied pigs. This book is my favourite of the five, because I am of course a very big fan of the undead!

In Vampire Attack, the children from a nearby village have all gone missing, and his town is next. Vampire bats are the problem, and they intend to turn every human and animal into one of their own. It's up to Sammy, Donny, Red, and their new cat friend Sphinx to stop the attack before everyone starts craving blood and growing wings.

I've been patiently waiting for this series to tackle vampires, and I'm more than happy with how it turned out. Rather than actual vampires, it's vampire bats that are turning people, which is an unusual way for it to happen and not one I've seen much in children's fiction. Eleanor Hawken puts her own spin on the creatures as always, and the result is a great little vampire story with some genuinely worrying moments!

I've really enjoyed the Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird series; it's right up my street and packed full of fantastic creatures of legend. It's also humorous and peppered with extremely likeable characters (human and animal, of course), and Hawken has a brilliant imagination. Her next series is called Felix Frost Time Detective, which sounds like another must-read series and one I'll be sure to look out for.

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