Book Review: Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to my paranormal romance, I’m completely Team Vampire. Edward. Lestat. Stephen and/or Damon Salvatore. Eric Northman. I’m so on board with those hottie fangers. But let me assure you, I am completely in lust with Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan — which is probably one of the smartest, wittiest books to ever grace the young adult book shelves. Scratch that — to ever hit any book shelves!

Team Human is full of snark, sass, and a sharp sense of humor — while telling a story rich in the values of friendship, family, and forging your own path in life (or, in some cases, the afterlife). While a bevy of vampire-centric YA books these days focus on the vampire-human relationships, Team Human turns the spotlight on the oft ignored friend of the human who becomes oh-so-enamored with her prince of the undead.

And while some may want to see Team Human as a criticism of other YA stories (read: Twilight and its ilk), that’s simply not the case. Larbalestier & Brennan pay homage to every vampire story that has come before them (calling many of them out by name in the dedication) — while telling a story that has often fallen by the wayside. Because as much as we all love our vampire stories and our vampire-human romances (I adore them, I do!) — friendships are really one of the most core relationships we ever experience in our lives. And friendships often have an impact on the romances we develop. Rather than letting the human friendship fall by the way side for the sake of a blossoming human-vampire romance (as is so often the case), Larbalestier & Brennan make the focus of Team Human the vampire-hating best friend.

In Team Human, Larbalestier & Brennan have crafted a cast of believable, relate-able characters — teens who, despite being steeped in a paranormal, vampire-filled world, have real-life troubles and anxieties. Fitting in. Finding romance. Losing your best friend. Family. Growing up. The beauty of Team Human is that these authors have found a way to tell a human story in the arc of a vampire romance.

Team Human is, simply put, brilliant. Find this sassy delightful new read in stores today! Here is the official synopsis:

Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn’t mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It’s up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity

On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.

Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.

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4 responses to “Book Review: Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan

  1. Yep, I’m with you! This book was loads of fun! And while it was funny and witty and had me in all sorts of giggles, it also had it’s serious tone which I also enjoyed. Fabulous review!

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