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Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan

on July 12, 2012

Vampire's yo. Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan

 

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant is the second book in the twelve book series, continuing the adventures of the young, now half-vampire Darren Shan. This book is in the Vampire Blood Trilogy, which is the first three books of the Cirque Du Freak series.  The movie adaptation shares the name, and apparently starred the guy that is always in movies with Will Ferrell as Mr. Crepsley.

This would be a good place to put a quote from the movie.      Is that ...Salma Hayek?

Not exactly what I pictured, but ok.*

So this book starts off where the last one left off, with Crepsley and Darren traveling the countryside doing what vampires do.  Even though Darren is starting to get used to being a half-vampire… thing, he still refuses to drink human blood and absolutely despises his Crepsley.

While in a small village, Darren joins in a game of hockey with some of the local boys, only for his inhuman strength seriously injure one of them.  Darren flees the scene, and vents his frustration at Crepsley for turning into a vampire.  Not only did Darren lose his family and old friends when he made the change, he cannot make any new ones, in fear of them learning his secret.

Crepsley feels bad (and rightly so, in my completely unbiased opinion) and decides that the best thing to do is to take Darren back to the Cirque Du Freak, where he can be around people who will understand his situation.  There Darren quickly befriends Evra, the snake boy and one of the circus’s regular freaks, Sam Grest, a local boy with a fascination for the circus and a big vocabulary, an RV, a rather extremist animal rights and nature advocate.

I hate this character. He’s just so awful. Granted, the reader isn’t supposed to like him, but seriously though, think of the most obnoxious PETA member, the guy who always pushes all the new politically correct rules, the one who is all like “love your neighbor” and then punches the guy who littered in the balls.

Though at first, things seem to be going well for our young half-vampire, things quickly go south once his new found friends get more involved with the Cirque du Freak.

I honestly enjoyed this book a lot more than I did the last one, probably because my favorite part of the last book was when they visited the circus and the circus was the main focus of this book.  Because, seriously, the circus is cool.  It has spider tricks and this guy who could eat everything in the world and a wolf-man and a snake-boy. . . it’s just a really cool concept and really is my favorite part of the series.

I also really did like the whole bromance thing between Evra, Darren and Sam.  There was this moment toward the end of the book where Darren and Evra are just talking about LIFE AND STUFF and how Darren doesn’t drink human blood because he has MORALS but it’s causing him to die and then Evra says: “I’d miss you if you died.”

Meow. :(

Even the lolcats hung their heads in sadness at that moment.

Seriously though, think of the most obnoxious PETA member, the guy who always pushes all the new politically correct rules, the one who is all like “love your neighbor” and then punches the guy who littered in the face.

That’s R.V. And yeah, I do think he deserved what happened to him.  I don’t care how worried you are about an animal’s well-being, if it’s feral, don’t let it out of the cage. That’s all I’m saying.

Also, I should mention a character who was introduced named Mr. Desmond Tiny. Des Tiny. I can’t put my finger on why, but I have a feeling that he’s going to be a part of Darren’s destiny.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

*I feel like I should mention that the movie adaptation of the series tanked horribly. Apparently, instead of basing it one book, they decided to include elements from a bunch of different ones all into one movie. Cause you know, that worked so well in Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events.

However, apparently John C. Reilly did a great job as Mr. Crepsley. Who knew?

**By the way, to get that picture of the depressed cat, I typed in sadness into Google Images. Amid all the pictures of emo girls and crying children, there was that cat.  That sad, sad, little cat.

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2 responses to “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan

  1. I actually enjoyed the movie. Never read the books, though.

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