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Content Review: Vampirates Demons of the Ocean

    Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean
  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316014443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316014441
  • Vampirates Website 
Twins, Connor and Grace, never dreamed that there was any truth to the Vampirate shanty their father sang to them before he died, but that was before the two were shipwrecked and separated from each other. For Connor, who is taken aboard a pirate ship, there's the chance to learn to swordfight, but for Grace, aboard a mysterious ship of vampire pirates, the danger is great. What will it take for them to find each other?

Sexual Content:
    
    -None


Profanity:

    -None (other than the vampirates being called "the damned"


Violence:

    -Moderate
        -Fighting with swords (and a frying pan)
        -Vampirates drink the blood of willing "donors" that live on the ship with them.
        -A Vampirate drains the blood of a man (not described), killing him and throws his body overboard.  He then threatens Grace.
        -Connor raid a ship with the pirates, fighting with them.
        -The vampires are kind of creepy.  Especially in the beginning, when Grace isn't sure if they're going to hurt her or not.


Other Notables:

    -Connor goes to a pub with the pirates where there is drinking (beer and rum) and smoking.


Review:

We listened to this book on Audio CD in the car together.  The reader was really good!  I was actually kind of surprised, as a mom, by how much I enjoyed this book.  It did have some battle scenes, and the vampirates do drink blood from "donors" on the ship.  There are a couple of deaths, but nothing very detailed.  I did have a conversation with them about Connor's choice to raid a ship with the pirates, explaining that he made a bad choice.  It was interesting to hear their thoughts about that.  Overall it was a very original idea and a fun read for the kids!  But, who cares about what I thought, here's what the kids have to say....

Reagan:

If you like pirates and vampires, you're in!  There were so many things that I liked about this book.  I love books about pirates, and my friend recommended this book to me, and I'm so glad I read it.  My favorite character was either Grace or the Vampirate Captain.  Grace was so demanding, she was so curious and would risk her own neck to find out the secrets of the Vampirate ship.  I liked the Captain because he was AWESOME!  He was so calm at frightening times, but could still command his crew.  I can't wait to read the next book!


Bransen:

This was one of my favorites!  It is my third favorite book.  I really liked how there were Vampirates in it because I've never heard of Vampirates before.  I thought that it was cool that Connor wouldn't give up believing that his sister was alive, even after no one else believed him.  My favorite character was either Lorkin or the Vampirate Captain.  Lorkin wanted to protect Grace from the evil vampire, and he did whatever he could to save her.  I liked the Captain because even though he was a vampire, he seemed nice.  I would recommend this book to boys and girls!  If you like battles, vampires, or pirates you'll love it!



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