Synopsis from Goodreads
VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, AND PEACHES, OH MY! Vampires suck… But Vlad is half-human. Vlad’s parents have disappeared, and his evil relatives will stop at nothing to steal his inheritance and eliminate the asthmatic “hupyre” they despise.
With two new friends and a heart bursting with courage and determination, Vlad faces perilous adventure and certain death to make things right in the world of Dank Forest.
Peppered with gorgeous black-and-illustrations, join the adventure and bring a peach for Vlad!
REVIEW BY BETH
Vlad the Inhaler is a funny and quirky take on the traditional vampire tale. Written for younger readers, the novel tells us the story of poor young Vlad, the half-human vampire hybrid who struggles with his new life with his evil relatives. Without his parents to protect him Vlad is surrounded by poisonous cousins and family members who want rid of him for good. It takes some odd friendships to see Vlad through the horrible situation.
Vlad is an odd hero, not many weedy asthmatics become the star in their own novel so he should definitely be applauded for that. Mace has created a fun and quirky character who it’s hard not to empathise with and root for. His evil vampire relatives try as hard as they can to belittle and dampen his spirit but despite all his foibles, Vlad has the strength of character and the backup of his pals to find a way through.
A speedy read which is packed full of action and humorous quips Vlad the Inhaler is a masterclass in punnery. It’s impossible not to laugh along, whatever age you maybe, as Vlad runs to escape his relatives and the author utilises a wry sense of humour to keep the tone light and fun for younger readers.
The climax of the novel is brilliantly sharp and there were a couple of will they, won’t they moments which kept me guessing and took this novel from a simple ‘watch the hero get his happy ending’ to one where there was a chance that maybe Vlad was going to become his relatives next meal.
Travel from Dank Forest to Malign Village with Vlad and be prepared to chortle.