Mondays with Megan: Darren Shan, Half-Vampire and Cirque du Freak Manga

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. I sure did. There was that little glitch with the dinner rolls, but redeemed myself on Saturday with the Spongebob birthday cake that I made for my nephew’s birthday. With all the baking and eating and birthday party-ing I got very little reading done. I did manage to finish books 5 and 6 in the Cirque du Freak manga series by Darren Shan. I am not sure if I have mentioned this already, but they are great! I can’t wait to get the next one, which should be available soon. What’s so great about Darren Shan, the teenaged half-vampire? I’m glad you asked. He is nothing like those sparkly vampires that all the girls swoon for (sparkly isn’t bad, but they aren’t the only vampires out there). I love how his relationship with Mr. Crepsley evolves. In the beginning Darren hates Mr. Crepsley and it takes many years for that to change. There is plenty of action and edge-of-your-seat drama. There is danger at every turn and you are never sure of who you can trust! And while the bloody battles and creepy spiders are pretty awesome, what I really love about Darren is what goes on inside his head. He struggles with some pretty heavy issues and has to make some tough decisions and so far he is always true to himself and his beliefs, and I really admire that in a vampire. Finally, I love that the manga format makes for a quick and engaging read. I need quick and engaging this time of year when there is so much to do. I highly recommend checking these out (unless you are squeamish or don’t like spider).

Up next for me this week: Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. This is the Teen Pizza Pager’s book of the month. We will be eating pizza and talking about the afterlife next Wednesday. And for all you crafters, mark your calendars for December 14th. Stop by the auditorium after school for Christmasy crafts and snacks. I’ll have supplies to make ornaments, decorations, buttons and wreaths. You don’t need to register!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

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