REVIEW: Fang Girl By Helen Keeble

Things That Are Destroying Jane Greene's Undead Social Life Before It Can Ever Begin:

1) A twelve-year-old brother who's convinced she's a zombie.
2) Parents who are begging her to turn them into vampires.
3)The pet goldfish she accidentally turns instead.
4) Weird superpowers that let her rip the heads off of every other vampire she meets. (Sounds cool, but it doesn't win you many friends.)
5) A psychotic vampire creator who's using her to carry out a plan for world domination.

And finally:
6) A seriously ripped vampire hunter who either wants to stake her or make out with her. Not sure which.

Being an undead, eternally pasty fifteen-year-old isn't quite the sexy, brooding, angst-fest Jane always imagined...

Helen Keeble's riotous novel combines the humour of Vladimir Tod with Ally Carter's spot-on teen voice. With a one-of-a-kind vampire mythology and an irresistibly relatable undead heroine, this uproarious page-turner will leave readers bloodthirsty for more.

Title: Fang Girl
Author: Helen Keeble
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Release: September 11th 2012
Pages: 352

You know those story's that you come across sometimes and you think, if there ever was a possibility (which is unlikely) this book could be real? This is one of those times in a really strange way, your probably thinking... What is she going on about? But in all the world, a great place for a vampire to hide, is IKEA. Why is that I hear you ask, because it is loud, massive and there are loads of rooms you could hide in. Also a never-ending supply of customers to feed from.

The cover is very simple but addressed the book really well. It stood out with its plain white background and the teeth in the glass made me laugh... don't ask why. I also loved the font and colour of the title, giving it a bigger presence of vampires.

Jane, or as she is also known as JaneX, is fifteen-years-old... and caught in a precise and clever plan, ending in her becoming one of the worlds most powerful and unkillable vampires. Jane loves vampires, she has always been fascinated by them and is a proud member of '', however she has never in her life believed for them to be real. Until she wakes up in a coffin deep in the ground of an empty field and trying to rummage for a random ringing phone. Eventually she is unearthed, only to have her sire run for the hills. Being warned, she finally arrives at her home to an unconscious mum, flabbergasted father and a totally cool brother, who of which 'knew-this-was-going-to-happen-all-along', seriously I don't think anything will phase him. As she attempts to get her life back to normal with a mass of experiments, she is sired to a goldfish (now thats another story of which you must read to believe it!) and finds she has no heart. Instead her heart is inside a very evil and creepy twelve-year-old girl named Sarah, or as she is also known as, Superluminal. Being adopted by Jane's sire, Sarah has been preparing for a long stretch of her life to become a vampire, however due to her illness, the only way she can become a vampire is if she has a vampire heart inside her. As they attempt to capture the evil elder vampire himself (in a way, the age of the elder is one of the things you would say sarcastically, seeing as he is... lets just say, young), they must team with their most unlikely allies... the Vampire Hunters (however, they have been working with them all along.)

Jane is a very funny character. She is a go-with-the-flow sort of person who just accepts she is a vampire and just goes along with it, not whining or exclaiming her life is 'totally' over. She can also be very sarcastic and quip, and when she gets angry... she gets angry. Her family is also a very important aspect of her life and the transformation into a vampire has not changed her opinion and view on them. Her family was also very supportive of her, such as getting two bunnies for her to have for breakfast, and so as you can tell they are very unlike most families in many YA novels. She is very strong and very quick to think of new plans, alongside her new 'friend' Sarah.

Now Sarah... she has got to be one of my two favourite characters. Lets just say she stands for absolutely nothing, NOTHING. If you do something that upsets or annoys her, you are in for one verbal match. She is also very strong and seems to have a very dry sense of humour, but she also cares a lot for Lily, her sire, and due to her not having had a family, she would do anything to keep her safe and out of harms way. But she is a very, very clever girl whom of which knows what she's doing. My second favourite character is Jane's brother, Zack. He is hilarious, with a fascination for steampunk and the victorians he would go to any length to meet one, even if the closest one to him is the one who tried to kill his own sister. Not a great plan but we'll go along with it. He also creates a great relationship with the victorian, Ebon, who they both share a big love for Band Hero.

This book is EXTREMELY funny, the comments made by all characters are laugh-out-loud moments and would have everyone in the room staring at you like you are from another planet. The plot was, in ways, very believable and really hit the spot for a relaxing read. It also provided new views on vampires such as their very serious OCD, who knew the way to beat a vampire is to throw paperclips on the ground in front of them? And the way they could turn into smoke, totally awesome.

This book will really tickle you and make you want to read more of Helen Keeble's books. Her new book No Angel, is coming out in October 2013, meaning I cannot wait to devour it!


  1. Thanks for the lovely review, I'm Helen's mother......wonder where she got that eccentric family from?!

    1. Its a book that I am so happy to have read, and I'm glad you liked the review. I cannot WAIT to read No Angel! :0)


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