A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

294. Upside Down: A Vampire Tale by Jess Smart Smiley

Upside Down: A Vampire Tale by Jess Smart Smiley. (Canada) - (US) - (Kindle)

Pages: 144
Ages: 10+
Finished: Oct. 28, 2012
First Published: Oct. 15, 2012 Kindle (Dec. 4, 2012 Print Copy)
Publisher: Top Shelf
Genre: graphic novel, fantasy, vampires, bats, MG
Rating: 2/5

First sentence: "AUUGH! Sigh... It still doesn't work..."

Publisher's Summary:  "Harold is a friendly young vampire who lives in a piano and LOVES candy. Pretty normal, huh? ...until he sets out for a dentist appointment that turns into the biggest adventure of his life! Now he'll face bats, witches, magic spells, vampire frogs, mad scientists, and so much more! It's a wild magical romp for all ages, just in time for Halloween."

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher via NetGalley

Reason for Reading:  It looked cute.

I'll start with the illustrations as I was first attracted to the cover.  The illustrations use a three-colour palette of green, white and black which is very appropriate for the theme.  They are very simple and could have children trying to copy the drawings with a reasonable amount of success.  Overall they are cute and even the "bad" character of the witch isn't that ugly to look at.  The pictures will appeal to children.  As for the story, I have to say I was not all that impressed.  I just didn't find it funny.  Harold has a bad experience at the dentist, he eats candy so much it has wrecked his teeth.  He runs away from home rather than face his parents and takes up with strangers pulling pranks on people.  Not exactly role-modeling behaviour and the antics aren't even humorous.  I think the author went a bit too far with the paranormal content for this age too with the resurrecting of the dead and with the violence in the annihilation of the witch and her kind.  They may be bad but did they have to be destroyed?  Not what I thought it would be.  I can't recommend it to people looking for books with family values for their children.

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