Release Date: June 21, 2011
Age: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires
Grab some garlic and start sharpening your mother's wooden spoons because there are vampires living in the most unlikely of places. I’ve always wanted to meet a vampire. Not to stake some poor bloodsucker as he sleeps in his coffin or have some sexy vampiress bite me on the neck, but just to see a creature so rare and infamous. What can I say? Some people want to sail to Easter Island, others want to fling themselves out of an airplane, I want to shake hands with a vampire. Well, maybe I should prioritize getting a girlfriend first, but a vampire sighting is pretty high up on the list. Trust me, a lot of kids my age dream about it. Like my two best friends, Rini and Xander. We spent half the summer searching the most notorious cities in the United States for the undead, but so far, no luck. That’s why it came as a total shock to discover a living, breathing vampire in our hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. (Okay, so he’s more undead and not breathing, but you get the picture.) At first we were kind of excited, but then pretty freaked because it turns out our new fanged friend has a hold on the city's teenage population and a specific thirst for their blood. Which, in a word—bites.I sat down to read a bit of Fangs for Nothing and finished the whole book in one sitting! It is a fun and very entertaining book for all fans of ya, especially those interested in paranormal reads. I can't wait to read more by this addicting author.
Herbert, or Sherbie the main character, is what I'd normally call the best friend; nothing special but there for comedic relief and a well-rounded secondary character. He seems to ride on the coattails of his buddy Xander (who is while incredibly hot, rich, modest, and sweet as well). Surprisingly though, even with his character flaws and low self esteem, Sherbie was a great lead character very relate-able and interesting to follow, he leads the show.
Along with these Sherbie and Xander there is Rini, a shy and cat-like girl who seemed to have worse self-image issues than Sherbie. Rini is a snarky girl and an admirable part of the story, she definitely makes everything more complicated with her quest for happiness, as I'd call it. My favorite character in the book is Sherbie's grandma, she's a firecracker. I kept waiting for her to know more than she led on, read the book and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about!
As anyone can tell Fangs for Nothing is not lacking amazing characters, and it also has a fascinating story as well. One that kept me hooked and flipping pages faster than my hands could move. Sometimes when I sit down to read a vampire book I find myself rolling my eyes or yawning, not this time.
The story Adrianne Ambrose weaves of these three, very different, friends is one of vampire searching and acceptance (not just from others). Many people can relate with one or all three well developed characters. While I'd consider it a paranormal or supernatural comedy it also has so much more to be found in the pages like romance, thrills, and mystery. With a wonderful set of personalities and an addicting premise this book flows neatly from passage to passage as they search for vampires, finding one closer to home than they ever imagined. I enjoyed this book and consumed the pages quickly, a great read.
I would compare this story to Rachel Caine's Morganville series. It's a refreshing take on the vampire category and makes you laugh out loud along the way. I recommend it to everyone!!