Gidion’s Hunt -- followed by Gidion’s Blood-- by Bill Blume is one of the best vampire novels I have ever read!
The voice is fresh and effortlessly young. The action is simple, but thrilling. It is one of those books that deceptively make it seem easy, but are the hardest to write. The characters are not only believable, they are endearing and vivid.
I did enjoy quite a few adult vampire novels, but kids needed their own version with no sensuality, not bloody fights and rivalities, and no gore.
I would recommend the novel not only for young adults, but also for advanced Middle Grade readers.
The romance is funny, awkward and constitutes one line here and there (which, nowadays, is rare) and is hilarious come to think of it.
The language slips here and there, but is mainly clean.
The vampires are not exactly scary. They are basically humans who feed on blood.
In fact, this version of vampires is more about detective work than about the world of vampires. Think a vampire version of Veronica Mars.
Gidion, our hero, is not really interested in knowing more about the vampires. He is here to do his job. He hunts the devils that attack humans, cut their head, send the corpses to the crematory his grandfather owns, gets his hundred dollars reward, and tries to keep humans as safe as possible.
He is a cop in disguise.
Gidion looks for clues, asks questions, breaks into vampires’ houses, save kids. The rest of the time, he is a reliable friend, a good student, and a decent son.
Although this novel could be part of the Urban Fantasy Genre, it could also be classified as a thriller.
The novel is action-packed, just perfect for 9 to 15 years old who will enjoy a hero who can wield a sword and crack a joke at the same time. I wouldn’t recommend it for older kids, but hey, if I enjoyed it and felt the story was unusually refreshing, so might anyone else.
What I probably guarantee? Your kids will both double over laughing and gripping the sides of their book with anticipation.
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♥♥♥ *Sussu Leclerc writes for The Winged Pen, a group of MG/YA authors & aspiring writers. * She used to teach African and Caribbean literature at University. * She has degrees in both French literature and linguistics. She speaks French fluently and understands Spanish. * She volunteers many hours saving feral cats. * She homeschools a small flock of cuddly and high spirited boys. *She believes in diversity. * She is waiting for the perfect book to start querying.