08 April 2013

Review: Fang Girl by Helen Keeble

Fang Girl by Helen Keeble

Published: 11 September 2012 by HarperTeen

Pages: 352 (paperback)

Genre/s: YA, Paranormal, Vampire

Source: Own library


Things That Are Destroying Jane Greene’s Undead Social Life Before It Can Even 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....

My Thoughts

I'd heard great things about Helen Keeble's Fang Girl, and when I was looking for a light, fun read, it was exactly the ticket. Plus the synopsis had me very curious - a vampire goldfish and parents that want to be vampires? I was so in.

Jane Green is a girl completely obsessed with vampires, and she knows her stuff. So when she wakes up in a coffin, it's pretty much instantly that she realises she's become her own obsession, and with a few added bonuses - or perhaps complications.

I adored Jane's quirky yet close family, in particular her brother with his steampunk obsession which was a lot of fun, and her parents with their almost immediate acceptance of their daughters' undead return to their lives. I loved all the banter between the characters, but especially between Jane and her family as I didn't expect them to feature quite so prominently. What I really liked about Jane was the way she faced her considerable life change with tenacity and bravery and more than a few smart-arse lines.

Very tongue-in-cheek and bordering on a piss take without being condescending towards vampire lovers, Fang Girl is fun, humourous and brings a few unique twists on traditional vampire characteristics, including a severe case of obsessive-compulsive disorder which in turn makes for some unique vampire slaying techniques.

With crosses, double-crosses, shocking revelations and a whole bunch of fabulously different characters, Fang Girl was a quick but very enjoyable read and Helen Keeble definitely has a new fan in me.

If you need a fun, snarky read with some very unique characters and a few twists on vampire lore, I can highly recommend Fang Girl.


  1. This sounds like a fun read that I would like. Lovely review!

    - Ellie at The Selkie Reads Stories

  2. Oh I am totally up for fun and quirky and I have her next book as a review copy! I still need to read Fang Girl and I think I#m moving this up my pile :)

    1. I have No Angel too - I'm really looking forward to it now!

  3. Fun, snarky, quick and vampires, that is definitely a perfect match for me :D I like the family aspect, I sometimes miss that in YA :)


    1. The family are fantastic, I'm so glad they played such a big part in the story!

  4. Wait. Wait. Wait. Vampy goldfish?! Shut the front door! I don't need to hear anything else because I'm going out to obtain a copy of this book, like, right now. I miss novels that border on tongue-in-cheek funny.

    1. It's a huge amount of fun, I think you'd really enjoy it.

  5. This sounds like an awesome read, I'll definitely be hunting out a copy of this one! I love that it's snarky and tongue-in-cheek, there needs to be more books like it!

  6. That synopsis alone makes me want to read it! I love a fun, quirky family, too. Plus, a blood-sucking goldfish? I mean, this sounds like a real entertainer. :)



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