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Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean (edição 2008)

por Justin Somper (Autor)

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When twins Connor and Grace's ship is wrecked in a storm and Connor is rescued by pirates, he believes that Grace has been taken aboard the mythical Vampirate's ship, and he is determined to find her.
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Título:Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean
Autores:Justin Somper (Autor)
Informação:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2008), 313 pages
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Demons of the Ocean por Justin Somper

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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Fourteen year old twins, Grace and Conner Tempest, grew up listening to their father's tales of a ship of Vampirates sailing the seas. He sung a shanty about the Vampirates to them to comfort them when they were scared. After their father's death, Grace and Conner decide to run away. They steal his boat and set out to sea and straight into a storm. Their boat is destroyed and the twins are picked up by two different pirate ships - one of them by the Vampirate ship. Each child struggles to deal with ship life and with the possible death of their sibling and their undesirable need to continue looking for each other.



I enjoyed this book. It wasn't great but it is a different idea and storyline and a good, if shaky, start to the series.
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  melrailey | Apr 7, 2020 |
Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean Book Review

by Justin Somper

I'd give this book 4 donors out of 5.



Vampirates...the concept... the title... its one of those things that I wished I had come up with. It's a great concept. I must say, though, that I feel bad for the author. As I gathered my thoughts for this review I took a look at other reviews of the book, and some of them are just cruel. The book was a good book, in my opinion, even though it had a few quirks.

This book has a ton of covers. Perhaps that a function of being originally published in 2005, and refreshing the book cover is a way to make it new again (marketing) and drive sales. Either way, the book has several fantastic covers, and as you know, I love a good cover.

The story follows Connor and Grace Tempest, a couple of humble children that live with their father, who man's the lighthouse. One of their bonding traditions is for him to sing them a shanty as they go to bed. The thing is, its a little bit creepy, as its about Vampirates. Here it is:

I'll tell you a tale of Vampirates,
A tale as old as true.

Yea, I'll sing you a song of an ancient ship,
And its mighty fearsome crew.

Yea, I'll sing you a song of an ancient ship,
That sails the oceans blue...
That haunts the oceans blue.

The Vampirate ship has tattered sails,
That flap like wings in flight.

They say the captain, he wears a veil
So as to curtail your fright.

At his death pale skin
And his lifeless eyes
And his teeth as sharp as night.

Oh, they say the captain, he wears a viel
And his eyes never see the light

You'd better be good, child- good as gold,
As good as good can be.

Eles I'll turn you in to the Vampirates
And wave you out to sea.

Yes, you'd better be good child- good as gold,
Because- look! Can you see?

There's a dark ship in the harbor tonight
And there's room in the hold for thee!
(Plenty of room for thee)

Well, if pirates are bad,
And vampires are worse

Then I pray that as long as I be
That though I sing of Vampirates
I never one shall see.

Yea, if pirates are danger
And vampires are death

I'll extend my prayer for thee-
That thine eyes never see a Vampirate...
...and they never lay a hand on thee.

The children's father abruptly passes away one night and, unfortunately, he has left them with nothing. The children, after listening to the local banker offer to take the children in, or to be forced into the orphanage, decide that their only chance is to steal their father's ship (it no longer belongs to him) and to test their luck on the open seas.

They do this for some time, and get some distance out into the ocean, until a great storm brews and dashes their boat into pieces. The twins are separated, each scooped up by a different pirate ship. One crew consists of normal pirates, and the other, you guessed it, the Vampirates.

The rest of the tale explores each of the twin's experiences on their respective ships, and their efforts to not give up hope of finding each other again.

I felt the quality of the writing was very good, and so was the storytelling, even though the plot seemed to have some holes that could be addressed. The characters were fun, and distinct, even though some of the more critical reviews underscored the characters as something they wanted more from.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but the one thing that I found strange was the ending. The climax built up to what felt like might be an awesome pirate brawl, but it ended up getting resolved by simply correcting a character's identity, and then all was well. It was a little anti-climactic. Overall, though, it was a good read. I'll probably continue on with the next book at some point. Happy reading! ( )
  wisealma | Nov 21, 2018 |
A fun pirate/ vampire YA novel. ( )
  melanieklo | Jul 25, 2018 |
All I had to do was read the title and I knew I had to buy this book. I am a lover of all things pirate. And when you throw in vampires too, I thought this book was going to be the most bad-ass thing ever. Sadly, that was not the case.

I will say that the idea of vampire pirates is wicked cool and I think I might use that someday in my own writing. But these were not the kind of vampirates I thought would apear.

The story features boy and girl twins who lose their father, are presented with unwelcome choices for their future and decide to runaway instead. Stealing a boat, they flee town, only to have a storm destroy the boat and leave them separated in the water. Pirates pick up the boy, and vampirates rescue the girl.

The story started off seemingly normal, then appeared to be comically and ridiculously innaccurate about anything at all to do with ships, ship life or pirates. I eventually realized that this must have been done on purpose and, indeed, aimed the book specifically at a very young and innocent audience. Once I realized this, I was better able to appreciate the humour of it. Like when the pirates board a ship in 4-4-8 formation and plan their attack on a blackboard on the ship, as if it's all a big soccer game. I think I prefer more realistic stuff myself, but kudos to Somper for his imaginative creativity. I think 10-12 year olds would get a big kick out of it.

The pirates are silly, friendly and just about the nicest and least pirate-like pirates ever. As if they're out of some kids cartoon. They're very happy and helpful and nothing serious ever really happens to them.

The vampirates themselves were nothing how I pictured. Turns out they're just a collection of lost souls on a timeless cruise ship, biding their time and hiding out from the world to prevent their bloodthirst from causing too much trouble. They're generally polite and formal and very kind and not at all monsters, with one mild exception. I found it teasing to begin with, then rather dull in the ultimate delivery.

I think my low rating is a result of my personal disappointment as much as any lacking in the book itself. Given the cover and title, I was expecting something cooler and darker. And there's nothing on the book itself which says the age range it's targeted at, so I had no idea it would be for young kids.

Even taking that into account, I'm not sure that the story itself held up; it felt like it was ok in the beginning, then flatlined once they got on their respective ships and never really went anywhere after. I thought that the plot unfortunately dragged on and the 'climax' was only in the final few pages. There are more books in the series though, so maybe more will happen there. And, for a young reader, it would be fun just being immersed in Somper's world in its own right, so maybe the plot doesn't have to do much quite yet.

This book might be a good starting point for little kids who like pirates, but I'd move on to Treasure Island for something cooler. ( )
  TimothyBaril | Jul 24, 2017 |
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