Author: Darren Shan (Blog, Twitter, Facebook)
Series: The Saga of Darren Shan #2
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Middle Grade
Format: Paperback (256 pages)
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Darren Shan was just an ordinary schoolboy--until his visit to the Cirque Du Freak. Now, as he struggles with his new life as a Vampire's Assistant, he tries desperately to resist the one temptation that sickens him, the one thing that can keep him alive. But destiny is calling ... the Wolf Man is waiting. Summary from Goodreads
When I read the first book, A Living Nightmare, I thought The Vampire’s Assistant movie was an adaptation of the first two books in the series. … I was wrong. The movie’s actually an adaptation of the first three books so I didn’t expect what happened in this book at all.
A Living Nightmare was almost exactly like the first half of the movie adaptation with some changes like most movies have. However, the only thing The Vampire’s Assistant book had in common with its movie adaptation was that Darren and Mr. Crepsley joined the Cirque du Freak. Everything else was completely different and completely new to me. Now, that wasn’t a bad thing or anything. I just wasn’t expecting most of the things that happened in the book.
I liked this book a lot better than the first one. The first one was slow because it was building up the characters and the layout of the story. This book was much faster paced and I read it in two days, which is good since it was due back to the library today. Finished it in the nick of time.
This series is categorized as young adult, but I’d say it’s actually written more for middle grade readers than teenagers. In some ways, the books seem very juvenile. I like the story enough so the books hold my interest. I look forward to reading the third book and actually catching up with the movie.