“Jane wakes up in a coffin and realizes she is a vampire. Her sire is chased off before she can answer any questions so now Jane has to figure out where to go and what to do. She decides to call her dad and mum to come get her. The problem with that they think she is dead. When they get passed the fact she is back they do all they can to help her. her little brother thinks she is a zombie instead of a vampire. While trying to figure things out, her sire is making calls to her with not a lot of info, she also has to figure out which vampire elders are telling her the truth, why she seems different than other vamps and stay away from the vamp hunters. This is a lot for a 15 year old to deal with.
Jane is such a fun character. She knows what she is she just has to figure out why her. She at times seems a typical teen. Other times while in danger she uses her head and tries to think things thru. Her family is just amazing. They jump right in trying to find stuff for her to eat, which leads to some hysterical scenes, trying to keep her out of the sun in some funny place and even keeping an eye on her with boys around. Even being a vampire she still has rules to follow lol. You have Van and Ebon as well two guys both with different ideas for Jane and she has to figure out which to trust if either of them.
This book is not to be taken series. It is for laughs and you get a lot of them in this book. I love all the little things the author added to make the story pop. It has a great plot that keeps you from putting the book down. Lots of action and mystery that will keep those pages turning. The family will have you loving them from the start. If you are looking for a light funny vampire book pick this up. It even has a vampire fish.
“I normally do not get books that seem corny. (No offense to anyone.) But I have got to say, this was surprisingly good and not corny at all!! I read it in 2 days and it took that long because I was sick and couldn't stay awake long. And me reading this so fast has nothing to do with it being real short. No, this was an attention getting story. As all who know my reviews, I don't relay a lot of what's said in the book. If so, WHY READ IT??!!! With that said: Jane, Main female Character and "The" Fang Girl, is only 12 years old, but witty as Hell! There are 2 well, maybe 3 even, main male characters. (Zach, Van and Ebon.) Plus the 2 evil doer's. Lily and Hackon. You can actually picture the characters in your head the way Helen wrote them. There is not too much info, which I absolutely HATE in some books. ( I do a lot of skipping then! Yet I didn't need to do that here.) And yet you have a great picture of what is going on and where you are. There is a little mystery and love interest in this story as well as adventure. You also have A LOT of humor. The way Helen writes this is really quite ingenious. You don't have a normal type of Vampire story here. And the one thing that lures the attention of the vampire from attacking or whatever? BRILLIANT and HYSTERICAL!! I LOVED those parts!
All and all, this is a awesome read! If you don't take your Vampire stories too seriously, I mean COME ON if you do, you will love this one. I highly recommend this humorous funny read!”
“Fang Girl is precisely what I hoped it would be: a light, hilarious read, the perfect snack to break up the depressing fare I generally read.
Vampires have been done to death, in just about every way possible. You would think it wouldn't be possible to put a fun, new spin on them anymore, without totally going insane with the mythology. Well, Keeble shows that there's still room for innovation. Her vampire mythos is definitely my favorite aspect of the novel. They've got some awesome powers, like being able to see through the eyes of other vampires in their bloodline, and some serious flaws, like being incredibly OCD. Keeble does a great job of balancing humor and an actual, convincing plot.
Reading Fang Girl, I couldn't help but think of another parody of vampire fiction I read, The Reformed Vampire Support Group. That one came out first, but unlike Jinks' novel, Keeble's is actually funny. Where TRVSG thought detailed description of guinea pig meals were the height of humor, Keeble leaves the guinea pigs alive and has vampires running around like demented Cinderellas, picking up paper clips from the road instead of lentils from the ashes.
The characters are all properly quirky, and likable, even most of the evil ones. Jane herself is awesome, very smart and always trying to make the best out of every situation. However, I feel like the secondary characters really stole the show. Jane's family are delightful and incredibly supportive (*cough* unlike most YA families *cough*), totally excepting their daughter, vampire or no. Plus, they're all hilarious, especially the mom with a penchant for research and Zack, her brother, and his obsession with all things steampunk. Speaking of the mom's research, there's Jane's childe vampire, Brains, a goldfish turned in one of Mum's experiments. Brains is as awesome as he sounds. I also love Sarah, who's sweet and helpless on the outside, but a badass, evil genius on the inside. If this were a movie, she would be Chloe Moretz, which is just how intense she is.
Just so you know, the stress on romance in the blurb with the sixth point about the ripped vampire hunter? It's seriously exaggerated. While he does exist and does have cheese grater abs, there's really not much romance in this book. Fang Girl has enough hints at it to appease those who like a couple to ship, but little enough actually romantic drama to keep those sick of all the romance in YA very happy. Really, all there is to the romance is a couple of comments on the kids being attracted to one another and some jokes. I'm glad about that, because the book would have needed to be longer to really sell the romance.
Keeble has a real talent for humorous writing, and I'm so excited to see what she'll do as gets even more practiced with it. I'm very excited to check out her second book, No Angel, which comes out later this year.”
“Jane knows things are not right when she wakes up in her coffin, but things get progressively worse as she is hunted by vampires and vampire hunters alike and gets conflicted stories. And, oh, yeah, why doesn't she die when she's staked? This is a fun twist on vampires, unexpected and original.”Rebecca W wrote this review Monday, February 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fang Girl is a fast and fun little vampire spoof. It is silly and doesn't take itself seriously. Unlike other young adult vampire stories, the content could even be appropriate for a younger sort of teen.”Jennilyn P wrote this review Saturday, January 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a fun, cute, quick read. It made fun of all the vamp cliches which basically made it a parody of vamp books. If you aren't willing to take it as that, I can assure you that you won't be liking it nearly as much or at all. The characters are all over the top, the powers, the reactions, everything. But I did enjoy reading it so I will be looking for the next one.”Nyx wrote this review Saturday, December 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: This book has all the vampire books you’ve ever read smushed into one very long book. There are vampires, the hunters and Xanthe’s family. Period.
Opening Sentence: Just because I like vampires doesn’t mean I’m stupid.
So this starts off in a coffin. Seriously, a coffin.
When I first started reading this book, it moved so fast I got lost. It takes place in a small town where you honestly wouldn’t think that anything wrong could happen but isn’t that where it all ends up happening?
Xanthe Jane Green was a normal girl, in every sense of normal that there is. Except that she died and then came back. Xanthe is just a weird name in my book, and I quite honestly don’t know how to pronounce it…I mean, it’s a cool name and all but it’s just odd. She’s a sweet girl and the idea of her drinking blood just grosses her out, because that is just the normal reaction when you find out that you are a vampire and that you have to drink someone else’s blood to survive. However, she is strong. She puts up with her family through all of their freak-outs and everything. She is what you call a dhampir, which I have only ever heard in the Vampire Academy series, which kind of makes me wonder. However, the personality of this character is really creative.
Then there’s Ebon. He is what you would call a bad good guy. The author makes you think that he’s a good guy and that he is just trying to help Xanthe, but he isn’t. All along he betrays her and makes her think that he is her friend, her only vampire friend. This ends badly for him because he takes her family and honestly vampires just need to stop trying to take peoples family members. It’s just sad and down right wrong to take someone’s family.
Another main character is Van. He’s a vampire hunter that was raised to believe nothing but the fact that vampires are bad and that they must all die. So, he tries to kill Ebon, but finds out that Xanthe is a vampire too. So he goes after her too. Then there’s that inevitable turn that is in every vampire story. He falls for Xanthe and she just doesn’t understand that he likes her, but he also isn’t very good at telling her either. Then there’s the whole thing on how he’s supposed to kill her. So it turns into a major retelling of every vampire story with a forbidden love.
In all truth, the story behind this book is very complex. If you were to take out all of the little jokes and little things that aren’t really needed and just looked at the story itself then you would realize how creative and complex it is. I think that with all of the little sidetracks that there was in this book, it makes you not want to focus on what was really going on. And the fact that there is so many twists in this book, it makes it good and any true reader that can’t handle suspense would just have to keep reading to find out what really is going on and how all of it connects.
I guess the perfect word to describe this book is twisty. Its very hard to follow. Some people like that in a book but I just found it hard to stay on track. There were times that I had to go back and read a part again. However when I look back and think about the entire book, I respect the author’s creativity in creating this book. The background is really good once you figure out what exactly is going on, and the jokes are pretty funny. I guess the only word to describe this is predictable, which just makes the book disappointing. But it was an adventure trying to keep up with it. So if you like the challenge, go ahead.
Whoever was on the other end had stopped blocking me. Once again I could see through the other vampire’s eyes… which were looking at a website on a laptop screen. A very, very familiar website.
Ebon was rambling on, something about darkness and blazing eyes and nightmares made flesh. I barely heard him. His earnest voice was like a safety cord running back to my own body, keeping me a little bit back from the unknown vampire. I didn’t know if they could sense me, but someone more powerful than Lilith was not someone to risk pissing off. I stayed very still and small, watching as the vampire scanned the recent activity on the site, then clicked the log-in button. The screen updated itself, and what I saw in the top corner shocked me all the way back into my own body.
SIGNED IN: SUPERLUMINAL
FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Fang Girl. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“In the past three or four years, there has been a surge in the number of vampire-related comedies being written. I’ve seen several vampire parodies and a number of comedies lying on Barnes and Noble’s shelves. Nevertheless, most of them are just as horribly written as the books they poke fun at. The worst part is, the jokes aren’t even funny and the readers are not impressed.
Fang Girl is not like that.
Helen Keeble had me laughing out loud in public, on benches, in my house. There was even this one time that I cried out “vampire goldfish!” in a room full of people. Needless to say I got a number of odd looks. Keeble has a way with words and I admit I laughed at every joke and nodded my head when appropriate. The average fan girl (or Twilight hater) will soak up Fang Girl. It’s a riot. Plus, may I also amend Keeble for capturing the world of fandom perfectly. I’ve never read about fandom in a book before, and Fang Girl has a smart way of addressing it, even if you have no idea what fandom is. You could tell what the author felt passionate about from the novel.
Nevertheless I do have a few critiques for this debut. First of all, what is up with that cover? I don’t often address covers in my reviews, but the cover to Fang Girl is just hideous. I don’t think it represents the novel at all and I know Fang Girl deserves better. Also, while Fang Girl was a awesome comedy, it was lacking in the pot and character development department. The story was okay to say the least, but it was the humor that drove the novel forward. Also besides Jane, I really didn’t take to any other character. They just didn’t interest me.
Nevertheless, Fang Girl is a hilarious debut that is sure to make any girl chuckle.”