Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Release Date: July 3, 2012
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Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity!I did not laugh. It was supposed to be a fun, witty parody, but I did not laugh. I was, if anything, angry. Why did this have to happen with a book that finally had an Asian main character? That's on the cover, even!
On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.
Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.
In Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, I understood Sydney's racism against vampires. She had been brainwashed from the moment she was born to think that vampires are evil creatures of the night, and if she had a single thought otherwise, off to the Re-education center she goes! When the Alchemists were not around, Sydney has also shown a friendly attitude towards vampires. She inwardly disapproves of her colleagues' extreme reaction towards them. It's guaranteed that she'll realize the Alchemists' beliefs are wrong. Mel is a different story.
I get that Mel doesn't want to lose her friend and all, but I was outraged and appalled by her constant need to antagonize and provoke vampires. She tries her best to pick a fight with Francis, making fun of his name and the way he speaks. The more she insulted Francis and the other vampires, the more I found myself siding with and defending them. (Her comments about the cheerleaders didn't exactly endear her to me, either.) Even as I am writing this, I feel like wanting to punch her in the face for being so horrible. Mel went too far.
I didn't care much for her own romance with Kit. I thought that on some level, Kit was too good for her. There was a part though, that managed to make me sigh: the scene where he called her, just like he promised.
Let's backtrack. The one thing I liked about Mel was her efforts to stop Cathy from making a life-altering decision in such a short time. After maybe a week of a romance with Francis, Cathy had decided to become a vampire. Immediately. Even Francis was surprised. It is evident that Cathy is beyond her years, but I can't stop thinking that she shouldn't have made the decision yet. She knows the dangers, she thought carefully about it (I guess), and she's practically made to be a vampire, but I still wanted her to wait. Cathy's relationship with Mel truly broke my heart. It made Team Human much deeper than the light read I thought it would be. Honestly? It was the only lovable part of the story.