Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genres: Dystopoia, Paranormal
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
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.
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.
Going into Team Human, I didn’t expect much, except something funny. I wanted something light and a book that would make me literally laugh out loud, and that’s exactly what I got. Team Human was a funny and light-hearted book, with a touch of depth.
The best thing about Team Human is that it’s so hilarious. There were many times during this book when I would just burst into laughter, and I love that this book could make me do that! It’s not often I actually laugh out loud in a book. The characters, especially Mel, our main character, just said the funniest things. Mel’s sarcasm was just so enjoyable to read, and the banter between her and many of the other characters was too much fun to read about. The humor in this book really made this book for me!
The characters were also pretty well done in this story. Team Human was a pretty much character driven story, up until the end where the action kicked in. I was still absorbed in the story in the beginning however, because of the characters. It was really interesting learning about Mel, Cathy, Kit and the rest of the crew we have in this book. While some of the secondary characters weren’t as developed as I hoped they would be, it was still enjoyable reading about them.
However, this book did have it’s minor flaws too. One being that Mel was a pretty contradictory character. She stated multiple times that she didn’t have anything against vampires, but she really did. She kept talking about all the problems with vampires, how much she disliked them. But then in the next chapter, she would say that she didn’t mind them. It was not only confusing, but it made Mel a hypocrite, pretty much.
Overall, Team Human was a fast and entertaining read. It was pretty hilarious, and I laughed a lot while reading this one. And the characters were fun to read about too. But, the story itself isn’t very deep, and Mel contradicted herself a lot throughout the story. However, this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story too much. If your looking for something funny and light, then I would recommend that you pick this one up!