Book Review

Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson

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Alex Van Helsing
Jason Henderson
Harper Teen
April 20th 2010

The Van Helsing name reborn

Fourteen-year-old Alex has no idea that he's descended from the world's most famous vampire hunter, but that changes fast when he arrives at Glenarvon Academy and confronts two vampires in his first three days. Turns out Glenarvon isn't the only school near Lake Geneva. Hidden deep underground lies an ancient university for vampires called the Scholomance. And the deadly vampire clan lord known as Icemaker? You might say he's a visiting professor.

When two of Alex's friends are kidnapped by Icemaker, it's up to Alex to infiltrate the Scholomance and get them back--alive. Assisted by the Polidorium, a top-secret vampire-hunting organization with buried ties to the Van Helsings, Alex dodges zombies, bullets, and lots--and lots--of fangs on his way to thwarting Icemaker's plans and fulfilling his family destiny.

I actually liked this book from the second I started reading it!

I loved the concept of it was good action packed. Alex Van Helsing is our main character and yes it sounds extremely familiar, that being the last name, and it should. This is one of those books where it is based on legends. That being Abraham Van Helsing and Dracula. Alex Van Helsing is a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, Vampire Hunter and he has know idea.

I feel like this was a “coming of age book” for the main character where he learns who he truly is and all the weird things that are happening to him are happening for a reason. It isn’t your typical “coming of age book” and that isn’t what I meant! I meant it just had some aspects of that.

The only problem I had was the writing. It felt like it was written for kids and it probably was but that was my only problem.

Alex was a good main character for this book. He fit this book and that is always a good thing, when the author gets their main character right!

The book is action packed, has secrets and lies, action/ combat, oh and Vampires. What more could you want?

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