Title: Demons of the Ocean
Author: Justin Somper
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 2006 (published in the UK by Simon & Schuster in 2005)
Reading Level: Age 12 & up, Lexile 710
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Series: Vampirates, 1
Plot Summary: When 14 year-old twins Connor and Grace lose their father, they set out on his ship to make a life on their own. When a deadly storm ravages their ship, Connor wakes up on a pirate boat and Grace on a mysterious ship whose inhabitants are a bit unusual. Connor goes about the business of learning the pirate trade and how to fight. Grace, the thinker, tries to unravel the mystery behind the ship that saved her and its enigmatic captain. See, they’d grown up being sung a sea shanty about dangerous Vampirates, but little did they know there was any truth to this tune. Bound by their twin connection, neither is willing to believe that the other is dead and both do whatever they can to be reunited. This is an adventure frought with peril, the undead, and the high-seas.
Review: Demons of the Ocean is fun action-filled adventure that combines two favorites characters, vampires and pirates! This story has something for readers of all ages and interests. It is a fast-paced read and the characters of Grace and Connor are both believable and likeable. Twins, with a great love for their father and the sea, torn apart by a storm, set out on their own adventures ultimately with the goal to be reunited. Somper creates a vivid world of sword-fighting and high-seas adventure on a pirate ship combined with the mysterious, dangerous, and slightly romantic world of the vampirate ship. Although the twins are reunited, many questions are left unanswered which will leave the reader begging for the next installment in this action-packed fantasy adventure series.
If you liked this book you may like: The Pirate Curse by Kai Meyer, The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon; Nick of Time by Ted Bell