Darren Shan was an average kid until destiny brought him to the Cirque Du Freak. Now Darren's been immersed into a shadowy world inhabited by vampires, werewolves and strange creatures the likes of which he's never imagined, and his life will be changed forever.
I'm reviewing all 12 books together here because alone they are unremarkable. As a matter of fact, they are pretty unremarkable as a series too. The books in order are: A Living Nightmare, The Vampire's Assistant, Tunnels of Blood, Vampire Mountain, Trials of Death, The Vampire Prince, Hunters of the Dusk, Allies of the Night, Killers of the Dawn, The Lake of Souls, Lord of the Shadows, and Sons of Destiny.
These are really fast reads and are written on a low reading level. I read three of these per day for four days while I was sick with the flu. They may appeal to young boys, but to this 29 year old woman they were seriously lacking. The story centers on Darren Shan (the author and the protagnoist have the same name---there is a little intro at the beginning of book one about it all being true, LOL) a 12 year old boy who visits a freak show and his life is changed forever after that.
These books are children's lit, not YA fiction.
The Best Thing About These Books:
They are such fast reads that I couldn't stay mad that I didn't enjoy them more.
Appropriate for a younger audience:
Yes, ages 12 and up. These are probably better books for boys than girls.
As this is more of a children's series, I am scoring it against other children's books. A five star children's book is not equivalent to a five star adult book, in my opinion.
Total Score: 15/25
The Cirque Du Freak series were 1.5 star books for me personally, but I am rating them against other children's lit and they deserve 3 stars for that genre.