Sparkle by B. Patterson
Publisher: Wing & Fang Press
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (57 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Tedward Culling hates everything, but particularly: geometry (the one class keeping him from graduating), Genicelle Eaglin (the high school girl with an obsessive crush on him), and Jesper (his homicidal older brother who also happens to be the world’s top assassin). With Jesper now in town and on the prowl, Tedward is asked by the vampire elite to create an army of day-walking vampires called Sparklers in exchange for a passing grade in geometry. Can Tedward finally stand up to his older brother and save the town?
Are sparkly vampires just as dangerous as non-sparkly ones?
The combat scenes made my heart race. They were so fast-paced and exciting, especially as the plot developed and I learned more about what kind of vampire the main character was and why he behaved the way he did. These scenes were also what made me choose the age recommendation I did as they may be a little too intense for younger readers. While I don’t know if the author is planning to write a sequel, I’d sure be interested in seeing Tedward in similar predicaments in the future if he does!
This cast of characters was pretty large for a short story of this length. I never really felt like I’d gotten to know any of the characters well because there were so many of them and such limited time to dig into their backstories. It would have been nice to get to know a smaller number of them better instead, especially when it came to the people who spent the most time around Tedward.
There were several different types of humor mixed into the plot. By far the most appealing one to me was the parody because of how it was introduced and used. It always seemed to show up at the exact right time. While I haven’t actually read the book that this one was lightheadedly poking fun at, I knew which one the author was talking about immediately. These sections were amusing and quite well done.
I’d recommend Sparkle to anyone who is in the mood for something funny.