Monday, August 30, 2010

Review: Fang Face

Title: Fang Face
Author: Norm Cowie
Page count: 281

Back cover:
     Erin has bigger worries than how she'll do on her Trig Final.
     A vampire bit her and she's turning into an Undead.

     Things could be worse though. It cleared her complexion,
     she can fly, and now her parents have to let her go out at night.
     And being a vampire is great for freaking out her little

     The downside? Besides being dead, of course... and having
     to drink blood smoothies... was having to give up tanning
     and pizza. And with her new edgy Goth look, jet-black hair
     and porcelain skin, everyone tells Erin she's become
     beautiful. So much so that the other girls in school have
     started calling her names... like 'Fang Face.'

     Erin wouldn't mind checking her new look for herself. But as
     everyone knows... Vampires can't see their reflections!

   When my sister first got published, my mom checked out all the other authors, and started getting into the whole 'ebook scene'. The first one she got was this teen book called Fang Face. So I started reading, and me being a supernatural fan, I didn't stop
until I finished the entire book. The entire, GOOD book.
   As legend goes, vampires can't see their reflections, have no shadows, and sleep in coffins. However, did you know they have annoying bat friends and attitudes? Being a vampire can be tough in other ways-- It's really messing with newly bitten Erin's beauty routine. How are you supposed to apply makeup when your looks are changing and you can't see yourself? Her beauty's not the only thing changed, though. Her instincts are suddenly more acute than a panther, and she's not the only one who is freaked out by her changes... And Erin thought braces were bad.
  Fang face is the story of an accidentally supernatural teen and her delightfully mismatched friends against the terrifying student body and some scared parents intent on revenge. With antics bordering on possible and jokes even at the crazy-serious-est moments, The writing was dipped in cheese sauce. While that usually annoys me, in this instance I could hear the author's voice, his personality, in the words. Having now met the author, I can tell you this is most correct. Norm Cowie's voice is always in his writing, no matter who the character, whether it be Trug, the kid who's ugly in the best way, Slim, the graceful guy the shape of a beach ball (and proud of it!) or Alex, the freaked out little sister.
   I rate this book as a 4.5/5. Crazy in the best way, because I love the storyline and the beautifully depicted characters and the author's No Fear policy, flying outside of the lines in a way that makes the story even richer.

Go Fang Face! I've read this book at least 7 times already and now have a real live signed copy. I suggest you get one to :) because it is GREAT. I couldn't pick just one scene, so here's an interesting medley of dodge ball, garlic, and um, well lots more! It makes a lot of sense when you read the book!
Buy, borrow it, or use it as scrap paper?

-Winnie :)

(PS-- check out the official Fang Face website: 

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