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?
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Sparkle is a quasi parody of another vampire book. I say quasi because it has some similarities, but they don’t quite make it. When I think of a parody, I think things are just one off from the original. In Sparkle, they are way off and the only real similarities are that there are sparkly vampires, and the main vampire character has a female stalker. Who is most definitely not his type. Because of all of that, as I read this book I pretended I didn’t read this was a parody and tried to separate the two. As a parody, I think this book fails. As a unique entity on its own, it doesn’t fail, but I didn’t think it was great.
I liked the idea of the book and the dynamics between the characters. Tedward is a vampire who really wants to be an assassin. In order to do that he must pass high school geometry. His tutor, Genicelle, knows what he is and is obsessed with him. Her character is really annoying and I think the only reason Tedward hasn’t killed her is because he can’t pass geometry without her help.His older brother, Jesper, is the top assassin and a huge jerk.
Sparkle is a very fast-paced short read with moments of snarky humor. I liked Tedward’s sense of humor and sarcasm. For me, Tedward’s sense of humor was the one thing that kept me reading. It is a lighthearted book with mild romance elements that are still pretty funny.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.