Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
Tunnels of Blood by Darren ShanTunnels of Blood by Darren Shan
Series: Cirque du Freak #3
Also in this series: A Living Nightmare, The Vampire's Assistant, 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, Sons of Destiny
on April 1st 2003
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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four-stars

Darren, the vampire's assistant, gets a taste of the city when he leaves the Cirque Du Freak with Evra the snake-boy and Mr. Crepsley. When corpses are discovered--corpses drained of blood-- Darren and Evra are compelled to hunt down whatever foul creature is committing such horrendous acts. Meanwhile, beneath the streets, evil stalks Darren and Evra, and all clues point to Mr. Crepsley. Can they escape, or are they doomed to perish in the tunnels of blood?

Main points

This book was good! Man, I really like Evra. I’m so glad they’re best friends. Also, Darren meets a girl in this book! First time. So exciting. Hehe. It’s the small things, at least when you’re half-vampire. View Spoiler »

Hmmmm. I rank this book somewhere between the first and second book in terms of rating. The plot wasn’t as exciting as the first one, but there were certain elements that made it appealing (Evra and Debbie) and it set some groundwork for later books. A lot would be a spoiler, but we are introduced to another type of creature here.

I was quite shocked that Darren blamed Mr. Crepsley so easily for all the death. I mean, he’s not the only vampire in the world. It could easily have been some other creature trying to frame a bloodsucker, too. He knew Mr. Crepsley wasn’t a killer. And he said he didn’t want to believe that he was, but he still seemed mighty convinced it was him. That annoyed me a bit. But I think their bond strengthened in this book. It’s a slow process, but it’s happening. It lets us know more about Darren’s character, anyway. We learn about a lot of people’s characters in this book.

In any case, I don’t get excited by urban settings. I like things like the Cirque, where they’re in the middle of nowhere, generally, or even back in suburbia where Darren grew up. But if I remember correctly, things get a lot more outdoorsy soon.

While I wasn’t too fascinated by the plot, I will say it was pretty unpredictable. It was definitely interesting. Still, not my favorite book in the series. Except for the fact that Evra was in it and I don’t think we see this much of him again. (I don’t remember for sure.) I’m going to miss him.

 reaction upon finishing

Aw, this phase of life is over…

this book in one word

satisfactory

About Darren Shan

Darren Shan (born July 2, 1972 in London, England) is the pen name of the Irish author Darren O’Shaughnessy, as well as the name of the protagonist of his book series The Saga of Darren Shan, also known as The Cirque Du Freak Series in the United States. He is the author of The Demonata series, as well as some stand-alone books, and a series of books for adults under the alternative name of D.B. Shan.

Rating
Plot
three-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Setting
three-stars
Romance
three-half-stars
Ending
four-stars
Overall: four-stars
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