It's about pirates... who are also the undead! It's about vampires... who sail the high seas! It's about... VAMPIRATES!
In this thrilling action adventure, twins Connor and Grace are bereft when their father dies and leaves them penniless. They quickly make their escape from an orphanage and sail away from the lighthouse island they grew up on. A sea storm later, Connor ends up on a pirate ship, while Grace ends up battling for her life on a vampire ship. Connor soon takes up sword-fighting lessons, which come in handy during several battles. Grace, on the other hand, must use her wits to puzzle out the mystery of what exactly is going on aboard the macabre vessel where she's being held captive. The story is told in alternating chapters, and while the twins are satisfyingly reunited in the end, it promises to be the beginning of a series. And, sure enough, British author Somper quickly followed the first book, Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean with three more; Tide of Terror, Blood Captain and Black Heart, just released this April.
The title certainly drew me in, and I think it's something with a lot of kid appeal, definitely. I'm a little surprised that I haven't had more requests for this series. I'm sure I'll be putting this in plenty of youngsters' hands this summer.