Got Fangs?

by Katie Maxwell | Teens |
ISBN: 0843953993 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingCandyDarlingwing of Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 9/12/2006
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
All sixteen-year-old Francesca Getti wants to do is have a normal life where she's one of the crowd, blending in so no one will know just how much of a freak she is. Dragged to Europe by her mother (a witch) to join GothFaire, a travelling band of psychics, magicians, and assorted other oddities, Fran has to cope with not only the normal angst of always being a fish out of water, but also with her own fate as a psychometrist, someone who can tell things by touching objects. Enter one Moravian Dark One (referred to by most people as vampires) named Benedikt who claims Fran is the key to redeeming his soul, a mysterious horse who seems to have an involved past, an immortal friend who remembers what Mozart was like, and a demonologist who thinks he's Elvis, and you can understand why Fran despairs of ever fitting in.

The author, Katie Maxwell, has also written books under the name Katie MacAlister. The sequel to this book is called Circus of the Darned. Katie MacAlister's vampire series takes place in the same world as Got Fangs? and Circus of the Darned.
KatieMaxwell.com

Journal Entry 2 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, September 16, 2006
Got Fangs? was an okay teen book, but nothing spectacular. I am interested in reading the sequel, but not interested enough to go out and buy it...

Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood, but the main character's feelings of alienation grew old really quickly. Although she wasn't completely bad, because I loved the way she stuck up for herself when the vampire Benedikt tried to boss her around. I wish Feehan's heroines had done the same... Anyway, Got Fangs? was an okay read, and I'm definitely interested in how the author handles the Moravian Dark Ones in the series she has written for adults.

Journal Entry 3 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, September 16, 2006
The ring is open as long as it's on the road, so pm me if you want in!

The list:
1. ladiibbug (USA) (prefers US shipping, int'l if needed)
2. CheriePie (USA)
3. NeedSun (Canada)
4. Amberkatze (Austria) Europe shipping only
5. Margih (Finland)

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-Please try to read the book within 4 weeks. It's a short teen book, and shouldn't take long to read
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Journal Entry 4 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, September 18, 2006
Mailed the book to ladiibbug today!

Journal Entry 5 by ladiibbug from Paradise, California USA on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
9/26/06 Arrived today! Thanks, CandyDarling, for offering this ring - Got Fangs? has been high on my Most Lusted After list. Will begin today! RSVD

Journal Entry 6 by ladiibbug from Paradise, California USA on Thursday, September 28, 2006
9/28/06 I loved this book - the unique traveling Goth Faire setting in & around Hungary. I immensely enjoyed the details - magic, wicca, psychics, etc.

I liked the main teen character, Francesca very much. The author did an excelllent job describing the turbulent teen emotions & struggles, while keeping the character likable.

Add the delights of the Elvis character to the horses, I liked *everything* about this book - including the gorgeous cover art!

I'll definitely add book 2 in the series (Circus of the Darned) to my wish list! Thanks again for sharing, CandyDarling :-)

Mailing to CheriePie - TRAV

* Counts in the Keep Them Moving 2006 Challenge *

Journal Entry 7 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Tuesday, October 03, 2006
This arrived today, and though my owed TBR and rings/rays list is beginning to get unmanageable in length, I think I'll be able to scoot this one up since it's a quick read. That way too, I can send it off to NeedSun next along with a couple other books I owe her. Thanks for starting this ring CandyDarling! :)

Journal Entry 8 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Friday, November 10, 2006
This was an okay teen read. Comparing it to the other YA books I've been reading recently, which you can see in my book blog, I found it better than the Cate Tiernan Sweeps series, but not quite as good as the Darren Shan Cirque Du Freak ones.

Like Candy, a lot of Fran's quirks and insecurities got to me after awhile. But I think a lot of that's simply in the author's writing style because A Girl's Guide to Vampires hit me the same way, with the immature squabbling those characters did. And I didn't care for all the cutesy words either—I thought I'd scream if she said nummy one more time!

Beyond all that, the book had a somewhat interesting story line. Fran and her mother, who's a witch, are traveling around Europe with the GothFaire. Fran has been pulled out of school for a year and she's not that happy about it, struggling to fit in and all. As it stands, with her gift of psychometry (being able to sense things by touch) she should actually be more at home among the people of the Faire: witches, demonologists, palm readers, vampires, and the like; yet still she hides her gift and feels like a freak.

Fran's mom asks Fran to use her gift to help determine who's been stealing the money from the Faire's safe, and though she's reluctant to do so, she eventually agrees. Though Fran claims she's a mystery buff, her detective skills were laughable; she'd write people off as suspects for stupid reasons. I had a feeling I knew who was behind everything from the beginning and I ended up being right, despite Fran's inability to see the truth. I would've also thought that with all the psychics and such hanging around, that getting away with such a crime would've been near to impossible. But then the author wouldn't have had much to build the story on.

Like in her adult Dark Ones series, written under the name of Katie MacAlister, we have Dark Ones in this book. The Faire's palm reader, Imogen, is a Dark One, or a Moravian more correctly since supposedly only the men can be called Dark Ones. A Dark One is basically a vampire, with a few minor differences from vampires as we encounter them in other books. Imogen's younger brother, Benedikt, has come to the Faire to visit his sister, and takes an immediate liking to Fran, and tells her she's his Beloved. A Beloved is a Dark One's other half, and is the only one who can redeem his soul. I can imagine this would be a lot for 16-year-old Fran to handle. But then again, Benedikt is 300 something! So the budding romance, if you can call it that, between Fran and Ben is cute and adds to the rest of the story.

This book is reserved to go on to NeedSun next. I've got a lot of other books here on my TBR that have to go to her and since this is so thin, I was thinking of holding it till next week and mailing this Night Pleasures back to her together. I haven't quite decided yet though and if one of Joanne's books isn't my next read, I'll just mail this out singly. And I'll update this entry with the shipping detail on whichever way I decide to go. :)

PS - Candy, I PMed Alithia to check on the status of my A Girl's Guide to Vampires bookray since I notice you're next on that and she's had it since August. :(

PPS - I also love the clear protective covering you put over your paperbacks. I must remember to ask you about that in email...

EDIT 19-NOV-2006: Mailed to NeedSun along with Night Pleasures on 20-Nov-2006 via International Air Mail.

Journal Entry 9 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I picked this up today at the post office. Thanks everyone.

Journal Entry 10 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Monday, January 08, 2007
I really enjoyed this one. It was a perfect read during such a busy period. There hasn't been much time to read and this book was like visiting my old friends the Dark Ones.

Thanks everyone. I have the address for the next participant to read it so I should get this book in the mail this week.

Edit Jan 9: Sent by air on Jan 8

Journal Entry 11 by Amberkatze from Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Monday, January 22, 2007
Yay!!! This arrived today! Thank you NeedSun for sending it to me and Candydarling for sending this off on a ring!

I will try and read it this week and then I will send it off to Margih when I am finished with HEX which I also have to send off to her.

Journal Entry 12 by Amberkatze from Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Sunday, January 28, 2007
I forgot to journal this yesterday when I finished the book *blush* So here is what I thought...

This was a quick light read and nice enough. I am used to the ‘Dark ones’ now and it was nice to see another story with them involved. I believe there is another book after this on in the series and it would be great to read that someday too!

However I have to say I didn't like the main character too much...but this book being aimed at teenagers and the main character was acting like a teenager so maybe that is why I didn't like her so much :) Also the horse thing was a weird reason to do her mums dirty work!

I have to send HEX on to Margih and would like to send them off together. So this book will most likely be with me for another week before it moves on. I hope that is ok!

Thanks again all!

Journal Entry 13 by Amberkatze from Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Saturday, February 10, 2007
I pm'd Margih today as I am finished with the other ring I wanted to send off together with this one. However she is moving pretty soon so to make sure that the package doesn't go missing I will hold on to this another week before sending it.

Journal Entry 14 by Margih from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Saturday, March 10, 2007
Received this one with "Hex 2" couple of days ago. Thanks Amberkatze, the first BC-mail to my new address :)

And thanks CandyDarling for sharing!

Journal Entry 15 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, April 03, 2008
The book is back home. Thank you everyone who participated in the ring!

Journal Entry 16 by wingCandyDarlingwing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (9/11/2012 UTC) at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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Gave to another bookcrosser at the Helsinki meet-up.

Journal Entry 17 by Niksu at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, September 11, 2012
From the meetup. Thanks CandyDarling!

Journal Entry 18 by Niksu at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, September 17, 2012
I read the book through during last weekend at my summer cottage. Light easy read for an teenbook. I had a bit problems liking Fran though but maybe it's with the teens when they are so annoying most of the time anyway:) The horse scene was a bit odd for me too.

I' m looking forward for the sequal which I was clever enough to grab from our monthly meet up in Helsinki last week. After reading that one, I think I know where the books ends up next.

Journal Entry 19 by Niksu at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, October 05, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (10/5/2012 UTC) at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

This and it's sequal started it's travels today. I hope the next reader willl enjoy these books:)

Read and Release at BookCrossing.com...

Journal Entry 20 by rifter at Isokyrö, Pohjanmaa / Österbotten Finland on Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Oh thank you for the surprise, the book turned up in the mail today together with it's companion! I look forward to reading this, it looks fun. I've never heard of these before!

Journal Entry 21 by rifter at Isokyrö, Pohjanmaa / Österbotten Finland on Saturday, November 03, 2012
This was a quick and easy read, and I enjoyed my time with it. I normally like to read darker stories about vampires, but perhaps that's the reason I enjoyed this book, because it was completely opposite to those darker stories - light, fluffy and with vampires! But it seems in every story there has to be a girl with low self-esteem who then manages to get the gorgeous hunky vampire fall in love with her! That was my problem with the book. I didn't mind the horse, although was there actually a point with the horse? Anyway, I do look forward to reading the next book - good thing you sent that too, Niksu! :)

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