REVIEW: Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball by Laura Ellen Anderson


Synopsis from GoodReads.com:

“Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares! Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends Florence the yeti (DON’T CALL HER BEAST!) and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball.

And when the King’s spoiled son Tangine captures Squashy, Amelia and her friends must escape the party to plan a daring rescue! In their race against time, they begin to realise things in Nocturnia may not be quite what they seem . . . 

Join Amelia on her very first adventure. She won’t bite!”


Simple, inoffensive and charming. The Amelia Fang series is set around the adventures of a little girl vampire, her family and her friends, all of which are monsters of course.

This is very much a book for children. It is very similar to the Goth Girl series which I have mentioned on this blog several times before. I love Goth Girl so when I saw a very similar series based around the adventures of a little vampire and her pet pumpkin I had to pick it up. It has been a while since I reviewed a children’s book. Unlike Goth Girl though this is a book aimed solely at children. It doesn’t have any hidden references or cleverness for older readers to enjoy like some other kids’ books do.

Saying that though, I still had a lot of fun reading this. It could be a little stereotypical but it was sweet. It had messages that I would like children to hear, like how even bullies have their own issues and it even had a decent anti racism message. The illustrations were adorable, especially the design of the child grim reaper. He was so cute. I think if I had a kid who was wanting to branch out into novel sized books I would happily hand them this.

This book is just a cute read for children with nothing scary in it, just a simple, sweet story that just happens to be told using monsters. Perfect for any kid who loves Monster High or anything spooky.






2 out of 5 Skulls

I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.com. It might be perfect for kids but I wouldn’t make it a regular part of my grown up reading. I have read more enthralling kids novels than this.

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