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Fifty Percent Vampire by [Janotta, D. K.]
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What do you do when you've just been told your life ends on your eighteenth birthday? And the person who told you is the vampire who calls himself your stepfather? If your name's Astrid Sonnschein, you run like hell.

Astrid escapes to start a new life with her aunt and uncle, but soon finds out that nothing lasts forever. Living a lie proves to be more than a challenge, and Astrid is soon tracked down by the one person she hoped never to see again.

To make things even more complicated, she falls for Mike, a handsome young cop who has every last girl in town under his spell. Will Astrid be able to keep her guard up, or will her new love be her downfall?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1189 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Tom Publications (5 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0150GNDMA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive and enjoyable read 19 February 2016
By Angelbear - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Fifty percent vampire by D.K. Janotta

Living with your mother and stepfather can be difficult at the best of times but it's even worse when they are full vampires and you are a half vampire. Add to that and evil, sadistic step brother and your life can be downright miserable. This is the life of seventeen year old Astrid Sonnschein, until she convinces her mother and stepfather, George, to let her stay with her mothers human sister and go to school in the human world.
Life in the human world is ten times better, despite the bullies and the boys that get too hands on.
Astrid soon finds a group of close friends and is attracted to the towns young police officer, Michael Hanson.
Life in the human world doesn't seem so bad after all until the other boys she has shown an Interest in and even her enemy get murdered and the police see her as a possible suspect.
Half of the town agree, even with no evidence to back it up. But officer Mike is not so easily convinced and seems to like Astrid as much as she likes him.
More threats come from the vampire world with the ultimatum, get turned or die, but Astrid is determined to stand up and fight for the human life she so dearly craves.
The story line was good and the characters, believable and likeable, well some of them, others were horrid and easy to hate.
The ending was a little surprising but good and I think that I would enjoy reading a book two.
Recommended to young adults and adults alike who love coming of age, supernatural stories.
4.0 out of 5 stars How amazing is a story which is not all rainbows and ... 29 June 2016
By Bookworm - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book free in an exchange for honest an review thanks to YA Bound book tours

This is such a compelling story with a dark element, I seriously could not put this book down and I ended up reading it in one sitting! How amazing is a story which is not all rainbows and sunshine for once and has a very capitivating plot that just draws the reader in? Not many do

Astrid doesn't have a easy life being a half vampire, she is constantly tortured by Angus and George. She is a quick thinker, fiery and very compassionate. Anything she does you know she does is it wholeheartedly I found it interesting how she acts like a magnet and draws the 'death' of her class mates in and being the newcomer she is automatically perceived as guilty of charge. Sometimes society, rumors and people within the community are perfect examples of how they can make someone lose confidence in themselves and feel ugly. This was evident in the book and I liked how I could relate to it when somestimes we are labelled as guilty for a crime we did not committ.

Mike is perfect in every way, I mean literally! He has the good looks, perfect body was a ace athlete only to become a officer and whilst he broke many hearts I was happy to realise the mystery behind it (leaving the city). Although you don't find that out until towards the end of the book, there was enough mystery and suspense in this book to keep you interested. What I like most about him is he trusts his instincts (well I hope so anyways) and keeps the evidence to how it is rather than go by confessions, the way it should be. I can't really say I enjoyed his partner, I found her very annoying and just reading the signals wrong. Like hello lady can you not take a hint???

George and Angus are the antagonist in this story. I can't decide who I hate more George or Angus? I hate them both for very different reasons but I am so glad when of them dies, he so deserves a worse and more painful death but death nonetheless.

Hmm..comment on the plot? What I liked mostly about this were how strong Astrid was shown despite not being a vampire, the love interest, her friend Rachel is amazing like seriously! The plot is very intensive too like each layer is revealed only once you peel it and get deeper into the surface like an onion! Weird comparison I know! But its true, it really is a remarkable story and one you should try if you love vampires! I'm guessing there is a second book since the way it ended, I hope so!
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, It felt like it'd be cliche but then it wasn't 4 June 2016
By Daphne - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I'd been offered a free copy for an honest review

The story is very interesting. It brings back the old stereotypes about vampires but with the twist that the main character is only half. At times these stereotypes seem cliche but at the same time you hardly ever see them in modern media so I actually find it nice to see them again. For the main character, Astrid, she seemed relatable in the beginning and may be so through to the end if you were still a teenage girl in high school. I've evolved beyond random crushes and love taking precedence over more serious matters but it wasn't so bad that I wanted to stop reading.
What really interested me was the plot. Astrid, our "fifty percent vampire", realizes she must make a choice between human and vampire and would rather explore her human option further with her mother's sister's family. So she ventures out into the human society with some random knowledge, eager to experience high school life and love. What she finds is that yes she can have the experiences she wants but with some shocking add-ons that turn the story around. Things go weird and so begins wondering what the heck is going on and how Astrid is going to pull through. Personally, it's these events that kept me going and made the story unique for me.
We experience Astrid's story not only through her perspective but in the eyes of her mother, Mike (main hot guy), and other minor characters. Except for one time, it's easy to tell when the perspective changes so long as you read the first line. The writing was well-done and although there was at times too much unnecessary details, it wasn't so much so that it took away from the story. Although most the story was easy to follow and felt a nice read, at the end it felt odd like I was reading a dream. Maybe that's how Astrid experienced it but it felt like things were happening too fast and too sudden. Either way, when I hit the end I wanted to know what happens next so I'm looking forward to the next installment.
For the characters themselves, Astrid seems at times selfish, immature, and ignorant but attach this to her age and it fits. Otherwise she is strong-willed, stubborn, adventurous and courageous. She is willing to try new experiences, love-hungry and working towards it, and tries to find her own solutions to problems but willing to seek others for advice. Her friends are a diverse group of random stereotypes that evolve beyond the stereotypes they originated from. Not that they were very strong characters but they didn't stay predictable to their stereotype which was nice. Though honestly I only remember a few of them. Astrid's mother didn't have as much a role I think she needed. She didn't feel completely fleshed out and was easily forgettable. She sort of fit her role and that was it. Astrid's stepfather and stepbrother were more interesting and assumed much larger roles by the end, making their importance stronger throughout the course of the story. Mike was a unique character in my opinion and easily the most likeable. He felt complete and had more depth than most other characters.
The story had exiting twists at times and odd turns at other times. Few things could I accurately predict which was both pleasant and strange considering the events that took place. The story definitely didn't go where I thought it would and genuinely surprised me. I can't say I've read a book like this. It has aspects of mystery, romance and supernatural that, although felt cliche, actually weren't. Like I said, I'm looking forward to the next book and have no idea how it'll go.
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better. 5 March 2016
By Stacey Kym - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
ARC kindly provided by D. K. Janotta via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


I absolutely adored the cover! It had such beautiful colours and created a very enchanting image. The blurb also really intrigued me and I had high hopes and expectations for this novel and couldn't wait to see how it would all go down.
The novel starts off quite well. It begins with a smooth and easy introduction into Astrid's vampire world and her dreams to enter the human civilisation. The reader gets introduced to multiple characters, all whom hold important places in Astrid's life. Already, I was intrigued and compelled to continue reading by this gentle yet demanding curiosity to discover how this most recent vampire-themed novel would reveal its story.
It was slightly stereotypical with all the vampiric banaza about holy water and bibles being able to harm or kill vampires was proven to be true for this novel's story. I found this upsetting and subpar as it is SUCH an overused idea and greatly in need of diversity. I disliked that the story seemed to be so stereotypical and average in terms of plot and creativity, as well as world building.
I disliked the mother as a character. Even though she was a good mother and a kind character, she seemed utterly fake to me. The way she spoke and the way she acted really annoyed me as it was so unrealistic and just...annoying. She didn't feel like a solid and real character whose emotions I could feel and whom I sympathised with. Her relationship with her daughter was too...weird...I really can't think of a better way to describe it. She felt kind of immature.
There was too much teenage angst in this novel, too. I mean! It literally permeated the whole novel from cover to cover. The main character, Astrid, also seemed to act a LOT like an average stereotypical novel girl but it was as if the author had tried to disguise that by make her half vampire. A real downer if you ask me.
The main character herself was yet another stereotypical girl with too many supernatural/stereotypical problems that may/totally have been exaggerated beyond reason. She was weak and silly, crying and vulnerable, boring and unoriginal. *sigh* Really, she could have been a little bit better constructed. Astrid Sonnschein was basically a cut out character archetype. I saw little to no evolvement on her part throughout the whole novel. The story was overrated and very predictable. I wish I could say more about it except that it had the necessary introduction, complication and resolution you would expect and little else.
The conclusion of the story was my opinion. It would start to wrap things up and close the loose ends but then introduce something new and continue whilst wrapping other problems up. It left the ending far to open for my liking and I found this incredibly confusing for one reason: this was supposed to be a standalone novel.
Tension, drama and anticipation were all quite weak. I couldn't feel any of the three DESPITE the incredible murder mysteries that made this novel a consuming one to categorise, and the various drama that occurred besides. I felt as if the author wasn't able to convey the strong and important emotions from his characters and that, as a result, the novel suffered greatly.
'Fifty Percent Vampire' is writing in third person past tense, narrated most often by Astrid herself and she adventures into the unknown. Astrid's mother also had chapters told in her perspective for every few of Astrid's, as well as Mike Hanson, a local town cop, and Angus, Astrid's adopted older brother.
The authors writing style was nothing that really stood out in my eyes when compared to the MILLIONS of self and independently published authors out there. The writing and phrasing was sometimes stilted and unbelievable in the way the characters spoke. I would greatly recommend the author work greatly on his prose as it really drew back from my opinions of the characters and story when I read. Grammar was well done, and I didn't see any spelling mistakes though there were a couple of typos. Overall, this was a precarious three star.
Congratulations to D. K. Janotta on publishing his debut novel!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn't like it, didn't find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn't bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read! 18 July 2016
By Belinda Sweeney - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Loved this book, the storyline kept my interest from start to finish. Although at times I thought it was somewhat sterotypical of "vampires" the characters were lively enough to like the girl half human/ half vampire her love interest a young policeman, her mother the vampire grrr disliked her, stepdad etc, her problems in her assimilating her life etc there was plenty to keep your interest with many twists in the plot though the on completing the book the finish was open ended. And has me wondering as to what happens to the young lovers and her parents.
I received this book from the author for an honest review