I really enjoyed this book and read it over a few days. It was quirky enough to be almost incomparable to any other book that I had read yet I felt quite a strong attachment to some of the scenarios in the book. I appreciated that the damage inflicted on the children was obvious in their characters, particularly in their self-destructive behaviours. I also appreciated that both children were able to be successful in their own artistic endeavours, despite their controversial upbringing. It was impossible not to get caught up in the artistic ‘pieces’.
My only big criticism of the book is the title. I understand the emotional vampire theme and the humour in the story BUT every time I recommend this book I can see friends’ eyes glaze over. IT IS NOT A VAMPIRE BOOK I scream but to no avail. Maybe I need more open minded friends. But it would have been easier if the book had a different name.