Review: Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead by Jason Henderson

“Voice of the Undead is full of edge-of-your-seat action. A fantastic continuation of Alex Van Helsing's story.”

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Title:Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead (Alex Van Helsing #2)
Author:Henderson, Jason
Publisher:HarperTeen
Pages:272

Goodreads: Now that Alex is in the know about the deadly vampires that live—and hunt—around his boarding school, everything is different. Putting his talents to use, Alex is training with the Polidorium to become a vampire hunter, just like his Van Helsing ancestors. Sure, he’s only fourteen, but c’mon: This runs in his blood.

But Alex is wondering if he’ll live long enough to succeed. His archnemesis Elle, a vampire whose youthful appearance and blond hair disguise a rage that’s directed at him, is out to get him before a powerful leader called Ultravox arrives on the scene. Ultravox specializes in assassinations, but who is he targeting? As he dodges Elle’s attacks, Alex is on a mission to uncover Ultravox’s deadly plan before his friends and his school become collateral damage. There’s no time to report back; innocent lives hang in the balance, and it’s on Alex to act now—or else.

There are quite a few things I love about this series:

  • Vampires are freaking scary and very evil.
  • Alex is a guy’s, guy. He loves tech and badassery.
  • Most things are easy for Alex due to his heightened Van Helsing senses, but getting girls is still hard.
  • The mentor in the story isn’t your atypical yodaesque character. He has flaws as well.
  • Alex has a merry band of friends who are all well thought out and fantastically executed.

Voice of the Undead shows us that Alex does have flaws, he can make stupid decisions and bad mistakes just like any other fourteen year old boy. I love the bits of the story where Sid gets to shine and the ones where Alex realizes his spidey senses can’t save him every time. We are introduced to a few new characters and I enjoyed Alex’s interaction with them as well.

Alex Van Helsing is one kid I wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley if I were a vampire, but he is a heck of a lot of fun to read.

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2 Responses so far

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    o_0 Does he actually have spidey sense? It would be pretty cool to have a Spiderman vs. Vampires type showdown…

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    Thank you SO MUCH for your review! This really rocks that someone has read this book already and has awesome things to say about it.

    Sniffly– yes. He can sense vampires!

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