Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare and The Vampire's Assistant by Darren Shan
This all started due to the advent of this.
The trailer makes the movie look like a whole lot of fun. Nevermind that I'm a 25-year-old girl. However, I'm also one of those people who loves to read the books and compare them to their film counterparts. Add to that I've been wondering about Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak series ever since I laid eyes on it at work, and you've got a recipe for a reason to head to the library.
Darren Shan (yes, the character uses the same name as the authoer as this is a "true" story writen by him - even though Darren's not even his real name) never wanted to be a half-vampire. But thanks to the Cirque du Freak, his strange best friend, and his fascination with spiders, now he is. He'll have to come to terms with his vampire self if he is to survive...and there's a lot in store for him.
I checked out the first two books since these are located in the teen section (juveniles in the library). They've got their elements of horror, but the characters' ages allude me so I'm not sure how to visualize Darren. The movie makes him look, gosh, almost 16, but in the book he sounds a lot younger. Still, it is an interesting couple of books, and now I'm interested in how the rest of the series goes. After all, I still haven't met the Vampire Generals...