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Mortimer Drake ,an eighth grade teenager,discovers that he is the product of a supernatural mixed-marriage. His mother is human and his father is a 925 year old Greek vampire. His life is completely turned upside down as he struggles with this knowledge and his emerging vampire nature. The truth behind the myths and legends of the vampire are revealed as Mortimer enters in Mortimer Drake ,an eighth grade teenager,discovers that he is the product of a supernatural mixed-marriage. His mother is human and his father is a 925 year old Greek vampire. His life is completely turned upside down as he struggles with this knowledge and his emerging vampire nature. The truth behind the myths and legends of the vampire are revealed as Mortimer enters into a centuries old war of the Undead.


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Mortimer Drake ,an eighth grade teenager,discovers that he is the product of a supernatural mixed-marriage. His mother is human and his father is a 925 year old Greek vampire. His life is completely turned upside down as he struggles with this knowledge and his emerging vampire nature. The truth behind the myths and legends of the vampire are revealed as Mortimer enters in Mortimer Drake ,an eighth grade teenager,discovers that he is the product of a supernatural mixed-marriage. His mother is human and his father is a 925 year old Greek vampire. His life is completely turned upside down as he struggles with this knowledge and his emerging vampire nature. The truth behind the myths and legends of the vampire are revealed as Mortimer enters into a centuries old war of the Undead.

30 review for Growing Up Dead

  1. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Growing up Dead: The Life and Undeath of Mortimer Drake Written by: Greg Wilkey Narrated by: Maxwell Zener This is a fun and exciting teen/young adult book about a guy that finds himself in the middle of a big vampire problem, that problem is him. How to fix that problem, kill the problem. He doesn't like that solution. Mortimer did not know anything more about vampires than anyone else that watches TV. Now a bunch of vamps want him dead, why? Let's just say he is one-of-a-kind and some kind of lege Growing up Dead: The Life and Undeath of Mortimer Drake Written by: Greg Wilkey Narrated by: Maxwell Zener This is a fun and exciting teen/young adult book about a guy that finds himself in the middle of a big vampire problem, that problem is him. How to fix that problem, kill the problem. He doesn't like that solution. Mortimer did not know anything more about vampires than anyone else that watches TV. Now a bunch of vamps want him dead, why? Let's just say he is one-of-a-kind and some kind of legend... It is humorous, suspenseful, crazy, twists, exciting, and a lot of fun. Except for Mort! I bought the next 2 books! The narrator does a fantastic job at changing voices and keeping the excitement going, really makes the tension, suspense, or fun over the top at the right moment! Great job!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carole P. Roman

    Entertaining story about a normal eighth grader who is having strange dreams, as well as behavioral problems. He is soon to find out that his "normal existence," as well as his perceptions about his family will be altered forever. Mortimer Drake is a hybrid, a half-blood, the product of a mixed marriage of a human and pure vampire. HIs abnormal blood is vital to a rogue and violent group of vampires who will stop at nothing to kidnap him. He must learn about his new abilities, as well as cope wi Entertaining story about a normal eighth grader who is having strange dreams, as well as behavioral problems. He is soon to find out that his "normal existence," as well as his perceptions about his family will be altered forever. Mortimer Drake is a hybrid, a half-blood, the product of a mixed marriage of a human and pure vampire. HIs abnormal blood is vital to a rogue and violent group of vampires who will stop at nothing to kidnap him. He must learn about his new abilities, as well as cope with the weird and vampirish bodily demands. Full of action, this is a great coming-of-age story that mixes of myths from ancient history with great storytelling.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Mortimer Drake, a 14 year old junior high student is starting to have problems at school, with his strength causing accidents, having painful reactions to sunlight in the cafeteria. He's having trouble controlling his emotions. He is even sent home from school after one of these incidents. There's potential there in the story, if it'd been better written, but the parents reaction to their son's suffering - to be angry with him, berate him, declare disappointment in him as he's always been a very Mortimer Drake, a 14 year old junior high student is starting to have problems at school, with his strength causing accidents, having painful reactions to sunlight in the cafeteria. He's having trouble controlling his emotions. He is even sent home from school after one of these incidents. There's potential there in the story, if it'd been better written, but the parents reaction to their son's suffering - to be angry with him, berate him, declare disappointment in him as he's always been a very good student and well behaved son. What a huge betrayal by the parents who know his dad is a vampire and when Mortimer was born he was still born. There's even legends about a vampire human hybrid, which the book explains. But his parents knew all this but were still angry and confused? besides this, I wasn't the right audience, even though I've read other YA books and was very satisfied with them. Formatting of ebook file would be help, but a really good editor could also improve the story, pacing, reveal some more about the other character's motivations, remove repeating phrases. This book was not for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I really liked this book...until about 50% of the way through when the vampire cliches took over. The author really did try to avoid them and make it original, and I appreciate that. I read the Kindle version and it was FULL of typos which really bothered me. Other than that, I would read the next one. The story is good, the characters are better...just the vampire crap. Oh well, I guess then you read a book about the Undead it is unavoidable :-)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I really liked the story. Its a unique take on vampire fiction. I love how it incorporates Greek mythology and takes place in 2 different countries. Its fast paced and easy to read. The action is good and well presented. Since I fit in the middle age group of readers i felt the story line seems slightly mediocre but strong enough to continue to the next book. It should definitely appeal to very young readers somewhere in 12-15 age group.

  6. 5 out of 5

    One-Click

    Audiobook Narration - Maxwell Zener - Pretty Good - he has a smooth voice with good range, does nice females and has a varied assortment of male character voices. This is a cute book, which is sort of a weird thing to say about a Vampire book, but I like the younger vibe of this story. Mortimer Drake is a 14 year old kid who starts experiencing some weird changes, which cause him to get in trouble at school, with his friends and at home. He doesn't see his dad much because he always works nights Audiobook Narration - Maxwell Zener - Pretty Good - he has a smooth voice with good range, does nice females and has a varied assortment of male character voices. This is a cute book, which is sort of a weird thing to say about a Vampire book, but I like the younger vibe of this story. Mortimer Drake is a 14 year old kid who starts experiencing some weird changes, which cause him to get in trouble at school, with his friends and at home. He doesn't see his dad much because he always works nights and comes to find out the reason why. His Dad is a Vampire and he comes from a mixed set of parents. (human-vampire) His parents didn't know what would happen if they had a kid, but they now realize that these changes signal his transformation to Vampire, and Mortimer has to learn how to be one! This is a clever story with a little different take on vampirism. There's some fun, some mystery, some danger, some suspense and some sorrow in this story. The book ended with Mortimer finishing Junior High so we're off to High School in the next installment! It is a YA title and I think it will have great appeal to a younger audience, but I think adults will enjoy this too. I'm certainly going to move on to the next book in the series. That's all!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Becket

    Growing Up Dead is a great new tale for YA readers; it’s a story for youth as well as for the adult reader who likes good YA stories. And this is a great one! With the spirited way Anne Rice recreated the vampire origin story, so too Wilkey has woven together a whole new cosmology for the way vampires came into being. Wilkey clearly loves all of his characters, even the villains, but especially his hero, Mortimer. The story is intelligent, thrilling, and fast-paced! More than this, Wilkey’s book Growing Up Dead is a great new tale for YA readers; it’s a story for youth as well as for the adult reader who likes good YA stories. And this is a great one! With the spirited way Anne Rice recreated the vampire origin story, so too Wilkey has woven together a whole new cosmology for the way vampires came into being. Wilkey clearly loves all of his characters, even the villains, but especially his hero, Mortimer. The story is intelligent, thrilling, and fast-paced! More than this, Wilkey’s book is highly imaginative, offering a whole new cosmology of vampire origins, powers, classes, and weaknesses. He also brings to the story a very human element. At the heart of Growing Up Dead is the inner dynamics of a family struggling to stay together through difficult life-changing events. It’s as meaningful as it is fantastical! Be careful, though: Sink your teeth into the first chapter, you’ll find you’re hooked. This is one book I highly recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Will Van Stone Jr

    Imperfect but fun I really wanted to love this story. I've been fascinated by vampires for as long as I can remember and this one is an interesting take on the mythology. Unfortunately, the grammatical errors, formatting issues and stilted dialogue hold it back. Mortimer's discovery of his family secrets and the dangerous consequences make for some fine tale (though the strange rewriting of the Seduction of Persephone was not at all to my liking) and with a good editing, this book would have easi Imperfect but fun I really wanted to love this story. I've been fascinated by vampires for as long as I can remember and this one is an interesting take on the mythology. Unfortunately, the grammatical errors, formatting issues and stilted dialogue hold it back. Mortimer's discovery of his family secrets and the dangerous consequences make for some fine tale (though the strange rewriting of the Seduction of Persephone was not at all to my liking) and with a good editing, this book would have easily earned four stars. Recommended, though with the warning of how distracting the issues mentioned can be.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I don't read a lot of YA fiction so it took me a little bit to get used to the writing style of this book, but once I did I was hooked. I love Mortimer Drake and his entire vampire family. There was a series of twists and turns that I loved and the book was not predictable at all. Well done Mr. Wilkey! I look forward to reading the rest of the series. :) I don't read a lot of YA fiction so it took me a little bit to get used to the writing style of this book, but once I did I was hooked. I love Mortimer Drake and his entire vampire family. There was a series of twists and turns that I loved and the book was not predictable at all. Well done Mr. Wilkey! I look forward to reading the rest of the series. :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shannon O'lear

    Greg Wilkeys Trilogy I feel in Love with. Its basically a story of a child/vampire who doesn't know hes a vampire. The whole series is fantastic and I really really loved it, fast read and thoroughly entertaining characters. I cant wait for more of his books! Greg Wilkeys Trilogy I feel in Love with. Its basically a story of a child/vampire who doesn't know hes a vampire. The whole series is fantastic and I really really loved it, fast read and thoroughly entertaining characters. I cant wait for more of his books!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Hopkins

    i wasnt sure what to exspect from these books but i really liked it.. a little slow to begin with but soon picked up pace, i admire that he has gone out on his own to bring his work to the public..look forward to the next one..

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    sucked so bad. missing words and letters. needs a proof reader. really could not get past the missing words.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    I was lucky enough to win this book via a *Melanie’s Muses* Facebook Live giveaway – exciting as it’s the first book I’ve won in a long time! Many thanks to the author, too, for providing it. I love this alternative view on the vampire legends – it’s always interesting to see a new take on it, especially one that doesn’t take you down the “fluffy” or “sparkly” route. These vampires are monsters, who choose to be lesser monsters than they are, and use their powers protectively instead of destructi I was lucky enough to win this book via a *Melanie’s Muses* Facebook Live giveaway – exciting as it’s the first book I’ve won in a long time! Many thanks to the author, too, for providing it. I love this alternative view on the vampire legends – it’s always interesting to see a new take on it, especially one that doesn’t take you down the “fluffy” or “sparkly” route. These vampires are monsters, who choose to be lesser monsters than they are, and use their powers protectively instead of destructively. Well, at least most of them do… Great ideas, somewhat sloppy execution. This book needed a huge control before publishing, as there were some grammatical and spelling errors, as well as stunted sentences. Yet the story as a whole was great. Given a good clean-up, this could make an excellent novel. Yet, looking at general ratings, it appears that the books improve throughout the series. I definitely enjoyed this enough to want to continue! Final rating: ★★★★☆ – Really liked

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melody Daggerhart

    Notes of Interest: I think the reason I got this book was because of its about a boy finding out his father was a vampire and he's a half-blood. There are loads of stories out there that follow a character from the moment he first turns until he reaches an acceptance of what he has become (or a way to fight it). And there are a lot of books out there that deal with warring factions of undead. These are genre staples when it comes to vampire characters or plots that revolve around them. But "awake Notes of Interest: I think the reason I got this book was because of its about a boy finding out his father was a vampire and he's a half-blood. There are loads of stories out there that follow a character from the moment he first turns until he reaches an acceptance of what he has become (or a way to fight it). And there are a lot of books out there that deal with warring factions of undead. These are genre staples when it comes to vampire characters or plots that revolve around them. But "awakening" plots are a little different — where someone doesn't know she or he is a vampire, but must find out the truth the hard way. It adds a slightly different twist to learn that his whole previous life was a lie. While I don't know that I'd classify this as a horror genre read, it has horror elements. This is not a romance or comedy. It's more like urban fantasy because of the way it handles magical beings living hidden among the mainstream populace. It uses Greek mythology to explore vampire existence, drawing upon such tales as the legend of Persephone and Hades, so it's heavier on the mythology and family ties than blood and gore. But having said that … where's there's vampires, unless you're talking about Bunnicula, there's going to be some blood. What could have made it better for me: The technical errors in this book was the main distraction. There were more than average, mostly typos. That and the unbroken shifts in point of view made immersion difficult. One minute you would be in Mortimer's head hearing his thoughts, and then suddenly you're inside his father's head hearing his thoughts, too. And this wasn't a once or twice thing. It was a constant throughout the book. I'm sure the goal was third person omniscient point-of-view, but it jumps between characters' minds without warning, paragraph breaks, or chapter breaks. It needed better editing. The other thing that fell flat for me was the emotional depth of the characters. I will note that perhaps the reason for this is the difference between long adult novels and short, quick-read novels, which YA sometimes tends to be. What is adequate for the genre should be taken into consider here because it's difficult to fully express a character's emotional depth during life-altering upheavals when the plot demands that the character get over it and move on for the sake of low word count. But most of the time, the emotional reactions of the characters simply didn't feel convincing. If the characters had shown a deeper attachment to each other or been more vulnerable to their losses and trauma(considering the events in the plot, which I won't mention due to spoilers), the story would have felt more credible and engaging. What I liked about it: I enjoyed seeing a different take on a child vampire's awakening and related struggles. I was glad to see that Wilkey didn't hold back on some of the consequences of having a friend who's a vampire, as opposed to everyone saying, "Cool!" and carrying on normally as if nothing had changed. I liked the way the Greek mythology was brought into the vampire family history. It's not the first time I've seen the Persephone and Hades connection used to explain the existence of fictional vampires, but I always enjoy seeing different takes on how it could have happened. My favourite scene was probably when Mortimer was learning to fly. That's something that is usually taken for granted among magical vampire talents, or it doesn't exist as one of their talents; but it's not often you get to see them bumbling about and falling into the ocean like baby birds falling from the nest, until they can claim their power. I got the book looking for light entertainment and it accomplished that objective rather well. I imagine much of the technical problems were "first book" related, so the rest of the series is probably more polished. The conflict between the warring vampire factions got off to a good start in this volume, so I assume that deepens in interest and plot twists as the saga continues in the books that follow. Recommendation: I'm undecided whether I'll buy the rest of the series. The editing was off-putting, so I hope that improves in later volumes. But the content is interesting enough that I could be persuaded to give the next one a try. I like this take on the "coming of age" theme, and it has a nice balance between plot and character focus. Overall it was a light, entertaining read — exactly what I expected.

  15. 5 out of 5

    msleighm

     I received a review copy of the book and audio book from the publisher.   I devoured this book. It was delicious and I wanted more. When I done, I actually went back to the beginning and started reading it again, something that I cannot remember doing before.   As a fan of gothic Victorian literature, I have particularly sought out the earlier versions of vampire lore and stories. In my opinion, this book contributes to the growing legacy of vampire mythos.   The reader of the audio book, Maxwell Ze  I received a review copy of the book and audio book from the publisher.   I devoured this book. It was delicious and I wanted more. When I done, I actually went back to the beginning and started reading it again, something that I cannot remember doing before.   As a fan of gothic Victorian literature, I have particularly sought out the earlier versions of vampire lore and stories. In my opinion, this book contributes to the growing legacy of vampire mythos.   The reader of the audio book, Maxwell Zener, understands the essence of the story and was able to portray the characters and mood as I imagined it while reading.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy

    As I find myself falling more out of love with YA fiction, I wanted to give this a chance since it came recommended from Anne Rice & Christopher Rice on The Dinner Show podcast. October seems to be the perfect month for it. I'm giving up on it. The only reason is I don't want to read another book of a coming-of-age & who-I-am. But, these vampires are cool! Happy reading! As I find myself falling more out of love with YA fiction, I wanted to give this a chance since it came recommended from Anne Rice & Christopher Rice on The Dinner Show podcast. October seems to be the perfect month for it. I'm giving up on it. The only reason is I don't want to read another book of a coming-of-age & who-I-am. But, these vampires are cool! Happy reading!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Josef

    An enjoyable read! 4 Stars because: - The Greek mythology part was too lengthy for my taste - Book 2 isn't nearly as good An enjoyable read! 4 Stars because: - The Greek mythology part was too lengthy for my taste - Book 2 isn't nearly as good

  18. 4 out of 5

    O. Napier

  19. 4 out of 5

    Betti Mazurek

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nova

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

  22. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Dennis

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather McDaniel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Morse

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debrayh Gaylle

  27. 4 out of 5

    Twaina Gannon

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sharon J.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marion Buehring

  30. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

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