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For fans of J.K. Rowling (the HARRY POTTER series), Orson Scott Card (ENDER'S GAME), R.L. Stine (the GOOSEBUMPS series), Darren Shan (CIRQUE DU FREAK), and Stephen King (IT) comes a new series of supernatural thrillers! When ten-year-old Peter moves into his grandfather's creepy old mansion in a small town, bad, baaaaad things start to happen. A family of charred boogeymen w For fans of J.K. Rowling (the HARRY POTTER series), Orson Scott Card (ENDER'S GAME), R.L. Stine (the GOOSEBUMPS series), Darren Shan (CIRQUE DU FREAK), and Stephen King (IT) comes a new series of supernatural thrillers! When ten-year-old Peter moves into his grandfather's creepy old mansion in a small town, bad, baaaaad things start to happen. A family of charred boogeymen who haunt the garden decide they don't like trespassers... A classmate with a crush comes back from the grave, and decides to make Peter her Undead Prince Charming... A creature from Fairieland changes place with Peter's two-year-old sister, leading to a VERY strange babysitting job... A prehistoric predator snatches children from the town lake, forcing Peter to literally dive into the belly of the beast... With his troublemaking neighbor Dill, his grumpy grandfather, and only his courage and wit to guide him, Peter has to survive all these things, plus the Greatest Horror Of All: Fourth grade. PETER AND THE VAMPIRES is for teens and adults who, when they were kids, were looking for stories that kicked butt. The protagonist might be young, but the stories are dark, funny, and pulse-pounding. VAMPIRES is the first in an ongoing series that includes PETER AND THE WEREWOLVES and PETER AND THE FRANKENSTEIN. This book is 120,000 words (370+ pages) and contains some mild language, violence, and scary situations.


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For fans of J.K. Rowling (the HARRY POTTER series), Orson Scott Card (ENDER'S GAME), R.L. Stine (the GOOSEBUMPS series), Darren Shan (CIRQUE DU FREAK), and Stephen King (IT) comes a new series of supernatural thrillers! When ten-year-old Peter moves into his grandfather's creepy old mansion in a small town, bad, baaaaad things start to happen. A family of charred boogeymen w For fans of J.K. Rowling (the HARRY POTTER series), Orson Scott Card (ENDER'S GAME), R.L. Stine (the GOOSEBUMPS series), Darren Shan (CIRQUE DU FREAK), and Stephen King (IT) comes a new series of supernatural thrillers! When ten-year-old Peter moves into his grandfather's creepy old mansion in a small town, bad, baaaaad things start to happen. A family of charred boogeymen who haunt the garden decide they don't like trespassers... A classmate with a crush comes back from the grave, and decides to make Peter her Undead Prince Charming... A creature from Fairieland changes place with Peter's two-year-old sister, leading to a VERY strange babysitting job... A prehistoric predator snatches children from the town lake, forcing Peter to literally dive into the belly of the beast... With his troublemaking neighbor Dill, his grumpy grandfather, and only his courage and wit to guide him, Peter has to survive all these things, plus the Greatest Horror Of All: Fourth grade. PETER AND THE VAMPIRES is for teens and adults who, when they were kids, were looking for stories that kicked butt. The protagonist might be young, but the stories are dark, funny, and pulse-pounding. VAMPIRES is the first in an ongoing series that includes PETER AND THE WEREWOLVES and PETER AND THE FRANKENSTEIN. This book is 120,000 words (370+ pages) and contains some mild language, violence, and scary situations.

30 review for PETER AND THE VAMPIRES (Volume One)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Peter Normal, his sister, Beth and their mom are moving. Peter’s mom lost her job. They move in with Peter’s grandfather. Peter’s grandfather is crazy and there is nothing to do here. His grandfather owns no television and makes him go to bed early. Luckily for Peter, he meets Dill. Peter’s grandfather warns Peter not to go into the garden. There is a reason for it. It is late at night and Dill and Peter go wandering down in to the garden. They can not help themselves. They are ten year old boys Peter Normal, his sister, Beth and their mom are moving. Peter’s mom lost her job. They move in with Peter’s grandfather. Peter’s grandfather is crazy and there is nothing to do here. His grandfather owns no television and makes him go to bed early. Luckily for Peter, he meets Dill. Peter’s grandfather warns Peter not to go into the garden. There is a reason for it. It is late at night and Dill and Peter go wandering down in to the garden. They can not help themselves. They are ten year old boys. There they meet something that scares the wits out of them. Now they know why Peter’s grandfather warned Peter not to go into the garden. It is not long after that Peter and Dill start noticing strange things happening in town and to some of the people. Peter and the Vampires by Darren Pillsbury is the first book in this series that features young, Peter. This series is geared towards younger readers but even teens and adults can get into this series. Warning as you will fall for Peter and Dill. What I liked is that some series that are written for younger readers are written at a level that is sometimes dumbed down. The part that I liked the most was that Peter and Dill acted their ages. The vampires were scary but not gory. This book is a quick read for a full length novel. This book ends on a cliff hanger moment. If you want to know what happens next, than you will have to check out Peter and the Werewolves.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Qt

    I really enjoyed this one! I loved the mixture of humor and scariness. This contained "Peter and the Dead Men," "Peter and the Vampires," "Peter and the Changeling," and "Peter and the Swamp Monster." All of them were great, and I got involved in the characters and setting early on. I love how, even though the stories are scary, they aren't excessively gruesome or dark/bleak the way many horror stories are. This is just the sort of funny-exciting-scary stuff that I love! Peter is a resourceful ki I really enjoyed this one! I loved the mixture of humor and scariness. This contained "Peter and the Dead Men," "Peter and the Vampires," "Peter and the Changeling," and "Peter and the Swamp Monster." All of them were great, and I got involved in the characters and setting early on. I love how, even though the stories are scary, they aren't excessively gruesome or dark/bleak the way many horror stories are. This is just the sort of funny-exciting-scary stuff that I love! Peter is a resourceful kid, and a good person, which I think is great--and his grandfather is a pretty interesting character. I really like how the author mixes action, excitement, humor, and scary stuff all at once. Duskerville is a most interesting setting; there are also lots of everyday details that make it feel realistic. I kept wanting to read more of this one. I will definitely be getting the next book in the series!

  3. 5 out of 5

    TC

    This book is the first in the Peter and the Monsters series, and comprises four short stories or novellas: Peter and the Dead Men, Peter and the Vampires, Peter and the Changeling and Peter and the Swamp Monster. Peter is ten and has just moved from California with his mum and 2 year old sister. He has been uprooted, torn away from his friends and made to move in with the grandfather he has never met. The house is huge and spooky sounding, with plenty of places off limits to Peter, including the This book is the first in the Peter and the Monsters series, and comprises four short stories or novellas: Peter and the Dead Men, Peter and the Vampires, Peter and the Changeling and Peter and the Swamp Monster. Peter is ten and has just moved from California with his mum and 2 year old sister. He has been uprooted, torn away from his friends and made to move in with the grandfather he has never met. The house is huge and spooky sounding, with plenty of places off limits to Peter, including the basement which is not to be entered on pain of death! He quickly meets his new neighbour Dill, who thinks he's streetwise and savvy, and considered a bad influence by Peter's grandfather who doesn't want around him. The town they move to has some seriously weird things going on, as you can tell from the titles of each story within the book, and Peter's grandfather knows far more about what is going on than he lets on. As well as dealing with starting a new school and making new friends Peter ends up with plenty of other things on his mind, and dealing with all these incidents soon cements his friendship with Dill. As well as the monster stories there are undercurrents based around the boys' family lives. From the start this is some mystery about what has happened between Peter's parents, and Dill's dysfunctional clan made me sympathise and feel more understanding towards him. There is also clearly more going on with Grandfather than is revealed in this book, and the hint of a curse is also present. There are two more books in the series, again divided into shorter stories, and I'll be interested to see where those threads go. What I really want to know is what is going on in the basement! With the two main protagonists being just ten, and with the tone being scary and a bit disgusting without being too graphic I can see tweens enjoying these stories, but at 30 odd I found myself laughing in places, and picking up my reading pace as the stories reached a climax. The way the kids spoke, the things they worried about and the terms they used reminded me of being a kid again, and it was great! This was a really fun read, and although it took me a minute to wrap my head around how the books within the book worked once I got it I thought it worked nicely. I also thought it was well formatted and proofed so was a well-presented end product. No doubt I'll be revewing Peter and the Werewolves and Peter and the Frankenstein in the future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    SenoraG

    I was not sure what to expect by this book so I opened it with an open mind. I was hooked by page 2! Peter and the Vampires is truly a delightful book with lovable young boys as our main characters. Add to that a creepy grandfather, a huge house where strange things happen and a two year old little sister who wears a bathing suit every day OVER her clothes! Dill and our hero Peter find adventures and is some circumstances adventures find them. I loved this book. It was creepy, mysterious and lau I was not sure what to expect by this book so I opened it with an open mind. I was hooked by page 2! Peter and the Vampires is truly a delightful book with lovable young boys as our main characters. Add to that a creepy grandfather, a huge house where strange things happen and a two year old little sister who wears a bathing suit every day OVER her clothes! Dill and our hero Peter find adventures and is some circumstances adventures find them. I loved this book. It was creepy, mysterious and laugh out loud funny. I enjoyed Peter but his buddy Dill was hands down my favorite. When Dill gets scared he "maybe" pees his pants, "just a little" and while most of us would keep that tidbit to ourselves, Dill always tells Peter. The exchanges that follow that are hilarious! I was very curious about the grandfather. He has his own story that unfolds slowly and made me read as fast as I could and turn the pages so I could find out. Dill is scared to death of grandfather and grandfather is none to fond of him either since there was an incident with Dill blowing up some watermelons in the grandfather's garden. The interaction between those two is a lot of fun. My favorite part of the book besides Dill was the vampire schoolgirl with a crush on Peter. I felt sorry for her at times and wanted to kick her butt at other times. There was nothing funny about her to Peter who had to fend her off but since he's such a nice guy really didn't want to hurt her. Good thing he has back-up in Dill and grandfather! Peter and the Vampires is a quick, easy read and truly a lot of fun. I will surely look for the other books in the series and I hope my friend Dill shows up in them too. This is a Young Adult book but trust me, adults will enjoy it just as much, maybe even more. Normally I don't read or enjoy YA but I devoured this and want more! Highly recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Patrice

    This book isn't actually Peter and the Vampires. It's an anthology of four books about nine and a half year old Peter Normal, an unlucky and reluctant young hero transplanted from California to a rather supernatural place called Duskerville. The four stories are Peter and the Deadmen, Peter and the Vampires, Peter and the Changeling and Peter and the Swamp Monster (along with a twelve chapter preview of Peter and the Werewolves from the next volume). All of the this occurs during his first month This book isn't actually Peter and the Vampires. It's an anthology of four books about nine and a half year old Peter Normal, an unlucky and reluctant young hero transplanted from California to a rather supernatural place called Duskerville. The four stories are Peter and the Deadmen, Peter and the Vampires, Peter and the Changeling and Peter and the Swamp Monster (along with a twelve chapter preview of Peter and the Werewolves from the next volume). All of the this occurs during his first month or two in Duskerville. Peter's a very busy kid. I like Peter as the rational character who does the right thing even when it's hard. His plucky sidekick, Dill, is the comic relief, although sometimes he can be overly annoying (I empathize with Grandpa Flannagan's feelings toward Dill). My favorite character is Peter's eccentric grandfather. He's crazy in a fun, dependable way. Although it's a little below my reading level (probably late elementary or early middle school), I had a good time reading it. Since I don't have an e-reader, I was a little limited in my access to reading it, which slowed my progress. If I want to read more e-books, I'll need to invest in some technology.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Madison Keller

    This is actually not a book but a collection of the first four "Peter and the Monsters" serial. This contains four stories, Peter and the Dead Men, Peter and the Vampires, Peter and the Changling, Peter and the Swamp Monster. As with normal serials, each piece is a story into and of itself, but there is a larger overarching story that slowly reveals itself during the course of the serial. Like 'Serpent in the Glass', Peter and the Vampires is young adult fare - but don't let that detour you. This This is actually not a book but a collection of the first four "Peter and the Monsters" serial. This contains four stories, Peter and the Dead Men, Peter and the Vampires, Peter and the Changling, Peter and the Swamp Monster. As with normal serials, each piece is a story into and of itself, but there is a larger overarching story that slowly reveals itself during the course of the serial. Like 'Serpent in the Glass', Peter and the Vampires is young adult fare - but don't let that detour you. This is my first review of a serial, so bear with me. To make this easier I'm going to write a little mini-review for each story: Peter and the Dead Men - This story introduces the main characters - Peter - who has just been moved by his mother from CA to the small town of Duskerville. They are moving in with Peter's grandfather, who Peter has never met. Things are not as peaceful as they seem, as Peter finds out when he and the neighbor boy, Dill, find charred dead men wandering Peter's backyard. While I didn't exactly dislike this story, it didn't really hook me in or make me want to keep reading. In fact, I struggled to finish it. The story does have a good mystery, but at the end left too many things unexplained. Peter and the Vampires - This story starts with Peter falling ill and missing a week of school. The night before he returns, he sees a girl who he knows from the bus, standing in the yard in the middle of the night. The next day he finds out that girl died the week before, the day after Peter fell ill. Other children disappear, and Peter takes it upon himself to stop the vampire menace before its too late. This is the story that really hooked me. Several parts are laugh out loud funny - like when Dill and Peter go to the church to steal vampire hunting supplies. their interactions with the priests are perfect. The ending is a bit mushy/happy for a vampire story, but it works with the young adult themes and setting. Peter and the Changling - While hanging out at home, Peter's mom ropes him and Dill into babysitting Peter's little sister Beth. Things quickly go wrong when Beth grows fangs and starts munching on the furniture. Peter and Dill must fight off the changling while searching for the truth about what happened to the real Beth. Anyone who has ever babysat a little terror can relate to this story. The antics of the Changling Beth as she terrorizes Dill and Peter are perfectly over-the-top funny. And you'll be dying at the end, when Changling Beth meets her nemesis - real Beth! Peter and the Swamp Monster - Peter and Dill decide to enjoy one of the last nice days of summer by inter-tubing down the river to the lake. Unfortunately, their peaceful day is interrupted by a monster attack. Two kids are taken, with Peter and Dill as the only witnesses. But when the adults don't believe them, its up to Peter and Dill to save their classmates. This story was my favorite of the collection. Peter and Dill are outside their element in the forest, and I loved it. I also really liked how Peter and Dill's interactions have evolved over the course of the stories. This story also sets off how the two characters have grown. Although the overall arc of this story reminds of the Korean monster movie 'The Host,' the authors unique take still make this an original and engaging tale. I won't spoil the ending, but its absolutely hilarious how the boys end up defeating the monster. Overall Serial Arc - I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but Peter's Grandfather has some dark secrets - some of which tie into their family. Its hinted that even perhaps Peter is fated to draw dark forces to him, which is why he runs into so many monsters. I'm intrigued to say the least. Overall, I give this whole collection 4 stars, or 5 if the reader is between the ages of 3 and 14.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I really have no idea what I was expecting when I went into this...but it's not the book I got. And that's GOOD. I mean, really really good. This is some of the best middle-grade fantasy fiction I've read in ages. PETER AND THE VAMPIRES is actually a collection of several novella-length middle-grade fantasy adventures, each featuring Peter Normal and his friend Dill (don't even think of making a pickle joke). All see the boys dealing with different supernatural threats, in engagingly realistic ways I really have no idea what I was expecting when I went into this...but it's not the book I got. And that's GOOD. I mean, really really good. This is some of the best middle-grade fantasy fiction I've read in ages. PETER AND THE VAMPIRES is actually a collection of several novella-length middle-grade fantasy adventures, each featuring Peter Normal and his friend Dill (don't even think of making a pickle joke). All see the boys dealing with different supernatural threats, in engagingly realistic ways. Peter is a real kid; he's flawed, vulnerable, courageous, impulsive, and cowardly in equal measures. He adores his family, even though they have their problems, and he has a very realistic family life (a harried but concerned mom, an annoying but beloved little sister, etc.) Basically, it's the perfect representation of a young boy, thrown into some very, very weird situations. Some of these, Peter brings on himself through selfish, irrational, impulsive, or misguided actions - things that any normal person, let alone a normal kid, might do. It's a breath of fresh air to see such a NORMAL kid handling extraordinary situations in a way that, well, you might do yourself. It's one thing to try to fight vampires if you're superpowered, like Buffy; it's another entirely to do so by trying to distract a priest and make off with a collapsible camping cup full of holy water, because you don't have any other resources. The writing is lively and engaging, full of wit and charm. My only complaint is how much the author likes capitalization, but even that seems to fit with the characters' ten-year-old voices. There's another collection of Peter novellas teased to at the end of this one; I'll be picking it up immediately.

  8. 5 out of 5

    William Winkle

    I originally downloaded this collection of four YA novellas to review for a podcast. I made it through the first one in time to review, but then I set the book aside as other demands pressed on my time. Eventually, though, I came back to it and read through the rest of the book over the course of several weeks, reading one tiny chapter at a time on my phone's Kindle app as time permitted. If found that such choppy reading tends to diminish many books, but it proved no problem at all for "Peter a I originally downloaded this collection of four YA novellas to review for a podcast. I made it through the first one in time to review, but then I set the book aside as other demands pressed on my time. Eventually, though, I came back to it and read through the rest of the book over the course of several weeks, reading one tiny chapter at a time on my phone's Kindle app as time permitted. If found that such choppy reading tends to diminish many books, but it proved no problem at all for "Peter and the Vampires." As a 41-year-old man, I found myself often laughing out loud at the antics of Dill, the sidekick of the series. Of course, I knew I'd signed up for fluffy semi-horror that in actuality isn't much scarier than a Scooby-Doo episode, but it's fun, and I looked forward to every chance I had to open it up. I downloaded "Peter and the Vampires" onto my 10-year-old son's Kindle, and once he started in on it, he couldn't stop. This morning, he was entirely ready to give up his breakfast just to be able to keep reading it, and he found it so funny that he wanted to read it out loud to the rest of the room. I don't think I can pay Pillsbury a higher compliment than that. If your kids, like mine, enjoy a little sass in their story and can handle just a pinch of imaginative tension, the "Peter" series will not disappoint. I have a feeling I'll be buying all the other volumes for my son *very* soon...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tobyann Aparisi

    I loved this book and cannot wait to read the next one. I know they were probably geared towards a bit of a younger crowd but just like Harry Potter. These are VERY well written! The charachters are easily believable and lovable. You laugh and cringe a long with them. This was so fun to read I could not put it down. I would recommend this book to yound and older a like and just have fun with it. They are a blast. Darren did a great job with these two boys and this family really. Peter seems to b I loved this book and cannot wait to read the next one. I know they were probably geared towards a bit of a younger crowd but just like Harry Potter. These are VERY well written! The charachters are easily believable and lovable. You laugh and cringe a long with them. This was so fun to read I could not put it down. I would recommend this book to yound and older a like and just have fun with it. They are a blast. Darren did a great job with these two boys and this family really. Peter seems to become more and more level headed as things progress. Makes me wonder if there isn't something special in store for him (sorta). It is just hard for me to tell how to get these volumes. Do I get them as they listed here under your name on this site? Or as Amazon has them with some combos that seem to kind of combine some books and allow you to get a few extra stories in? Either way I cannot wait until I get the next book. And really this is probably a book collection I would actually want to own in actual Hardback if I can find them (I am reading them Kindle version right now). I think these would be fun to pass along some day, and I do love the art of a really good well put together book. Darren, thank you for such an entertaining read. I loved this... I hope the others are just as wonderful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    BookLoversLife

    I didnt know what to expect when I started this but Im so glad I did. Its a laugh out loud funny, cringe worthy, dark and dangerous story. Dill is such a lovable funny boy. I cant wait to get to the next volumes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alysa H.

    This collects the first four installments of the "Peter and the Monsters" series. Although I liked some more than others, I found them collectively to be a quite good set of stories for kids who like a little funny with their scary -- or, a little scary with their funny! -- and pretty well-written. Pillsbury is good at building up information about these characters and their world from book to book, so that while each story is self-contained, each story builds on the last and reveals little piec This collects the first four installments of the "Peter and the Monsters" series. Although I liked some more than others, I found them collectively to be a quite good set of stories for kids who like a little funny with their scary -- or, a little scary with their funny! -- and pretty well-written. Pillsbury is good at building up information about these characters and their world from book to book, so that while each story is self-contained, each story builds on the last and reveals little pieces of a larger arc that is sure to come to fruition later. My only real complaints are A) the pacing can be a little slow at times, B) Dill's slapstick humor occasionally goes overboard into tediousness, and C) the relative lack of female characters throughout. When there are females (Mercy Chalmers; Peter's mother and sister), they're not portrayed particularly positively. The intended audience for these stories is, say, 10 year old boys, but that's just an excuse, and not necessarily a good one. My individual Goodreads ratings for these stories are 4-star, 4-star, 3-star, and 4-star, respectively, but I'm rating the collected edition 3-stars due to the meta-issues listed above. This collected edition is available free on Smashwords, Amazon, etc. I will purchase the next collection someday, when my daughter has graduated from picture-books to short novels -- assuming the next collection fixes some of the gender problems, as I'm not sure I want her to get too invested, otherwise -- but I'm not sure whether I'll be reading more of the series just for myself.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mike Kalmbach

    Bottom line: Wonderful collection of four middle-grade horror novels. Recommended for fans of Goosebumps. Very enjoyable! Full review: Peter and the Vampires is a collection of four stories: - Peter and the Dead Men - Peter and the Vampires - Peter and the Changling - Peter and the Swamp Monster Each story stands alone, but the later stories do make a couple of references where it makes sense to read the books in order. Initially I was confused because no vampires appear in the entire first story. That w Bottom line: Wonderful collection of four middle-grade horror novels. Recommended for fans of Goosebumps. Very enjoyable! Full review: Peter and the Vampires is a collection of four stories: - Peter and the Dead Men - Peter and the Vampires - Peter and the Changling - Peter and the Swamp Monster Each story stands alone, but the later stories do make a couple of references where it makes sense to read the books in order. Initially I was confused because no vampires appear in the entire first story. That was when I realized this was actually a collection, not a single book. It might have been more aptly named "Peter and the Monsters". It looks like the author did decide to make that change, perhaps at a later date. In any case, regardless of a little naming confusion, this is a wonderful collection to own. Peter and his family move away from his home in California to live with his grandfather while his mom looks for a job. Along the way, creatures from dead men to swamp monsters are drawn to Peter, perhaps the result of a centuries-old curse. Each action-packed chapter takes only a few minutes to read, but the collection took me about a month to finish. There's just that much good material there. I'd recommend this to lovers of Goosebumps or other middle-grade horror. * Note: I received an evaluation copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. This did not affect my rating.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    What a cute book! Peter and the Vampires is made up of several stories that sorta tie into each other. We start out with Peters mom loosing her job and the family has to move in with his crazy grandfather. He meets the kid next door Dill and the crazy adventures begin. From taking on crispy hobos to horrible swamp creatures, this book has something for everyone, but is not scary and ends on a positive note each time so I was able to read this to my 3yr old at bed and she couldnt wait each night What a cute book! Peter and the Vampires is made up of several stories that sorta tie into each other. We start out with Peters mom loosing her job and the family has to move in with his crazy grandfather. He meets the kid next door Dill and the crazy adventures begin. From taking on crispy hobos to horrible swamp creatures, this book has something for everyone, but is not scary and ends on a positive note each time so I was able to read this to my 3yr old at bed and she couldnt wait each night to hear the next part. *altho I wouldnt lable this a childrens book* Definatly 4 stars, I would have given it 5 stars but I like my books scary. :) definatly worth reading and we will be picking up the next installment!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    When I first picked up this book, it was just to kill some time - I didn't really expect much from it. But now that I've put it down... wow. I am absolutely amazed. No matter how hard I try, I cannot find a flaw in this book. The characters are believable and realistic, the plot is rich and fantastic, the dialogue is entertaining and (whenever Dill is involved) hilarious. Recently, it's been hard for me to find a good book. All of the stuff that're being published nowadays just end up disappoint When I first picked up this book, it was just to kill some time - I didn't really expect much from it. But now that I've put it down... wow. I am absolutely amazed. No matter how hard I try, I cannot find a flaw in this book. The characters are believable and realistic, the plot is rich and fantastic, the dialogue is entertaining and (whenever Dill is involved) hilarious. Recently, it's been hard for me to find a good book. All of the stuff that're being published nowadays just end up disappointing me. But after reading Darren Pillsbury's Peter and the Monsters series, I've regained my faith in the book world. You will not regret reading this wonderful series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    C.L. Bevill

    Peter is a young boy who is forced to move from California. He moves in with his creepy grandfather and the paranormal action begins. This book is written for YA, although I would say a tween could read it, too. The author has a great sense of humor and a nice pace. First up is not the vampires, but the crispy critter guys who are like two hundred years old. Then Peter gets to face the vampires and then a changeling, which is loads of fun. The final story is about a swamp monster. Love this book Peter is a young boy who is forced to move from California. He moves in with his creepy grandfather and the paranormal action begins. This book is written for YA, although I would say a tween could read it, too. The author has a great sense of humor and a nice pace. First up is not the vampires, but the crispy critter guys who are like two hundred years old. Then Peter gets to face the vampires and then a changeling, which is loads of fun. The final story is about a swamp monster. Love this book. Am thinking about sharing it with my eight year old daughter.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    a great book for preteens, especially boys. I will f recommend this to my six year old when he is a few years older. it is broken up into stories, which if think would make it easier for kids to read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cianna Sunshine & Mountains Book Reviews

    This series is wonderful. Cute funnny, interesting. There's three stories in this book I believe, and they are all hilarious and spooky, and perfect! This series is wonderful. Cute funnny, interesting. There's three stories in this book I believe, and they are all hilarious and spooky, and perfect!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chad Mcgee

    A great series that is self-published. Very enjoyable and is building up the mythology over time. Would definitely recommend to young readers but as an adult, I really enjoy it as well.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tere Fredericks

    Despite being labeled Young Adult, I read this anyway. Yes, I am a bit past young adult, but as I heard someone say once, who is anyone to say I am not young? My defense of myself done... The protagonists (in this case, heros) of the story are actually a bit over nine years old. The one with sense is Peter, although technically the youngest of the two. He (and bratty little sister, Beth) is yanked by his mother from his friends to go live with his grandfather. His grandfather's house is a crumblin Despite being labeled Young Adult, I read this anyway. Yes, I am a bit past young adult, but as I heard someone say once, who is anyone to say I am not young? My defense of myself done... The protagonists (in this case, heros) of the story are actually a bit over nine years old. The one with sense is Peter, although technically the youngest of the two. He (and bratty little sister, Beth) is yanked by his mother from his friends to go live with his grandfather. His grandfather's house is a crumbling mansion with a lot of room to explore. Except Peter's grandfather has forbidden him from exploring. To Peter's dismay, the only kid his age tells Peter that school is starting in two days. He is really ticked at his mother as the school left behind, the one with all of his friends, had two weeks before starting. The kid his age is named Dill (no pickle jokes!) and Peter's grandfather hates him. There are definitely times when the reader hates him as well. This book is actually broken into four short stories. Two definitely about vampires. Thanks to Peter's grandfather, the two boys have someone who believes them. Grandfather may be the scariest person that Peter has ever met (even if he is his mother's father and she has no problem with him), he is the only person who listens to the boys. Peter and Dill get into some significant problems of the supernatural kind. If I were a part of the audience this book was written for, I would be terrified, joyfully so, reading these stories. They are written exactly for this younger range. As an actual "young" adult, they are exactly right. Dill is Peter's perfect sidekick. He definitely has a mouth on him that would make any mother want to slap. Enough of his home life is shown to explain why Dill is the way he is. When school starts, it is Peter and Dill in their own experiences that keeps them together. Not exactly the weirdest kids in school, but not the most popular, either. Exactly right. PETER AND THE MANNEQUINS PETER AND PSYCHO TRICK OR TREATERS PETER AND THE CARNIVAL OF EVIL PETER AND THE WEREWOLVES As mentioned, although labeled Young Adult, the younger level will enjoy this immensely. The upper level of Young Adult (around my age, 60) will enjoy them because the stories aren't horribly written (rather well, actually) and will instantly take them back to their childhood, as they did me. . I was whisked back to the time I read books in a tree, with a very mouth-puckering dill pickle (sorry Dill) being devoured as a old man does his cigar, toes wiggling in anticipation. Definitely a book for those who can put themselves into the world of these characters. As a person on the just-about- too-old-to-read books like this (never!) I give this five stars. As my not-so-long-ago self who would've read this in the highest tree I could find, I give this a ten. And I am reading the ones I have right after this.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Steven Scott

    Greatness from small beginnings Before he became the confident and awesome shinobi that he is, Peter Normal was just a normal [no pun intended] kid trying to acclimate after his mom moves them [he and his little sister Beth] back to her hometown. He had no idea about the dark legacy just waiting swallow him whole. It's not all bad, though. He also meets one Dill Bodindski, his only next door neighbor, who eventually becomes the Riker to Peter's Picard [though someone may dispute this claim in fut Greatness from small beginnings Before he became the confident and awesome shinobi that he is, Peter Normal was just a normal [no pun intended] kid trying to acclimate after his mom moves them [he and his little sister Beth] back to her hometown. He had no idea about the dark legacy just waiting swallow him whole. It's not all bad, though. He also meets one Dill Bodindski, his only next door neighbor, who eventually becomes the Riker to Peter's Picard [though someone may dispute this claim in future installments]. I really can't praise this first book highly enough! After I read and re-read the first book, I immediately went to buy every single one that was available at the time. The characters [though young] are well rounded, the monsters are menacing in all the right ways and the overarching plot will almost certainly grip you so tightly that it will take the jaws of life to free you!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Horror fiction suitable for upper elementary students Peter has a series of encounters with strange creatures with when he moves into his grandfather's house, when his mom returns to her childhood home for a fresh start. Horror fiction suitable for upper elementary students Peter has a series of encounters with strange creatures with when he moves into his grandfather's house, when his mom returns to her childhood home for a fresh start.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Peter and the monsters This series of books can give goosebumps a good run if you are a person who is. young at ❤

  23. 4 out of 5

    L.E.Olteano

    Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Aug 20 2011: The cover looks sort of ominous, doesn’t it? I loved reading this book. It’s got everything you could want, lovely, lovely characters, humor, great writing, some dead things that go bump in the night(or try to find their Undead Prince Charming…) – a lot of fun. Taking place in a picturesque environment, the plot is something of an intriguing web that will just weave itself around you, subtle but strong, and you’ll find yourself irrevocabl Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Aug 20 2011: The cover looks sort of ominous, doesn’t it? I loved reading this book. It’s got everything you could want, lovely, lovely characters, humor, great writing, some dead things that go bump in the night(or try to find their Undead Prince Charming…) – a lot of fun. Taking place in a picturesque environment, the plot is something of an intriguing web that will just weave itself around you, subtle but strong, and you’ll find yourself irrevocably immersed. Peter’s family life is not fun at all; the struggles his mother goes through are very touching, and I couldn’t help but wonder what would come of their little family. When they move in with Peter’s grandfather, in a big scary house, the real adventure begins. Peter makes a new friend very quick, Dill the awesome, and together they start exploring a mysterious new world with that sense and wonder of adventure that most of us shed as we grow older. All kinds of oddities go on in their little town. What I loved most, and a lot, were the characters. I loved pretty much each and every one of them, in fact. Darren Pillsbury is greatly talented in building fabulous characters. Peter Normal, our brave little hero, is absolutely adorable; he’s had it tough, but he has great spirit. His new friend, Dill, is equally as adorable, or perhaps even more, he’s that kind of very fun kid that says strange things, thinks fast and makes everything into a great adventure. They form a great dynamic duo, adventuring and discovering the world. The fresh curiosity, the vibrant spirit, the unmistakable cuteness kids have are all there. The attention-seeking, absurd little quirky girl is there as well, Peter’s sister Beth is quite amusing. I could just picture her, walking around in her armor-swimming suit. The one I liked most of all as a character though was Peter’s grandfather. He’s the grumpy, sort of stern, proper sort of man, that acts tough enough but is quite a dear deep down, and I find his interaction with everyone, especially the kids very entertaining. It’s been a long, long while since I’ve had this much fun reading a novel; I felt like a kid, and I loved every minute of it. You could call it sort of dark-ish, maybe, but to me it doesn’t seem too much so. It’s not really scary, but it will be a lovely little scary story for kids above 13 or so. I do recommend this to anyone who wants to feel very young again, and this is a great read for all ages alike. Go ahead, read it, I’m absolutely sure you’ll love it just as much as I did!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book certainly packs a lot of action, I guarantee that. There was initial confusion where I thought the book was misnomered (there weren't any vampires in the first volume at all), but I was happier to know that there are four stories/volumes in this free kindle book I downloaded from Amazon, where "Peter and the Vampires" is found in the second volume. I've read each volume from start to finish but it frankly failed to keep me hooked. If it weren't short stories, I would have abandoned it This book certainly packs a lot of action, I guarantee that. There was initial confusion where I thought the book was misnomered (there weren't any vampires in the first volume at all), but I was happier to know that there are four stories/volumes in this free kindle book I downloaded from Amazon, where "Peter and the Vampires" is found in the second volume. I've read each volume from start to finish but it frankly failed to keep me hooked. If it weren't short stories, I would have abandoned it as early as the first volume. With the hopes that each succeeding volume would be better, I continued till the end. This collection of stories may have been entitled "Peter and the Series of Unfortunate Events". In the span of 2 months since he moved in with his grandfather in his old mansion, barely 10 year old Peter has faced school bullies, undead hobos, a stalker vampire chick, a changeling sister, and a swamp monster. With all that drama, it still didn't appeal to me. I'd say it's just too young for me, but the Spiderwick Chronicles is a children's book which I enjoyed, and so with The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Cirque du Freak, and Jenny Nimmo's Charlie Bone series. Despite my different preference, however, the story is not bad. It is imaginative, well-written and fast paced. It also flows smoothly from one volume to the next. I am pretty sure younger readers would enjoy this more than I did.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Zeecé Lugo

    Review for Peter And The Vampires by Darren Pillsbury There are times when I am tired and not in the mood for drama or serial killers or long erotic scenes. Or maybe, it’s a rainy day when I want something light and whimsical. On those days, I pick something like Peter And The Vampires although obviously, I am not a child. I have always loved the Harry Potter books, and movies such as Goonies and The Lost Boys. I downloaded this book never having read anything by this author, and laid it by for a Review for Peter And The Vampires by Darren Pillsbury There are times when I am tired and not in the mood for drama or serial killers or long erotic scenes. Or maybe, it’s a rainy day when I want something light and whimsical. On those days, I pick something like Peter And The Vampires although obviously, I am not a child. I have always loved the Harry Potter books, and movies such as Goonies and The Lost Boys. I downloaded this book never having read anything by this author, and laid it by for a rainy day, which was yesterday. And needless to say, I loved it. My favorite character is Dill, Peter’s best and only friend; Dill is first to run into trouble and first to “Pee his pants” when he finds it. And I disagree with the reviewer who said that the book has no positive female characters. She probably feels that a positive female character has to be a successful lawyer or doctor. I found Peter’s mother to be a loving, hard-working mom facing life with courage and determination. The main character, Peter, is loyal and courageous. The book is funny, fast paced, and of course, childish! I Love It.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Niki Lewis

    This book, is a compliation of 3 other books..Peter and the Dead Men, Peter and the The Changeling, Peter and the Werewolf. These books are really hysterical! I really enjoyed them and had my kiddos read them too. Peter is 9 1/2 yrs old. He and his little sister and mother are moving to his mother's childhood home to live with his grandfather. His grandfather is secretive, has rooms that Peter is forbidden to enter "on pain of death" and even lays out where the kids can play in the back yard. Th This book, is a compliation of 3 other books..Peter and the Dead Men, Peter and the The Changeling, Peter and the Werewolf. These books are really hysterical! I really enjoyed them and had my kiddos read them too. Peter is 9 1/2 yrs old. He and his little sister and mother are moving to his mother's childhood home to live with his grandfather. His grandfather is secretive, has rooms that Peter is forbidden to enter "on pain of death" and even lays out where the kids can play in the back yard. This guy is weird. As the story goes on, we find out that Peter's grandfather has those rules for a reason. These books are awesome! I felt an array of emotions while reading them!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rjsmommy

    If you're a ten yr. old kid you'll probably think this is an awesome book but the book is presented as : "PETER AND THE VAMPIRES is for teens and adults who, when they were kids, were looking for stories that kicked butt. The protagonist might be young, but the stories are dark, funny, and pulse-pounding." I can't really agree with this at all. I thought the book was very tame and silly, the characters were very stereotypical. I read it searching for a new book to use in class next year but 8th If you're a ten yr. old kid you'll probably think this is an awesome book but the book is presented as : "PETER AND THE VAMPIRES is for teens and adults who, when they were kids, were looking for stories that kicked butt. The protagonist might be young, but the stories are dark, funny, and pulse-pounding." I can't really agree with this at all. I thought the book was very tame and silly, the characters were very stereotypical. I read it searching for a new book to use in class next year but 8th graders would not sit through this...I had to force myself.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I read this book because my daughter came home and said the author came to her school. She said the author was a jerk. After reading this book I can see why. This book sucked. There were a few ok parts. But really this book was drival for 90% of it. I am glad I did not pay for it. Truly I would not recomend this to anyone. My 9 and 8yr olds read one page and were bored.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Milinkalap

    This was quite cute. The book was set up as more of a series of short stories. They were quick paced with cute characters. I would have liked more on each story. If there had been two stories instead of four for this book, I think I would have liked it better. The characters are adorable and yet no where near perfect. They are very dimensional.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I started reading this series to make sure it was ok for my teen to read... Well, I couldn't quit reading them. Nice little adventures filled with fantastical tales, a little suspense and a bit of intrigue. Well done Darren Pillbury. I would recommend these books to any tweens (or adults :) ). I started reading this series to make sure it was ok for my teen to read... Well, I couldn't quit reading them. Nice little adventures filled with fantastical tales, a little suspense and a bit of intrigue. Well done Darren Pillbury. I would recommend these books to any tweens (or adults :) ).

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