Blog Tour Stop + Review : Fifty Percent Vampire by D. K. Janotta

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Release Date: September 5th 2015


About the book


Living at home is driving seventeen-year-old Astrid Sonnschein nuts. She’s desperate to leave her parents behind, and why not, with stepfather George a foul-tempered old vampire, and Mom – well, the less we say about Mom the better.

And our heroine has another compelling reason for getting out of Dodge. If she stays home much longer she’s in grave danger of being transformed forever, and the last thing she wants is to become the newest Nosferatu.

So it’s off to Rosenberg High and relative safety. Except it’s far from safe when her relatives are holier than holy Aunt Jean, beer-swilling couch potato Uncle James and devious, cat-loving cousin Emma. And that’s just evenings and weekends. Astrid Sonnschein’s schooldays teem with teeth-sinkable challenges, the man of her dreams refuses to play by the rules, and the plethora of pitchfork-bearing peasants are beginning to mutter.

Peasants-schmeasants! It’s when the full moon rises that Astrid’s real troubles begin …


The Review    ★★★☆☆

I really wanted to love this book a lot more than 3* but in all honestly I think I just expected a lot more from it.

The story is about Astrid who was born from a human mother and a vampire father. She has grown up living with her step dad and her now vampire mother. Even though she lives in a vampire community she has never really felt like she belonged. As she approaches 17 she believes it is time to see more of the outside world than what she has known all her life. So her mother sends her to where she will be safe, with her aunt’s family in Rosenberg.

Astrid starts high school which seems like fun with the usual teenage challenges. She even starts to make friends and the man of her dreams seems to be within her reach until bad stuff starts to happen in the quiet town.

What did I like?
Well I in my opinion this book started off with a whole lot of potential and so I was hooked from the start. I liked Astrid for her determination to try out all the things she seems to have missed out on. She was almost like a little kid learning about everything in this very human world. Her friends seemed pretty fickle, but then which 16year olds aren’t.

The strange occurrences that seemed to have Astrid at the centre of it all didn’t do much for me and the book. Don’t get me wrong it was a great story but I feel like it was missing something, I was never afraid anything would happen to Astrid although the people affected by the occurrences were pretty unexpected and for that the author deserves props as it kept me guessing what would happen next.

So for originality I will give mad props, but the end of the book seemed rushed and uncertain. I personally don’t like how it ended, there were some questions I would ask the author if I could. Like, would there be another book? What happens after everything is solved? Will Astrid be back? What does it all mean? Ah well….

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DK JanottaAbout the Author

D.K. Janotta was born and raised in England and Wales but now calls a chalet on a mountainside overlooking beautiful Lake Geneva in Switzerland home. He has worked in Belgium, The Netherlands, Norway, France, South Korea, and several states of the USA. He subverts the vampire genre to ask questions about and reflect on the meaning of human life.

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2 thoughts on “Blog Tour Stop + Review : Fifty Percent Vampire by D. K. Janotta

  1. Hi there 🙂

    Thanks for such a thoughtful and in-depth review! To answer your questions (except ‘What does it all mean?’) – yes, there will be more books about Astrid, Mike and co. Book 2 (in which Mom goes AWOL) is currently in first draft and should be out by Halloween this year (2016). Book 3 is at the planning phase.

    Anyone wishing to find out more can join my newsletter at

    Best wishes,


    ps Rosenberg High is named for Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


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