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Review: Tunnels of Blood (Cirque du Freak #3); Darren Shan

Cirque Du Freak #3: Tunnels of Blood: Book 3 in the Saga of Darren Shan (Cirque Du Freak: the Saga of Darren Shan)Cirque Du Freak #3: Tunnels of Blood: Book 3
by; Darren Shan

genre } young adult | vampire | horror
rating } All Ages 
date released } April 1, 2003
edition } Little, Brown Books (240 Pages) 
ISBN } 0316606081 | 978-0316606080
acquisition } borrowed
purchase @ } Book Depository |

Darren, the vampire's assistant, gets a taste of the city when he leaves the Cirque Du Freak with Evra the snake-boy and Mr. Crepsley. When corpses are discovered--corpses drained of blood-- Darren and Evra are compelled to hunt down whatever foul creature is committing such horrendous acts. Meanwhile, beneath the streets, evil stalks Darren and Evra, and all clues point to Mr. Crepsley. Can they escape, or are they doomed to perish in the tunnels of blood?

"Do you see me foaming at the mouth? Do you hear me babbling like an idiot? Hmmm?"

I decided to humor him. "Maybe not," I said. "You seem pretty smart now that I think about it."

"Of course I'm smart! Young Murlough's got brains. Can't be crazy if you've got brains, not unless you get rabies. See any rabid animals?"

"No," I said.

Why exactly I picked out this book?
The last book was hanging at the end, and my hands are just itchy to read the next one immediately, hence the immediate book after the last one. Darren Shan has the nick to leave you hanging on the last book so you will pick out the next one in the series.

My 2 ¢ ♠♠♠♠♠Book Cover. Well... You probably be thinking the same thing as I did. Why is that guy big and purple pink?!

Ok. I am not going to repeat the back story of Darren being turn into a half-vampire to save his best friend's life and had fabricated his death to the world of the living. Became a vampire's assistant to Mr. Crepsley and how he became best friends with a snake-boy, living in Cirque Du Freak.

Wait.. I just did that whole background thing, didn't I? *purses lips*


So.. new book, but related storyline to prior book in the series. Mr. Crepsley had to go to his hometown suddenly, and bring along Darren and Evra (the snake-boy, if you must know). This would give both of the boys the chance to have "just being boys" days while Mr. Crepsley sleeps during the day. Oh yeah.. Darren got himself a girlfriend in this book, and her name is Debbie Hemlock, who loves to know Darren is bit strange and Evra a bit special. Instead of screaming away, she and Darren became close through out the book. Evra, one night, saw a suspicious horrifying news in the news about dead bodies piling up, and drained of blood. He told Darren about it, and they went all Sherlock Holmes about it, suspecting Mr. Crepsley immediately. Darren just thing, this is a chance to kill Mr. Crepsley.

This is a very fast pace book. I just couldn't put it down period. I just have to read it in any chance I get, even if it's just 5 seconds to spare! The plots are full of suspense and some are just heart warming. Of course in the end, Darren left me hanging and I just have to immediately pick up the next book! ACK! Don't get me wrong though, that just means it's a good read!

Librarian Muse
Word of advice. Get this book! But if you do, make sure, you get the prior books before this one because it would actually confuse your patrons, when they read it. It's either that, or you get that old... "Where's the book before this one?" conversation. The problem is, this book actually connects to each other, and there's no stand alone so far, since I've been reading this.
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  1. I love Darren Shan's books! I liked that Darren got a girlfriend in this book, he deserves some love at times. Evra is my favourite character in the series (: Great review!



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