Cirque de Freak by Darren Shan

I have only read the first one so far. It was OK. If you aren't someone who loves to read, these books are exciting enough, fast paced enough and fun enough to make you change your mind. They have mostly male characters, so boys really like them. They have a little more gore than Goosebumps, but they aren't dripping with blood. Spoiler Alert!!! The main character turns into a vampire, and I really liked how the author showed his mixed feelings about the transformation.