Author: Lucienne Diver
Publisher: Flux; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
Paperback: 240 pages
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
About the book (This is what is on the back cover):
Gina Covello’s Perks and Pitfalls
of Vamp Life
1. Hello?! Eternal youth and beauty!
2. Free. Designer. Clothes.
3. My hot new boyfriend Bobby went from chess dud to vamp stud.
4. No reflection! First order of business: turn my own stylist to stop the downward spiral from chic to eek.
5. Vampire vixen Mellisande has taken an interest in my boyfriend, and is now transforming the entire high school into her own personal vampire army. If anyone’s going to start their own undead entourage it should be me.
I guess I’ll just have to save everyone from fashion disasters and other fates worse than death.
I let out a deep satisfying sigh after I saw the book in the mail. I love the color red and I loved it on the cover of this book. Even though I have finished reading this book (obviously), I still haven’t shelved it. I like to look at the cover now and then.
Now that this important piece of information is out, let’s get on to the review.
Gina Covello wakes up in a coffin after she dies in an accident. To her horror she realizes she is a Vampire and the boy who made her one, Bobby, is one of the geeks turned dashing and handsome vampire too. Bobby is kidnapped by Mellisande and Gina is sent to a dungeon like place where she finds many of her classmates, apparently turned into vampires too.
Now Gina has to discover Mellisande’s purpose in building a teenage vampire army. And also why Bobby is singled out by her? What exactly does Mellisande want?
Gina is such a likable vamp. She cares about her manicure, brands, her hair, but yes, she also has a conscience which makes for interesting conversations with herself.
This book was so much fun, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author, Lucienne Diver, has a sarcastic and snarky sense of humor and a very fresh voice.
If you want to read a chic, cool and fun vampire story, you should definitely read this one. If you want to read something different than the hordes of dark vampire books, Vamped is definitely it.
The only problem with the book was that the action was a little difficult to follow at times. As there is one POV to the story, Gina’s, the reader is left as confused and in the dark as Gina is. You kind of discover and understand what’s going on along with Gina. The end is open ended so I am guessing there is a sequel? I have read this book being compared to Buffy, but I wouldn’t know as I haven’t seen a single episode yet. Sad, I know.
If you like Young Adult or Chicklit, this book is definitely for you. Vamped could be a perfect beach read.
One of the passages just to give you an example of the writing style:
Superhuman strength or no, by the time I broke through to the surface, my manicure was totally shot, my nails were split, and I was covered in dirt. And I mean covered. I was about to wig out when I realized just what I was brushing off-and one shock kind of cancelled out the other. My parents had me buried me in a truly heinous dress of white eyelet, which made me look like a stylistically challenged child bride. I had a vague repressed memory of being forced to wear it to my first communion years ago and marveled that it still fit. Not that I’d grown out, except for, you know, up top. Sadly, I hadn’t done much growing up either; I’d maxed out at, like, five foot nothing. Anyway, if anything deserved to be covered in grave dust, it was this old rag.
(Any mistakes, in spelling or grammar, are all typos from my side)
About the Author:
Lucienne Diver is a literary agent by day, a writer and journeyman jeweler by night. She started writing in her teens because talking back to the voices in her head wasn’t socially acceptable—and she already had enough to deal with being a drama and AP English geek.
Her credits include short stories and a romantic comedy written under the pseudonym Kit Daniels. With her young adult novel Vamped, she’s taking off the mask and stepping into the full glare of … indirect sunlight. Because as her heroine would tell you, anything else is hazardous to your health, especially once you’ve been Vamped.
Sounds like a fun read, Violet! I’m glad you enjoyed reading it.
Great review. It looks like it should be on my tbr list.
I loved the review! There is nothing better than a good vampire book to make my night. I really like the cover with the red lipstick shot :-)~
Me too, I just couldn’t get over how beautiful the cover is 🙂
Thanks for the review. I hadn’t heard anything about this book yet, and now I’m anxious to find a copy and start reading!
I like vampire stories but I’m not sure if this one would suit me. Still, it’s a good review, Violet!
sounds like a fun book. I’ve added it to my wish list!
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