Saturday, January 15, 2011

Review: Vampire Crush by A.M. Robinson (ARC)



Title: Vampire Crush 
Author: A.M. Robinson
Published: 2010
Source: We Love YA Tours
Rating: 

I swear, my life was always totally normal.

Normal house, normal family, normal school. My looks are average, I don't have any superpowers, no one's showing up to tell me I'm a princess—you get the picture. But when my junior year started, something not normal happened. There were new kids at school . . . new kids with a wardrobe straight out of a 19th-century romance novel, and an inexplicable desire to stay at school until sundown.

And on top of that, James Hallowell showed up. James, who stole my sandwiches in fourth grade and teased me mercilessly through middle school. James, who now seems to have the power to make my heart race any time he comes near.

But something weird is going on. Because James rarely goes out during the day. And he seems stronger than your typical guy. And he knows the new kids, all of whom seem to be harboring some kind of deep secret. . . . (taken from goodreads.com)
I know what you're thinking- seriously, do we need another Twilight wanna-be? The same thought popped into my head when this one showed up in my mailbox. I reluctantly decided to give it a try and was immediately rewarded with a quirky and witty supernatural tale. 

Vampire Crush offers up a host of odd yet lovable characters. Sophie, our heroine, is spunky and sarcastic. Just reading her thoughts had me smiling.  Her best-friend and love interest, James, isn't your typical Edward Cullen. His conversations with Sophie are deep and meaningful, and I looked forward to all of the scenes he played a role in. The other vampires have separate, defined personalities, and I had a blast getting to know them. 

The plot is new and original, and it didn't go where I expected it to. I am pleased to say that the story is about as far from the overdone vampire tale as it can get. Sophie's bravery (and sometimes, to be honest, stupidity) gets her stuck in a heap of trouble. It was both hilarious and thrilling to accompany her on her adventures. 

Overall, Vampire Crush is a wonderfully fresh supernatural novel. I'd recommend it to anyone that enjoys paranormal romance or laugh-out-loud writing. Trust me, Robinson's jokes about Twilight and references to High School Musical will bring a smile to your face. 

*I received this novel from We Love YA! Tours

2 comments:

Eliza Mellark said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one more than Invisible Things! Twilight and High School Musical references? Sounds...interesting. I may have to read this! Great review :)

Lauren said...

This looks like such a funny and cute book! And I tend to like most books that joke about Twilight. Thanks for the review!