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Monday, November 23, 2009

Vamps by Nancy A. Collins

Title: Vamps
Author: Nancy A. Collins
ISBN: 9780061349171
Publisher: Harper Teen

"Night school never looked so good.

When the sun goes down, New York's true elite all head to one place: Bathory Academy, where the young ladies of the finest vampire families are trained in shapeshifting and luring their prey.

Bathory's reigning queen, Lilith Todd, is the daughter of a powerful vampire businessman, and she knows exactly what she wants from life. She wants to look beautiful for eternity and party till the sun comes up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Jules. And she doesn't want any New Blood upstarts standing in her way.

Enter Cally Monture, an unexpected threat from a trash zip code. When their first meeting leads to tragic results, Lilith is hungry for revenge."

There is something about a young adult vampire book that makes me pick it up and read it. I think I have to read all of them to make sure I know what's the best. I'm sorry to say this isn't the best. It's not bad, for sure... but it feels a lot like fluff.

Let me explain. It does have the Gossip Girl feel to it - being an NYC private school for girls... mean girl against the world. So, perhaps someone who is into that kind of story would enjoy this series. But then you have this vampire element that is a little undetermined. Every vampire story seems to shift the expectations on what vamps can do/can't do and all that. This book didn't lay that out very well, so I was left trying to pick up the pieces afterward.

This book also felt like a set up for the rest of the books in the series - almost that the story was just chopped up at the ending. Only one thing was remotely resolved... everything else just sits out there. And, unfortunately, I'm not sure if I'm going to find the next one. I do think these books have an audience - the lover of gossipy vamp stories. But guess I just don't fit into the group at the moment. On the plus side, it was a really fast read.

There are two more books in the series so far, and I couldn't find any more info about upcoming books. Good luck with this one, guys.
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