Review: ReVamped

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ReVampedReVamped by Ada Adams
Series: Angel Creek #1
Published by Author on February 20, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 291
Format: eARC
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two-half-stars

A simple mission turned deadly.

Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.

When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same.

When Ada requested some R&R (read and review) of her first novel, I did a little research before immediately going ‘yay! books!,’ because I am a grownup and capable of thinking before I act. Anyway, my brief research suggested that, although dealing with vampires, a subject even I am starting to get a bit skeptical of at this point, she might do something new and interesting with the topic. Additionally, ReVamped sounded like it might actually be funny, which was seriously encouraging. I am happy to report that my initial judgments were correct!

Actually, of all of the vampire novels I have read, ReVamped reminds me most of a mix of the Sookie Stackhouse series and The Reformed Vampire Support Group. The parts that reminded me of the former were largely in the organization of the vampires. They have a government, both local and national, although obviously not kings and queens here. In Adams’ world as in Harris’, the vampires have gone public. In both, this led to the production of non-human blood sources. Although, I definitely think that the vamps in ReVamped have a better deal, since they have tons of blood drinks to choose from, including Blood Vodka. Awesome.

As for the latter novel, which I didn’t much like, the ragtag group of not very vampiric vampires was what brought it to mind. Of course, I didn’t much like that book. Thankfully, ReVamped did that angle way better, because these characters did actually seem to grow and change through the novel. Plus, ReVamped was actually funny, and not just descriptions of feeding on guinea pigs.

Now, I do not want to imply that Adams is entirely derivative, because she’s definitely not. She added her own unique bits of lore for the novel. For example, I am really fascinated by her distinctions between born and made vampires. In fact, I would love to have a discussion about the logistics of this. Mostly, I want to know how the born vampires first came into being, since they can only come from a born vampire. Of course, I can accept that, since it’s really a chicken-or-the-egg argument.

Adams also did something pretty hilarious with the garlic part of the legend, although I’ll leave that as a surprise. Another change from tradition to watch for are the werewolves. They made a definite impression. Additionally, I quite enjoyed Adams’ writing style. I only wish that the book had had slightly better editing, as several errors got through to the Kindle version. (Note: I have since discovered that the ARC version was loaded by mistake on Amazon; thus, this should not be an issue. Hurrah!)

Dawn was a fantastic main character. She’s so powerful; seriously, there are probably like two people in the world who could take her in a fight…if that. She doesn’t need anyone’s protection. However, Dawn is also quite naive. She’s been sheltered for all 19 years of her life, which has the end result of making her act a little silly where boys are concerned. Even then, though, she doesn’t do anything stupid, because she’s a smart, cautious girl.

ReVamped was a great read, better than a lot of the vampire-centered books I’ve read. If you like strong heroines, humor and like to support debut authors, go get yourself a copy of this gorgeous new book. Seriously, check that cover!

9 responses to “Review: ReVamped”

  1. CCthePhoenix says:

    HAHA “Yay books!” I say that all the time! I saw the few typos, but it did not take away from the book at all. In fact, made me remember that a real person (who is capable of mistakes and is not a machine) was writing this amazing book that I fell in love with. I agree her take on garlic, lore, and other bits that were in this book totally fascinated me and I cannot wait to read the next one! My review for this book is in various places, but will share it here as well:
    What a refreshing change in the vampire/paranormal genre!! Definitely something original and amazing! Love triangle, betrayal, family drama, relatable characters, friendships, humor, rockin’ fights, science gone wild, awesome spins on vampire myths and legends, Blood Cola (yeah.. admit it, you want to know what that is.. hehe), and so much more! I am an avid paranormal fan and cannot tell you how many times I pause to appreciate something amazing/different in this book!! Highly and happily recommended this fantastic tale, that only left me craving more!!

  2. Heather says:

    “I did a little research before immediately going ‘yay! books!,’ because I am a grownup and capable of thinking before I act.” HAHA, excellent!

  3. Ada Adams says:

    Thank you for taking the time to read and review “ReVamped”! 🙂
    Warm wishes,
    Ada

  4. Steph says:

    I’m just about to start reading this one for review on my site as well as a couple other blogs I review for. Thanks for the review!

  5. Christina Kit. says:

    I really like the sound of this! I like the humor and political spin!

  6. Suz Reads says:

    Great review! I love the idea of a Vampire President of America! I too like strong heroines and humor so it sounds like this book would be perfect for me!

  7. Yay books! I love free books too! Can’t wait to find out about the ‘garlic legend’ now!

  8. Nice review! Sounds like a great book. I love stories where vampires have come out in the open. 🙂

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