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Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Clueless in Diver’s stand-alone sequel to Vamped (2009). Gina Covello, 17-forever vampire and fashion addict, goes undercover as teen goth Geneva Belfry to find out why the teens of quiet little Wappingers Falls on the Hudson River are suddenly erupting in violence, failing tests, and sleepwalking. Though there’s plenty of action, it’s Gina’s snarky, irreverent voice that keeps the pages turning in this quick read. Her disgust for the goth outfits she has to wear is delightful, and her almost-clinical descriptions of the physical difficulties in vampirism are a hoot. Grades 8-12. --Debbie Carton

About the Author

Lucienne Diver is the author of the popular Vamped series for young adults. Her short stories have been published in anthologies by Baen Books, and she contributed an essay to the Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories anthology from HarperTeen. Diver lives near Tampa, Florida, where she works as a literary agent.

 

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Vamped (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (September 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738721298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738721293
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,416,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lucienne Diver's young adult series featuring Gina Covello, fashionista of the fanged, began with Vamped and continues with Revamped, Fangtastic and Fangtabulous from Flux Books. Her short stories have been included in the Strip-Mauled and Fangs for the Mammaries anthologies (Baen Books), and her essay "Abuse" is included in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperTeen). She also writes the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series for Samhain: Bad Blood, Crazy in the Blood, Rise of the Blood and Battle for the Blood (September 2014 for digital, Sept. 1, 2015 for print). Long and Short Reviews says, "Bad Blood is a delightful urban fantasy, a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan, and a true Lucienne Diver original."

Further information is available on her website: www.luciennediver.com.

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No, Gina hasn’t become the runway model she was born to be: it is blood-soaked fun as our favorite vamp shows her “fanged fabulosity” on her first mission for the Feds. From the quick recap and “Gina’s Rules for Surviving Super Spy School Training” I was hooked!

This first-person YA fantasy is a perfect sequel to VAMPED. In book two, Lucienne Diver captures the voice of a teen-turned vamp using popular movie and media references, slang, and hilarious sarcasm that could only come from the mouth of a confident girl learning how to become a secret spy.

Super Goth. Bionic Babe. Chaos.

Undercover as high school student Geneva Belfry, the plotline becomes a classic Agatha Christie “whodunit” as the suspects come out of the woodwork to ditch class in a pimped hearse. Of course, Gina’s vanity doesn’t stop her from accomplishing the mission, and becoming a heroine. Only the fanged fashionista could use chopsticks as hair deco and weapons!

“What good was eternal life if you had to spend it in school?”

Boys. “Boy Scout Bobby” is back with his “manbot” mental mojo and magical blue eyes. He has competition for Gina’s heart as hot, goth-guy Ulric begins to suspect she is more than just a “ninja princess” in Mary Janes and fishnet stockings.

“Not a creature was stirring – not even a lab mouse.”

Just like the previous book, REVAMPED has lots of quotable lines showing this author has a sense of humor and an understanding of how teens think. I won’t spoil the surprise nemesis forces that battle for control of the high school population. I will say if Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel had a vamp baby it would be Gina. Like a “diva storm” she has a black belt in fashion, and kicking baddie-butt!

A Happy ending: this is not THE END!
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I wasn't overly impressed by Lucienne Diver's first YA fantasy novel, VAMPED, but I'm very pleased to say that the sequel, REVAMPED, is a great improvement over its predecessor. The story picks up shortly after the conclusion of Book 1. Teen vampire Gina Covella, the vampire boyfriend who turned her, Bobby, and their vamped high school friends have escaped from the scheming vampire queen Mellisande only to be enlisted by a covert government agency. Now rigorously trained in "secret spy school," Gina, Bobby and former-jock-turned-minion Rick are sent on their first undercover mission: to figure out why kids in Wappingers Falls, New York are acting weird, disappearing and turning up dead. Gina assumes the disguise of an emancipated Goth girl named Geneva Belfry and quickly bonds with a cluster of Goth students in the local high school. It doesn't take long for chaos to ensue.

Protagonist and narrator Gina is far more vivid and likeable in this book. She's more vulnerable, more complex, and more sympathetic, while being far less snarky, shallow and hip. Other characters are drawn more clearly as well. The adult figures, especially the pair of Federal agents who supervise the teen spies, are no longer uniformly incompetent, and the teens respect them more, even if Gina still has a few smart-alecky nicknames for them. The plot keeps you guessing, and has a few twists that I didn't see coming.

REVAMPED is a fun, fluffy read, and despite Gina's fierce fondness for Bobby, it completely avoids the mawkish teen girl moping and yearning that characterize too many paranormal YA books. I hope Lucienne Diver has more stories to tell about Gina, Bobby, Rick and their adventures in the supernatural secret service. She's blossoming as a writer in a most enjoyable way.
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By Mina B. on November 13, 2010
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From Book 1, Vamped, Gina and Bobby - the girlfriend/boyfriend vamps - are forced to work with the Feds. In Book 2, ReVamped, Gina and Bobby along with Rick get deputized, trained and assigned to investigate some strange occurrences.

Going undercover, Gina's assigned as a Goth-type teenager to a local high school, Rick a jock and Bobby a smart, good looking kid who has to hang with the popular crowd. Having Gina be a pretend Goth girl was funny, indeed. I like how she immediately embraced her challenge and made friends. Very cool. Gina was wittier than ever this time around. Sadly, Gina and Bobby didn't get much face time. I wasn't too happy about that which makes me think maybe they aren't as perfectly matched as I'd hoped.

Ulric was my absolute favorite new character in the series and then, of course, Alistaire (but he wasn't new). I hate to say this but I'm not feeling the love so much with Bobby. :( Ulric on the other hand was off the charts hot. At first, I wasn't sure what side he was on but I liked him. He wasn't all cookie-cut - and with his uniqueness...I wanted more. Alistaire was bizarre, menacing, exciting and a breath of fresh air into the plot. I'd like an entire book on Alistaire alone, but that's me.

As far as the plot, the vampire council is back with a whole string of new characters. And guess what...they are turning teenagers again. Having Alistaire back and confronting his father added to the intrigue factor for me. I'm not sure what is next in this series but if it has anything to do with Gina, Alistaire and Ulric...I can't wait to find out. This book is fun YA read. It's PG enough where you could toss it to your teenager and not worry. And it has just enough vamp intrigue in it that a teen shouldn't get bored.
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