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Vamped Paperback – May 8, 2009

3.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Vamped Series

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Grade 8 Up—When Gina makes out with newly hot Bobby after prom, she gets more than she bargained for. Later, her boyfriend Chaz crashes his car and Gina finds out the hard way why the teen death rate is up in her Ohio town. She wakes up and claws her way out of the grave, adjusting quickly to the fact that she is now undead. Bobby meets her at the cemetery and they end up back at her house before sunrise. They are then captured and taken to a secret hideout where they meet Mellisande, a rogue vampire who seeks to build her own army and to fulfill a prophecy. She has turned a group of teens into vampires, but Bobby has special powers, including telekinesis, that the other vamps do not possess. Chaz and Gina's friend Marcy are among the new vamps who are training in combat skills to take on the vampire council, and Gina must step up to save her friends. This quick read is filled with teen slang and fashion consciousness; it's a lighthearted, action-packed, vampire romance story following in the vein of Julie Kenner's "Good Ghouls" (Berkley), Marlene Perez's "Dead" (Harcourt), and Rachel Caine's "The Morganville Vampires" (Signet) series. A sequel is in the works.—Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library END

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

  • Series: Vamped (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Flux; 1 edition (May 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738714747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738714745
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,745,400 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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By Jamagan on May 26, 2009
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I was hoping for so much with this book. It looked cute, silly and fun. Instead it felt a bit awkward and tried really hard to be cute and light.
I would still read further work by this author, as I liked her overall style.
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Gina Covello's life-altering night in only six words: went to prom, became a vampire.

Well, it's really not that simple. There were some things Gina could have done to prevent this. For one, she could have stuck with her boyfriend, Chaz, during prom instead of making out with the transformed, now uber gorgeous chess geek, Bobby. She could have found a better place so Chaz would not actually see this occur. She could have not gone in the car with a now angry and a little tipsy boyfriend who might just be a little off while driving.

If only all these "could haves" were processed before Gina could actually make an executive decision. In the end, the car crashed, Gina thought she was dead, woke up in a grave, and discovered that Bobby was not a normal chess geek, but a newly vamped one.

After clawing her way out of her grave with her superpower vamp strength, and being saved by her "vampire boyfriend," Bobby, Gina thinks that with her new life, she can rule the world. Of course that is once she gets out of the hideous ensemble her parents buried her in and shops til she drops with an addition of a serious makeover (vamps can do that, right?).

Little does Gina know that another vamp is vying to take over the vampire world and the army she is building is all too familiar with Gina and the entire town.

What's now in store for Gina? There is discovering that Bobby may not be just a normal vampire, and can he get any sexier? Then, of course, there are the harsh interrogations and treatment by a freakshow, and a dragon lady, and a revival of her arch-enemy. And who could forget the all-out battle to the end.

With a huge influx of vampire inspired novels, it is hard to choose the ones that are worth taking a bite out of.
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When I requested a sample of this novel for my Kindle and read the first couple of pages, I clicked "Buy Now" immediately and was amped to keep reading. Sadly, my hopes were dashed somewhere around chapter three when I realized that the "vapid Gina" act wasn't really an act, it was the real deal. To be perfectly frank, this novel is a train wreck and it's difficult to point a finger at one particular problem, so I tried my best to parse them out into list form (this was more for my own sanity than anything else) in the hopes that I could better isolate the larger issues.

1. There is absolutely no character development. Period. None. I have no idea why Gina (the protagonist) was turned into a vamp by her quasi-boyfriend Bobby. I know only that Gina had a boyfriend, not Bobby, until the night she sneaked off and made out with Bobby who subsequently bit her. There is little to no emotional connection between the characters, other than the author telling us there is, and I was left wondering why or how they ever came to be a couple in the first place.

2. Almost immediately, the reader is thrust into the midst of a war of sorts, where baddie Melli is creating and collecting newborn vamps in order to create an army. She is the cause of Bobby's vampirism and is none too happy that Bobby has turned Gina. So here's what doesn't work. There's no explanation of the purpose of this battle. I'm sorry, maybe I'm being picky, but I like to know why things are happening. Not knowing the motivations of characters I'm expected to love or hate or feel sorry for is a huge flaw.

3. Ugh, the over abundance of hip lingo and biting sarcasm from Gina.
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You have to appreciate a vampire whose first thought is to turn her stylist because she can no longer see herself in the mirror. Imagine Elle Woods meeting Dracula and you'll get the idea what this funny, snarky, chick-lit romp is all about. I loved listening in on Gina's clueless internal monologue ("Missionary" style furniture) that was often laugh-out-loud funny and I liked watching Gina come into her own as the leader of her HS cohorts. But overall, I found the story a little muddled and would have appreciated a little more depth and detail. We're just supposed to accept certain things along the way (a Council, a medallion, a prophecy, etc.) without too much explanation of what they mean or how they're significant. The author didn't spend too much time describing her settings for us either, which was also confusing at times.

There's not much characterization here (although I liked the idea of Gina as chaos made flesh, and the psycho-psychic was beyond creepy) but there are lots of action scenes. It's just never quite clear what the battle scenes are in service of. What is clear is that the book is a set up for a sequel, just like many other YA titles I've read lately. Apparently, that's what publishers want these days, but I think this book would have been better if it hadn't left so much of its world-building for the sequel.
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