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Vamped Paperback – May 8, 2009
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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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Further information is available on her website: www.luciennediver.com.
Top Customer Reviews
I would still read further work by this author, as I liked her overall style.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This first-person narrative has an energetic and sassy YA voice. From the first chapter I was laughing out loud and loving Gina, the newly turned teen vamp. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Maria Kay
I thought this book was very well written though sometimes I couldn't under stand the context of it. But over all I loved itPublished 21 months ago by Tori
After Gina wakes, and is forced to claw her way out of her grave, she knows something is off. This is confirmed after she is greeted by Bobby, a geek-turned-vampire, who tells her... Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by Cornucopia of Reviews (Lizzy)
I normally love these kind of light-weight vamp novels, but this one is very poorly written. The story isn't well developed, it feels as though whole paragraphs have been chopped... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by PrincessKJ
I found this book to be only an OK read. While the book was fast paced, the descriptions vivid, and I wasn't outright bored by the sometimes trite plot points, I'm not eager to... Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
With a million vampire/vampire-related books out right now, it can be a little disappointing when you're itching for another Vampire Chronicles and all you find is cheap rip-offs... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by LadyCandace
I was really looking forward to reading this book and while the storyline had great potential, the characters were unbearable. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by JV816
A literary agent I follow (Kristin Nelson/Nelson Literary Agency) recommended this as a fun read. It was. I'm fifty(ish), so reading YA is not my normal pick. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by Rose M. Griffith
I enjoyed this one, it was a quick read and it was good. Gonna get the next one soon! Buy it!Published on November 2, 2012 by meeks7