The Vampire Stalker Hardcover – June 1, 2011
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Well, that's exactly what happened to Amy.
Unfortunately, along with him came the villain of the book. And this kind of villain, the ruthless vampire Vigo, cannot be allowed to stay in Amy's world.
So of course Amy joins alexander in his one and only mission in life: to kill Vigo (the vampire who killed his family).
Amy had a crush on alexander in the books, as any book reader teenage would, but he was only fictional, inside the pages of a book. Until now. Now that he's a real person.
What they both didn't expect was for them to fall in love. Especially Alexander, who dedicated his all life to one purpose alone, while avoiding attachments that can only get in his way to his goal.
*spoilers from now on*
I didn't expect a detailed answer as to how Alexander and Vigo (and the rest of otherworld) were real, but the author gives as a really intriguing explanation. The idea of some authors being able to see and feel in their minds other worlds (dimensions) and write about them was great.
This book had more potential in it, and I think the romance progress lacked, but I still enjoyed it and found it a refreshing and interesting read.
I was really worried about the ending. I didn't know what kind of author Allison Van Diepen is – the happily ever after kind? The bittersweet kind? Or, I was dreading it, the tragedy kind?
The only possible outcome I saw was for one of them to stay in the other one's world. And it didn't seem like it would happen because… Amy loves her family. I can't see her ever leaving them for a Chicago of the past full with dangerous vampires, even as much as she loves Alexander. And Alexander, not only I couldn't imagine him leaving his cousin James alone (James was the only one alexander cared about in his world), but also his purpose in life: killing vampires and protecting his city from them. That's the only thing he ever knew.
I was especially terrified at the end when it seemed it was going to end badly for them, and felt a twinge in my eyes when they said their goodbyes.
When Alexander blurted out that he was staying, it was so unexpected I almost missed it.
But the ending… I couldn't wish for a better one for them. It was sweet and satisfying. As Alexander said: it's only the beginning of their story.
James and Hannah: I'm hoping they will be able to make peace between the human and vampires. More than that though… I wonder how their relationship will hold. It's true that James needs to accept the more vicious part in Hannah (as there is in any vampire, even the good ones) but I couldn't help but notice the story failed to address the most pressing question of their relationship: the eternity part of being a vampire. While James grow old and eventually die, Hannah will remain the same forever. There is only one solution to that, one that neither James nor Hannah gave us any indication to – James becoming a vampire.
Book 3 of the otherworld trilogy: if I was the author, I simply would have written the truth. Maybe in a more subtle way, though. I would have told Hannah and James story as it unfolds while simultaneously telling the story of how alexander and Vigo arrived to another Chicago (a Chicago much like a Chicago of our world), how Alexander had fallen in love with the girl he rescued from Vigo, how they both worked together until Vigo was dead and how… at the end… Alexander understands there is hope for him yet, hope for a new life in a new world with the girl he fell for.
Amy is in love with a fictional character from her favorite series Otherworld. (Who hasn't been there?) He's the less popular of the male characters, Alexander Banks. But one night, when she finds herself attacked extremely violently she looks into the face of her rescuer and it's Alexander Banks. She gives him a place to stay for a few days with her mother and sister and her and tries to believe what's before her eyes. It's like a dream come true! The nightmare though is that Alexander followed a vicious vampire named Vigo into Amy's world.
I like Amy. But that's all. I didn't feel her friendships. I didn't feel her sister's animosity. I didn't feel Amy's anger towards her father. And I really didn't feel the relationship between her and Alexander. However, I'm trying to keep in mind they she knew him already through the book. He however did not and is trying to "court" her as they did back in his time/world. Still, they felt shallow and the relationship happened too fast.
It was a great idea and the way Alexander's presence was explained made perfect sense. It just all felt flat to me. There was no spark, no tension, even where there should have been, no feeling from me while I read. Maybe the novel needed to be longer. That way, the characters could have been more developed, had more time together to show their relationships. I was really excited about reading this one. I had imagined a girl, late at night seeing a character step out of the pages of a book, maybe in a bookstore, and disappear into the night with her following discreetly. But, no such luck. And I was left disappointed in general with the book.
One evening while walking in the park, she is attacked. She is also rescued and is very surprised to discover that her rescuer is Alexander Banks - a literary vampire hunter come to life. At first, Amy doesn't think he is real but is soon convinced. Alexander is chasing Vigo who is his vampire enemy from Otherworld Chicago. Amy is determined to help Alexander find Vigo.
I liked the relationship of Amy and Alexander. I was a little bit less enthralled with the explanation offered by the school librarian - Mrs. P. - that what happened was "literary physics." Not many librarians come to their jobs with a background in Physics.
It was interesting when Alexander, Mrs. P. and Amy go to talk to the very famous author of the Otherworld books. I'm sure that like many authors of popular series Elizabeth Howard was not surprised to see characters dressed to match characters from her book. Naturally, she had a hard time believing that Alexander was real.
I liked the action in this story as Amy and Alexander try to track down Vigo. I also liked that we saw some everyday school activities for Amy too. This was an entertaining story that will resonate with all readers who wish that the characters from the books they read could be real.
Top international reviews
Das Inhalt ist sehr gut geschrieben und man kann sich sofort in Amy hineinversetzen. Das Ende des Buches ist sehr gut gelungen, da man wie Amy überhaupt nicht damit rechnet was passiert.
The cover of the book is fitting for the season of the story: cool, autumnal.
The content is very well written and you can immediately empathize with Amy. The end of the book is well done, because you don't expect like Amy what happens.