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Friday, July 6, 2012

Book Review: ReVamped by Ada Adams

Title: ReVamped
Author: Ada Adams
Publication Date: March 2012
Author Website:  http://www.revampedbook.com/

Book Description: 
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.

3.5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this novel.  The characters were very interesting, and it was a nice change to get a background for ALL the characters, not just the "main ones."  Usually authors use this as a way to write future novels and flesh them out, but it leaves you incomplete while trying to read the current book. The secondary characters still need a more thorough fleshing out, but hopefully that will come in subsequent books.

The story kept moving at a brisk pace, so there wasn't much time to get bored with events going on for many more pages than are really necessary. But in order for the brisk pace to continue, the book seems more like a series of scenes, instead of a full novel. 

The action in the "action scenes" was well written and quite inventive, but things didn't get connected very well, or connections were made via another character telling the main character what happened.

I really enjoyed the twist in the plot, and wished the author could have spent more time on that twist and the implications in the past and the present.  The author sort of threw the twist out there as a plot device, and really could have explored it more.  That whole part of the book is well-deserving of an entire book in itself.

Overall, this book was lots of fun to read, but I couldn't give it a 4 out of 5 because I felt a bit unfulfilled at the end of the book.  However, I will be reading Ms. Adam's second novel ReAwakened, when it is released.  I can't wait to see how her writing grows with each book.

Disclosure:  I received this book from Ms. Adams via a contest on her blog that I won.  I did not receive any compensation for my review, and this review is unsolicited.

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