Thursday, April 19, 2012

ReVamped (Angel Creek, #1), Ada Adams (4.5 stars)

Exciting News First:

Ada Adams has graciously agreed to give away a Kindle copy of the book along with a bookmark. Please leave your name and email address in the comment section below by 1:00pm EST on Friday, 4/20/12, for your chance to win. I will draw a name out of a hat tomorrow afternoon and post the winner's name.

Now for the review:

From Amazon: 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.

For anyone who is feeling uninspired by paranormal novels or anything vampire, take a chance on ReVamped. The author infuses renewed energy, witty humor, and some nice twists to the standard vampire formula.

Dawn is the daughter of the current vampire President. Yes, vampires are part of society now, not that everyone is happy about it. Dawn is a special breed of vampires, a Born. Born of a vampire mother, Borns have increased strength and abilities, above that of any Made vampire, but are still partly human. In any given generation, only about five vampires are born.

Dawn's father sends her to Angel Creek to train a new group of vampires to be the town's protectors. Unfortunately the previous vampire crew left the town to pursue fame and fortune on shows such as the Next Vamp Idol and Transylvania Shore. Dawn is thrilled that her father believes in her and excited for a mission, but what she doesn't know is that this town holds the key to learning all the secrets about her past.

When Dawn gets to town, she realizes her mission is much harder than it first appeared. The vampire crew is inexperienced at best, and there's a vampire in town that seems offended by her very presence.

The story takes some very interesting turns, and I don't want to give anything away here. Let me just say that there are enemies lurking everywhere, both human and vampire.

I really enjoyed how the author played with vampire folklore and injected humor into the action and romance. The action and intrigue start from word one and never let up. But don't worry, there's a brewing romance and quite the ending... you'll definitely be anticipating Angel Creek, #2.

Dawn is a well-developed and interesting character, strong but human-like in her approach to life. But her vampire crew and potential love interests are just as interesting. If a character appears, they have importance for the story and Dawn's life. I only wish there would have been some more insight into the werewolves and more of a payoff for Dawn and Sebastian. Hopefully in #2.

With this debut novel, Ada Adams breathes new life into the paranormal/vampire genre. I am excited to see what comes next.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.

For more information, please visit the author's website and the book's site.


Don't forget to leave your name and email address in the comments for a chance to win a Kindle copy of ReVamped and a bookmark. The deadline for entries will be tomorrow, 4/20, at 1:00pm EST. Good luck!


Andrew said...

Here's some bloggie love, Tia.

This story sounds interesting. I might have to check it out. :D

-Andrew Patterson

Tia Bach said...

Thanks, Andrew. It's a great one. Good luck with the drawing. Your odds are looking pretty darn good. :-)

Ada Adams said...

Thank you for taking the time to read and review "ReVamped", Tia! :)
Have a lovely day!

Tia Bach said...

Thanks, Ada.

Congrats, Andrew! You won a Kindle Copy. Ada will be in touch. Yeah!

Dana & Keith Newbrough said...

Boo! I missed this - I think I might purchase it anyway though. I am always a day too late - I mean to get on sooner and then the girls take my day by storm and I lose track. I love the books you are reading/reviewing. I am going to add many of them to my kindle list. :)