Saturday, August 4, 2012

Vamps Review

Vamps by Nancy A. Collins

When the sun goes down, New York's true elite all head to one place: Bathory Academy, where the young ladies of the finest vampire families are trained in shapeshifting and luring their prey. Bathory's reigning queen, Lilith Todd, is the daughter of a powerful vampire businessman, and she knows exactly what she wants from life. She wants to look beautiful for eternity and party till the sun comes up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Jules. And she doesn't want any New Blood upstarts standing in her way. Enter Cally Monture, an unexpected threat from a trash zip code. When their first meeting leads to tragic results, Lilith is hungry for revenge. 

                                    4 out of 5 stars

Vamps is the first book in the Vamps series.

Lilith is the queen bee vampire princess, very much like Blair from Gossip Girl but less sympathetic. She and her friends go "slumming" in Washington Square Park so they can bite drug dealers. There they run into a New Blood. The Old Blood/New Blood thing is essentially the rich/poor of this book. Lilith and the New Blood, Cally, fight over a target and it's downhill from there.

Cally, it turns out, has an Old Blood dad that she doesn't know and he decides that she will leave her New Blood school and start going to Bathory Academy- Lilith's school. She's thrown into the Old Blood world and had to deal with Lilith's hate. She also has to deal with her feelings for Peter and her own secrets.

Vamps is basically vampire Gossip Girl, with a little bit of a Blue Bloods feeling. That's actually one of the more important things if you are deciding if you want to read it. If you like that type of book, then I think that you'd like this. If you hate it, then I wouldn't suggest reading it.

The characters themselves could be a little bit less one dimensional. Often the secondary characters had more personality than the main characters, especially Lilith. Lilith's main personality trait seemed to bitch. She lacked anything that might make the reader sympathize with her or think anything else than she needs her ass kicked.

I also thought that Cally and Peter's "relationship" is a little forced. They barely know each other but are willing to take risks for each other. There was no buildup to their feelings.

Overall, though, I really enjoyed reading this book. While the story and characters lack depth, it was fun and quick. I do have the second book and I was actually looking forward to reading it after I finished this one. It definitely helps that I like the Gossip Girl feel.

*Picture and description from Goodreads

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