Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: June 21st, 2011
Source: Review Request from Author
Description from Amazon:
Grab some garlic and start sharpening your mother's wooden spoons because there are vampires living in the most unlikely of places.
I’ve always wanted to meet a vampire. Not to stake some poor bloodsucker as he sleeps in his coffin or have some sexy vampiress bite me on the neck, but just to see a creature so rare and infamous. What can I say? Some people want to sail to Easter Island, others want to fling themselves out of an airplane, I want to shake hands with a vampire. Well, maybe I should prioritize getting a girlfriend first, but a vampire sighting is pretty high up on the list. Trust me, a lot of kids my age dream about it. Like my two best friends, Rini and Xander. We spent half the summer searching the most notorious cities in the United States for the undead, but so far, no luck.
That’s why it came as a total shock to discover a living, breathing vampire in our hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. (Okay, so he’s more undead and not breathing, but you get the picture.) At first we were kind of excited, but then pretty freaked because it turns out our new fanged friend has a hold on the city's teenage population and a specific thirst for their blood. Which, in a word—bites.
To my surprise i actually did like this book. I thought that i wouldn't like it, because its part comedy and that scared me. I thought it was going to be too cheesy for me, but it wasn't at all. It was light humor and i actually really got into it. I really liked all the different characters and how they each were very different, but somehow found common ground to be friends. I also really liked how when more of the characters come into play that it felt like maybe the paranormal wasn't a vampire and could have been some other being all together, it kept you guessing.
I liked the fact that it was a male narration. Sometimes i think we get too used to reading girls POV's and forget that guys have an opinion. Even though the scenes where there was romance wasn't as romantic as when a girl narrates i still liked it and found that, thankfully, it wasn't gross or uncomfortable to read a boys POV on kissing.
I didn't, however, like the ending. I feel like Adrianne built it up to have a happy ending and then it just started to fall flat. I also didn't like how Xander turned out. I really like his persona the way Herbert describes it in the beginning. Now, don't get me wrong i did like how Xander's life plays out, but i just didn't like how all of Herbert's views of him ended up being false.
Even though i didn't like parts about the ending i did find the story as a whole to be really good. I found myself glued to the story, just wanting to see what was going to happen next. I was worried that the comedy was going to be cheesy, but it ended up being pretty funny and i enjoyed it. It wasn't one big sitcom, it was just normal teenage fun. I would recommend this to anyone who is into vampires and wants a different change in pace than the typical female narrated, girl falls in love with vampire, happy ending babble that i usually love =]
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5
Love & Rock&Roll,