Saturday, March 24, 2012

Review - "ReVamped" by Ada Adams



"ReVamped" by author Ada Adams is a YA, paranormal, fiction novel that is centered around vampires. It is the first book in the Angel Creek Chronicles. Here is a description of "ReVamped" and the book information as taken from the author's website and Amazon:

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (March 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470068982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470068981
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches


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."


When I found "ReVamped" on Bloggerdise (a website which offers companies/authors a place to list products and bloggers a chance to find neat things to review), I was immediately intrigued by the cover design -- the aforementioned description was just an enthralling addition. "ReVamped" definitely delivered. It is an atypical vampire novel, so if you are sick of the hype surrounding the creatures, you will enjoy Adams' refreshing perspective. 

In "ReVamped", vampires live openly alongside humans and have their own form of government. Some relish media attention, and others have the duty of protecting humans. Werewolves also exist, but they are a far cry from the robust, domineering beings we are accustomed to. Adams puts other unique twists on the old legends as well -- vampires are not only created, but can also be born (thus possessing greater abilities). There are no sparkles or desperately brooding romances in this novel. The main character, nineteen-year-old Dawn, is the daughter of the vampire President. She is a powerful (born vampire) protagonist whose life is somewhat shrouded in secrecy. Confined to her father's mansion, she jumps at the chance to go on a mission to the endearing Angel Creek, a small town in need of new vampire guardians. Here, she is to train four oddball vampires to protect their town and fellow humans. One vampire is a bubbly cheerleader, the next is a newly turned video-game geek, another is an addict, and the last is a librarian. If this doesn't sound like it would make for quite the interesting plot, there is also the alluring vampire Sebastian who refuses to join training and the overly-powerful human Ethan who are both vying for Dawn's affection. Needless to say, the mission is not quite as simple as Dawn or her father bargained for. There are many setbacks and enigmas in the seemingly perfect Angel Creek. You will be on the edge of your seat (or your bed, if you're up late trying to finish this) as Dawn discovers information about her life and those around her. I read "ReVamped" all in one sitting; both the plot and the characters command your attention until the end. You will want to finish it so that you can unravel all of the mysteries. I do not want to give anything away, but rest assured that there are quite a few plot twists by the end of the story. "ReVamped" is jam-packed with adventure, action, romance, and humor. Besides having a great vocabulary and effortless writing style, Adams really knows how to throw in the element of humor. Typically we don't think of "funny" and "vampires" as complementary subjects, but you would be surprised. I like to see a bit of sarcasm in paranormal novels, as most authors are too afraid to brighten the sinister category. I would give "ReVamped" five stars for originality, as well as a captivating crew of characters (both villain and heroine alike). I cannot wait to see what Adams has in store for us in her next novel, "ReAwakened"!

Author Ada Adams is an actress and writer from Toronto, Canada. She is the editor of a literary/global fashion magazine named VEUX. Her creative discourse and fresh approach is backed by a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master's of Science in Education. Shockingly enough, "Revamped" is her debut novel! She is currently working on the sequel to this novel, "ReAwakened". If you would like to learn more about Adams/"ReVamped", or you would like to learn a little about her writing process, you can always visit her website here. I love her website because it gives you more than just flat, generalized information about her novel. Her posts give readers insight into the painstaking detail in which character personalities and settings are developed. It is clear she cares to execute a novel that has depth and is rich in thought. For example, we get to see a glimpse of the inspiration behind Angel Creek, the main setting in "ReVamped"; it turns out that it was modeled after Angelica, a small town in NY. 

On Adams' website, you will find a blurb and profile for every character in "ReVamped", as well as a sample excerpt from the beginning of the novel. You will also find giveaways every now and then -- there is currently one open for signed "ReVamped" bookmarks (five winners) and one open for a print copy of "ReVamped" via Goodreads (Go enter!). Please visit the author on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads and show her some love, or ask her any burning questions you may have.

Interested in reading "ReVamped" now that you have gotten a taste of it? Right now it is available for purchase as a Kindle copy on Amazon for only $.99! You can also buy a print copy on Amazon for only $9.99 if you do not have an E-reader. Act quickly, because this sale ends today at midnight! After that time, though, the price will still be a deal for such a great novel. Copies will soon be available for the Nook and the iPad.

Disclaimer! I received a free E-book copy of the above novel to review. This did not, in any way, influence my review...my opinions are honest and all my own. I was not given any form of monetary compensation for this review.

6 comments:

  1. The cover of REVAMPED made me want to read it before I even read the blurb and the blurb made me want to read it that much more.

    Even though the book is a regular length novel it was super fast paced and flowed through so smoothly that I felt like It the pages flew by. Dawn has been sort of sheltered from danger by her vampire president father even though she is one of the best warriors he has. She is itching to show her father that she can help and finally gets the chance when he sends her out to Angel Creek to train its new guardians. I have to admit that all of them were extremely pathetic in the beginning but all slowly grew on me. Not long into their training she is put up against some people looking to take Dawn to an unknown villain that leads Dawn to find out the truth about who she really is and what she is and why the villain wants her in the first place.

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