ReVamped Review


by Ada Adams

Summary by GoodReads:

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

My review:

It is hard to know where to start on this one.  First of all, the author, Ada Adams, seems pretty awesome.  I love how she is putting herself out there promoting her book and asking people to review it.  I think any creative endeavor is difficult, and to ask people to tell you whether your art is "good" or "bad" had to be pretty nerve-wracking.

Fortunately, Ada has nothing to worry about.

ReVamped is a little different from your standard YA vampire novel.  It is set in a world where vampires are pretty much okay.  Actually, they are admired!  They have their own government and superstars.  And because artificial blood is so easy to get, there is little tortured blood lust in this book.  It more focuses on Dawn, the main character, and a lively sub-cast of vampire personalities.  While there is some romance in the book, it is not the emo-over-the-top-slop that you find so rampant these days.  <cough>twilight<cough>

Anyway, I think this made a pretty good YA novel, though I am not necessarily sure it would capture the mind of older adults.  I think Dawn provides a strong female lead who is very realistic about her abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.  Most teens would probably enjoy reading this and parents would not have to worry about them swooning over puncture wounds.  There is enough mystery and violence to keep them entertained without glorifying the gore of it all.

One part that confused me about the book was the simultaneous use of detail and lack of detail.  Adams uses a lot of adjectives, sometimes to a fault.  I liked that she used "big words" - it could potentially build the vocabulary of your average high schooler while a middle schooler might need to stop and look some words up.  I would not say her descriptions are flowery or anything, just that sometimes, simple can be better than complex.  So that part is okay (and probably part of the reason an adult could read it without getting bored), but the lack of detail about the story bothered me.  She does explain some of the Whys, but I never felt drawn in enough to anticipate the explanations.  I never really understood why there has to be vampire gaurdians in the first place.  Or why there are rogues.  I understand why there is a malicious vampire out for her (sort-of) but, like I said, was not quite intrigued enough to care about it.  Someone gets kidnapped, and there is a big twist on who Dawn is, and I could only really muster a "meh".  

That being said, my standards to give something a 5 star rating are pretty darn high.  And I would still put this in the 3.5 to 4 star range, especially for a teenage reader.  It is absolutely much better than the majority of YA vamp brain candy (aka fun to read, little nutritional value, makes you feel a little embarrassed that you read it!), so I think the author really has something with this series and that it is not only interesting, but engaging and potentially (gasp!) educational from the vocab perspective.  An adult does not have to feel shame reading this book (despite the semi-lame title), and I think a teen would really enjoy it!  :)  I would like to see her continue the Angel Creek series and be able to develop her characters further as she has them protect Angel Creek from various baddies. 

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