Friday, January 7, 2011

Review: AMERICAN VAMPIRE by Jennifer Armintrout

This was such a fun book!!!!  If you read my blog regularly, you will know that I’m an all inclusive vampire lover.  American Vampire is an excellent addition to my vamp book collection.  It will be released on February 22, 2011, but can be pre-ordered on Amazon now. 

When vampire Graf McDonald gets lost driving in rural Ohio, he inadvertently finds himself literally stuck in the small town of Penance.  Penance, Ohio is a town trapped—for the past five years, no one can enter and no one can leave.  In addition to the freaky isolation phenomena, there is a monster on the loose, referred to as It, who is picking the town folk off one by one.  Graf isn’t sure which is worse—the monster or the hillbilly citizens who would be sure to come after him with torches and pitchforks

Jessa is known as the Penance “town slut,” due to her continued affair with her married high school sweetheart, Derek.  After Graf saves her life from the It, she reluctantly allows him to stay at her farm house.  Theirs is a tenuous alliance at best—Graf buying time before he eats her, and Jessa hoping that his ability to enter town will lead her to the key to getting out of it. 

I absolutely loved the chemistry between Graf and Jessa.  Many books try to do the snarky love/hate thing, but few pull it off as well as Armintrout.  Graf’s inner dialogue is hilariously funny with perfect timing.  Jessa is a lovely balance between country bumpkin and intelligence.  Best of all, Jessa doesn’t take Graf’s crap, and refuses to be treated like dinner. 

American Vampire is a mystery, a romance, a comedy, a paranormal horror…all of the things I love in a book. 

Overall, I give American Vampire

Plot – 4 ½ bookmarks
Character Development – 4 ½ bookmarks
Snark – 5 bookmarks (funny without being annoying)
Love Story – 4 ½ bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Alicia Silverstone (Jessa), Thomas Gibson (Graf), Chris Hemsworth (Derek), Jim Parrack (Chad), Jamie Pressly (Becky)

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