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1.19.2011

Review: Vampire Crush by A. M. Robinson

Vampire Crush by A. M. Robinson
Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Vampires
Trade Paperback $8.99
Ebook $7.99 (HARPERTEEN, 416 pages)
ISBN# 0061989711

swear, my life was always totally normal.
Normal house, normal family, normal school. My looks are average, I don't have any superpowers, no one's showing up to tell me I'm a princess—you get the picture. But when my junior year started, something not normal happened. There were new kids at school . . . new kids with a wardrobe straight out of a 19th-century romance novel, and an inexplicable desire to stay at school until sundown.
And on top of that, James Hallowell showed up. James, who stole my sandwiches in fourth grade and teased me mercilessly through middle school. James, who now seems to have the power to make my heart race any time he comes near.
But something weird is going on. Because James rarely goes out during the day. And he seems stronger than your typical guy. And he knows the new kids, all of whom seem to be harboring some kind of deep secret. . . .

Author Site: www.amrobinsonbooks.com

Nothing New For This Genre (2 stars)

If the blurb for A. M. Robinson's debut doesn't give it away, the title certainly does. This is another misunderstood teenage human girl meets undead boy story. Sophie grew up next door to James but he moved away. Now he's back but older and cuter and deader than before. Plus, he brought friends. Their ringleader, Vlad, is looking for something at Thomas Jefferson High and he's making quite the stir amongst the female student body.

All Sophie wants is to become the editor in chief of the school paper and write investigative reports. Getting mixed up in a vampire power struggle and potentially dying aren't on her list of most desired extra curriculars. But with James back in her life and her stepsister, Caroline, suddenly on Vlad's arm she'll have to get closer to the monsters to find out what nefarious plot they're trying to execute.

Vampire Crush starts off pretty strong. Sophie is a pretty enjoyable character at first. I liked her relationship with her stepmother and stepsister right away. As part of a blended family it's always nice to see this trope done well and that is one thing Robinson gets right. When James was introduced I really enjoyed the banter between he and Sophie. It was believable and cute at first but the longer it went on the more annoying it became. There was a point where I felt it was becoming about as trite as it could get.

The secondary vampire characters were really lacking in personality save for Violet. She was the only exception to the fact that as a whole the vampires were weak caricatures of typical secondaries in the teen vampire genre. We are given very little about them and where they came from so as much as I tried to like them I didn't develop any care for what happened with them. Much of this book is like that. The plot isn't exciting or even original. I felt as if this was a regurgitation of old stuff I've read in this genre.

By the time I finished reading Vampire Crush I was left with that feeling that I'd read an awful lot of words and come away with very little reward. I'd only recommend this one to readers who like reading the same teen vampire story over and over or readers who are very new to the genre and haven't read enough to know this is a chestnut better passed over for something with better character development and some originality.

Other Reviews:
La Femme Readers
Books With Bite
Debbie on Goodreads
V. Canfield on Amazon.com


Notes: I received this review copy via Amazon's Vine Program.

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