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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Review: ReVamped by Ada Adams


ReVamped (Angel Creek, #1)ReVamped (Angel Creek #1)

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Paperback291 pages
Published: February 20th 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 
*Copy received from author for an honest review.

Synopsis via 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~

ReVamped is a sort of dystopian novel where vampires and humans coexist peacefully, somewhat, where the aforementioned has their own government, partake in societal things, and protect the humans as well. 

The romance aspect was convincing. And I liked all the spins on the history of vampires and how different it was from what we're used to seeing in movies. For example, garlic enables them to walk in sunlight instead of burning their throats so that was interesting. But in terms of the action and storyline, it was a bit dragged out and detail oriented. 

The training or revamping of the less than badass vampires in Angel Creek was cool at first but then I realized the training was taking way too long. I get that they were a bit rough around the edges but they shouldn't be that bad in book years. Also, Dawn's long description were too much while I was waiting for an answer from either her or the person she's having a dialect with. At times, something would be said, and a response comes way after. That was a bit off for me. 

I'm not bashing Ada's novel in anyways, just pointing out some things that didn't work for me. However, aside from the romance there were other things that kept the book alive and exciting. A little sense of humor in any story is always a plus and I liked vampire Brooke's character and how she lightened the intensity at times. Hannah was always a great addition and I felt her purpose even more as the girl who gets kidnapped. 

The way werewolves were depicted had me cracking up. What a change for the creatures who're known for their aggressive nature. In ReVamped, werewolves are all about peace and love. Even their transformation was quite...different, unique so to speak. That was a brilliant twist. 

Am I missing anything? Yes, the writing style. How could I forget. Despite my previous take on the details, the writing pace was quick; the story was short and tasty. I finished the book in two sitting. That's cause I was super busy. But regardless, I was kept interested and wanted to find out what was coming next. 

In conclusion, I liked the book and the ending was absolutely awesome. This us a safe start in a cool series and I'm eager to read the ReAwakened. By the way, don't you just love the covers in the series. Beyond breathtaking!

About the Author:
In her career as an actress and a writer, Ada currently spends most of her days immersed in imaginary worlds. Much like the characters she enjoys playing and writing about, Ada is a martial artist with a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She is also a big proponent of lifelong learning, and has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (it aids in creating characters with unique quirks!) as well as a Master’s of Science in Education. Ada strives to bring a fresh voice and perspective to fiction. She has been writing creatively for many years, and is an editor of a global fashion/literary magazine called VEUX. ReVamped is her debut novel.

7 comments:

  1. Great review. I have been hearing about this book and wanting to read it. It sounds good.

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  2. I have this for review soon and it sounds really good the werewolf lore has me super curious now! Glad you enjoyed it I really look forward to it!

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  3. This is the second review on this book I've read this week. Glad you mostly enjoyed it Shane. The cover is beautiful and the description sounds like a lot of fun. Great review. :)

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    1. Thank you, the cover is gorgeous if I'm not mistaken that is the author, Ada Adams, posing on the cover.

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  4. "For example, garlic enables them to walk in sunlight instead of burning their throats so that was interesting."

    Ohhh, how fun is that! I love it when an author can come up with new things :D It makes it so original. I'm going to check this one out, thanks for the review :D

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