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American Vampire

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  936 Ratings  ·  198 Reviews

Buried in the Heartland is a town that no one enters or leaves. Graf McDonald somehow becomes its first visitor in more than five years...and he was only looking for a good party. Unfortunately, Penance, Ohio, is not that place. And after having been isolated for so long, they do not like strangers at all.
Jessa's the only one to even remotely trust him, and she's desperat
ebook, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Mira Books (first published February 9th 2011)
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I read this back in 2012 or so because I'd started following the author's blog (she now goes by Jenny Trout to avoid confusion with Jennifer L. Armentrout).

It was enjoyable -- nice and short, the story moved quickly, the characters were interesting enough if not particularly anything more than that, the story was tight, with no plot holes, and the writing was good. And yet it lacked that *something* that would have made it more than a 3-star read.

I'd look for more of Jenny's books, except most
Opening Line: “If there was one power a vampire could really use, Graf McDonald figured it would have to be internal GPS.”

Graf McDonald is just your average American vampire, and that’s part of why I liked this book so much. Well that and the cover, which for some reason kept catching my eye. Anyways, he doesn’t ooze raw sexuality or have any OTT cool vampire skills (other than the obvious), he isn’t self-loathing or sparkly or even particularly sexy. In fact he’s pretty useless, just a vampire
Feb 13, 2011 Alisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ac-g
Quick Take: Indeed, I enjoyed this book overall. The premise was fun and not the typical vampire tale. It had plenty of tense action-packed moments; it played somewhat like a movie, come to think of it. It's gruesome, chilling, witty, exciting…and not without a bit of the sweet romance that I so love. ^_^

When it comes to scary stuff, there's nothing quite like the unknown, don't you think? I started reading this book without any knowledge of story particulars (plot, characters, genre themes), an
Jess the Romanceaholic
Our vampire hero, Graf, is on his way to Washington, D.C. for a party with his sire, Sophia, when he pauses for a late night snack at an abandoned gas station in a small town. The only problem is his "snack", a Penance, Ohio resident named Jessa, is also being chased by a giant monster possum. Or something. Graf isn't sure exactly what "It" is, but he knows it's bigger, stronger, and much, much smellier than he is, and proceeds to high-tail it out of Penance. At least, that was the plan.

Oh my, how to put this nicely? Ok, here, I'm not a fan of this book.

Our main character is a jerk, to put it midly. I usually don't like male leads in urban fantasy, but this is more romance (or something), so that's not a problem. The problem is, he comes off as immediately unlikable. Unlikable as in he wants to screw every hot lookin babe that doesn't have an attitude problem on the planet. He likes to get freaky with his sire and can't wait to see her again. He drives a nice car, of course, an
Dec 28, 2010 Kt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On his way to have a good time, the vampire Graf gets stuck in his worst nightmare. He stumbles into a town that has had no one enter nor leave for five years. If that wasn't creepy enough, then add in a terrible monster that preys on the townspeople. He winds up having to rely on the first person he meets in town, Jessa, a gruff and angry woman. Even though she hates his guts, she knows his stuff will help her if she can trade it for supplies so she can survive. It becomes an uneasy alliance as ...more
Feb 23, 2011 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout is a twisted tale of romance and horror. It pulled me in with the GPS dysfunctional vampire that I actually found very likeable, with his penchant for leather and great taste in vintage cars. But the interaction between the main characters left me dragging. I loved the snarky comments and dialogue between them at times, but the overall connection was very slow in the making.

At first I felt sorry for the town being tra
Признаюсь, я начала читать из-за понравившейся обложки и имени автора, но только начав писать отзыв, до меня дошло, что это не та женщина, а отрав подарила нам Лакс, а совершенно другой неизвестный мне автор. Как я поняла, это ранее её произведение, и ни в какую серию не вписывается.

Итак, наш герой по имени Грэф ехал на вечеринку-сборище-вампиров, а попал в Пинанс. Как и во всех таинственных городках, из которых никто не уезжает и никто не приезжает, в Пинансе Грэф сразу же натыкается на монстр
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Favorite Quote:
“I’m not going to let anyone hurt you.”
“You threatened to kill me before.”
“Yeah...that was before. It seems like there’s competition for the job now and I’m not one to follow a trend.”

Graf just wanted to get to his sire’s annual 4th of July party but a wrong turn brings him to Penance, Ohio. A town literally stuck in time. Jessa, a town resident, knows something is wrong with Graf but he’s the only one she can trust right now. A monster is loose in Penance an
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
I'll give it a 2.5.

It started out strong, but then I found I really didn't like the characters all that much. In this one you have the arrogant vampire who likes to kill people and a woman having an affair with her married ex. It was a romance, but I can't tell you why they are together. One of the least realistic couplings I've read.

I did like the monster and the idea of the town being trapped. It's just that by the end I didn't really care if anybody got out.

If they had focused a bt more on
Stephanie  G
On his way to his sire's 4th of July party, vampire Graf McDonald finds himself lost and in a town no one has been able to enter or leave for five years. The citizens of Penance, Ohio have no idea why they've been unable to leave or where the monster that hunts them came from. They are suspicious of Graf from the start and the only person he can consider an ally is Jessa.

Jessa has been alone since the beginning of the towns isolation and her personal problems and past make her somewhat of an ou
4 1/2 stars. A funny, scary, at times tragic urban fantasy.

Graf, the (anti) hero is kind of half-heartedly evil (think Spike after he had the chip put in his head). Jessa... has issues of her own. They meet in a run-down gas station convenience store in very rural Ohio, where she's hiding from a demon. After he accidentally rescues her, he dumps her by the side of the road and tries to get back to civilization -- only to find himself trapped there with her and the few other people who are still
Aug 23, 2011 Gemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, urban-fantasy
I just finished American Vampire and overall it was a really good read.

The book starts off with a rather good punch, with Garf heading across America in order to attend his makers party, which promises to be everything dark and twisted we all assume Vampires are involved in (And as the character says, not like the sparkly vampires seen in modern fiction.)

However his plans are de-railed when he stops off for a "snack" and gas (see using americanisims here when I could say petrol!) at quiet gas st
On the way to meet his sire at a party, in DC, Vamp Graf gets lost and thought it would be a good idea to stop at a near by gas station. Steal a map and get a snack maybe. When he sees a frightened women crawling around in the dark and hears a rumble outside he realizes he's not alone and that some kind of monster is out there. Wanting to get the hell out of this town, he drives off, dumping the girl he rescued while he's at it, only he can't get out, in fact, no one's been able to get in or out ...more
"American Vampire" became a must read because of Jennifer Armintrout. I loved the Blood Ties series and had always hoped for more books in that franchise. Ms. Armintrout won me over with her first book of Blood Ties, "The Turning". Very dark. Strong Urban Fantasy elements. There were some nasty characters that were very dark. Tortured souls trying to survive the best way they can. It was all there so it never occured to me that Ms. Armintrout could write a vampire novel that left me scratching m ...more
If you're wondering if this is a series, I don't have an answer for you. This story in Armintrout's newest can stand alone by itself, but it can quite easily start off a new series in itself. As far as tying into Armintrout's other vampire series Blood Ties, I can't honestly answer that either. There's not enough detail here to determine whether it's part of that canon, but Armintrout could easily declare that it is if she wanted to. What I can tell you is that this was a blast to read.

Where to
Jan 30, 2012 Holjo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rated 3.5/5

Summary: Graf McDonald may be a deadly vampire, but he still has the annoying human flaw of being terrible with directions. As a result, he finds himself lost while on a roadtrip from Detroit to Washington DC for a party at his sire's home. When he pulls over to acquire a map in the small town of Penance, Ohio, he quickly discovers that there are more terrifying creatures in the world than vampires. Moments after entering a deserted gas station, Graf finds himself in the company of a
Graf is a vampire and on his way to a party when he gets lost, hes pulls into an unused petrol station after seeing a light and thinking they may have some maps lying around only to be grabbed by a terrified woman who is hiding from IT. Thinking shes crazy he kicks her out of the car and drives off to leave town, only he cant ! Apparently the woman isnt so crazy and she was telling the truth when she told him the town of Penance is cursed and has been for 5 years, tortured by a beast named IT go ...more
Joan{missing the vampire bunny slippers!}
It really pisses me off when my connection fails while I'm trying to save a review!!! :(
So for those of you who haven't guessed that already, my review is gone! Too bad 'cause I thought it was a good one. :P
I am not in the mood to rewrite it right now so I might come back later and do it, but maybe I 'll forget so here goes the gist of it all!
The book was good, it went down easily, but it wasn't all that.
Jessa really got on my nerves, especially when she let her pig of an ex treat her like crap!
Oh, I had fun reading this book. Graf was not at all the cuddly, non-killing type of vampire that seems to be the norm lately. He kills people. He doesn't have any regrets about it. It is what it is. How refreshing!

Jessa's also not the normal type of heroine. She might possibly have a bit of a reputation. She might possibly completely deserve it. She has attitude. She's downright nasty to Graf after their first run-in and in fact wants nothing to do with him. She's had a crappy five years and it
Apr 16, 2016 PATRICIA GARZA rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abril-2016
uf! lo empecé y no me gustó..desde el carro tan horrible del vampiro, luego que no puede seguir un simple GPS y que escucha a Lady Gaga no me cautivó en lo más minímo jajaja pero la historia con lo"misterioso" que hay en el pueblo no me atrapó tampoco así que abandonado.. ahí me cuentan que tal si alguien lo lee :)
Graf, going to a big 4th of July vampire party but gets lost along the way. He runs into Jessa who is running from some strange monster. While saving Jessa, Graf gets trapped and finds out what it really means to live in a closed-off rural town full of fear. Deliverance lives again!
*cues dueling banjos*

I have to be honest. I didn't like Graf for most of the book. The I'm a species above all of you food objects gets old quick. Jessa didn't fair much better at first, but I ended up liking her befo
Graf is a vampire, driving to his sire's party in D.C. when he suddenly finds he's stuck in the small town of Penance. Literally. Something weird happened five years ago and the residents can't leave nor can anybody get in. To the outside world it's as if the place no longer exists. Oh, and there's a crazy monster terrorising the town and killing people. Graf is desperate to get out, especially as he's not sure if he's going to eat his reluctant landlady Jessa. Okay, so this was fluff. It's pred ...more
Lilith Noir
Jan 21, 2015 Lilith Noir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has vampires AND some sort of really nasty monster AND rednecks. So it's, like, three times scarier than a regular vampire book.

Since it was shelved over in the romance section of the bookstore, it was pretty obvious that Graf (the vampire) and Jessa (the small-town girl with sexy legs) would hook up. They did take their time, though, which left plenty of room for plot. I was really into it, wanting to keep reading to find out what the weird monster thing actually was and why all thes
Mar 18, 2014 Jesi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun book!!!!

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
I'd heard a lot about the author so I decided to check out one of her books.

Graf is not your stereotypical vampire. He isn't slick and sexy. And he doesn't sparkle. Not to mention the fact that he has a horrible sense of direction. Already late for a party with his maker, Graf gets lost and ends up in the podunk town of Penance, Ohio. This is bad enough for a hungry vampire that can't be out in the sun, but it turns out that Penance hasn't had a visitor in five years. And the townsfolk are terro
Mar 16, 2015 Ceecuppe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Couldn't get past the first three pages. Two characters were introduced, but they had identical voices. This isn't always a deal breaker and if the writing is solid, I'll keep going. That didn't happen here.

The dialogue was atrocious, poorly written. Both characters kept flipping back and forth, using contractions in one sentence, then dropping contractions in the next. Are these characters supposed to relaxed and casual, or aloof and formal? Either is fine, as long as there's consistency. Pick
Heather G Gentle
Entertaining in that "read it in one day" kind of way. My skin crawled with some of the "thoughts" in the characters heads but it was pretty original.
Cassie Leigh
Dec 26, 2015 Cassie Leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had an interesting premise and I enjoyed the quick read. The ending was very good. For me I had trouble swallowing how Jessa goes from hating him and suspecting the worst to in love. I could see it more from Graf's side. He had thoughts of interest in her pretty early on. I will say I enjoyed the complexity of these characters. They were likable characters that had some very unlikable qualities and said some very unlikable things without losing me as a cheerleader for them. It just see ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Sandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars because while I personally didn't like it, it wasn't badly written or anything. My main problem was that none of the characters, including our leads were at all likeable. Graf is an unapologetic murderer who spends most of the book vacillating between the idea of killing or having sex with Jessa (or both) and Jessa who is in an extremely unhealthy abusive and adulterous relationship with her married high school boyfriend. As unlikeable as these two are you can still be on their side be ...more
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