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Vamps (Vamps #1)

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When the sun goes down, New York's true elite all head to one place: Bathory Academy, where the young ladies of the finest vampire families are trained in shapeshifting and luring their prey.

Bathory's reigning queen, Lilith Todd, is the daughter of a powerful vampire businessman, and she knows exactly what she wants from life. She wants to look beautiful for eternity and p
Paperback, First Edition, 235 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by HarperTeen
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Bcoghill Coghill
Nov 19, 2013 Bcoghill Coghill rated it really liked it
Nancy A. Collins created Sunglasses in the Dark which was the best of the Vampire books in its day and almost demanded a comic book. I bought the book, trade paper back almost rare in the day, in a comic book shop. Read it love it, bought everything she published since.
Now she has a teen series, VAMPS, Vampire American Princesses. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
But she hasn't fallen far. The first was meant for brooding goth boys. This series is for not so brooding girls and possibly boys.
Aug 17, 2009 Devon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, vamp-s
this was such a cool book! If you like melissa De la cruz then you will love vamp's. these vamp's can shift, fly and cast spell's.they drink their blood in style a/b neg laced with bourbon!!
Jennifer Wardrip
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What do you get when you take the Gossip Girls and cross them with vampires? You get VAMPS by Nancy A. Collins!

Meet Lilith, Jules, Tanith, Melinda, and the rest of the Old Bloods. They're young, they're rich, and they're the hottest kids in New York. But you might never see them. They're vampires. They come out when the sun goes down. School starts at 9 pm for them, and once classes are done, they're hitting the local club scene.

Lilith is the crme de la c
May 16, 2009 Rhianna rated it liked it
Vamps, the first book in a new young adult series, introduces readers to a whole new take on the vampire mythos. A world where status and bloodlines are everything and to be born on the wrong side of them is far from pleasant. Where else could such a tale be set than New York? A city known for its own clashing social classes, fashion, fame and fortune.

Daughter of the vampire elite's Victor Todd, Lilith has been the reigning royalty at Bathory Academy. The prestigious all-girls school trains youn
i'm leading a book discussion for our state library association's workshop on teen lit, and i had to choose four "books with bite" on rather short notice. this one got added last because i was given a page number limit, ant it's not very long.

i did not care for this book. that said, it's popular with my teens here at the library and i think it's important to read what they are reading.

i appreciated the vast vampire culture that collins created- lots of history and background, special lingo (whic
May 09, 2009 Tracy rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I picked this up because I have a weakness for cheesy supernatural YA and Collins' name was somewhat familiar. It's pretty much exactly what it looks like: Gossip-Girl-but-with-seriousfax-bloodsuckers. (A quick peruse of Amazon shows there are at least three series with this exact premise.) It was momentarily amusing and contains as much label-name-dropping as one might expect, but I'm not really sure I'd pay full price for it. As for Collins, she's best known as the author of Sunglasses After D ...more
Jun 05, 2009 Megan rated it liked it
Nancy A. Collins 235 Pages

Scandal, drama, hookups and snooty classmen, Bathory Academy, is where young vampires that are from the supreme vampire families learn to master their shape shifting and other powers. Lilith Todd, Bathory Academy’s queen bee, and vampire heiress, rules the elite night school, until someone questioned her throne; Cally Monture, a half mortal, half vampire, who lives with her single mortal mother, and hasn’t ever met her vampire father. She obtains these strong power

Michael (Mai)
Nov 29, 2009 Michael (Mai) rated it liked it
Ok. I'm not going to lie. At first, I felt like reading this book was a small amount of torture. But I ended up enjoying it and I'm now ready to read the next installment.

At first the book follows Lilith, a spoiled, rich, vampire princess who thinks she is entitled to everything. Lilith and her view point gets old fast. I got really sick of hearing about various clothing designers. But then we meet Cally. A girl that I can relate with a lot easier. She's pretty normal for being a hybrid (human/
Jennifer Morrill
Oct 11, 2009 Jennifer Morrill rated it liked it
From the back cover~
Night school never looked so good.

When the sun goes down, New York’s true elite all head to one place: Bathory Academy, where the young ladies of the finest vampire families are trained in shapeshifting and luring their prey.

Only Bathory’s reigning queen Lilith Todd, is the daughter of a powerful vampire businessman, and she knows exactly what she wants from life. She wants to look beautiful for eternity and party till the sun comes up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Jules. And
Peace Love and Reviews
Rate: 3.5

I had this is my book shelf since last year. Thank goodness I finally came around reading it. I know. I know the cover looks like more of a glamor shop and therefore the contents is probably all whack.There I go again with judging the cover. Vamps is nothing like that sure there's still high end New York fashion and high maintenance princess type characters, shallow big egos and selfish.

Lilith, Jules, Carmen, Sergei, Tanith, Melinda, and Oliver are among those vampire family they call
Jan 03, 2010 Sandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
This is a different book about vampires.

Centuries ago, somehow the vampire race got trapped in our world and must live with humans. With the help of a company called HemoGlobe, vampires buy blood without having to hunt for it. Thus giving them more time to live their lives peaceably with humans, and helping them keep their secret.

These vampires can shape shift into bats and another creature, usually a wolf. They are born, not made. But, adult vampires can bite humans and turn them into what the
Lilith Todd is the queen of Barthory Academy, the school for only the richest Old-Blood vampire girls. Enter, Cally, who no one is really sure about. How did she get into the school. Where does her magic come from? One thing is for sure, Lilith does not want her around, and what Lilith wants, she usually gets.

I was all set not the like the book. All the designer name dropping is expected in chick lit but I was beginning to think that everyone in the book was going to be some sort of monster. We
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
Feb 02, 2011 ♥ Ashleigh ♥ contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad! rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Not many people
was pretty predictable i new about a third of the way though how things where going to turn out. i was expecting better so im a bit disappointed.
Also it was very unoriginal compared to other vampire books i'v read kind of like a cross between house of night series and gossip girl but not written as well or as creatively. which made it boring to me.
i dont know if i'll be reading the next book in this series unless i dont have anything better at the time.

though saying that i suggest you should rea
Apr 18, 2011 Kaori rated it it was ok
I'm not really sure how to review this book. I've got mixed feelings about it... It reminds me of Gossip Girl (for the high-classed, back-stabbing, I control the whole school type of girls and their general bitchiness) and it also kind of reminds me of Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Bloods series .

I had a bit of a hard time finishing this book, mainly because I found the characters to be shallow. There was this one scene where Lilith was more concerned (as in the world will now end type of concern)
May 07, 2011 Raina rated it did not like it
I love any kind of vampire book, plus I have a weakness for cheesy supernatural YA and Collins' name was somewhat familiar, so I picked up this book. I thought I would really enjoy it. Basically it's Gossip Girl but with vampires. It was momentarily amusing however the label/name dropping got so out of hand I felt like I was reading ad copy for a Madison Avenue firm rather than a mindless YA vampire novel. The characters were shallow and the plot was basic. Unknowingly I then read book three rat ...more
Novel Delight Review & Lisa (Lissa) Smith's Bookshelf
As I said in my update, I enjoyed not thinking while I read. Some guilty little pleasure was satisfied reading it. The book was a bit cheesy and had some faults but it was not that bad yet, it was very predictable. It had no suspense even as it seemed that was what it tried to build. It reminded me of old soap operas.

Christie Cote
Nov 11, 2011 Christie Cote rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
I decided to read this book because I was working at Borders at the time and she was on a book tour and came to our store. I was excited to meet the authors coming, along with Nancy Collins were Claudia Gray (Evernight) and Ellen Schreiber (Vampire Kisses). I had recently read Twilight and was in the Vampire craze along with most of the population. This story was a comparison to Gossip girl except with vampires. I found myself rolling my eyes as I read. I was not impressed with this book. This a ...more
Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
Lililith Todd is the daughter of Victor, a rich, influential Old Blood vampire. As a result, she is a "not very civil individual" (Credit to Iza for that nice way of putting it). At Bathory Academy, she is adored/hated in the way that not very civil individuals are. Enter Cally Monture, Newblood, powerful stormgatherer, and general rival to Lililith. Then various things happen, and the whole book is basically the rivalry between the two, with their backstories, family troubles, friendships and ...more
T.M. Carper
Aug 05, 2011 T.M. Carper rated it liked it
"Gossip Girls" cattiness ruins the first half--and some of the flat main characters-- of this novel. It is for more mature teens (mentions of drugs, sex, etc.) and has trashy cover art, but inside this blood-sucking tale beats the heart of Cally Monture, half-vamp, half-human, who has some witchy powers inherited from her grandmother, and is being hunted by the Van Hellsings, the vampires' main enemy.

Cally has a run-in with a young Van Hellsing named Peter, who's already falling for the half-vam
Dec 11, 2011 Myrah rated it it was ok
The only reason I read this, was because my sister had bought it and I was out of books... I don't like the cover at all, it just looks so cheap. And compared to the thousands of other vampire books, it's not as well written. Yesterday I started books numero two, and because I didn't remember what happened in the first book, I gave it a quick look - and when I started in the next one, I noticed that the same 'funny' sentences are repeated like three times a book... That's the sort of thing I don ...more
Tiffany Yemenian
Jan 09, 2012 Tiffany Yemenian rated it it was amazing
I chose this book , because after reading twilight and falling in love with vampires i thought this would be another great book to read. This story is about about a girl named Lilith Todd whose father is one of the most powerful vampires in all of the city. She is very popular and tries to take down a new blood ( a vampire) who has just came into her same school Bathorty academy. This girls name is Cally Monture. One of my favorite quotes from the book Vamps would be "In this whole screwed-up to ...more
Lady Entropy
Jan 08, 2012 Lady Entropy rated it it was ok
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Homewood Public Library
Jan 09, 2012 Homewood Public Library rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Lilith Todd is the "It" girl of the supernatural world. Her rich and powerful Old Blood father gives her whatever she wants, her promised, Jules, will make her a Countess when they are bound, and she already rules the world of fashion and popularity. One night while out slumming she runs into Cally, a New Blood who challenges Lilith in a fight over a potential victim. The Newbie turns out to be a Stormgatherer, but Lilith would still have beaten her if not for the sudden appearance of Van Helsin ...more
Aug 25, 2012 Laudys rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one. Ever.
I knew I hated Lilith and her posse very early on but there was a very decisive moment when I knew I hated this book and would not keep reading it. The conversation went something like this:

[... Lilith looked over her shoulder at him, her brilliant blue eyes shining with tears.
"Daddy?" She asked in a wavering voice.
"Yes, Lilith?" he replied gently.
"You're not going to cut up my credit cards, are you?"...]

...Um, what? One of your friends (view spoiler) a
Jen Bane
Sep 20, 2012 Jen Bane rated it liked it
Para seros sincera, luego de leer Night School, este libro me ha decepcionado un poco. Apenas hay acción y las cosas suceden como muy lentas. Aunque por otro lado es emocionante leer (de nuevo) como los vampiros de clase alta viven derrochando por todo lo alto, te mete en un mundo en el que personalmente me fascinaria vivir, con lujos y sin problemas de economía. Pero a la vez nos hace ver que detras del dinero hay mucho mas, que a pesar de que la clase adinerada aparenta vivir en una perfecta v ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Garooneh rated it really liked it
I chose the book Vamps by Nancy A. Collins because i just like stories about vampires. The plot of the book is about Lilith Todd trying to win her boyfriend back but there is another kind of vampire known as the newbie called Christine. She flirts with Lilith's boyfriend and that does it for Lilith. She starts a fight with the newbie and little does she know that Christine has enough power to gather storm. My favorite quote was "Change, but for the good." I like it because it proves that not eve ...more
May 14, 2013 Kirsti rated it it was ok
Huh, I feel bad, I haven't given a low rating for awhile now. But I just couldn't get into this book. The writing is cliched and overdone, the characters exactly the same. I get that they're vampires, otherworldly beings, but the main character reacts to her best friend's death by worrying about her credit cards. There just isn't enough humanness (is that a word?) in the characters to keep you in check with them. Also, the whole Peter/Cally instant love was just terrible. God, I hate the magical ...more
Oct 23, 2016 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
loved this series so much!! great read!!
Well, this was kinda boring. Seems like the author took everything she ever heard about vampires and put it all mixed in one book. And then we have vampires that can transfer into bats (a very, very big bat), wolfs (no kidding!) or even leopard, can see themselves in mirror until they're 25, drink blood with an alkohol in it and so. Also we can see all Van Helsing family.
I'm not a real vampire fan, but this book drives me nuts, so shallow and just childish... While reading I had an impression, t
Sarah Crawford
Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
Lilith Todd is a rich vampire. Jules de Laval is going to marry her. Tanith Graves, a friend. They are vampires. Humans are referred to as “clots.” Lilith is sixteen and goes to a vampire school were no one is allowed to carry a personal mirror. Lilith and her friends get banned from a night club for attacking a “clot.” Lilith is also quite rich.

She and all her friends are ultra-rich, ultra-self-centered, and very, very stuck up.

Reference is made to thirteen “founders.” When the vampires turn 2
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Nancy A. Collins (born 10 September 1959) is a United States horror fiction writer best known for her series of vampire novels featuring her character Sonja Blue. Collins has also written for comic books, including the Swamp Thing series, Jason Vs. Leatherface, Predator: Hell Come A Walkin and her own one-shot Dhampire: Stillborn.

Collins was born in McGehee, Arkansas, United States. She lived in N
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