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American Vampire

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  957 Ratings  ·  201 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 desperate f ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Mira (first published February 9th 2011)
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Dec 17, 2015 Eilonwy rated it liked it

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
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.

Dec 28, 2010 Kt rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 23, 2011 Julia rated it it was ok
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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
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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
Jan 25, 2016 Elizabethbeth rated it liked it
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
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Jun 27, 2011 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it it was ok
Shelves: pnr
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
Jan 30, 2012 Holjo rated it really liked it
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
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
"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
Jan 28, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 19, 2010 Chibineko rated it really liked it
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
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
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!
May 07, 2011 Melanie rated it liked it
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
Feb 04, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 06, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
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
Heather G Gentle
Apr 28, 2011 Heather G Gentle rated it liked it
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.
Selena Collins
Jan 01, 2011 Selena Collins rated it it was ok
Not a very good vampire story. Too much weirdness in this small town and not enough vampire.
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Oh, sounds good =)
Feb 11, 2011 Sonette rated it it was amazing
I'm writing this review whilst still feeling the slight feeling of elation which you get from really enjoying a good book and although I believe that the five stars I am giving this book is truly justifieid; there may be some of you that might not agree with my five star feeling of elation. I doubt however that there are any readers of paranormal stories that will not love this addition to Jennifer Armintrout's repertoire. Before reading American Vampire I had finished a book which I really did ...more
Lillie Roberts
Feb 23, 2011 Lillie Roberts rated it really liked it
Jessa Gallagher was stuck, and sick of being stuck. No one in the small town of Penance, Ohio has moved in the last five years. No, I mean, no one has move at all, unable to escape the boundaries of the town in five long lonely years.

There's a monster in the town, a real honest-to-Gawd monster, and it's hunting something. It'll do whatever it needs to fulfill it's own crude needs. It's like time has passed the town by, and the outside world no longer knows of their existence, and certainly, no o
Jan 10, 2011 Wenj rated it liked it
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American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout is a hard book for me to review because I'm really not sure how I feel about it. On one hand I loved the premise of the novel. It sounded interesting, and it delivered. I was thoroughly engrossed in how a town could be separated from the rest of the world and have a monster running amok, unable to run for help. But, on the other hand I really disliked the characters through most of the novel. A definite deterr
Amanda Ryan
The first thing that pulled me to this book was the cover. For whatever reason it screams Bret Easton Ellis to me (American Pyscho crossed with Glamorama anyone?). Graf McDonald is no where near Patrick Bateman (it’s ok if you’re not getting these references – just know that Patrick Bateman was a PSYCHOPATH), but he definitely has his quirks. Like his car. And his don’t-give-a-shite attitude. Graf is on his way to a 4th of July celebration of epic proportions when he gets stuck in the town of Pe ...more
Jamie Kline
Dec 27, 2010 Jamie Kline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
My opinion: When the book starts, we meet Graf. He's a vampire and he's on his way to another elaborate party thrown by his sire, the vampire that turned him. He is horrible with directions and he ends up wandering into a podunk little town. He spots a ransacked gas station, but seeing a flashlight inside decides that maybe he can get a map...and a little supper. He goes in and runs into a woman named Jessa. She's beyond frightened, claiming there's a monster after her and they need to hide! At ...more
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