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American Vampire

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  760 ratings  ·  183 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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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...more
Feb 13, 2011 Alisha rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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...more
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...more
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
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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...more
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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...more
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...more
Paranormal Haven
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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
Selena Collins
Not a very good vampire story. Too much weirdness in this small town and not enough vampire.
Kristy Nobles
Not worth my time

The main characters in this book were so flawed I couldn't find enough redeeming value to like either one. The plot was so boring that you couldn't even get into what the point was until 2/3 of the way. At that point, I still didn't like the characters and was so disappointed that I had wasted so much time reading this book. I had to finish it just so I could make sure I didn't miss something critical before writing my review.
I usually love Armintrout's books, but don't think I...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Oh, sounds good =)
The title is a bit misleading-instead of “American Vampire” it should be, “American Vampire-gets-stuck-in-a-small-town”. The story starts out with Graf, a refreshingly-un-angsty vampire on his way to party. He gets literally stuck in an off-the beaten path town when he tries to snag a snack in Jessa, a young woman being chased by “it.” It is apparently a monster who roams around the small town and won’t let them leave.

I like how Armintrout develops the relationship between Graf and Jessa as wel...more
American Vampire is a novel by Jennifer Armintrout and a Paranormal Romance from Mira.

Book Blurb:

He’s the Good kind of vampire. Sort Of.

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 d...more
Robin K
Fun. It is the one word I would use to describe American Vampire. Armintrout writes extraordinary characters while keeping them real. With believable personalities and just-next-door settings I found myself completely absorbed in this book. I had no problems relating to the characters or picturing the environment. No, this does not mean I am a hill billy like many of the characters, but I swear I have met some of them in real life!

Jennifer's vampires are my favorites. They are not soft, the do n...more
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Rating: 3.5 Stars


Graf is a Vampire on the way to an awesome party at his sire’s house, when he gets lost in the middle of nowhere. He sees an abandoned gas station and thinks that he can find a map to help him out. However, by stopping at this run down place, he gets trapped inside Penance and finds out that the town has been magically off the map for 5 years.

He meets Jessa, when both of them are attacked by a monster...more
D. VonThaer
Hipster vampire Graf has landed in Hell and he can't get out. Not Hell exactly, but Penance, Ohio. Before I continue, let me preface this review by saying I am from Ohio, from a town much like Penance and the very thought of being stuck in that town with no way out is in fact, my own private version of Hell.

Some kind of dark magic has befallen the poor farm community of Penance, Ohio and their dire misfortune is completely ruining Graf's Fourth of July plans with his Sire and the bloody bash th...more
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Jenny Trout is a writer, blogger, and funny person.

Writing as Jennifer Armintrout, she made the USA Today Bestseller list with Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her novel American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Magazine Online.

Jenny also writes award-winning erotic romance as Abigail Barnette.

When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping or otherwise incapacitated....more
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