It's more than obvious that The Vampire Stalker was written for a specific type of reader, but for those of you who don't spend hours daydreaming a3.5
It's more than obvious that The Vampire Stalker was written for a specific type of reader, but for those of you who don't spend hours daydreaming about certain fictional male characters, you can still enjoy this book nonetheless.
I can't decide whether or not The Vampire Stalker is actually young adult. I'm thinking more so middle grade-ish. While the concept definitely fits YA, there was also quite a bit of juvenile dialogue and toned down gory scenes.
You will probably find Amy to be a very relatable protagonist, especially if you fit into the category mentioned in the first paragraph of this review. She isn't the most well-layered character with immense depth, which I expected, but she did have strong willpower. Yeah, that was all it took to satisfy me in this book. I'm surprised too.
Allison Van Diepen also has a good sense of humor, which really added to her book. I'm sure all of us seen people with usernames such as:
Mrs.Jace321 Jon&Arya4eva IhartAshTallyn
(These are actual names I've seen on the internet, if you were wondering.)
But have you ever wondered what it's like if the person you're referring to actually saw your username? I couldn't help but let out a laugh when Alexander discovers Amy's.
It wouldn't do Allison Van Diepen any harm to broaden the vocabulary used in The Vampire Stalker, but that was about the only problem I had with this book. The Vampire Stalker is so much fun, a bit like Deadly Cool with a paranormal twist, I enjoyed it so very much. It was shockingly realistic, that is, if a character coming to life from a book actually took place. But really, if such an event did occur, I'm pretty sure it would play out just like it did in this book.
As two completely different stories become one, the truth is finally revealed.
I'll be the first to say that I don't tend to read out of my comfort zonAs two completely different stories become one, the truth is finally revealed.
I'll be the first to say that I don't tend to read out of my comfort zone. I mostly read strictly paranormal, contemporary, and fantasy. However, when your teacher assigns you a book, there's no getting out of it. And so I was given a week to read Walk Two Moons.
I have no one to blame for this, other than myself. After reading Walk Two Moons, I was in love with realistic fiction. Or maybe it was really just Walk Two Moons in particular, but, I really did enjoy the reading experience.
I was talking to my friend and she brought up a very interesting aspect to the realistic fiction genre. She was saying how with realistic fiction, the reader will more often than not connect better with the characters, setting, and storyline. I agree.
With Walk Two Moons, kind Sal and wild Phoebe find their fateful encounter bringing out things that never crossed their minds. Sharon Creech is an exceptionally talented author. If you are a very observant reader, you may notice the little hints Creech drops here and there.
This book definitely had that very "possible" feel to it. It had me wondering if anyone I knew was going through what Sal was, and how they were feeling. I wondered if their feelings would mirrored Sal's.
The Best Part: Phoebe Winterbottom and her ridiculous thoughts and actions. I mean, really. A lunatic?
The tone of this book reminded me a lot of Deadly Cool, which also had a very light hearted atmosphere, despite being about a girl's murder. Touch of Frost was just what I needed to break me out of my reading slump, it was really enjoyable.
Before I started reading, I was definitely a bit on the wary side. I could see the lack of freshness, the lack of something that hasn't been done before. But when I decided to read the first chapter to see if I liked it, I just kept on reading. Yes, it was that good.
I found that what I originally thought was unoriginally turned out to be quite original. (Confusing much?) The mythology references put a spin on Touch of Frost that I didn't quite expect.
So rarely does a series leave me frustrated and wanting more, but Crimson Frost, the fourth novel in the Mythos Academy series, managed to accomplisheSo rarely does a series leave me frustrated and wanting more, but Crimson Frost, the fourth novel in the Mythos Academy series, managed to accomplished both with ease.
With it's cast of vibrant and likable characters, Jennifer Estep has no problem capturing her readers' attention. Although these books aren't exactly thinly sized, I find myself flying through them and eagerly anticipating the next one. All the Mythos Academy books are what I call perfect slump-breakers.
Have you ever found yourself sitting down with a book, or two, or a stack, and nothing seems to interest you? Are all your most anticipated books suddenly not doing it for you? Do you not feel like re-reading your all time favorites, and rather set on trying something new?
Haven't read the urban fantasy Mythos Academy series? Then there's your key! Go on and pick the first one up! Available in all retail book stores.
Dang, I'd do great trying to sell cheap, lame, and over-exaggerated products (although Crimson Frost is far from that) to unexpected customers. Perhaps someone should consider hiring me to make advertisements. There's a catch though. I'd probably suck, actually, and try to rip you off.
But in all seriousness, Crimson Frost, was impressively impressive, in more then one way. I found that while reading, I realized that characters I've been with for a while have grown into splendid individuals, each gifted with their own irreplaceable talents.
Gwen, our main character, definitely didn't start off the series as the person she becomes in Crimson Frost. Gwen didn't give me a particularly bad impression, in fact, it was far from that. But she didn't seem like blow-me-away-amazing quality. Just a solid heroine who makes mistakes and takes a bit of time to fully realize the consequences of her actions. But I saw definite potential in not only Gwen, but every character - friend or foe. And with confidence, I can clearly say that my trust in what I believed would be a fantastic and fun series was not misplaced.
With all the chaos and tension that surrounded the last few months of Gwen's life, I think it's pretty safe to say that a date with the one and only Logan Quinn in peace and quiet is definitely not a possibility for our darling protagonist. And it isn't. Right of the bat, Gwen finds herself arrested. And for a crime she didn't commit, no less.
And I know what you're thinking, my lovely reader.
"WHAT? SHE'S BEING ARRESTED? WHAT THE &!$#? ISN'T SHE THE GOOD GUY? WHAT'D SHE DO? TELL ME, I WANNA KNOW!"
Maybe without the excessive use of capital letters and censors, but I know you're thinking something along those lines. The Caps Lock key and bold formatting is what makes my life exciting though, so you'll have to suck it up and live with it.
Well, first of all, I'm not going to tell you what she did, just on the rare case that one of you, and I can't imagine why, haven't had the chance to read this series yet. And honestly, you have no excuse unless:
A) There is a giant lake with an unfed, hungry, savage alligator as it's resident, separating you from all options of bringing the books into your possession. B) You spent all your money on failed attempts on winning the lotto and hitting the jackpot, which will ensure enough to spent for the rest of your life. But even so, there's this lovely thing call a library, you know? Which leads me to: C} You not only spent all your money on lotto tickets, but your local library burned down. Because even if the books are out of stock or not in inventory, you can still politely ask the librarians there to order a copy, and see if they agree. I heard begging helps. And this is NOT from personal experience. Pfft. What? No way. D) You live under a rock, or in a country where the licensing rights have not been purchased. In that case, I highly recommend high-tailing outta there and moving to a place where the publishing houses actually know what they're doing and what books will be a sure seller. E) You're strapped to a chair, bound by duct-tape, and you're glued to the chair with ridiculously strong superglue. If this is your current situation, I do not recommend continuing reading this review but instead trying to get to the phone so you can call for immediate help. And then go buy the books.
But if you have to know, Gwen is the good guy. She isn't Miss Perfect Who Does Everything Right, but she has a good heart and the right intentions. It's not her fault that she was forced into freeing the most dangerous existence in history into the human world to cause destruction and damage.
With the opposite exterior but the same interior, we have bad boy Logan Quinn. Occupation: Being an extremely hot and badass Spartan. Logan is 110% swoon-worthy, and deep down inside, he's actually really thoughtful and caring. He masks his actual feelings with playboy actions and cold words, but you can tell he truly cares about Gwen and everyone he considers friends. Even if it's not crystal-clear apparent, he's loyal and is willingly to risk it all for someone he cares about. In some sense, he's the type of big brother that I'd be proud to have. (Kinda like Darrel and Sodapop from The Outsiders and Itachi from Naruto; just to name a few.) Now if I only I could have an awesome big brother. I want a sibling so bad. IWANTIWANTIWANT.
The ending for Crimson Frost is heartbreaking, and just about teared me apart. But I understand how it could play a big part in how both Gwen and Logan grow even farther as individuals, and stronger together as a couple. Although must Midnight Frost's release date be so far away? I can see it, so near but so far away. *sniff*
If anything, I am definitely looking forward to continuing on with this series with these awesome characters. I can't recommend this series enough. The Mythos Academy series is sure to appeal to a wide range of readers, with all it has to offer. May or may not include a really swoon-worthy boy to seal the deal.
**An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review. However, all opinions remain honest and my own.**...more