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FOR THREE DAYS, IT WAS DARK.
News reporters scrambled. This was the biggest story to come along in weeks.
They called it a blackout.
The last one was in New York City in 2003, but this one was different, special, because the grids in six major cities across the country had been fried, kaput, see-you-next-Sunday. Everyone with some jurisdiction blamed each other, and when
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Published March 31st 2012
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Sheri
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The dark had brought us visitors.

That line right there is pretty creepy, and it sets the story up well. Revamp is the story of Emma and how she deals when the world goes to hell around her…or rather, goes to the vampires. I really liked Emma. She was a tough character. Even though she wanted to sometimes curl up in a ball and cry, she picked herself up and did what she had to in order to survive. Her sarcasm and dry humor kept the book entertaining. The supporting characters were well written, t
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Melki
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, the planet is now overrun by those damned vampires, and wouldn't you know it - the government had something to do with it!

Will a small band of rebels succeed in ousting the blood-suckers and restoring order to this chaotic world? Or will they just die trying?

With loads of action, sly humor, strong female characters and a swell surprise ending, this one grips you by the throat and doesn't let go.
Laura Thomas
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review is long overdue. Revamp is not a quick read. The story is quite long. I was worried it would drag on and on. Not so! The author provided all the necessary elements to create an entertaining and engaging read without bogging down my reading pleasure. So don't be intimidated by the length of this book, it reads easily and takes you by the hand to show you the story.
Imagine getting on a plane, and after landing you disembark to a deserted airport. In California? No way! But that's what
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Augustine  of Elsinore
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Jill
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
I definitely liked this book, it was dark and I loved the build up as we discovered with Emma what was going on! That was the best part of the book. I was disappointed with the book blurb, it only mentions very briefly about the blackout, I kept expecting that to be a bigger part of the story, but it wasn't. I especially loved the heroine waking up on the plane all alone. That was spooky, sorta reminded me of The Strain (not really alike, but same spooky feeling).

Pros: Faced paced, interesting,
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Rachel (aka Ms4Tune)
Revamp isn't like other vampire books you'll find out at the moment, this is not one with sexy male vampires that women with voluptuous bossoms want to willlingly throw themselves at, this does not have sparkling vampires that love the imperfections of humanity in their soulmates and these vampires are not stupid brainless bloodlusting vampires who are constantly disposed of by a slayer. No these vampires are REAL vampires, like those you find in a Stephen King novel, you know the scary ones tha ...more
Christina Jessee
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any
Recommended to Christina by: read it and reap
Revamp is a great read for a vampire lover. The characters are explained in depth along with their past. The only part about that, when a character is introduced a little is told about them about them currently. The author switches to the character's past which can get you lost in the current if you don't remember what was happening before the flashbacks. I'm not one to give reviews giving away the storyline. I think it gives away the point of reading a book. So, if you can handle the switching ...more
Cara
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Summary: No one expected them to come into the night. They corrupted the world leaders and stole our power. All over an ancient grudge. What is left of humanity constantly fighting for their life and freedom. Emma what just a normal college student with a hot rock star boyfriend. She never expected to be what was left of the survivors to have to defend humanity. Along with Cooper, Seven, Topps, Scott, Rudy, Mary, Sammy, and Charlie. That is all that
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Shambhawi P.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating: Somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars

Revamp was an interesting, unique and completely refreshing read. Having read a few really shitty books recently Revamp's dose of wry humor was exactly what I needed. I really enjoyed Beck Sherman's writing style, especially the way he portrayed Emma and her non-relationship with Connor. But most of all I sucked in by all the gory details; the brain splattering and gut spilling and every instance in which the characters were covered in blood and grime was
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Lorrie Schumacher
I really enjoyed this story. It is a new twist on the end of the world as we know it. The plot, “What if vampires were real and how it would change the world?” was well thought out.

I was completely immersed in the story and couldn’t wait to pick it up again.

I loved the characters and was able to connect with each one.
I loved the flashbacks and how they were introduced into the story. Some books will be too confusing or flashback way to much or at the inappropriate times or even share too much-
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Thomas Winship
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read Beck Sherman’s “Revamp” in one shot. Yup, the whole damn thing. That’s how I roll when a book’s worth it.

And this book was worth it.

The first fifty or sixty pages of the novel were some of the best I’ve ever read. Period. The airport scene is amazing. It kicks a$$ in so many ways I’m tempted to plagiarize it. Seriously. I’m not going to spoil it, but it ends with this masterpiece:

"I was drugged, I was hungry, I was angry, I had just committed my first murder, and I was covered in other pe
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Olivia
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
After a Blackout, not only do the lights reappear. Something much more sinister. Love the idea of this book. The characters(for me)they just were not well defined. I had a very hard time getting through this book with all the THEN and NOW. Maybe a better intro to the story??? Instead of the Then for Scott. I felt the book struggled to have a main hero. With the huge background "Then" for Scott and Seven. With the THEN for Seven I felt "just give her her own book already". Was just too much for m ...more
Sherry Fundin
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Liz at Fictional Candy
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampire, dark, apocalypse
This is absolutely a crazy story. It's like Dawn Of The Dead meets Slumber Party Massacre meets Night of the Comet. It is a bit apocalyptic, and a bit dark. The lead female, Emma, is an independent and strong young woman. She's got a sharp wit and a bit of snark, my favorite combination.

If you woke up and it appeared that everyone was gone, what would you do? That dilemma happens pretty quick in this story, and it was pretty eerie how it all went down for Emma. But she is surprisingly tough and
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Yzabel Ginsberg
(Book provided through Read It & Reap in the Shut Up & Read group, in exchange for an honest review.)

I found this book fairly enjoyable; I dont have a lot of time to read non-academic books these weeks, but if I had, I'd probably have read it in two or three sittings only (it's a long novel).

The pace was fast enough, the events unfolding in a way that made me want what would happen next. Emma's reactions regarding the existence of vampires seemed logical enough to me: she didn't accept i
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Bai
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vamp-lit
As she wades through an empty airport, Emma Spade is sure she is in some kind of TV prank. With Bags strewn everywhere, toys left untouched and not a soul in sight, it would be ludicrous to assume otherwise. Or so she thinks. but as her day goes from bad to bizarre, she may need to find alternative explanations.

Revamp by Beck Sherman is what you get when Resident Evil meets 30 Days of Darkness..with some parts Dracula thrown in. Ordinarily, this would put me off the whole book. but Sherman has s
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February For Weird Fiction  The Haunted Reading Room
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to February For Weird Fiction by: Making Connections
Review of Revamp by Beck Sherman
Reviewed via Making Connections

An enticing novel, “Revamp” caught my attention from the very beginning, with its wry humour, suspicious events, and air of mystery. The further I read, the more I became convinced: “Revamp” is one very special book! It’s truly a stunner; a fast-paced thrill-a-moment; a re-reader, and I sure hope the author is writing fast on the next book, because I really want to read it-whatever it will be!

If I wanted to categorize it, which of co
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Suzanne Pringle
I was able to read this for free from the group "Read-It-and-Reap" in exchange for an honest review.

I really like this book. I found though that it didn't really have a set story (well it kinda did) but had a very good story and easy to follow nevertheless.

Emma-Rose wakes up on a plane only to find she was a soul survivor in the vampire Apocalypse. Then the only person she meets tries to kills her. She eventually meets up with a cool little dog and a great guy.

Her takes her to a secluded place
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Lisa Cox
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your typical vampire book. I really enjoyed this book. There were a few confusing areas for me, but they were explained later. There was a nice variety of characters, and they seemed to mesh really well.
The ending was rather funny, I thought, but it makes me want more!
I would recommend this to anyone who likes REAL vampires.

I don't like doing short summaries of the book in my reviews as most people have already read the blurb.
I did receive a free copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest
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Helena
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: para-vamp
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David King
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Revamp" by Beck Sherman is a novel that explore vampires in the way there were originally envisioned, pure evil killing machines. There are absolutely no friendly, cuddly vampires that sparkle in the sun which I was thoroughly pleased to see. But the best thing about this story is that there was no attempt to make a love triangle out of vampires, humans and werewolves. In fact there are no werewolves in the story at all; this is purely about vampires and the horror that surrounds them.

The story
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Elisa
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this is an epic dystopian novel about vampires taking over the world. These are some bleak scenes Sherman paints, some I won't get out of my head for a long time to come. Emma lands in LAX after the takover has happened, but before she knows about it, Syracuse was just seeming a little bit odd, a lot of people had the "flu" and LA is much further along. She falls asleep on the airplane and when she wakes she is alone and runs off the plane into an empty LAX except for mounds of luggage. You ...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I was given a copy of Revamp from the author for a review via Bewitching Book Tours.

Emma Spade who was a college student and had an interview in California. When she boarded the airplane there were only like 15 passengers. She thought this was very unusual but that was the case. On the flight she fell a sleep from exhaustion caused by the stress of college life. Meaning all of her classes and writing her thesis and turning it in on time.

W
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Lily at Bookluvrs Haven
I went to bed early one recent night, Kindle and mug of tea in hand, and clicked on to page one. Quickly, I was pretty engrossed in this story. The anxiety and confusion building around our main female character as strange things begin to happen, and people around her behave out of character, had me really tense. I was so focused and slightly frightened with what was developing, that when my sis-in-law drunk texted me and my phone vibrated on my side table, I jumped two feet in the air. The cat ...more
Flora Smith
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, dystopia
I received a free copy of this book for my review.

When I first received this book I was a bit daunted by the size of it. It is a rather long book, but well worth every page.

A well orchestrated black out brought about the downfall of the human population in the United States and the uprising of the vampire nation. A handfull of people found each other amidst the turmoil and vowed to fight against this. Full of characters that are really brought to life and relationship that feel very realistic.
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Daniel O'Donnell
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, horror
The first thing that struck me when I downloaded this book, was how much of it there was ahead of me. It's a big book. At first I was uncertain, but then I was grateful, because there was so much of this book to like, I didn't want it to end.

The second thing I noticed about this book was it was no Twilight vampire-high piece of fluff. I braced myself for werewolves. None! I steeled myself for phrases like "her heaving breasts" or "his chiseled abs". None of that! Yippee!

There are relationships a
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Stephanie Ward
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
'Revamp' is a wickedly awesome horror novel. The plot is so messed up and intriguing, I couldn't stop reading it. Once I started, I had keep reading to find out what was going on. The twists and turns are outrageous and I didn't see them coming at all. The narrative was written very well, with very detailed descriptions that made it seem all too real. The characters were flawed and broken, but had real strength and attitudes - all of which combined to make them completely believable.

The only th
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Kelly
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I will start by saying this book was Fantastic. Beck Sherman did a great job writing this book. Great story line, great characters, it keeps you on your toes, when you think you know what will happen next, it changes direction.Revamp was an interesting, unique and completely refreshing read. I have read other Vampire stories, but this is by far one of the best yet. I was completely immersed in the story and couldn’t wait to pick it up again. When i put it down I ended up picking it right back up ...more
Sally
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie, arc
Revamp is a huge book and it did take me a few chapters to get into and I didn’t find it an easy read that could be picked up and down quite a bit. Once the momentum of the book got going and more characters were introduced I did start to enjoy this book and wanted to see where the story was going to lead.

I liked how each human character when introduced had their own ordeal that they’ve had to overcome and that they all had one goal, to fight the vampires and try to save their world. With so man
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Kayla Curry
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
Revamp was a great read.

Beck Sherman has well-developed characters, an action-packed story with great plot pacing and it's also well-written.

Now, the length might scare you a bit, but let me tell you that it shouldn't. The story is artfully broken up with flashbacks from some of the main characters. Each flashback could potentially be a stand-alone, well-written short story.

By breaking up the story with these flashbacks, Beck Sherman has successfully written a long book that keeps you intereste
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