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Vampire Beach: Volume 1

(Vampire Beach #1-2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,218 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Jason Freeman is the new kid in DeVere Heights, Malibu. Everyone at his posh new high school is surprisingly friendly, and pretty soon Jason's part of the in-crowd. Before long, he's also fallen for the hot-but-unattainable Sienna. But not all is right in DeVere Heights. When a girl washes up on the beach with strange bite marks on her neck, Jason learns that his peers are ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Vampire Beach
Series Review : Book one: Bloodlust ; Book two: Initiation ; Book three: Ritual ; Book four: Legacy
Author: Alex Duvall
Publisher: Released in 2006 by
Genre: Young adult paranormal
Format: Paperback

Jason Freeman is completely stoked when his family moves from cold and frosty Michigan to the exclusive DeVere Heights neighborhood in Malibu, California.
He is even happier when his new class-mates are friendly and welcoming. Soon he is on the school swim team and going to the best
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great YA vampire novel. Think The OC but with vampires. I feel the need to warn people that this book isnt some amzingly written book with intelligent plot lines. At some points in the book i felt myself thinking is the main character an idiot because it was so obvious and predictable what was going to happen and he was completely clueless to it. So dont expect unpredictablility either. But if you just want a fun read about vampires then i would recommend it. Its a real page turner if ...more
I admit, I only bought this because I thought it was a Twilight rip off so I wanted to see the mess the author made of it.
It was in fact published way before Twilight, so I was wrong.
I really enjoyed it, despite the lack of love between Sienna and Jason.
Allison Barnhill
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, easy, entertaining...three perfect adjectives for a summer read....onto Vampire Beach 2.
Sarah Marie
Nov 14, 2011 marked it as no-thank-you  ·  review of another edition
Let's face it, I'm not into cheesy vampire love stories anymore. My Twihard days have been long over. I don't know why I still have this book since I'm never going to read it.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Vampire Beach (Bloodlust and Initiation) by Alex Duval is a paranormal love story. Jason and his family move to an exclusive neighborhood in Malibu. He likes this one girl, Sienna, who is dating Brad. There is some high school drama, some saving of people, and some dead people. The normal vampire love story book.I feel the book was kind of copy and paste. There didn’t seem much that was original. The main character moves. The main character falls in love. The person that the main character falls ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a story about a family that moves from Michigan to Malibu, California. Jason and his sister Danielle "Dani" Freeman attend DeVere High an elite high school full of high society teens. Jason quickly joins the elite group and and starts going to the social events but soon tragedy strikes. He finds himself along with his friend Adam trying to uncover a mystery but they get more than what they bargained for. They get a unbelievable truth in which there's no going back from, vampires do exist ...more
Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale
I thought that Bloodlust and Initiation were a really nice YA paranormal read. I absolutely adored the character's. It's your typical YA vampire story with a little bit of an edge. Secret societies and a group of wealthy good looking teenager's who happen to have a little secret about themselves that they try to hide, but when a new boy comes to town things start to shake up for this relatively peaceful existence.

I thought the storyline was really good. It didn't take me long at all to fall int
Kate Robins
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the others.
Oct 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I should choose one word to describe the Vampire Beach series, I would say: "sweet".
Sure, the story pace is slow and predictable. But the idea of rich Vampires calling themselves Beautiful People and living on Malibu Beach is just sweet...

In Bloodlust, a girl turns up dead. People think it is because she was drunk and fell overboard from a Yacht Party. But Jason Freeman knows the girl's blood was sucked out of her body before she fell.

In Initiation, a Vampire has his house robbed during a par
This is the first 2 stories in the Vampire Beach series by Alex Duval combined into 1 book but overall it is probably about the same size as a normal book. The covers caught my eye as they reminded me of the Twilight Saga of which I'm a big fan. The books are written from 17 year old Jason's perspective which made a change. I found the books very easy to read but they didn't capture me in the same way that other YA series I've read recently have. There is a lot less romance in this series than y ...more
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Book Report
In Vampire Beach 1 by Alex
Duval, a boy named Jason Freeman moves into Malibu, and right away he’s a part of the “inn crowd”, and when he meets the most beautiful girl in DeVere Heights his world turns upside down… Will Jason get caught by vampires, or will he save his friend from the vampires?
I really liked Vampire Beach 1 by Alex Duval. Jason was very noble and courageous because he was on a mission to save his friend from vampires. The book was very suspenseful because there
May 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Is Alex Duval 12 years old? I swear these books were written by a child. They are terrible. Also, I am SO OVER the "I just laid eyes on you for the first time, we're both 17, and I am trembling in an effort not to touch you because we must be together for eternity and I am in the depths of love with you, now, to learn your name". It's unrealistic anyway, so it takes a really talented writer to get it right. The thing I hate the most about these books is how they end. It's like someone told the a ...more
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you like vampires and want somthing easy to read.
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Bloodlust introduces Jason Freeman, the new kid on the rich kid block. When he moves to Malibu with his family, he never expects to fall in love with the hottest girl in school on the first day. Sienna is stunningly beautiful, and so are her friends, the in-crowd of posh rich kids at the top of the food chain. Literally. These kids are vampires from some of the oldest, most powerful families in America. When a body washes up on the beach, it seems the vampires are responsible, but all is not wha ...more
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first volume in the Vampire Beach series by Alex Duval. The first two books—Bloodlust and Initiation—are included in this omnibus.

Jason has just moved to Malibu—home to rich kids and fabulous parties. He’s flattered to be included—and very flattered by the interest of the stunning Sienna. But Sienna and her friends hide a dark secret…and Jason is risking his life by falling for her.

Bloodlust was a good introduction. It has a strong plot, teenage characters who act like teenagers, a w
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Vampire Beach (Vampire Beach, #1)
by Alex Duval
Natalie's review
Jun 19, 13 · edit

2 of 5 stars
Read from June 16 to 19, 2013

This ISBN actually goes to a book that is actually books 1 & 2 of the series in the same volume and that's what I read. Book 1 is Bloodlust and Book 2 is Initiation.
Well, this book was as cheesy as the title and cover made it seem. Definitely a different twist on the whole teen vampire thing and from the guy's point of view also. It wasn't a bad book but it wasn't v
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Well, our story starts off semi-predictable in the beginning, but after awhile we aren't to sure what to expect or who to trust. There are these moments where you know exactlty what's going to happen. Then, their are some where just like WHOA!!! Ecspecially when it comes to, Jason and Sienna. They lacked some love near the beginning of the story, but you had these moments that just showed how much they loved each other. Thank goodness to otherwise without Sienna these Vampire Beach books would b ...more
This book is the first two novels in the series merged into one. It was a good book and yet was different to read as the main character was male. Most vampire books thses days have female leads. I found this to be a nice change. These books were a great start to the series introducing us to the characters and the story line. The story line is different compared to most vampire novels which is diffently a plus as I love reading vampire books but its nice to have a change from the normal female hu ...more
Emma (BelleBooks)
This is a bind up of the first two books in the Vampire Beach series by Alex Duval.

I hadn't heard much about this series, and came across the books while browsing Amazon for some new reads, all the books in the series were going cheap, so I bought them all.

I only gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. As much as I enjoyed the main storyline, I did not think the characters were well enough developed and the plot was a bit sketchy at times.

Think of The Hills, then add in vampires. Thats exactly what the
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
This book was very interesting. What started out as a typical vampire love story changed by the second half of the book. It was an interesting story and it was very likeable, especially since they changed the plot within the story. It wasn't all "must be in the vampire circle" like you would see in most stories, as a matter of fact Jason didn't even want to deal with the fact unless he has to. It is definitly a nice change but I must admit I don't see where else this could go since I'm getting b ...more
Vampire Beach is Vampire Lite, with bloodsuckers who are - by and large - so barely there you don't even notice them harshing the 90210 vibe of the series. And this is largely just high school drama with a soupcon of the supernatural, kept moderately hip through setting and the antics of a cinema freak sidekick who name-drops on demand. Inoffensive, fun stuff, fast-paced, and strongly reminiscent of R.L. Stine back in the day. (Review stands for first four in series, bound here in two volumes: ...more
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
This read like a guy's version of Blue Bloods to me. It's reasonably fun, rather light, and doesn't add all that much to vampire mythology. The similarities between it and De la Cruz's series largely have to do with the wealthy teens at the heart of the novel rather than any similiarity of mythology. (In that regard, Blue Bloods is far superior.
Wow. I DNF'd at 30% because this was one of the worst, most poorly written wastes of paper I've come across.
The only thing I find vaguely interesting is wondering about the gender of this 'Alex Duval' - Jason's protagonist POV is so girly, it surely can't be a man. The characters were flat and unlikeable, nothing happened except a couple of lame-arse high school parties, and then someone died, but the underwritten chapter cliff-hangers meant that even that was boring.
The overly-large font and 2-
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was really surprised how different these books were from Twilight and all the other vampire cliches nowadays. Actually, the whole vampire issue wasn't that big of a deal. The fact that they were in Malibu seemed to take a much more prominant part of the books, in all honestly. Another thing surprised me about these books- I actually liked them! Usually I hate books that feature "wild, out-of-control parties, but this seemed to be the exception. I'm now looking forward to reading more of this s ...more
Sandy Smith
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I simply loved this series. Alex Duval was a new author for me and he/she is great! I read this book, bought the 2nd book. Found out there was another book that was not released in US only in UK, after tracking it down, I finally found it at a second hand booklister and purchased it. It is not a bloody vampire book, vamps feeding off friends and such, no gory descriptions of the feeds, it was just a good feel good teen book. I highly recomment the entire series!
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
I freaken LOVE this book! Y didn't I read it earlier idk I'm stupid. I hate when I do that instead of reading good books I read stupid lol. Both of them were 5 stars!! It was a fast paced wonderful read. The author captures everything in detail nD then again not too much to bore yu over n over again. I can't w8!!! To get the next book. Recommend it to anybody that wants something fast n to add to theire favs<3,
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very very good book. Another one that comes from the guys point of view. I really like this book becasue usually this sort of genre takes place in a secret little town or a hut in the woods , I love the fact that there is effectively a city of vampire in the middle of Malibu having wild party every other weekend. The characters are a lot more laid back and therefore the whole setting fits, and it works brilliantly seeing as it has that mixture of danger and romance. Love it!
This book is one of the only vampire romance series that I actually love. This book is like: The O.C+Pretty Little Liars+Vampires=Vampire Beach.
A great read if you finally want to get over the disaster that is Twilight. It has amazing protagonists and the story just flows smoothly but with a hint of needed mystery.
Review : 4.5 / 5
Shannon Renee
Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Oh praise be it is over!

1.5 really

I don't know if this book came before Twilight or not, but it was a poor imitation. The pros of this book was that it came from a male POV, and I liked that.

However, it was so watered down and simple that I really didn't enjoy it. It would be great for tweens, but not me. Very boring.
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Vampire Beach (6 books)
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  • Initiation (Vampire Beach, #2)
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