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American Vampire

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,089 ratings  ·  221 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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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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The best thing in the world is when you find an author who really resonates with you. For me, Jennifer Armintrout is that author. It's like she peered into my mind, saw the checklist detailing everything I love to see in fiction, and then immediately set out to write a fleet of books that have every single one of those delicious tropes that I love so much.

I kickedstarted my Jenny Trout Experience with THE TURNING, which is a dark vampire
Dec 17, 2015 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
Dec 10, 2010 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
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
I discovered this through trawling my friend Nenia's shelves. We tend to go for broadly the same thing in our vampire books: basically, we want vampires to be like they were in the Good Old Days, all dark and erotically horrifying and villainous, before Twilight screwed that up by portraying vampires as sparkly vegetarians.

(This is why I always found Jasper/Alice and Emmett/Rosalie WAY more interesting than Bella/Edward - the first two couples have a real streak of darkness in them and their pa
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 25, 2010 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
Feb 23, 2011 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
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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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
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
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Dec 04, 2010 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 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
"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
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ebook
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
Dec 14, 2010 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
Jan 20, 2011 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
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!
Feb 04, 2011 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
May 06, 2011 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 28, 2011 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 bef
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
Nov 17, 2010 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. ...more
Selena Collins
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Not a very good vampire story. Too much weirdness in this small town and not enough vampire.
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: American Vampire
Author: Jennifer Armintrout
Genre: Paranormal (Supernatural; vampires)
Star Rating: 3.5/5

Book description: Graf's stuck in a town where no-one enters. . . and no-one leaves. As a vampire Graf's free to indulge his every dark, dangerous and debauched whim. He was just looking for a good party, until a road-trip detour trapped him in the cursed town of Penance. The eerie community affects Graf in ways he never expected and he soon finds himself going against his very nature to
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a bit of a bummer. I really expected more from her, since I enjoyed her other less mainstream books. I thought this would be more of a "true" vampire story, since the only ones I've read are the twilight series and The Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) books. But it was just mmeh. I guess I'll have to break down and read some Anne Rice to see what t he fascination with vampires is. Anyway, this book is about a small town that has been trapped in place by a monster for 5 years, when a vampi ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban, 2019
I thought this was a decent urban fantasy one-off that wasn't limited to one "species". Graf is a vampire who is driving through America's heartland when he stumbles into a town that he can't quite get out of. And to make things more interesting, there's a monster wandering around, eating people.

This monster seems to be especially attracted to one woman, Jessa, who has been left to live alone in her family's farmhouse. And, it turns out, Graf is also attracted to her. After he saves her life, he
The people of this town have been trapped there for a long time. They are now pretty insular and yet they haven't managed to defeat the monster who lives among them, keeping them trapped in Penance, OH.

Graf, who apparently can't follow GPS directions, gets lost trying to find a party and ends up in this small town. As no one has been able to enter or leave, people were shocked to have a stranger in their midst.

One can only wonder where they get the gas to run vehicles, manage to keep the elect
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is definitely the book I was looking for lol. I remember the first time I read it I probably gave it 5 stars like every other book I did on my old account 👁👄👁!

This was fine at first but I am shocked how much my taste in books changed. I thought I’d at least give this 3 stars for old times. But the 2 stars ARE for old times’ sake! And I do like it but this is a bad book and there’s just some things in here that just don’t work for me. Still glad I found the book I was looking for for that on
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