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American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout
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Jan 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: paranormal

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 well as the small town itself. While this book is nothing like her “Blood Ties” series, like in those books, she excels at creating characters with vague moral codes. And (while this book is relatively gore-less) when sticky stuff does go down, she describes it believably well—a strange thing to complement her on, I know. But the real horror in this book isn’t any violence, it’s the horror of being trapped in small town in Ohio.

The mystery of “it” isn’t as compelling as Graf’s horror at being trapped amongst the dreadfulness of mid-America décor and his combative attraction to Jessa. Readers expecting a vampire tale from Armintrout similar to her “Blood Ties” series may be disappointed, but those looking for a story about a vampire stuck in a different kind of horror story will enjoy the ride.

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