Title: ReVamped (Angel Creek #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Ada Adams
Release Date: February 20, 2012
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One Line: A very fun and light paranormal read that I really loved.
About the Book: A simple mission turned deadly.
Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.
When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same.
Had enough of vampire books?! Well, let me throw ReVamped at you and say even if you’re sick of vampire books, you’ll want to set aside your bias and read this book! I loved it. Ada definitely put her own touch on the whole vampire lore and I loved that she put such a modern feel to it. You’ve got a Vampire President, who lives in the Scarlet House (a play on the White House, lol), and even vampire reality stars (oh, yes), plus so much more. Vampires and humans coexist peacefully and vampires are considered such a hot commodity that there’ quite a booming industry for vampire products like blood alternatives, since they’re technically not allowed to feed on humans. Special powers?! Garlic?! Daylight?! All the myths and beliefs about vampires are taken for a very fun spin as Ada shows readers what is true or false in her world of vampires.
As far as female leads go, I’d say I really liked Dawn. She’s tough, nice, determined and funny. In an effort to prove hr worth to her father, she takes on the role of training a band of misfits as guardians for a small town called Angel Creek. It’s here that the mystery of her past and the sins of her father come to light. There were times throughout the book that I thought she could’ve been a bit stronger, fighting-wise (you know I don’t like those damsels-in-distress types), but it played well with the plot and it didn’t bother me enough to make me dislike her or the story. She definitely grows a lot as the story progresses and you really learn to love and adore her.
Dawn is also a bit innocent, having never had a boyfriend, so it was fun seeing her interactions with Ethan and Sebastian. Oh, Sebastian and Ethan! Both are hotties, one is sweet and caring while the other is brooding, but still equally caring. Although not a true love triangle, per say, there are plenty of back and forth moments that will leave you smiling. I was definitely more of a Sebastian fan all throughout the book, but I could see the appeal of Ethan and really liked him too. I loved that even though there’s the obvious instant attraction, Dawn’s feelings for both boys develops at a natural and realistic pace and she’s guarded with her heart so I’m happy to say she’s the kind of girl I like.
I was surprised at how fast I read ReVamped. I honestly finished this in one night. It pretty much kept me entertained the whole time and it was definitely the characters that did it for me. I love the whole misfit crew: an airhead-type who is pretty and means well (not evil or anything like that), a nerdy guy, a shy bookworm, and loner ex-druggie. Talk about misfits! It really takes a lot of work and effort to turn these guys into a team and make them ready and able to fight off danger. They’re still a work in progress by the end of the book, but I couldn’t have put together a better cast of characters myself. Their friendships are rough from the start, but by the end you’ll see how much they really needed each other and how great their little group really is.
ReVamped is a very cute, fast, and wonderful read; not at all your typical vampire book. I have to say that most of it is pretty predictable as you read, but not in a bad way. The mystery behind Dawn’s past was one I didn’t expect and loved uncovering, so that was a plus. There were definitely some emotional times in the book, especially regarding Sebastians’s past, Dawn’s father, and her past that add to the depth of the story, but overall it was very light-hearted and fun. I loved every minute of it and can’t wait to read ReAwakened.