Saturday, 7 September 2013

Book Review: Revamped by Ada Adams

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.


Where can I buy this book?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ReVamped-Angel-Creek-Book-One/dp/1481140892/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378543278&sr=1-3&keywords=Ada+Adams

http://www.amazon.com/ReVamped-Angel-Creek-Book-One/dp/1481140892/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378543431&sr=1-1&keywords=Ada+Adams 

My Review:
 *I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Dawn is the sheltered warrior daughter of the Vampire President, on her first mission to train a bunch of misfit vampires to be guardians of Angel Creek. The 'team' are quite useless, Dawn is in despair and when a dangerous vampire from her father's past targets them, she does not think that they can cope. Can the misfits pull together to save the day?

I really enjoyed this book. From the way it had been described in a couple of reviews I was expecting one of those YA vampire humour books that frequently fall on it's face-but it is not like that at all.

There is good humour in the interaction between the team members-pouting cheerleader Brooke, geeky nerd Seth, drugged up Hunter and bookworm Sophie, and some of the reality TV titles like Transylvania Shore made me snigger. I also thought it was a great twist having the werewolves as peace loving puppies living in a hippy commune. But the book is so much more than that with hints of romance with Ethan and Sebastian appealing to Dawn in different ways, violent encounters with psycho vampires, botched missions and revelations about Dawn's family that I never saw coming. It is very much character driven and characters like Brooke that would normally bug me to death, I found I loved. I liked all the characters and was rooting for them, which means the author has done her job perfectly. The fact that each character was flawed was good because flawed characters are more fun to read about.

The plot was really good because it delved into the backgrounds of all the main characters, uncovering very surprising secrets especially for Dawn. These secrets cause the characters we love to do some really questionable things which will upset the reader-but it adds so much to the story! The fight and rescue scenes are excellent with tension and lots of action. The book flows along nicely and the storytelling is vivid yet simple in style. You were never quite sure what would happen next and several scenes and plot reveals surprised me. I really loved the scene at the commune because it had EVERYTHING in it.

Niggles? I don't really think that there was anything I didn't like about the book. It has the right mixture of humour and action, with just that touch of romance lingering. It has a twisting plot and plenty character development without getting over descriptive or being filled with information dumps. The book is perfect for older YA and adult readers due to a few violent scenes. As soon as I finished this book I went straight on to read the next book in the series-Reawakened. If it keeps to the same standard, I'll be a very happy reader!

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That evening, nestled in the small, cozy cottage in the depths of the Angel Creek forest, I glumly surveyed the vampires gathered around the dining room table. Hunter was resting his head on the linen tablecloth, struggling to stay awake. Every so often, he would succeed in lifting his heavy lids and focus his eyes on me, only to instantly retreat into his intoxicated coma. Sophie sat to Hunter’s right, her forehead scrunched tightly as she squinted at the small print of her historical fiction novel. Her pupils moved at lightning speed as her eyes glided across the pages, hungrily devouring the story. Across from them, Brooke was polishing her nails with a sharp, pink file. She paused after each stroke to inspect her handiwork and ensure that she was creating the perfect shape. Seth sat at the foot of the table, a large head of garlic in his hand. He peeled off a clove and popped it into his mouth, wincing at the bitter flavor. All the while, he shot dirty looks in Brooke’s direction.

Drawing in a deep, calming breath, I launched into a short speech I had prepared earlier in the day. “Congratulations new recruits! The four of you are now in training to become the guardians of Angel Creek. This is both a great honor and an important task,” I said with as much excitement as I could muster. “Once you complete your training, you’ll be officially sworn in by the town council. Until then, I require your undivided attention and full devotion. Are you ready to band together and work with me?”

Hmm?” Hunter murmured, raising his head.

Y-Yes.” Sophie whispered.

Okay,” Brooke said. “But it better make me super popular.”

Seth narrowed his eyes at Brooke. “As long as I don’t have to work too closely with her.”

It was the best I was going to get, I realized. And that would have to change.

Dawn

Vampire – Born
Age: 19 in 2015
Birthday: July 5th, 1996.
Birthplace: Undisclosed, USA
Eyes: Violet
Hair: Brown, Long, Wavy
Height: 5’7
Interviews:
Jenn chats with the ladies of Angel Creek – CLICK HERE TO READ!
“I had been waiting for my father to send me on a mission ever since I turned sixteen.”
“Brooke and Sophie have been telling me to trust my heart, but my brain always ends up taking over.712a5c531d79532754fdcd8fa9264310


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Vampire – Made
Age: 21 in 2015
Birthday: October, 16th, 1961.
Turned:  June 23rd, 1983.
Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Eyes: Green
Hair: Brown (Blue and Green Streaks, Red Tips), Long, Ponytail
Height: 6’1
Interviews:
Jena and Hunter chat – CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS QUIET GUY OPEN UP!
“Being with the gang kind of reminds me of the time in my life when I was touring with my band, Blood Vultures. Of course, now we have to worry about getting bloody for real.”
“I haven’t had the best luck with relationships in the past, so it’s kind of a touchy subject.”
“I paint. But don’t tell anyone.”




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2 comments:

  1. I am so glad that you loved it! ReAwakened is even better and I cannot wait for ReBorn. :D

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  2. I really enjoyed them both Angie. The plot twists in book 2 were amazing. Can you believe that ending???? Want book 3 NOW! Thanks so much for introducing me to Ada's work!

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