Monday, April 18, 2011

AMERICAN VAMPIRE by Jennifer Armintrout

Publisher: MIRA Books
Date published: February 22nd, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2878-0
Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher via Netgalley

Vampire Graf McDonald is on his way to a party when he makes a wrong turn and ends up in a small town that has a BIG problem. Penance, Ohio is a place where you can enter but never leave and the residents there are not happy to see this newcomer. Missing people, a monster terrorizing the town and a town full of suspicious residents leaves Graf dealing with issues and a lusting for sexy Jessa, a woman who is either his salvation or his doom.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE is not your usual vampire story. It has a dash of horror thrown in the mix and it has characters you seriously want to kill-in the beginning anyways. Ms. Armintrout delves into a story that will have you on the edge of your seat and anxious to see what happens next for Graf, the vampire hero. It’s funny, intriguing and one of those stories where we could go either way-either we love him or hate him-the hero, Graf.

Ms. Armintrout does a really good job in creating a fresh, new story in the overdone world of vampires and paranormal romance. I found it quite refreshing to read this latest book from one of my favorite authors.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE introduces you to vampire Graf McDonald, a lover of fine clothes and vintage cars. He is unconcerned about anything except getting to his Sire’s wild fourth of July party when he takes a wrong turn and ends up in Penance, Ohio-a place where you can enter but never leave and has lots of pitch-fork wielding townspeople who hate the sight of Gram, just because he is the first face they have seen in five years.

I loved the dynamics of the entire story. You have a main hero where I never knew if I liked him or wanted to stake him, a town full of residents so distrustful of newcomers; it’s amazing Gram got out of there alive and a mysterious monster terrorizing the place. It had paranormal, horror and a romance that was a bit different than what was out there.

The author’s razor sharp wit was in play as the characters ran along the story as I flipped the pages, giggling one minute and the next cringing in horror. The characters are fresh, intriguing and quite enjoyable once you get into the story. This is an author who really knew her characters well. The secondary characters were also intriguing and kept the story flowing smoothly. AMERICAN VAMPIRE is not your usual vampire romance but one that will leave you breathless at the end. I have got to admit by the time the last page was read, I was ready to read it again.

If you are looking for a different take on vampires, then grab AMERICAN VAMPIRE and settle in for an entertaining ride from author Jennifer Armintrout. I look forward to seeing what else is to come from this author in the future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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