Review: American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout

Posted on 03/20/2011 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Review: American Vampire by Jennifer ArmintroutAmerican Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout
Published by Harlequin on 2/21/2011
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Fiction
Pages: 334
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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\r\nBuried 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.\r\n\r\nJessa's the only one to even remotely trust him, and she's desperate for the kind of protection that only a vampire like Graf can provide. Supplies are low, the locals are ornery for a sacrifice and there's a monster more powerful than Graf lurking in the woods. New men are hard to come by in this lonesome town, and this handsome stranger might be Jessa's only hope for salvation.\r\n\r\nEven if she has to die first.

This book often made me laugh. You have your reluctant hero in Graf, a city-slicker vampire who’s lost his way because his GPS is defunct and he ends up in a creepy, backwoods Ohio town, the likes of which, hasn’t seen a moving vehicle in, oh, say five years. You also have a piss-and-vinegar heroine, Jessa, who’s in her mid-20s and the “other woman” in her ex-boyfriend, Derek’s, marriage.

And then you have It. The demon beast holding the town captive and terrorizing the citizens.

The dialogue between Graf and Jessa is often amusing.   The townpeople reminded me eerily of one of those creepy small-town movies by Stephen King (you know the kind, with pitch-forks, torches and eyes that are glazed over?).   The plot felt a bit mish-mashed.  It often took a turn I didn’t expect (not in a good way) and I thought it was a little far-fetched.  The ending was abrupt; I expected more out of it, so I was a bit disappointed there.

But overall, a good read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys vampire fiction with a healthy dose of humor.

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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2 responses to “Review: American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout

  1. Lady Q

    Thanks for the honest review. I thought I might read this one, but I'm not sure. Thanks for hopping by my blog this weekend! Happy reading!

  2. Jennifer

    I think it's definitely worth a read, someday, because frankly, it wasn't awful or anything. But if you have other books that look more enticing…well. =)

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