“Like a lot of other reviews I've read...American Vampire starts out great. Very interesting premise...but it goes downhill from there. The plot is contrived. Boring even. I wouldn't give up on Armintrout completely but if there's a sequel, I'd have to be pretty desperate to read it! ”Abby Shannon wrote this review Friday, January 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this book. It was very different from the vampire stories I usually read. Different in a great way.
Jessa has been trapt in a town for 5 long years. No one can leave or enter. To top it off there's a monster running around that the residents don't like to talk about.
Enter Graf, the vampire. He was turned in 1967. On his way to a party in DC he takes a wrong turn and some how ends up saving Jessa from It, the monster.
This story had a S. King feeling to it. If you're looking for book with vampires, rednecks, and magic. This would be a great choice.”
“The concept of this book gave me hope, but the execution left something to be desired. None of the characters were very likeable and it seemed like secondary characters had more development than the main ones. Could have been really great, but sadly dissapointed.”Lunanshee wrote this review Monday, December 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a creepy [in a good way :P ] book about a town isolated by magic. No one can enter and no one can leave. Except one night someone does. ”Rho wrote this review Sunday, September 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Had high hopes for this book. It wasn't written well, and I wanted to stake this vampire myself. Whiny asshole...”Robin H wrote this review Sunday, September 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I never actually finished it. I got halfway through and got bored, unfortunately. I thought this would be my type of book, a mix between Gone and vampires... But the characters let the book down in my opinion. The Female,was going on about how strong and hard she was, but then the next page, she was crying in front of a stranger. She lets her ex tell her what to do in ways, while telling us she doesn't. She's saying she doesn't like him but then she's checking him out. It just got me annoyed. Although the story probably ended well, but i felt the characters let this book down. ”Toni wrote this review Monday, July 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a fresh read. I love the wit and the way Graf just says what he wants to without any concern for others. a fun addition to the vampire world. My only complaint is that I feel there should have been a little more. like what happened after they got out of Penitence? What did Sophia have to say. just a bit more and i think it would have been a perfect stand alone book.”ERA wrote this review Monday, May 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A very good read and I would definitely read a sequel. It reminded me, favorably of an Outer Limits or Twilight Zone. The premise is both scary and in a strange way, possible. ”Tracy Zielinski wrote this review Friday, May 13, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“To my delight, American Vampire starts out as far from "paranormal romance" as you can get. I - and apparently netGalley - would classify it as horror, in which the everyman main character just happens to be a vampire. That's kind of awesome. I mean, it's nice to read a book involving vampires where the plot doesn't hang on some character discovering another character they care for is one, or discovering they themselves are unexpectedly supernatural and have a key role to play in some future conflict. Nope, here, the protagonist Graf knows very damn well he's a vampire, and while there is a period of ignorance for the secondary characters to that fact, when it is revealed, it's not a plot-stopping event. Er, well it is kind of plot-relevant, but in a more unusual way.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. The protagonist here - I hesitate to say hero because for the vast majority of the book he's a very reluctant one - is Graf, the quintessential city pretty-boy who also happens to drink blood. On the vampire scale, he's somewhere around Spike circa Season Four: not a mad, bloodthirsty psychopath, but not a whimpering, angsty vampire with a soul, either. He's a dick, he doesn't care much for humans, and he'll kill them if he has to, but mostly he just wants to party.
Awesome. I have to admit, I really enjoyed Grif (er, I read him as Grif the first time and just stuck with it. The association was too much fun to ignore) as a character. He's an unabashed lying bastard who will con and kill you if it benefits him, and would probably be the charming bad guy in any other series, but here he makes for a good anti-hero. What's cool about American Vampire is that we get to see behind the charming facade - thankfully not (well, initially) to the marshmallow underneath, but to the panicky, amusingly self-serving asshole a bit out of his depth.
American Vampire does well putting Grif out of his element, in this situation he can neither understand nor control, with these people he doesn't get along with but is obligated to by circumstance, in a county with a monster bigger and badder than he is. Grif isn't accustomed to situations like this, and all he wants to do once he enters the small, appropriately-named town of Penance, Ohio, is get himself out by any means necessary. It may sound kind of weird to say, but it's nice seeing a vampire grapple with conflict not for some altruistic motive or lover, but for himself...
Read more at http://ykmreviews.blogspot.com/2011/04/036-american-vampire-by-jennifer.html”
“its been a long time sense i was really into the characters of a book. frankly, i only picked it up because of the cover but it turned out to be amazing. perfect book for the vamp lover^^”toufu_chingu wrote this review Wednesday, April 13, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No