“Book Info: Genre: Horror Parody Reading Level: YA
“Book Info: Genre: Horror Parody Reading Level: YA
Disclosure: I picked up a free copy of this book on Amazon, and am happy to provide an honest review.
Synopsis: At the Afterlife Academy of Exceptionally Dark Arts, Lily Fielding is a measly trainee who dreams of one day becoming a Savior — those who visit vampire-infested high schools and put down the undead with their deadly crossbows. When Lily and her classmates Alice and Cara begin their latest assignment, it seems like just another run-of-the-mill gig: they’re to simply spot the Vamplayer — part vampire, part player — identify the popular girl he’s set his sights on, and befriend her before the Vamplayer can turn her to do his bidding. Before long, however, the Vamplayer sets his sights on Lily's friends, and she is left to face the threat alone while protecting her friends from the dark forces she has sworn to resist.
My Thoughts: I just read Fischer’s hilarous Ushers, Inc., and noticed I had a couple more of his books on my pile (so to speak) of ebooks, so decided to go ahead and get them read and reviewed as soon as I could.
What I love about Fischer is that he breathes new life into an old meme, giving us fresh, new ideas about the monsters so many of us love to read about. For example, vampires have no problem with sunlight and sacred space, although holy water and garlic are still a problem.
At any rate, this book addresses that age-old problem – what to do with scuzzy vampires that pretend to be high-school students so they can mack on the nubile, young flesh of the high-school girls around them. Seriously, it’s a problem – I’m always reading about it in books everywhere. Fischer creates this team, the Sisterhood of the Dangerous Girlfriends, who go out to where these Vamplayers are trying to set up shop and shut them down.
Of course you know this particular assignment is going to go all wrong... If you’re as sick as I am of all these silly YA paranormal romances, with all the lovey-dovey, ooey-gooey romance stinking up the place, then this is a fun book . Well, there is some romance, but it’s more the normal, hormone-type stuff, not that “I have waited my whole life just for you and now I’ll love you forever even if you are only 14 and I’m 587 years old...” *rolls eyes* Where’s that cross-bow when I need it...
Check out Vamplayers; it’s really fun and highly enjoyable.”
“this books started off and ended great but the middle sucked.”Karina K wrote this review Sunday, March 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lily dies just to realize she has been turned and now is working for the Sisterhood of Dangerous Girlfriends. After several years of training she is now a Third Sister alongside with Cara (Second Sister) and Alice (First Sister).
And what they do is get into a potential place where a vamplayer is planning to create an army of vampires using first one victim: the typical hot-slutty girl that will fall for his charm and then, once turned, lure everyone else into becoming vamps too.
Once they are inside such place (almost always high schools or places like that) they find the potential victim, save her form the vamplayer and kill him.
Easy peasy, right? Wrong. Lily is tired of being Third Sister, of going to high school after high school just to save ungrateful girls and, at some rate, she is also tired of Alice for being so slutty and superior. But on top of everything she wants to be a Savior.
Who are Saviors? They are something like the Elite, la crème de la crème of vampires. They are the badass who save the world when a vamplayer has gone already too far.
But for now she is stucked at being a Sister and their new assignment is to enrole into Nightshade Conservatory for Exceptional Girls and Boys. Yes, posh name means posh place.
Now what they need to do is go, blend in, spot the victim and potential vamplayer and save the world.
Sadly for Lily everything goes wrong when Alice starts to hung out with the cool guys and becomes -more- distant, cold and superior. And then Cara, sweet Cara, turns her back on her too. But at least she meets Zander, a geeky guy, and Groover, a guy a little bit too big but with a heart even bigger. They two make sure she is not alone and she even suspects Zander's feelings for her are specials.
Now she only needs to unmask Tristan as the vamplayer and save the horrible Bianca, who is the one making her life a living nightmare... But something seems a little off about her plan.
Once again I have to bow down to Rusty's ideas and his unique style of writing. I had a wonderful time reading this book and, like "Zombies don't Cry", I sure hope he will write a sequel for Vamplayers.
I mean, how cool is the idea of a vampire being also a player? I know nowadays that's what they do, seduce, but the word itself encircles a whole new concept.
Maybe the only thing that felt a little too forced was the bond between Lily, Cara and Alice... specially with Alice. I mean, if you work with someone that it's supposed to be like a real sister then, I'm sorry, but Alice isn't sister material at all. True to be honest I don't have brothers or sisters so I'm not sure how they interact with each other but I would have gladly punch Alice in the face a few times.
Now that I think of it, I assume that's the whole point, hahaha.
I finished the book yesterday night and all I could think of was: "Not only he managed to scare me a little and made me check the windows (just in case something was lurking outside, you know) but he also made me laugh with the witty dialogues and snarky answers while crying with some of the outcomes". I love a book that makes me feel so many things because it means the author managed to create a bond between the characters and myself.
And, just in case you wonder, Rusty manages to write from a female point of view in a superb way. More than once I found myself forgetting that the author is a guy!
Now the only thing I have to say is: Dear Rusty, tell me there's going to be a series, please! I want to read more about Lily, Zander and Tristan!”