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Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

What do you get when you take the Gossip Girls and cross them with vampires? You get VAMPS by Nancy A. Collins!

Meet Lilith, Jules, Tanith, Melinda, and the rest of the Old Bloods. They're young, they're rich, and they're the hottest kids in New York. But you ...
What do you get when you take the Gossip Girls and cross them with vampires? You get VAMPS by Nancy A. Collins!

Meet Lilith, Jules, Tanith, Melinda, and the rest of the Old Bloods. They're young, they're rich, and they're the hottest kids in New York. But you might never see them. They're vampires. They come out when the sun goes down. School starts at 9 pm for them, and once classes are done, they're hitting the local club scene.

Lilith is the cr¿me de la cr¿me of her posse. Her father created the blood product to make their race self-reliant and no longer need to feed on humans for their existence. Her and her gal pals attend the exclusive Bathory Academy. Her male friends attend the associated school, Ruthven's. Being Old Bloods means they are respected by everyone and can do whatever they please. Because they've not reached maturity yet, they are able to move among humans during daylight hours, and they still cast reflections.

After one night of slumming (the desire to tap a human of blood for fun) at a local park, they encounter a New Blood (think "nouveau riche") with special powers and some vampire hunters (Van Helsings). The night goes horribly wrong, and one of their own kind winds up killed. Lilith is distraught over the death of her best friend, and she starts withdrawing from things.

Then, out of the blue, Cally, the New Blood that was witness to the death of her friend, arrives at Bathory. It is unheard of for a New Blood to be admitted, and Cally is snubbed by all but the outcasts of the school. Cally wants to start with a clean slate, but everything she does pushes Lilith's wrong buttons. Lilith threatens Cally and warns her to stay away from her betrothed, Jules. The lines are drawn, and it doesn't look like Lilith and Cally are going to warm up to each other.

Ms. Collins writes a fun but dark novel of a different type of entitled New York teen. She takes the normal genre and gives it a twist with the vampire storyline. The characters are catty and fun, as many wealthy teens can be, but they have their own problems, being children of the night.

And for those that enjoy this one, there's a sequel, NIGHT LIFE, due out January 27, 2009.

posted by TeensReadToo on November 18, 2008

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Vamps

Rate: 3.5
I had this is my book shelf since last year. Thank goodness I finally came around reading it. I know. I know the cover looks like more of a glamor shop and therefore the contents is probably all whack.There I go again with judging the cover. Vamps is nothing ...
Rate: 3.5
I had this is my book shelf since last year. Thank goodness I finally came around reading it. I know. I know the cover looks like more of a glamor shop and therefore the contents is probably all whack.There I go again with judging the cover. Vamps is nothing like that sure there's still high end New York fashion and high maintenance princess type characters, shallow big egos and selfish.

Lilith, Jules, Carmen, Sergei, Tanith, Melinda, and Oliver are among those vampire family they call Old Blood. They are considered the ruling class of their society. The most powerful and wealthiest of all of them. As usual they are young, rich and fabulous. Lilith is you typical Mean Girl leader. Behind her bravado is an insecure teenage girl, so she look down on most of her peers and bully them into fearing her. After a situation at their usual party spot, the Belfry, Lilith and company was temporary ban until the problem get sorted out. Bored and looking for adventure they decided to go slumming at the nearby Greenwich Village to snack on some drug dealers or prostitute. But they weren't the only ones who have the same idea, a New Blood, (meaning a vampire that is a member of a family that was stripped of bloodrights during battle) or they assumed she was a New Blood from her fashion stand point. Her name is Cally a spirited and talented halfling. She is what they called the Stormgatherer with vampire blood. Their cat fight was interrupted when the Van Helsings showed up killing almost killing them. The casualty lost one One Blood teenager, Lilith best friend and from then on a rivalry between Cally and Lilith was born.

I told my friend. hey this book has our favorite vampire hunter. And she's like..."Buffy?", I wanted to smack her I do but I cannot blame her, I don't remember the last book I read featuring them. We dearly love Buffy we do, but we agreed that the best vampire hunter written in fiction are the Van Helsings. So I am glad that they exist in this book If I haven't read a lot of vampire books, I would have put this book down. There was a scene where Lilith was in tears about daddy cutting up his credit card than her best friend dying. Ridiculous right? But I am used to their snotty behavior now and this kind of behavior is not too shocking anymore. There's a cliche attraction between Cally and Peter Van Helsing but I am intrigued nonetheless. I'd love to share more of the plot but that will be giving away the whole story, so I'll shut up now. Conclusion: I like where the story is going and I am definitely interested on finding out what's going to happen next.

posted by peaceloveandpat on May 3, 2010

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    Vamps

    Rate: 3.5
    I had this is my book shelf since last year. Thank goodness I finally came around reading it. I know. I know the cover looks like more of a glamor shop and therefore the contents is probably all whack.There I go again with judging the cover. Vamps is nothing like that sure there's still high end New York fashion and high maintenance princess type characters, shallow big egos and selfish.

    Lilith, Jules, Carmen, Sergei, Tanith, Melinda, and Oliver are among those vampire family they call Old Blood. They are considered the ruling class of their society. The most powerful and wealthiest of all of them. As usual they are young, rich and fabulous. Lilith is you typical Mean Girl leader. Behind her bravado is an insecure teenage girl, so she look down on most of her peers and bully them into fearing her. After a situation at their usual party spot, the Belfry, Lilith and company was temporary ban until the problem get sorted out. Bored and looking for adventure they decided to go slumming at the nearby Greenwich Village to snack on some drug dealers or prostitute. But they weren't the only ones who have the same idea, a New Blood, (meaning a vampire that is a member of a family that was stripped of bloodrights during battle) or they assumed she was a New Blood from her fashion stand point. Her name is Cally a spirited and talented halfling. She is what they called the Stormgatherer with vampire blood. Their cat fight was interrupted when the Van Helsings showed up killing almost killing them. The casualty lost one One Blood teenager, Lilith best friend and from then on a rivalry between Cally and Lilith was born.

    I told my friend. hey this book has our favorite vampire hunter. And she's like..."Buffy?", I wanted to smack her I do but I cannot blame her, I don't remember the last book I read featuring them. We dearly love Buffy we do, but we agreed that the best vampire hunter written in fiction are the Van Helsings. So I am glad that they exist in this book If I haven't read a lot of vampire books, I would have put this book down. There was a scene where Lilith was in tears about daddy cutting up his credit card than her best friend dying. Ridiculous right? But I am used to their snotty behavior now and this kind of behavior is not too shocking anymore. There's a cliche attraction between Cally and Peter Van Helsing but I am intrigued nonetheless. I'd love to share more of the plot but that will be giving away the whole story, so I'll shut up now. Conclusion: I like where the story is going and I am definitely interested on finding out what's going to happen next.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

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    Vampires Meet Prada and Gucci

    I could tell from the first page that this was not going to be a literary masterpiece. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it. It is DEFINATELY a teen book and that being said, I think a lot of teens would really enjoy it. It was very.Beverly Hills 90210 meets vampires. There is a lot of naughty stuff going on, it is very soap opera-like, but a quick and easy read.

    I think somewhere we discussed it as being 'escapism' writing. Something you didn't have to think much about, and could lose yourself in the book. To me, much like watching a TV program or a movie.

    The character Lilith was naughty, but still likeable. She is a spoiled vampire, daddy's girl, but there is something that makes you want to know more about her. Cally Monture is also an intriguing character. She comes from a different background than Lilith and it was interesting to see the different types of vampires in this author's vision.

    I wasn't fond of the overuse of brand names throughout the book. Prada glasses, Jimmy Cho Shoes, Gucci this, Dolce and Gabbana that. It was just name dropping. I realize the author was trying to set the background of the characters so you realize they are well-off. I just thought it was too much. I also didn't like the way the characters were introduced with their first and last names. It seemed forced. For example, "Lilith spotted her promised, Jules de Laval." Then in the same paragraph, ".chatting with Tanith Graves, one of her best friends." It just annoyed me. If they aren't a major character, do I really need their full names? (Oh yeah.yes, there are characters named Lilith and Tanith.I laughed!) Another thing, I don't think some of the wording used by the author was thought-out. In one place the author uses, "He needed to see her again like a tiger needs to quench it's thirst." Hrmmmm. Like a tiger?? Really?? Similes and metaphors can be hard sometimes to use appropriately in writing, but come on!

    I enjoyed not thinking while I read. As I said before, it is very much a teen book. Some guilty little pleasure was satisfied reading it. Far, far FAR from a masterpiece as I said before, I did still enjoy it. The book had some big faults, but it wasn't horrible. It was a bit cheesy, a bit predictable, and full of that name dropping business.

    Overall, I had to go with a three for a rating. When I look at the rating I've given this book and then what I gave Uglies, I feel I wasn't fair to Uglies. It was written much better. However, it didn't deserve a two. I think three is going to be a wide variety of books. You have to make me pretty happy to get a 4 or 5!!

    Please visit my blog, Between the Lines, at www.jennifermorrill.wordpress.com for more reviews. I'd love to hear for you!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    It's definatly a different way to look at Vampires. If you ask me their kind of girlly but it works. Every character had somthing about them that pulls you in. And it's the first Van Helsing book i love. It's a little short but over all very intersting!

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