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Posted September 3, 2012
ReVamped by Ada Adams
Dawn was a young vampire fighting for independence after being sheltered her whole life. Dawn had been trained to fight and protect others, and now, she was ready for her own mission to put her training to use. She excelled in everything she did, but her father had avoided giving her a mission. He finally gave her a mission that he thought would be harmless in Angel Creek. She was to train a new group of guardians for the town and she had her work cut out for her. None of the vampires picked were ready for combat training. The one mysterious vampire in town that would be good for the job wanted nothing to do with them. Before long, the group had to put their training to use as they stumbled upon things her father never wanted her to find out. Dawn was strong-willed and refused to give up, even when she was ordered.
ReVamped was a super fun vampire story to read and a great start to a new series. I really enjoyed this take on vampires and liked seeing them as protectors, well the good ones, anyway. There are always villains in every good story. The story read very fast; I found myself finished in one sitting. The story was exciting and interesting, and I definitely wanted more of the world. I’m glad it is going to be a series.
I have to say I loved the group of vampires that Dawn was training in the book. This group would never have been friends otherwise, and I liked seeing their relationships grow. I also loved Sebastian, the mysterious guy I referred to in my summary. He has the whole dark, mysterious, distant thing down. I’m glad that we get to know his story as the book goes on. I really can’t wait to get more of him in the next book. So, yes, he is swoon worthy.
The author did a wonderful job with her debut book. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but also, the story is well written and a ton of fun to read. I’m not saying the story is all fun and games; there are serious parts and “oh crap” moments. The descriptions were strong, enabling me to picture the scenes easily. I didn’t get caught up anywhere when I was reading, and I am happy to know that the author really cares about her writing. She sent me a couple of updated e-books before I had a chance to read it because she found some minor errors. I loved that she was on top of that, and it showed me that she takes being an author seriously and will continue to take the time to edit, even though it is already published. Not all authors take the time to do this, especially after it has been published. I really respect her for that.
This was a great read and I would recommend it to fantasy readers.
I received this book for review from the author.
Posted July 19, 2012
This book was about vampires and super humans. Need I say more for it to be fabulous?
I loved, loved, loved the characters in this book. Dawn was such a strong female lead. She wavered at one point, showing her humanity but still remained strong throughout the book. The three girls were very diverse and I liked that.
Okay, so on to boys. Hot, super sexy, but without any real romance. The two lead guys were dreamy and Dawn immersed herself in a love triangle without a lot of waffling. She chose in the end and I was happy with the choice.
The plot was very entertaining and I enjoyed the read. The pace was smooth and I finished the book in record time. There were definitely a lot of twisty turns and surprises.
The author made an excellent debut with ReVamped and I can't wait to read the sequel ReAwakened, which will be out this fall. If you love YA, New Adult vampire books than you will love this one. I give this stellar debut four glittery stars!
Posted July 7, 2012
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This was a fun read, nicely paced. I enjoyed Ada’s tale of vampires who are no longer hiding amongst the humans. It has only been three years. I liked Ada’s humour with the reality tv shows, for vampires. * chuckle*
Scarlet House is the vampire version of The White House. The US President of Scarlet House just happens to be Dawn’s father. She is a ‘born’ vampire. Alastair Fairchild, her father , was a ‘made’ vampire. In other words he was human until he was turned. Only girl vampires are ‘born’, never the boys. Zora Fairchild died shortly after child birth and there in lies a little twist that I thought was very good.
A ‘born’ vampire, once she gives birth her aging stops at the age she gave birth. If you don’t have a child, you keep aging.
Dawn Fairchild has been trained her whole life, she is nineteen and she has been given her first mission by Alastair, an easy, no fuss mission , to sort out a motley crew of four vampires in the town of Angel Creek, population 900.
Dawn’s mission, to get this group of vampires trained and on the straight and narrow, turning them into guardians for the town. The uber stunning Fab Five who originally guarded the town went on to enjoy reality tv fame..ha! A slot needed to be filled.
Motely Crew of Vamps:
Brooke Mason - Cheerleader, appearance 17yrs old. Chick with a sense of fashion and doesn’t mind sucking on the necks of the football team .
Sophie Reed - Librarian, appearance 18yrs old. Quiet, unassuming, bats for the girls.
Hunter Woods - Local drunk, and drug addict, also ex band member, appearance 21yrs old.
Seth Lee - 2 week old newbie vampire, thanks to Brooke who thought he needed a makeover, appearance 16yrs old, enjoys gaming. Not so pleased with Brooke.
But!! There is a mysterious 5th vampire , Mr Moody , Sebastian York, appearance 21 yrs old, midnight black hair, tall, hot and muscular. Also a bit of a brooder.
Hannah and Ethan are the human characters that play a part in this story. Hannah , the waiteress at the Angel Creek Diner and Ethan the bartender at the diner.
There are some shenanigans going on and the mission Alastair thought was easy, is turning into a whole lot more.
There are stabbings and shootings, a bazooka named Kitty, Blood Vodka, werewolves, poison, a drug, crossbows going off and Daisy who has gotten in a pickle.
A fun tale that takes a turn with a villain who is a nasty piece of work and a couple hunky lads who me thinks will be getting into a triangle in the sequel. And as the title says, some Revamping going on.
Posted June 28, 2012
If you are looking for a Paranormal YA book to read that is unique and oh-so-good, then look no further than ReVamped! This has got to be one of the most enjoyable and fun vampire books I have read in a long time.
In 2015 the world knows and accepts that vampires live among us. These vampires have laws and are trained to be Guardians over towns. The Vampire President’s daughter, Dawn, has been training her whole life and is finally given the assignment to train four vampires to be Guardians of the town Angel Creek.
Dawn is a wonderful character, one I like very much. She is funny, smart and a little naive. It is interesting to see how she reacts to learning that she isn’t who she thought she was. I have to say the plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat and has left me wanting more.
Posted June 7, 2012
A MUST READ! Definitely a different kind of writting about Vampires.
I <3 Dawn & Sebastian!!! I'm so hooked I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the next book!
Ada Adams you're BRILLIANT!!!
Posted May 30, 2012
Beyond stunning cover, a perfect group of misfits, and a truly unique story. ReVamped is one of those reads where you simple cannot put it down because you need to know what will happen next.
We start off with Dawn, who has lived at The Scarlet House her whole life, aka the U.S. Vampire Headquarters. Oh and also her father? Yeah, he's the president. And Dawn is a special vampire. She's been born and not turned. Even though Dawn has been sheltered, she's a strong fighter and after nineteen years, she's finally getting her first mission. She's being sent to Angel Creek, to not only train new vamps but to become the towns guardians. But when she gets there Dawn finds nothing what she expected. Instead, she finds a group of complete misfits, a sexy and mysterious vampire she didn't know would be there, and that Angel Creek may not be the safest place for her after all.
The first thing I must mention is that I absolutely adore the age groups that this book is centered around. Our three main characters range from nineteen to twenty-two (well if you don't count vampire years, ha!). And, I believe that this age group, my age group, is such an un-tapped group with so many possibilities that you cannot always explore in the mid-teens. So, I love that I was able to relate to these characters on that level. Another concept I loved was that Ada created two types of vampires. The Born and Turned. And the fact that the world knows about vampires! It's not some hidden secret! Which I absolutely loved!
Then, there's the characters. Dawn is actually pretty bad-ass and I'd love to be able to fight like her. Not only am I envious of that, but she also has "pale violet" eyes. It's unique and beautiful. Dawn also has this defiance in her because she does what she believes is right and to me that's always a quality worth admiring. And, while being admirable she's able to bring together a group of people who are utterly different from each other and she never gives up. With the group, I found myself loving them all for different reasons. Whether I related to them, laughed at their remarks, or rooted for them. And uh, Hunter... yeah I totally have a thing for him and his green eyes, color hair, and guitar playing skills.
Oh the boys! Literally.. Ethan and Sebastian. Ethan with his honey eyes, dark golden hair, and his sweet sexy southern demeanor. Then on the other side is the brooding, sexy, dark hair and gray eyes Sebastian. It's impossible not to fall for both of them. There's good and bad qualities about each boy. For myself, at the end of book one though, I fell harder for Sebastian. There's something about the boys with a dark past who need a little cracking open that I cannot help but fall for. But, I promise you both boys will have you swooning!
Overall, I truly enjoyed the opening book to the Angel Creek series. ReVamped has it's own uniqueness to it. It's a book with thrills, somber moments, laughs, sexy times and overall a book that will keep you latched on from beginning to end. Cannot wait for book two!!
Posted May 29, 2012
Can I just say wow? I never expected ReVamped to be such a mind-blowing book! It has been ages since I read a book with such a fresh idea as ReVamped. Yes, it's about vampires, but I enjoyed every single page of it. The story is about, Dawn, the main protagonist, who is the daughter of the Vampire president. Yes, in this book, vampires are known throughout the world. Some even work in hollywood and join competitions like "Vamp Idol". It gives off such a new refreshing angle about vampires. I'm starting to love reading about them again after I read ReVamped and The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.
Dawn has been training all her life in her father's headquarters. She grew up to be one of the most highly trained vampires. Her wish was to go on a mission, and finally, it came true. Her father sends her to "Angel Creek"on a mission to train some vampires who will have the responsibility of protecting the people of Angel Creek. Turns out the task is harder than Dawn ever imagined. She meets Ethan there, a human who became mesmerized by her beauty. Not only that, she also meets another guy! *yay* Someone tells her about this vampire in Angel Creek, and Dawn just had to know more about him. Sebastian, is a very talented vampire, and I loved his character very much. Both of the male protagonists were not your typical "bad boy" characters that you see in so many books nowadays. Even though the romance can be considered as "not much", it was very cute and simple.
What I most enjoyed about "ReVamped" is that I never knew what to expect from this book. Every chapter shocked me more & more. I especially loved the cosy friendship between the vampires. Every time I opened the book, I felt like I was on an adventure with Dawn and the trainee vampires. I recommend this book for all readers out there, and if you feel sick of vampire books, you have to give this one a shot! I thank Ada Adams for writing such a lovely story.
Posted May 21, 2012
Two words: blown away. Ada Adams elegantly crafted a world that welcomes vampires. Not only was it detailed and exciting, but it captured me from page one and I never wanted to put it down.
Dawn, a nineteen year old vampire, has been training all her life per her father's request. He has never let her go out on a mission for fear she will get hurt, but he finally relents. She is sent to Angel Creek to train four vampires to become the towns protectors. Instead of a quick and easy task, she is greeted by four incompetent trainees.
Let me introduce you to Dawn. She is strong, independent, and a leader. She was raised to be able to take care of herself because her dad always kept her at arms length and her mom died when she was born. She is considered one of the best fighters of her time and is giddy with excitement when her dad finally lets her go out on a mission. Then we have her two love interests, Sebastian and Ethan. I know what your thinking, "Ugh, love triangle. Again?" No, this is not the case. Each of the guys shares a moment with Dawn, but when she is with one, she can't help but think of the other. Both guys bring something different to the table. Sebastian is a broody vampire who can't help his curiosity towards Dawn. Ethan was the first human she met in Angel Creek.
I loved everything this book had to offer, but I'm only going to mention a few things that really stood out. First and foremost, Dawn wasn't weak and in need of a knight in shining armor. Her father prepared her for her future and made sure she would never have to depend on anyone for her safety or well-being. A lot of young adult novels paint a picture with a weak and needy main character. I loved that Dawn wasn't one of these girls. I also loved that the vampires were romanticized. They were well accepted and looked kindly upon by humans. We don't see this often in vampire novels. Normally, they are blood-sucking abominations, not protectors. Finally, no insta-love! The relationships that are formed between each of the characters happens over the entire course of the book. No instant connections, just slow and stead getting to know each other.
There was nothing that I didn't like about this book. Ada provided so much detail and background information on her vamps that I never felt like I was missing something because everything I needed to know, or wanted to know, was laid out for me.
Overall, I loved ReVamped and can't wait to see what happens in book two! I highly recommend this book if you love vampires and want to see them accepted into society.
Review originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.
Posted May 6, 2012
Sent to the small town of Angel Creek to train four new vampires to become guardians of the town, Dawn thinks she has been given a pretty easy assignment. Her assignment, however, turns out to be not so simple when she meets her trainees, and the longer Dawn is in Angel Creek, the more she realizes she is in for more than she bargained for.
Revamped gives us a different take on vampires from the usual. I enjoyed the way they were portrayed in this book and loved the humor throughout the story. The descriptiveness of the story was wonderful and imaginative, and the characters were well written. The author did an excellent job of creating her characters and getting inside their heads.
Dawn was a great character and easy to connect with. The only thing I really did not like about her is that I found her character to be inconsistent at times. She was trained to be this great warrior, the greatest in fact, but at any sign of trouble she just seemed too indecisive and weak. I loved the 'misfit' vampires. The humor they brought to the book was great. I also loved Ethan and Sebastian. There was some romance sprinkled into the story, but it is not really a big part of the story.
There were some great twists to this story that you would never have imagined coming. Overall it was an enjoyable read.
Posted May 3, 2012
Let me just start this review by saying that I did not want this story to end. Everything about it was just fantastic and somehow managed to take hold of my emotions and drive my heart in that rare direction that it goes in when I become lost in a good book. By the time I noticed that I was almost finished the story, I was heartbroken. And in case you haven’t figured it out by now—this is a novel that I personally think that everybody should at least try out. Revamped by author Ada Adams is a new and refreshing take on the human world after it has discovered the existence of vampires.
Our main character, Dawn, is the daughter to the Vampire President and she’s one of the Born. Which is a title that basically explains itself: Dawn is a vampire who was born a vampire, but ages at a human rate. To stop aging a Born would have to have a baby and after the (*sarcastic tone*) thrills of childbirth she would remain the age that she gave birth at. I know it might sound confusing but it isn’t and I’m bad at describing things so… moving on! From the start of the novel to the end of the novel, the concept of why Dawn is a born vampire when her mother was born in the eighteen hundreds. The mystery of that secret alone had me hooked.
As the novel progressed into when Dawn must recruit four vampires from the town Angel Creek, I noticed that I was actually very intrigued by the fact that upon recruiting each of the vampires—we also got into the backstory of how they became vampires. From Brooke’s somewhat trashy story to Seth’s ironic transformation, I absolutely loved getting to see how each of the vampires came to be a part of our story. Personally, I found that the characters in the story managed to grow at a quick pace that I managed to keep up with and thankfully for that the story rarely stirred by attention away from the tasks at hand.
As for the romance portion of the novel, I liked that between Sebastian, Ethan and Dawn there was always that aura of a love triangle that was never fully discussed. Personally, I would vouch for Sebastian and Dawn being together, especially after we learn about Sebastian’s sad past. Since I don’t want to leave any spoilers, I’ll simply say that Revamped isn’t your typical romance story and for that I am very happy. I would recommend this story to fans of vampires, mystery or readers who simply want to read something new and refreshing. Revamped is a novel that readers will continue to think about long after the story is finished…
Posted May 3, 2012
ReVamped is an action packed and intriguing page-turner of a story...
a good mix of paranormal and mystery !
The story takes place in 2015, where vampires have already been accepted and live among us. Along with the current human President, there is also a Vampire President and laws that claim that Vampires cannot feed off of humans nor turn them. Vampires are trained to become Guardians for protecting towns and its inhabitants.
The Vampire President's daughter, Dawn, has lived her whole life at the President's mansion. She has been in training for her whole entire life and is one of the strongest and most reliable warriors ever. It also helps that Dawn is one of the rarest types of Vampires, she is a Born - which means that she wasn't Made by being bitten, but was conceived by vampire parents. It's very complicated and very rare to be a Born Vampire...
The world that Adams builds for these vampires is so refreshing. Usually when I think of a vampire I automatically assume that they are going to be physically strong, but that they also are going to be fearless and impeccable. The unique group of characters that Adams puts together is so comical but in such a good way - to the point that you want to join their group and be friends with all of them.
Yes, there is a good mystery going on, involving a ton of action - rogue vampires are fighting about, and they want Dawn! Why?
And lets not forget the love interests here! Ethan, the sexy human bartender who had arrived into town just a few weeks before Dawn - what's his story and what is he hiding?
And of course, there is the sexy vampire, Sebastian, that had just recently arrived into town too, just a few months before - what is his story? Why is he so adamant about keeping his distance from Dawn, and yet, following her around everywhere she goes?
I have to say, while reading this book I couldn't help but think that it reminds me a little bit of the Sookie Stackhouse Series (True Blood) - the YA version of course! If you're a fan you will definitely enjoy ReVamped!
Posted May 2, 2012
Vampires are not only made, a special few are born that way. Meet Dawn a nineteen year old vampire who has lived a sheltered life, now after working as a trainer for the Scarlet House program for new vampires, now after being handed her first real assignment outside of the Scarlet House and Dawn feels the need to prove herself.
Revamping a group in Angels Creek was the safest and easiest assignment anyone could get, but after meeting her own little group of vamps in need of revamping before they are able to protect their own little town, Dawn will be put to the test, both mentally and physically.
The way Sebastian makes a really good love interest kind of makes me disappointed in Dawn I don't feel that she is the type of character (yet!) that one could hand over Sebastian and be happy for their happy ending.
I would have also loved to hear more from the gang, it's interesting how this peculiar group that sounds so dysfunctional could have gotten to work together, I'm not saying that it sucks all the life out of the story, I'm trying to say that some of that experience and growth as a group would have enriched the story and make it much more enjoyable.
The way this story twist and turns makes it like no other vampire story I've ever read, if you my dear reader are looking for something new and fresh in the vampires scene this might just be the book for you.
Posted April 9, 2012
Adams has created a wonderful world that's full of suspense, danger, and romance. ReVamped is an intelligent alternative to many of the YA books out there today, and it is a refreshing and unique take on vampire lore. It did remind me a tiny bit of the Sookie series, but I love that series, so I am okay with that. The characters in this book are well-developed, the plot is intriguing, and there is plenty of action. This book flies by. I read it all in one sitting, and I cannot wait for the sequel!
Dawn as a fantastic character. She was smart, funny, and kick-ass. She could take care of herself and didn't rely on some man to save her or make her happy. I really liked that about her. She was a bit naive, but it was endearing instead of annoying. She never came off as stupid, just inexperienced. Sebastian was also an interesting character who grabbed my attention. I always love the emotionally damaged, abrasive bad boy with a heart of gold. I loved Ethan, too, and he was super brave and a really fun character, but I still like Sebastian the best.
The plot is a bit political at times. Not that Adams is shoving her political beliefs down your throat, just that a lot of it has to do with politics and the vampire president's (Dawn's dad) political problems. This novel assumes that you have enough brain cells to follow what's going on and keep up with everything. It keeps you guessing and doesn't simplify anything. It's not overly complicated, but it's not straight forward and easy to predict either. I really loved that about this book. The pacing was spot on and I never felt like the book lagged in any way.
The action is intense. Dawn kicks a lot of ass, and I was kept on the edge of my seat for most of the novel. There are so many twists, turns, and surprises that I was also kept guessing the entire time. I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait for the sequel. It's hard to believe that Ada Adams is a debut author, because this novel is fantastic!
Posted October 28, 2012
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