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Vampire Crush

Vampire Crush

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by A. M. Robinson

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I swear, my life was always totally normal.

Normal house, normal family, normal school. My looks are average, I don't have any superpowers, no one's showing up to tell me I'm a princess—you get the picture. But when my junior year started, something not normal happened. There were new kids at school . . . new kids with a


I swear, my life was always totally normal.

Normal house, normal family, normal school. My looks are average, I don't have any superpowers, no one's showing up to tell me I'm a princess—you get the picture. But when my junior year started, something not normal happened. There were new kids at school . . . new kids with a wardrobe straight out of a 19th-century romance novel, and an inexplicable desire to stay at school until sundown.

And on top of that, James Hallowell showed up. James, who stole my sandwiches in fourth grade and teased me mercilessly through middle school. James, who now seems to have the power to make my heart race any time he comes near.

But something weird is going on. Because James rarely goes out during the day. And he seems stronger than your typical guy. And he knows the new kids, all of whom seem to be harboring some kind of deep secret. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Robinson's debut is a snappy, romantic tale in which even vampires have to deal with high school drama. Junior Sophie McGee is focused on becoming editor-in-chief of the school paper and thinks writing fluff pieces on new students like Vlad Smithson is a waste of time. Finding out that all the new kids know each other, her investigative reporter instincts are tickled, and she's compelled to snoop. Complications start when James, her old next-door nemesis/best friend, returns to town and is somehow connected to the creepy new kids. Things turn downright dangerous after Sophie is attacked and uncovers Vlad's real reason for moving to town. James tries to protect her, but he's not exactly the boy she remembers, and dealing with their mutual attraction is hard since it appears that they're going to end up on opposite sides. Robinson keeps things light through Sophie's sense of humor, and danger and excitement push the story forward. Lively twists and unusual characters add fun to what is ultimately a love story, but many unresolved questions indicate a sequel may lie ahead. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)
“Sophie is smart, funny, and determined, and her narration adds humor and wit to the story. An original and entertaining entry to the genre.”
Children's Literature - Dana Benge
At the beginning of her junior year in high school, all Sophie McGee can think about is being editor-and-chief of the school's newspaper. But, she is tired of covering the fluff stories Mr. Amado, her advisor, assigns her. So, when an odd new group of students start school, and they all seem to know each other, Sophie begins her investigation. The more facts she uncovers, the weirder things become. Things get even weirder when her long-time friend, James Hallowell, returns to school, and seems to know the new students, but will not give Sophie any information. Besides not explaining how he knows Vlad, Marisabel, Violet, and Neville, James lives alone in his parents' old house across the street from Sophie's family, but does not want anyone to know he is there. When Sophie figures out that the new students are all vampires, she thinks she has lost her mind, until James tells her he is one, too. She does not know if she can still trust him, but she may have no choice when Vlad decides she is the new bride he has been searching for. Robinson has created in Sophie a feisty, brave, heroine who has the all too human flaw of speaking her mind, and occasionally saying things she should not. Sophie's wit and sassy comebacks add realism to her character, but can be a bit distracting after a while. The friendship between James and Sophie is touching, and the portrayal of James's emotional ordeal adds depth to the story without making it too syrupy. Reviewer: Dana Benge
VOYA - Lauri J. Vaughan
Sophie McGee, confident, driven, but not terribly well-liked student journalist, experiences a head-on collision with the vampire world when she is assigned to write stories on a small group of strange new students. Sophie gains a little clarity when childhood friend and neighbor James returns from an out-of-town move three years ago. During his absence, in a weak moment after the loss of his parents, James became a vampire. Sophie learns that his return and his connection to the small bevy of very weird and pale teens is part of his attempt to reverse his condition. Enter Vlad, the obsessive and scary leader of the little colony who seems to be desperately seeking someone for unrevealed nefarious reasons and initially sets his sights on Sophie's sister, Caroline. It is impossible to read a teen vampire novel—especially one that involves chaste attraction in combination with the good vamp/bad vamp set-up—and not compare it to Meyer's Twilight series (Little, Brown). Robinson's tale of Sophie and James and Vlad is no exception, and whatever success this title enjoys is due at least in part to Meyer's audience hoping to recreate their experience. Happily, fans will not be disappointed. Robinson puts her twist on this tale. Sophie possesses a sharp, wry, and unchecked tongue. Robinson also injects humor in her use of language—either Caroline's malapropisms or the awkward attempts of the vampires to fit into the teen world. Unfortunately the humor is sometimes misplaced and slows down the plot—which nowhere has the intensity of Meyer's chase. Robinson also creates a few too many loose plot threads that demand either greater attention or an editor's blue pencil. Still, Robinson's is an admirable first novel, and her ending leaves open the possibility of a more polished sequel. Reviewer: Lauri J. Vaughan
VOYA - Christina Li
Vampire Crush is definitely better than your average paranormal romance novel. Readers can truly empathize with both the mundane and supernatural choices of the flawed but relatable characters. Sophie's wit endears her to the most cynical of readers, but there is a bit too much in the first chapter. The difficult decisions that Sophie and James make could be better described, but their presence puts Vampire Crush above its competitors. Reviewer: Christina Li, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Unlike her popular and beautiful stepsister Caroline, Sophie McGee enjoys being on the sidelines. She is a watcher, not a player, and her greatest dream is to become the editor in chief of the school newspaper at Thomas Jefferson High. Her first assignment is to interview some new students, but as Sophie begins to question them, her investigative senses immediately go on full alert. They are unwilling to talk, extremely evasive, and mysterious, and, most disturbing, they all know one another. Then James, Sophie's former neighbor whom she had a love/hate relationship with, is secretly back and is connected to the new arrivals, too. Danger follows Sophie as she discovers that these students are actually vampires on a quest to find the key to an ancient forgotten prophecy. As things intensify, her life hangs in the balance. Robinson's debut novel is full of action, adventure, and suspense, with some romance as well. Sophie is a great character and has a witty style with which readers can easily identify. The fast-moving plot deals with issues like teen angst, facing your fears, and being true to yourself all rolled up with evil vampires and some serious fight scenes. An entertaining and satisfying read.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Kirkus Reviews

Sophie's a loner, and all she really cares about is making editor-in-chief of the school paper. Her first assignment for the year includes interviewing the new kids, who are distinctly odd.Her popular, pretty, clued-in stepsister Caroline falls hard for Vlad, one of the newbies, and complications ensue: Vlad and three of the other new students all turn out to be vampires (surprise!), as does James, the boy who used to live next door and has suddenly returned. Sophie doesn't immediately suspect this, but when she does, the comedy ratchets up a notch. Death, fangs, romance and all kinds of convoluted revised vampire lore are all packed in, but with a vampire-lite tone it hews to entertainment rather than angst. Sophie's voice is smart, sassy and full of humorous asides—"They're vampires, or at least under a number of severe delusions"—and her distinctive take makes this a smoothly enjoyable ride to its happy(ish) ending. Sure to be popular with readers weary of the heavy-handed purple prose that typically (over)stuffs the genre. (Paranormal. YA)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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8.30(w) x 11.34(h) x 1.00(d)
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

A. M. Robinson grew up in Indiana, but now lives in New York City, where she works in the publishing industry. She graduated from Indiana University with a double major in English and Chinese, but she is obviously only using the first one. Vampire Crush is her first book.

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Vampire Crush 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
damarisc123 More than 1 year ago
Just looking at the cover to Vampire Crush I knew I would love it. I am one of those who gets pulled in by the cover of a book and this was definitely one of those. I really enjoyed reading Vampire Crush and found it SUPER funny. Some parts were predictable, but you couldn't help but keep reading just to figure out exactly how it would all play out. Sophie was smart and funny and dedicated herself to any assignment that was given to her. Especially the one where she had to get to know the new students. The ones who barely acknowledged her and didn't even give her a second glance. This peeked her curiosity and she started digging deeper into their lives and trying to show everyone that something just isn't right about them. The more she kept digging into the lives of the new students, she also found herself in a lot of heat. Then she finds out James, her childhood neighbor who she crushed on and hated at the same time, is back in town and is actually friends with the new students. I love James! The more I kept reading and finding out about James' life, the more I felt for him. He has been through so much and made one mistake trying to fit in and find a purpose in life. But it was also a mistake that brings him back into Sophie's life and makes him realize just how special and important Sophie is to him. I hope that Vampire Crush is not the end of Sophie and James story. I laughed so hard at some of the things that came out of Sophie's mouth and I found myself at the edge of my seat whenever Vlad was up to one of his tricks. He was the perfect bad guy and I think A.M. Robinson did an excellent job creating him. From the funny characters to the romance building between Sophie and James, I couldn't help but think about Vampire Crush all day, until I was finally done reading it. I am looking forward to reading any future books by A.M. Robinson. Great Read! Dee @ Good Choice Reading
KYRA14 More than 1 year ago
loved it! left me thirsty for more.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book 2-3 years ago, it helped me get through a lot. Made me laugh and get scared at the same time! Trust me, its worth the money.
DreamReads More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It was full of humor, well developed characters and great pacing. Sophie is a great heroine and is a very witty, intelligent, quirky, sarcastic and infinitely curious character. Being in her head for a whole book was a delight - I don't think I've ever laughed this much with a book. The romance in the book is well done and not angst ridden. I have to say that I was skeptical about this book because it was another teen vampire romance novel, but what's great about this one in particular is that it does not take itself seriously (there's even a reference to twilight in it). The vampires were well portrayed as well. I loved every character, even the villain was hilarious. Oh and I loved the banter between Sophie and James. Just a great read overall, I loved this book
Jennifer Stamatis More than 1 year ago
soooo loved this book funny and has a little romance great read
Barbara Caraballo-Peroz More than 1 year ago
the vampire crush invovles a startling legend about a child with power in the vampire world. the relationship between sophie and james becomes something more than friendship, but will someone pull them apart? this book will leave you bearthless and waiting for more. hope you enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Promis me youll love it but it kind of left at a cliff hanger.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Sophie McGee is determined to become the next editor of her school newspaper. The job is down to her and Lindsay Allen. The final determination will be based on the interviews that their advisor, Mr. Amado, expects them to do of the new students at their school. Five new students have appeared in the halls, and they all seem to have come together. It's not looking good for Sophie, because the people on her list, all except for Violet, have been impossible to pin down. The leader of the group, Vlad, has been the hardest. But Sophie is the most surprised when she realizes that one of the new students is none other than her long-ago next door neighbor, James. After both his parents died, James left town. But now he's returned, and he's moved back into the family home next door. There is a connection between James and Sophie, but Sophie's investigative nature kicks in, and she knows something is not quite right with the new students, including James. Sophie, on her own, deduces that the students are actually vampires - and she's pretty sure that Vlad is the leader of the group. What she can't figure out is what James is doing with them, and whether or not James is a vampire, too. Eventually, James spills his story, and the two work together to try to figure out a solution to Vlad and the rest of the vampires. The cover of VAMPIRE CRUSH caught my eye immediately. The red and black jump right out at you on the shelves. The story contains something for every type of reader. There's intrigue with Sophie's news-sniffing character, there's romance between James and Sophie, and there's family conflict with Sophie and her popular sister, Caroline, just to give you an idea. VAMPIRE CRUSH is A. M. Robinson's debut novel, and she shows a lot of promise for many future works. If you're a fan of the vampire genre, then this won't disappoint at all. The story moves quickly as Sophie tries to uncover the truth about the new students. I didn't want to put the book down once James reveals the truth of his disappearance and reappearance. I would love to see a continuation of James' and Sophie's romance....?!
Amani Abubakr More than 1 year ago
Awesome great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second that I saw this book I knew that it would be an awesome read. I love all vampire books mostly and I have read more books then I can count. This was well written and a good read!
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
Vampire Crush was a very cute innocent romance wrapped in a vampire storyline. Sophie is your average girl with not much interest in fashion or friends. Her one of very few friends has been gone for a couple years, but she still finds herself thinking of him often. When he mysteriously shows back up in his old house; Sophie is left with many unanswered questions. When answers begin unfolding they may be more than what Sophie wanted to know. Sophie is a very interesting character that I believe many young readers will relate. This is not that happy ending for the diva queen, but more that chance for the average girl to find a sweet love story. The vampire storyline was a very unique and interesting plot. Although, the conclusion of Vampire Crush has left me with many questions. It appears as though this might be the beginning for a series, and I am anxious to see if there will be more for Sophie's journey.
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LucyVanHelsing More than 1 year ago
I LOVED it! It's fantastic! Sophie is the kind of role model kids need now and days! Not that Bella nonsense. The only part I was disappointed about is that there are a few questions left unanswered at the end, Also that there's not more!!! Otherwise I would recommend this to ANYONE!!! A must read in my opinion. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well i only read the review like whars it going to be talking biut so far it seem like Twilight. New boy vampire secret fall in love not suppose to happen butvim going to give it a try
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This is such a good book. I'm not really into the vampire stories but this one is just what i like in a book. All the romance, luaghs and all those moments i was on the edge of my seat to find out what hapend next. I can't wait for more books from A.M.Robinson. and hopefully a sequal to this book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vampire Crush is a wonderful scroll I mean book that even at 12¿ years old I fell in love. This book doen't deserve just five stars it deserves at least six.
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It's a good read but it leaves you wondering what happens next? It just stopped. Doesn't give ya closure.