The Vampire Stalker

The Vampire Stalker

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by Allison van Diepen
     
 

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What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world--and came into yours?

Amy is in love with someone who doesn't exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot

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What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world--and came into yours?

Amy is in love with someone who doesn't exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction.

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Children's Literature - Stephanie R. Pearmain
In Van Diepen's book, her protagonist Amy's literary crush is Alexander Banks, the handsome vampire hunting his arch enemy, the vampire Vigo, in the book trilogy by Elizabeth Howard. Amy and her friends line up with the rest of the teen diehard fans when the second book hits the shelves—a scene clearly meant to rival the Twilight book lines. They read the book immediately and then feel tortured by the amount of time they will have to wait for the third book. This "Otherworld" series takes place in their very own town, Chicago, during a time when vampires rule the city—which has curfews and laws set up to protect citizens from the dangerous predators. While Otherworld readers' favorite characters vary, a majority of teens are taken with James, Alexander's charismatic cousin who happens to be in love with Vigo's vampire cousin, Hannah. Alexander is more serious, putting all his energy into killing Vigo to avenge his family's death. A night or two after finishing the book, worlds collide as Amy is attacked in the park by Vigo—but luckily rescued by Alexander. With the help of a librarian, Amy uncovers the way these characters entered her world. Along the way she gets to help Alexander hunt Vigo in a modern day Chicago—and of course, she falls in love. There is mystery, action, adventure, and a little romance in this book. It has a "Hollywood" ending which will leave most readers satisfied and happy. The concept is great and easily appreciated by anyone who has ever wished to meet a character in a book. A wonderful read. Reviewer: Stephanie R. Pearmain
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Amy, 17, is a huge fan of the popular "Otherworld" novels. She adores Alex, the handsome vampire-slayer protagonist. Without knowing how, Alex chases Vigo, an evil vampire, through a temporary portal and ends up in Amy's real world of modern-day Chicago. The development of the story relies heavily on convenience and the unbelievable, predictable traits of a one-dimensional cast. Amy's clueless mom allows Alex, a moody boy she's never met, to stay at their apartment for a few days, thus providing a snug environment for the teens to bond. Also, Amy is good friends with the super-hip school librarian, who used to study a little-known branch of science called "literary physics." She still has connections at the university, where she can borrow special equipment for locating portals between dimensions, thus providing Alex a way to get back to Otherworld. Chrissy, Amy's unrelentingly bratty, rebellious eighth-grade sister, agrees to meet in person a guy she met on Facebook. He turns out to be Vigo (he caught on to 21st-century technology quickly). He kidnaps Chrissy, thus sparking a final showdown between him and Alex. When Vigo makes a ransom call to Amy, she recognizes a "ping" sound in the background as one that is played at the end of the announcements at a particular store at a particular mall; thus she and Alex are able to track Vigo there. The police ready themselves for the vampire onslaught by "having wooden stakes made" as if wooden stakes are hard to come by and must be special-ordered. Suspension of disbelief is unsustainable.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, NC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545283755
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
956,289
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author


Allison van Diepen is the author of STREET PHARM, SNITCH, RAVEN, and THE ORACLE OF DATING. She teaches high school and lives in Ottawa, Canada. Please visit her online at www.allisonvandiepen.com.

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The Vampire Stalker 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
adm912 More than 1 year ago
I knew I'd be in for a fun ride with this book, I was, but I was also pleasantly surprised by the story line and the characters. It's such a creative book and definitely one that will please any book lover. The first chapter alone made my inner book-geek self squeal. It opens up to a book's release date, I'd imagine all of us have experienced that joy of getting that new book in a favorite series that we've been lusting over for a whole year. Amy was your typical book boy-obsessed teen. She was more like an average fan who was in love with one of the characters than her more fanatical friends. Alexander was charming, yet awkward at times. His world is much different than our modern day world, it's more of an old-world charm. Chivalry is definitely not dead there, but he's not perfect, his temper gets the best of him at times. Vigo is your typical vampire who is bent on destruction, he makes an entertaining villain. I loved the love story element. I found myself texting a few sentences to my friend that made me go "awwww". I was sent a review copy from Scholastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 13 year old who has read ALOT of books some good and some not.. this one is in my type 5 books! Trust me if your a teen you will not be able to tear your eyes of this book for a sec! (i read this book secretly during class its so good!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U hve to admitt it you have probably fallen in love with someone in a book an example Edward Cullen from Twilight Series or Peeta from the Hunge Games (both great books of you have seen the movies read the books or if u havent read the bools read them they are AMAZING) raise your hands high if u have fallen in love a character from a book i know i have Alexander Banks from the book you mist read if u dont well your missing out on tuns of love/action book. I give a hige 5 raring stars to Allison Van Diepen hope ther is a series Allison Van Diepen #1 Fan!! :D
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I will be the first to admit that it would be so freaking cool to see characters that I believe are just fiction come to life. I mean really, think about. Your reading a book about a hot vampire hunter, you know the way he looks, the way he talks and BAM! He's right there! Right in front of you! And now you are caught in the midst of battle that has been raging on for years. Raise your hand up if you ever day dream this? ME!!!! *raises hand high* So when this girl Amy is reading her favorite fictional book and her character comes to life I am hooked. I loved the idea of the plot because I have thought about it plenty of times. I loved Amy's reaction to it. She didn't believe it, thought the guy is role playing! LOL! Amy quickly catches on that he is not playing and is who he claims to be. I loved that Amy uses her knowledge of the books as well as the author to help their enemies. The love interest in the book is what I expected. It's fluffy, romantic, and even a times funny. The light-heartedness of their love brings in some peace with all the fighting with vampires. I adored their little smiles as well as their confession of love for each other. Totally sweet! The Vampire Stalker is not what you expect. The hopeful beginning of a fantasy come true engages the reader till the end of the book. Brilliant and entertaining, The Vampire Stalker is sweet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for everyone. Fell in love with this book from the first page onward. Very funny and cute with a little romance. If you like vampires, this is a book you will never be able to put down until you've finished it, cover to cover. Characters are believable,too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book love the romance and the action and totally the story because who doesn't want a hot guy ur in love with from ur favorite book to come to u and have feelings for u it would be a dream come true this is the best book ever!!!!!
CaliGirlFL More than 1 year ago
I thought the beginning of this book was really awesome, great characters-good story line, but by the end I was really dissapointed. About half way through the book everything started to feel very rushed, and slightly cheesy. I just found it ridiculus that the cops would be taking advice from a teenager, even if she is a "vampire expert"! I feel like the author should have taken more time to develop the second half of the book.
truth2me-istruthenough More than 1 year ago
i knew this book was so for me because of the first page. of course ive fallen in love with a character in a book. this book is now my fav. it was funny and so very cute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with the author's well-delivered story. Considering it was only 168 pages, it was well-paced, and told an entire story that was amazing from the rising action, to the resolution. I was very pleased and enjoyed this story, and would like to read more books by this author. All i can say is, even if you are not really into books about the supernatural, i think you should give this book a chance. I am only 13 years old and I have read a LOT of amazing books. And as a teen myself, this book is perfect for teens as well as adults. It has no cussing for those of you who are parents and are a little cautious for their child who wants to read it. It has the perfect amount of romance. And the perfect amount of action. But just a precaution also to parents, there is a little bit of mild violence but nothing too extreme. Overall, I am adding this book to my list of great reads. -READ ON! <3
Paranormal-Romance_Junkie More than 1 year ago
Loved her &quot;Raven&quot; book and loved this one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this book i wish it would happen to me i only wish i knew what happends in othetworld
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so amazing I mean I even cried on some parts. Love it. !ove it. Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing i loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved my fiance in every part he has played. This book remind me of twilight team Edward!!!!;) This book was intense and had romance in the book it was prety good. There are about 257 pages in the book. This book can be for middle schoolers and up. But Alex is the best fiance you can ever have. Every character had a job they played it very well. Especially my fiance. Well soon to be Mrs.Banks cant wait. My most favorite book out of this author ice read that allison has made so far. You should really give this bok a chance its really good. Especially when my baby alex played a good role!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was on the edge of my seat every second of the book it was fantastic is has action fantasy romance comedy and best of all cute guys and real life vampires!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book its a teenage romance book reminds me of twilight
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much i feel that alot if people would love this book I really hope there will be asecond one !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books ive read in a while
Anonymous 3 months ago
I bought this book at a store and i haveread it so many times it is falling a part. Great read for all ages.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously 8$ for 168 pages what a waste of money I feel like she should have put this in the over view I wouldn't have wasted my money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend let me borrow it. So good i could not put it down. A must read for every one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books ive ever read!!!!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
2.5 STars Amy is in love, shame it isn&rsquo;t with a real guy, but rather with vamppire hunter Alexander Banks, a character in her favourite book series. Alexander is mysterious and broody; his mission in life to kill the vampire that terrorises his version of Chicago and who murdered his family. She never expects to actually meet him, but she can&rsquo;t deny that the guy who saved her from being attacked looks and acts like the Alexander Banks from her favourite books, and if he has managed to come through, then maybe the deadly vampire he was chasing has come as well. How could I resist a book, young adult or not, that involves book characters coming to life? Sexy book boyfriend characters as well, simply; I couldn&rsquo;t. We all have our favourite heroes from the many many books and series we read and I know personally that if all my book boyfriends started popping into reality that I would need to get a much bigger house. So I knew I had to read the book where a beloved and smokin&rsquo; hot character came to our intrepid heroine&rsquo;s rescue. Although I have given this book a 2.5 rating, so it seems quite low, this wasn&rsquo;t because I didn&rsquo;t enjoy the book and it wasn&rsquo;t because I found any of the characters annoying, the book was fun to read and I did find myself liking the Amy and Alexander. But, I felt that much more could have been made from the book, for example although I liked Alexander I didn&rsquo;t know much about him, I don&rsquo;t feel his character was particularly fleshed out. The romance was also as flat as a day old bottle of coke flat. Alexander and Amy had no chemistry and intellectually I could see Amy being head over heels for him he was her vaulted Alexander Banks she loved him before he came into her life, but I never really felt much on Alexander&rsquo;s side, there was never any big sparks flying moments between them. However, this was a light read that was fun, a little bit sweet and with an idea behind it that caught my imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you people think there is going to be # 2 book??????????