Vamps (Vamps Series #1)
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Vamps (Vamps Series #1)

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by Nancy A. Collins

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When the sun goes down, New York's true elite all head to one place: Bathory Academy, where the young ladies of the finest vampire families are trained in shapeshifting and luring their prey.

Bathory's reigning queen, Lilith Todd, is the daughter of a powerful vampire businessman, and she knows exactly what she wants from life. She wants to look beautiful

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When the sun goes down, New York's true elite all head to one place: Bathory Academy, where the young ladies of the finest vampire families are trained in shapeshifting and luring their prey.

Bathory's reigning queen, Lilith Todd, is the daughter of a powerful vampire businessman, and she knows exactly what she wants from life. She wants to look beautiful for eternity and party till the sun comes up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Jules. And she doesn't want any New Blood upstarts standing in her way.

Enter Cally Monture, an unexpected threat from a trash zip code. When their first meeting leads to tragic results, Lilith is hungry for revenge.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
Take any formulaic teen novel, transform your characters into vampires, throw in some Gossip Girl sensibilities (seven designer mentions in the first 10 pages) and voila, you get Vamps. The story begins with 16-year-old rich girl Lilith, queen of the local teen vampire set. She sleeps by day and attends her swanky all-girl vampire school by night. Her betrothed, the ultra-gorgeous Jules, attends the local all-boy vampire academy. Lilith's brand-name existence is running along as planned until the entrance of Cally, vampire from a lesser zip code. When Cally becomes involved in the death of Lilith's best friend, Lilith vows revenge on the newcomer. This is the first of what will be a series about the teens, and it is a fluff read at best. The characters are shallow and stereotypical, with little to distinguish them from one other. While Lilith and friends are still under age, the book opens with Lilith working her way into a club, where she and her friends dangle the opportunity for group sex to a "clot" whose blood they want to imbibe. At best this book is a quick read for the vampire obsessed crowd, but not an essential purchase for any library. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

This novel follows a clique of high-class Old Blood vampires, led by heiress Lilith Todd, who attend a private New York City high school, and their run-in with a strange New Blood girl, Cally, in the park. It turns out to be an ambush by the Van Helsings, vampire hunters, and it leaves one of the Old Bloods dead and the others fleeing for their lives. Peter Van Helsing cannot bring himself to harm Cally, and they begin a forbidden relationship. It turns out that she has a human mother and an Old Blood vampire father whom she has never met. He sends her off to Bathory Academy-where, you guessed it, Lilith and her cronies are not at all happy to see her. Lilith already wants to rip Cally apart, but actually attacks her after she sees her promised husband flirt with the newcomer. This is a light read with some intrigue. It is clearly the set-up for a series. A glossary explaining the origins and terminology of vampire mythology is included.-Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Vamps Series, #1
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5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Chapter One

"You can drop me off here, Bruno," Lilith Todd said as she slid a Christian Louboutin heel onto her right foot.

The chauffeur quickly glanced over his shoulder at her as he piloted the vintage Rolls along Sixth Avenue. Bruno had been driving the Todd family to and from their various destinations since the days of cobblestones and coach-and-fours. Before that he'd been an officer in some European army.

He asked, "Are you sure, Miss Lilith? I can drive around the block one more time if you like."

Lilith checked to make sure her backless emerald-green Dior dress was zipped to the waist and glanced at her Patek Philippe watch. She was secretly pleased to see she had broken her personal best for changing from her school uniform into her party clothes in the back of the limo.

"I said now, Bruno."

"Yes, Miss Lilith."

As the driver stopped at the club in the section cordoned off for valet service, a young man dressed in the Belfry's standard-issue black designer pants, T-shirt, and dinner jacket hurried up to open the car door.

The Belfry was once an Episcopal church built by robber barons. More than 125 years later, the rich and famous still streamed through its ornate double doors; only now they came to minister to the flesh and drink the spirit.

Even though it was after two in the morning, there were plenty of wannabes hanging around, grumbling among themselves and eyeing the beefy bouncers guarding the entrance to the club. As Lilith extended a shapely leg onto the curb, the throng on the wrong side of the velvet ropes turned toward her, hungry for a glimpse,no matter how fleeting, of celebrity glamour.

With a toss of her head, Lilith moved up the stairs to the door, her long, honey-blond hair floating behind her like a bridal veil. One of the bridge-and-tunnel rats elbowed her companion in the ribs and pointed at Lilith as she breezed by.

"Look! There's someone famous! Isn't she . . . ?"

"I don't think so," her friend said, squinting like a jewel appraiser trying to tell the difference between a precious and semiprecious stone. "Too young. But I'm pretty sure she's someone famous. Or she's rich. Maybe both."

Lilith brought her hand to her mouth so that no one could see her laugh. Oh, she was rich and famous, all right. Just not in the way the wannabes were thinking.

As she reached the front door of the club, a new bouncer stretched out a bulging arm, blocking her way.

"You look the part, lady," he said, his eyes travel-ing up and down her svelte body. "But I need to see some ID."

Suddenly the valet ran up and tapped the bouncer on the shoulder. The huge mountain of man-muscle lowered his head so the valet could whisper into his ear. Lilith smiled as she saw the panic cross his face.

"Sorry, my mistake," the bouncer rumbled, exposing his throat in deference as he stepped out of her way. "Enjoy your night, Miss Todd."

Lilith crossed the glowing entryway and headed toward the massive main dance floor that filled what had once been the church sanctuary. She looked up at the DJ booth housed in the old pulpit and waved at the young man spinning trance at deafening levels.

She spotted Sebastian, the club's party promoter and appointed guardian of the VIP lounge on the second floor. He rushed toward her as fast as his custom-made blue leather shoes could carry him. As always, he was ecstatic to see her.

"Lilith! Baby! You look positively ravishing! It's so good to see you!" he shouted over the throbbing punch of the club's sound system.

"Hello, Seb," she yelled back. "Are the others here?"

"Jules just arrived. Go on up to the Loft; I have your favorite vintage warmed and ready for you."

"You're my favorite, Seb!" she said, kissing the air to either side of his thin cheeks.

"I'm sure you say that to all the devilishly hand-some club promoters who let you drink for free!" He winked.

As she entered the former choir loft that served as the VIP lounge for the club, Lilith spotted her promised, Jules de Laval, sprawled on one of the divans. He was dressed in an Armani polo T-shirt, the sleeves rolled up to give his biceps maximum reveal, chatting with Tanith Graves, one of her best friends. With his tousled, collar-length strawberry-blond hair, green eyes, perfectly straight nose, and strong masculine jaw, Jules looked like a movie star and loved to act the part.

Tanith and Lilith enjoyed passing for sisters, and since both girls had blond hair, oval faces, fake tans, and the same taste in high-end fashion, it was an easy con to pull off.

Sitting next to Tanith was her boyfriend, Sergei Savanovic, one of Jules's classmates from Ruthven's. With his dark, shoulder-length hair, black eyes, and penchant for turtleneck sweaters and leather jeans, Sergei could easily be mistaken for a Russian poet, but he was actually from Serbia, as he was quick to point out to anyone who bothered to ask.

Carmen Duivel and Oliver Drake were sprawled on the opposite sofa. Carmen's baby-doll face and coppery tresses perfectly complemented Oliver's dirty blond hair and bad-boyish good looks. Like most vampire couples, Oliver and Carmen were seeing each other simply because they knew they looked good together.

"There she is," Jules said, smiling as he got to his feet. "I was beginning to think Teacher kept you after school."

"Thank the Founders it's Thursday!" Lilith laughed as they embraced. "I don't see how clots can stand going to school five days out of the week!" She gave the room a cursory glance as she kissed him on the cheek. "Who's not here yet?"

"Melinda," Carmen replied.

"Big surprise there," Lilith said with a roll of her eyes. "She's always late." "Like you have room to talk! You're not exactly the most punctual," Jules chided.

Vamps. Copyright © by Nancy Collins. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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peaceloveandpat More than 1 year ago
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.
BetweenTheLines More than 1 year ago
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 for more reviews. I'd love to hear for you!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Tinkerbellv101 More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was okay but a little predictable for me and with all the other vampire acadamy books out might not stand out. If u want a really good vampire acadamy book try blue bloods or house of night.
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