Monday, June 4, 2012

The Vampire Underground (Grisly High #1) by Brian Rowe

16-year-old Brin Skar hates everything to do with the supernatural, so the obsessive film geek isn't happy when she discovers that her junior year Film class at Grisly High is devoted to the horror genre. She's even more disconcerted when she learns that six groups in the class will be writing and directing their very own horror movies.

Brin and five classmates travel to Bodie Ghost Town in California to shoot their creepy film, but they soon find themselves fighting a real terrifying threat when a clan of mean, bloodthirsty vampires emerge from beneath the surface and start attacking the group. The teens, headed by Brin and the egotistical director Anaya Frost, have no help from the outside and become outnumbered by the vampires a hundred to one.

But when Brin meets Paul, a helpful and smoldering vampire outcast who's had enough of his shameful life, she realizes he might be the only key to her survival.

It’s not an easy task nowadays to write a vampire book that won’t lead the reader into a coma of boredom, but this book has managed to do what so many books out there have attempted and failed: make vampires scary again.

Actually, the whole book has a strange vibe to it that makes the reader perk her ears up. There’s obviously something sinister going on from the very beginning and the author does a good job of setting that mood. The characters are well-done, with Ash as my personal favorite, stealing all the scenes he’s in.

I enjoyed that there is no strong romantic aspect to the story. Most of the young adult books we read now focus on romance so much that there is very little plot. This one is the opposite and it works wonderfully. Yes, there are some plot holes that I wished had been dealt with, but since this is the first in a series, I’ll give it the benefit of a doubt and hope it’ll all get resolved in the next few books.

This was a really fun novel. I recommend it to young adult readers, and even those of you who want to read something a little different from the usual fare.

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