Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Review: Vampire in Denial by Dale Mayer
Like being a sixteen-year-old vampire isn’t hard enough, Tessa’s throwback human genes make her an outcast among her relatives. But try as she might, she can’t get a handle on the vampire lifestyle and all the…blood.
Turning her back on the vamp world, she embraces the human teenage lifestyle—high school, peer pressure and finding a boyfriend. Jared manages to stir something in her blood. He’s smart and fun and oh, so cute. But Tessa’s dream of a having the perfect boyfriend turns into a nightmare when vampires attack the movie theatre and kidnap her date.
Once again, Tessa finds herself torn between the human world and the vampire one. Will blood own out? Can she make peace with who she is as well as what?
Tessa does not fit into any world she knows. She is not fully human, nor full vampire, and so her family and the vampire community have not fully accepted her. Feeling out of place she begins to spend time with humans. One night while seeing a movie with her human friends, Tessa sensed that there was something wrong, and the next thing she knew, the humans were being attacked by vampires. She knows this is wrong because of the peace treaty they have, and she manages to get her friends out of the theater only to be attacked while walking home, and her friend Jared taken.
When Tess reports this to her family, they do not want to care or listen so she sets out alone to find him. Her older brother's friend Cody follows her and reluctantly agrees to help her. It is a good thing he is there because she gets herself hurt again and opens up a huge secret that she will not be able to solve herself. She does find out however that she has more vampire ability than she actually ever thought, and with the help of her family and Cody's family they set out to find out what these different vampires are hiding. The problem is they get themselves into something bigger than they expected, hopefully it will turn out okay.
I really liked this book. From the moment it started I was hooked. I loved how it started with Tessa being so different that she did not feel like she fit in with anyone and showed that she was so special. I thought the action in the book was great and the strong will of Tessa to fight for something she knew to be important even when the others doubted her. The little hints about feelings between her and her brother's friend also make this book interesting, as she finds out that she is more vampire than she thought, and he is there to support her with the mixed feelings of his own. Of course, there is a cliff hanger ending that is fantastic because it means there are more books about this great character to come! I can't wait! I would recommend this for any high school or older reader as it is totally appropriate and fantastic.
Reviewed by Jenny for VampChix
This book was sent via the author for review purposes.