Review: The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

June 21, 2012 2 stars, Book Review, Young Adult 5 ★★

 The Vampire StalkerWhat 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.

 


From page two I was already wandering if The Vampire Stalker was going to be for me.  As it progressed past page 50 I was in serious doubt.  Oddly enough even though I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it.

I do feel the  description on the back of the book could use some improving so the reader would know before they purchase it just what kind of ‘young adult’ book they could be in for.  How that could be done – I have no idea.  I read a lot of young adult books and most I consider to be enjoyable for adults as well as teens.  However, this one I think would be better for people under the age of 19.

Admittedly, I did expect she was going to be a teenager enamored of a fictional character – but the behavior reminded me of when my kid sister was one of those obsessed teenage girls swooning over Edward or Jacob from Twilight.  A few times it made my stomach turn because it was rather cheesy.  Its teenage infatuation hell meets vampire cosplay.

The characters, good as well as bad just aren’t fleshed out well enough.  You do feel the connection with Amy but the remaining characters never became real enough to me.   How the school Librarian assists Amy and Alexander, and offers explanations just came off to easy and convenient to me.  Answers are rarely ever that easy.  So that was a bit dissatisfying, along with how willing the police were to accept help and explanations of things from a teenager. Also the whole initiating a Chicago/city-wide curfew.  That was VERY unrealistic.  Of all the serial killers that are out there in the U.S. – have any of you ever heard of a city actually issuing a curfew? It just wouldn’t happen folks.

I probably would have stopped right around page 50 normally but I try to always finish the books that I request for review.  However, with all of that I still zipped through the entire thing in a few hours.  It was a super quick read and I will definitely be passing it along to my kid sister for her enjoyment (as I know she loved Twilight).

*Review Copy provided by Publisher for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.


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5 Responses to “Review: The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen”

  1. Christy @ Love of Books

    Hmmm.. I foresee myself not caring for this one. I’m not into that obsessive stuff (Ed and Jacob).

    We have a curfew here for anyone under 18, but no one follows it. Cops pick and choose who they want to bust for being out on the streets past 10 or 11 (I forgot which), but it’s usually the gang bangers.
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