Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Review: Vamplayers

Vamplayers by Rusty Fischer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Horror Parody Reading Level: YA

Disclosure: I picked up a free copy of this book on Amazon, and am happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: At the Afterlife Academy of Exceptionally Dark Arts, Lily Fielding is a measly trainee who dreams of one day becoming a Savior — those who visit vampire-infested high schools and put down the undead with their deadly crossbows. When Lily and her classmates Alice and Cara begin their latest assignment, it seems like just another run-of-the-mill gig: they’re to simply spot the Vamplayer — part vampire, part player — identify the popular girl he’s set his sights on, and befriend her before the Vamplayer can turn her to do his bidding. Before long, however, the Vamplayer sets his sights on Lily's friends, and she is left to face the threat alone while protecting her friends from the dark forces she has sworn to resist.

My Thoughts: I just read Fischer’s hilarous Ushers, Inc., and noticed I had a couple more of his books on my pile (so to speak) of ebooks, so decided to go ahead and get them read and reviewed as soon as I could.

What I love about Fischer is that he breathes new life into an old meme, giving us fresh, new ideas about the monsters so many of us love to read about. For example, vampires have no problem with sunlight and sacred space, although holy water and garlic are still a problem.

At any rate, this book addresses that age-old problem – what to do with scuzzy vampires that pretend to be high-school students so they can mack on the nubile, young flesh of the high-school girls around them. Seriously, it’s a problem – I’m always reading about it in books everywhere. Fischer creates this team, the Sisterhood of the Dangerous Girlfriends, who go out to where these Vamplayers are trying to set up shop and shut them down.

Of course you know this particular assignment is going to go all wrong... If you’re as sick as I am of all these silly YA paranormal romances, with all the lovey-dovey, ooey-gooey romance stinking up the place, then this is a fun book . Well, there is some romance, but it’s more the normal, hormone-type stuff, not that “I have waited my whole life just for you and now I’ll love you forever even if you are only 14 and I’m 587 years old...” *rolls eyes* Where’s that cross-bow when I need it...

Check out Vamplayers; it’s really fun and highly enjoyable.

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