Friday, February 25, 2011

American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout [Review]

Title: American Vampire
Author: Jennifer Armintrout
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release: February 22, 2011
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Mira
ISBN-10: 0778328783
ISBN-13: 978-0778328780
Reviewer: Mona

2 out of 5 Robots!

Book Blurb:
He's the good kind of vampire...sort of. 
Buried in the Heartland is a town that no one enters or leaves. Graf McDonald somehow becomes its first visitor in more than five years…and he was only looking for a good party. Unfortunately, Penance, Ohio, is not that place. And after having been isolated for so long, they do not like strangers at all. 

Jessa’s the only one to even remotely trust him, and she’s desperate for the kind of protection that only a vampire like Graf can provide. Supplies are low, the locals are ornery for a sacrifice and there’s a monster more powerful than Graf lurking in the woods. New men are hard to come by in this lonesome town, and this handsome stranger might be Jessa’s only hope for salvation. Even if she has to die first… 

My Review:
American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout is a twisted tale of romance and horror. It pulled me in with the GPS dysfunctional vampire that I actually found very likeable, with his penchant for leather and great taste in vintage cars. But the interaction between the main characters left me dragging. I loved the snarky comments and dialogue between them at times, but the overall connection was very slow in the making.

At first I felt sorry for the town being trapped by an unknown "It" that harassed them. Then I got to know the towns people and I really felt sorry for Graf the unwittingly trapped vampire. By the time romance came into play, I was actually prompting Graf in my head to run away. The horror element was possibly a tie between the "It" monster and the townspeople themselves!

As a reader of Jennifer Armintrout's previous books, this one left me feeling quite flat. I would recommend other Armintrout fans give this book a try to see if it works for you. But if you're looking to get into her books, don't start with this one. I love some of her other books- like the Blood Ties series.


  1. Great review, I've been waiting to get some feedback on this book before I picked it up. I think I will take your advice and start with the Blood Ties series first. : )

  2. I'm reading this one right now from NetGalley and it's my first book by this author. I almost stopped reading it in the first 25 pages or so but I stuck in thinking it "has" to get better. While it hasn't been amazing it still has me wondering what will happen in the end and that has to count for something. Hoping to finish it today and have a review up soon. :)

  3. I thought this one was ok. I really wanted to like it more but Graf and Jessa just didn't wow me. Good review.

    Stephanie G
    Paranormal Haven

  4. Thanks for stopping by and reading the review you guys :)

    @Jess - I can't wait to read your review!

  5. I too picked this one up on Net Galley, it was good, not great, and it wasn't until the end that I started to understand Jessa and Graf. Then, I was able to like them better. Definitely different, and it made me want to pick up some of her backlist, I've read some of those were quite good!

    Dottie :)



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