Vampire Crush by A. M. Robinson

Vampire Crush CoverA humorous twist on teenage vampire novels

Vampire Crush by A. M. Robinson
Reading Level:
Young Adult
Release Date: December 28, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 416
Source: Amazon Vine
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

Sophie McGee's burning ambition is to be Editor in Chief of her school newspaper. But the job isn't just hers for the taking. She has to compete with Lindsay Allen, her closest rival, in a competition set by Mr. Amado, her journalism teacher. Their assignment is to do profiles of the five new, very odd, foreign students in school. Unfortunately for Sophie, the ones she has to interview refuse to give her any information that she can use for her story.

Sophie is determined not to let Lindsay win, but how is she going to get these strange students to talk? When her former next-door-neighbor and close friend from years ago, James Hallowell, moves back to town, Sophie is both glad to see him and extremely curious about the fact that he seems to have some kind of connection to the five newcomers. What if James could be the key to Sophie fulfilling her assignment?

This book is a whole lot of fun. It's wonderful to find a YA vampire novel with a humorous twist. The author's writing is excellent, and her characters well-drawn and believable, especially Sophie, who is a very sympathetic and active heroine. The romantic subplot is also well-developed and yet leaves plenty of room for further complications in future sequels. The villains are deliciously dangerous, especially the chief villain, Vlad. He's got to be one of the most quirky villains ever, extremely fun to be scared by.

I highly recommend this book to all ages, and I'm very much looking forward to future books in this series.

Heroine: 5

Subcharacters: 5

Writing: 5

Romantic-Comedy Plot: 5

Overall: 5