Review & Give@way (ENDED): Vamplayers by @RusWritesZombie

Vamplayers by Rusty Fischer
Young Adult
Paperback, 384 pgs.
Published December 13th , 2011 by Medallion Press
Source: Author *for review*

At the Afterlife Academy of Exceptionally Dark Arts, Lily Fielding is a measly trainee who dreams of one day becoming a Saviors 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.

Last year I read Zombies Don’t Cry by Rusty Fischer and I really enjoyed it!  His writing is kind of different because he creates kind of a spoof, it’s half ridiculous {in a funny way} and half serious.  Like I giggle at some of the things he comes up with, but yet I grow attached to the characters and I take the story serious, just not too serious. I’m not really a big fan of spoofs, whether it’s a movie or a book, it’s normally not my thing.  But Rusty makes it work for me.  I actually invest myself in the story.  

I found myself sucked into this book quickly and cruised through it in a short period of time.  I never grew bored and it was pretty much steady action going on keeping me turning those pages.  I really enjoyed Lily and her view point on things as well as her ability to kind of let things roll off her shoulders.  She’s been going into schools to look for these vamplayers for a very long time and when you’ve been a student for that long you really learn a lot.  

Now these vamplayers kind of sound silly right?  Well, it’s not really that silly.  They are young and good looking vampires that stake out girls at high schools and turn them into vampires.  Eventually turning the entire school, or much of it.  There is a bit more to the whole vampire background revealed in the book and I thought it all made sense and worked well.  I think I might have liked a bit more history sooner, but it wasn’t a big deal.

I liked that Lily liked the ‘underdog’, the nerdy, geeky dude.  But I didn’t really ‘feel’ the romance at first.  As the story went on it wasn’t really an issue though and it all worked out fine.  I remember thinking in the beginning that I’d like a bit more character development but by the end I no longer felt that way.  So I guess they were gradually fleshed out more as I read on.

Now I really enjoyed this book but it wasn’t perfect.  One issue was that Lily was kind of blind to things.  She’d get all these hints about things but she just pretty much ignored them because she was so sure she knew exactly who was guilty and didn’t let herself really think otherwise. 

Overall this book is a lot of fun with action, romance and friendship.  There’s some gore and violence so be aware of that.  I definitely recommend you pick this one up!  

4/5 stars

 Disclosure:  I received this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. Sounds entertaining. I’ve heard of Fischer, but haven’t checked out any of his books yet. Maybe now I’ll look into it. Thanks for the review.

  2. Oooh! I remember hearing about this book a while back. I’d wondered ab out it.

    Romances that kind of start off on the wrong foot, usually end up being my favorites. LOL

    Thanks for the review and giveaway! :)

    missie at

  3. I always like rooting for the underdog and it sounds like Lily is one. It also seems that she flaws and it’ll be interesting to see how she develops.


  4. This one sounds really fun! I love humor in my paranormals and it’s getting rarer and rarer to find good ones. Definitely think I’m gonna check this one out!


  5. GFC Mary DeBorde [M.A.D.]
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    Vamplayers sounds terrific, haven’t heard of it before so thanks for the review and sweet giveaway :)

  6. This sounds really great! Action and romance sounds like my thing. 😀 Thanks for the wonderful review, Candace.


  7. I’ve loved every single one of Rusty’s books that I’ve read, and I would love the chance to add this book to that list!! Thanks so much for the giveaway:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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