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The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen

Friday, August 19, 2011

What 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.

Goodreads Summary

What would you do if your favorite hero or heroine appeared from your favorite book series?  Amy, the main character, has a huge crush on Alexander Banks, the hero of a popular young adult series.  He battles vampires in the books and is, notable, handsome.  The reader finds Amy upset that the author left the book on a cliff-hanger, one that could indicate that she planned to kill of Alex's character.  Amy finds consolation in the school librarian, one of her better friends. 

In the first few chapters of the novel, Amy is almost attacked by a vampire she later learns is Vigo...she is barely saved by Alexander.  At first, she doesn't believe Alex; however, by showing her a scar on his tongue, he convinces her of his true identity.  Amy is understandably fascinated and ecstatic, she allows him to stay with her for awhile as they search for Vigo and eventually has to tell the librarian about him.  All together, they concoct a way to meet the author who writes about Alex, and the story takes off from there.

Overall, this was a fairly good book.  There was a lot of untapped potential, the plot could have been delved into further and the characters made more realistic with deeper emotions and more intense dialogue (given the situation).  The characters were still fun to read about, especially the idea of a hero.  The plot was definitely interesting, unusual.  This book is recommended to young adults/teens who enjoy fantasy tinged with romance.

4 Stars