Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.
When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same.
This is a different kind of vampire story than most. Dawn is a 19 year old vampire who lives with her father, the President of the Vampire World, in The Scarlet House (similar to The White House for Humans). Although the vampires have their own leadership and President, they are accepted by humans and live among them. They even protect Humans. For all of her 19 years Dawn has lived at the house training, so that she is now one of the best fighters. Her father decides to send her on her first mission- to go to the town of Angel Falls and train 4 vampires to be the new protectors of the town. Her father thinks this is going to be a simple, safe mission but it turns out to be anything but. First of all, the 4 vampires she is supposed to train are a sad group. None of them are ready to be protectors of anything. There is: Brooke- a high school cheerleader who likes makeup, fashion, the color pink and the necks of the high school football players; Sophie- a librarian who is very quiet and meek and reads all the time; Seth- a boy who only became a vampire 2 weeks ago when Brooke made him one (needless to say he is not happy with her) and likes to play video games; and Hunter- a drunk, drug addict who used to be in a band. Dawn realizes she has a lot of work to do to get them ready to be protectors. Second, the mission turns violent and dangerous. Added to this story are two boys who seem to like Dawn- Ethan a new boy to town and Sebastian- a hot, muscular, mysterious vampire. Both boys help in the fight to protect the humans, the town and each other. The book shows that when you work together anything is possible. It also shows tells how it is possible to form great bonds and friendships with the people you don’t expect to. And that these people will be there for you when you need them.
This is a great book- it is an easy read, it keeps your attention, it is funny and there is a lot of action and danger. Both the story and the characters are very well written. It makes light of the way vampires are portrayed in Hollywood today and there is humor in it. For example, it talks about shows such as Next Vamp Idol and Transylvania Shores. For most of the book, you wonder who Dawn will end up- Ethan or Sebastian. They both seem sweet but I was rooting for Sebastian the whole time. If you read this book, you will not be disappointed. Book 2 is out now and I am curious to see where things go in the story.
Reviewed by Virginia Tesi Carey for YA Book Addict
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