Nancy A. Collins
Reviewed by Neha N. Kashmiri (age 14) for Reader Views (11/08)
Lilith Todd is the queen of the Old Blood vampires, blond, beautiful and filthy rich. All she wants to do is party from dusk to dawn and become a vampire princess. When one of her friends is killed by a “Van Helsing” she blames a New Blood vamp who happened to be there.
Cally Monture is the trashy-New Blood who Lilith after. She is half-vampire and half-human. Her anonymous rich father decides to send her to Bathory Academy, a prestigious Old-Blood vampire school where Lilith is also a student. Obviously, the school isn’t going to be the big enough for the both of them.
Cally makes a lot of mistakes at Bathory, including making one of Lilith’s friends take Cally’s side, and talking to Lilith’s boyfriend. This is too much for Lilith and she attacks Cally. There is a fight and Lilith finds out a secret when she bites Cally.
I love vampire books to an extreme, but “Vamps” wasn’t very likeable. The plot could have been interesting if not for the clichés. Lilith is unbelievably shallow, her friend dies and she worries about her credit cards! I didn’t like or hate Cally at all. In fact, none of the characters are developed enough to like or dislike. And I would have forgiven the vampire hunter falling in love with the vampire if it wasn’t presented so unbelievably. Too many uses of b**** for my taste, but if you want a cross of “Gossip Girl” and “Blue Bloods,” “Vamps” by Nancy A. Collins is it.