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ReVamped by Lucienne Diver


Cover art: ReVamped Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: ReVamped - 2nd in the Vamped series
Author: Lucienne Diver
Publisher: Flux
ISBN-13: 978-0-7387-2129-3
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 15 yrs and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 15 yrs and up
Year/Setting: Present day, Wappingers Falls NY
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate (Vampiric)
Lucienne's Website/Blog: www.luciennediver.com

Dear Readers:

As everyone knows who reads my reviews, I LOVE humor as much as I am sick to death of vampire stories. However, I have found a way to incorporate those little blood-suckers that makes me long for the next book from this hysterical author. In this novel, which is the second book covering these characters, Lucienne Diver has once again written a truly funny story, while still holding on to the adventure and mystique of the undead.

In the first novel, Vamped, Gina and her minions defeated everything from a sexpot vamp to a psycho…not to mention a vampire council that was located in Ohio. The only thing that went wrong for them was that the Feds, of course, knew what they were when they didn’t "appear" on camera…so they recruited (forced) Gina and her minions into spy school to help the Feds with any otherworldly beings that may cross their paths in the future. Their motto? "The few, the proud…the unmentionables."

At the first briefing, located in "spook central," Gina is practically going crazy. She doesn’t understand what good eternal life is if she has to spend it stuck in high school – which is exactly her first job with the Feds. Bobby, her boyfriend; Gina; and, Rick, her minion that she turned in the first book, are being sent to a small high school by Sid and Maya; agents whose shirts are stuffed, as well as attitudes that need to be adjusted. Bobby and Rick are playing twins: Bobby will be the smart guy, and Rick will be the athlete, with Sid and Maya playing their parents. Gina, unfortunately, is going undercover as a girl who has no family; she was emancipated, has her own broken down apartment that, to her, smells like feet, and has to be a "Goth girl." Already she can’t stand this assignment because Goths only wear black, which is not her signature color. Suffering, she moves forward and makes friends with a very strange set of people, trying like heck to figure out what exactly is going on in this small town. The only thing she’s grateful for is that the Feds have been able to make "special blood" that allows the kids to be out during the daylight hours without bursting into flame.

A secret is soon unveiled as the three teens finally understand why violence has become the way of things in the crowded hallways of the small school, and why students have recently gone missing. Not only does an "old friend" come back to face Gina down, but the author weaves other historical stories stemming from the Salem Witch Trials and Rasputin into her own "fun" novel.

As I read through this war of historic proportions, I found a laugh on almost every page, as well as being very interested in how and what was going on at that small school. Believe me when I say that this is no ordinary (boring) vampire story. This and the one before, Vamped, are extremely entertaining and I, for one, want Lucienne Diver to keep writing about Gina, her friends, and their future assignments. Enjoy!

Until next time,

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