Friday, December 13, 2013

Review: The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen

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


Vampire Stalker was one of those books that brought on fond memories of middle school book fads. Twilight, The Clique, or the Princess Diaries, anyone?

While the storyline was clever, the writing style is very much on the cheesy side, and the characters lack the substance that would appeal to older readers.

The story starts with the main character describing her love for a book series about vampires. Needless to say, she's basically in love with the dark, brooding protagonist of the series: Alexander Banks. One night on her way home from a school dance she is attacked by a man resembling the evil vampire from the books, and is rescued by none other than Mr. Alexander Banks himself. It turns out he is actually a real person, and has escaped from a parallel dimension in pursuit of his arch nemesis, the vampire, Vigo.

A tad bit on the cheesy side, don't you think? While the idea of book characters transcending the pages of a book into reality is an interesting element, the writing style didn't develop the idea completely. The main character, Amy did not possess the substance that would have made her one of those characters that you would identify with. A little lacking in the likability factor Nothing makes her stand apart from the million other upbeat teenage girl protagonists who complain about their annoying little sisters. At that point, this book would make an excellent storyline for a Disney Channel Movie...Hmm...

Overall Rating: 2 stars


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