Friday, August 17, 2012

The Vampire Stalker Book Review

Author (Last name first):  Van Diepen, Allison
Title of the Book:  The Vampire Stalker
Publisher:  Point an imprint of Scholastic         Date of Publication:         2011 
ISBN# 978-0-545-28375-5   Price: $17.99     Grade Level: J/S     Number of Pages: 257
VOYA Rating: 4Q 4P

Highly Recommended

The opening scene will definitely appeal to those readers who have waited in line for a new release.  The main character is Amy, who is in line at a book store with her best friends – Luisa and Katie.  They are waiting for the 3rd book in a vampire series called The Mists of Otherworld.  As soon as they got their books, they headed for home to read it over the weekend.  Amy is in love with one of the vampire hunter characters, Alexander.  She is very active on fan fiction websites.  On Monday, Amy’s first stop is the school library to visit the school librarian to discuss the newest book.  Mrs. P, the school librarian, not only has a Masters in Library Science, but also a PhD in Physics J  Later, Amy is attacked by someone on her way home and fortunately someone is nearby to help her.  The person who helped save her is very similar to Alexander Banks, the vampire hunter she is in love with from the books.  Amy does not believe it really is Alexander, until he starts to convince her with all sorts of facts.  Turns out there is a portal linking their two worlds and somehow Alexander has crossed over.  Amy and Alex turn to Mrs. P with their problem.  Mrs. P believes their story because she was studying these portals for her PhD dissertation, when she was discredited for believing in Science Fiction (!).  A romance develops, the mystery of the portal is solved and the Vampire problem is eradicated.
I think this book is fun and well written.  Who doesn’t love a super smart school librarian???  I think this is a must read book for those of us who wait in line for books on their release date.  It’s also perfect for those who have fallen in love with a character from their favorite books.  The story is partly realistic in that it takes part in Chicago as we know it.  It is also part steam punk because Alex’s world in the other Chicago is technologically stuck in Victorian times.  It’s part paranormal because of the vampires and vampire hunters.  There is also some romance between Amy and Alex and some secondary characters (human and vampire).  Oh, and it’s also part Science Fiction because of the portals between worlds.  I enjoyed the story. Even with all the genre elements going on, the story flowed smoothly.  I think it’s a great purchase for a school/public library.  I think it would make a good book club book with lots to discuss.  It’s not overly dark and the story provides a good escape from reality.  It will appeal to tweens and teens alike.  The portrayal of the school librarian is one of the most positive ones I have ever seen.  Nothing objectionable that stood out to me.

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