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Review: The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

May 30, 2011

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. (GoodReads)

Having never read any of Allison Van Diepen’s other work, I didn’t know what to expect from The Vampire Stalker. The premise sounded fun and an interesting addition to the vampire craze. I know a lot of people are tired of vampires, but I’ve always been a vampire fan (not the I’m-Gonna-Eat-You-Rawr! kind, but the nice friendly kind), so I don’t think I’ll ever be.

Ms. Van Diepen’s writing is fairly simple, but not in a bad way. The simplicity makes for an easy-to-read story, one that is clear and concise. Although the characters are a tad flat, they’re still likeable and you really grow to care about them. I really like how the author has presented the idea of having your fictional love of your life show up in your real life, too. I mean, who wouldn’t want that to happen? 🙂 The author also touches on the vampire craze and the effects it has on people, which ties in really well with the current craze.

Amy and Alexander’s relationship is really cute and sweet. Alexander’s wonder and confusion over the “real” world is fun and reminded me of Jace’s reactions to the things Clary shows him/says to him in Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones. Alexander’s dialogue is often jarring, but it’s part of the story as he comes from a world where people are more formal in their speech.

Overall, The Vampire Stalker is a fun, easy, and quick read. I constantly daydream about what would happen if my favorite characters were real and in my life, and I really liked the way Allison Van Diepen presented this notion. Even if you no longer want anything to do with vampires, I’d suggest picking up a copy of this book and giving it a try.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) May 30, 2011 at 4:41 am

    I think this sounds like such a great premise, so I’m really excited to read it. I enjoyed reading your take on it. Anything that may be slightly Jace-like in a character has me hooked in an instant, too.

  • Reply Precious May 30, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Great review! The premise of this novel sounds great but now that I’ve read your review, I think it’s freaking awesome! I like relationships that are ‘cute and sweet.’ I’m really looking forward to reading this. Now I just hope that my local bookstore will have this soon.

  • Reply Mflick1 May 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I’ve been dying for this one. I haven’t gotten my hands on it and yours was the first review that I have read. Thanks!!

  • Reply Kelley Vitollo May 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I love the premise of this. I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

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