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Sunday, June 23, 2013
The Vampire Underground (Grisly High #1)Series: Grisly high series
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Release date: April 2012
Language: English
Genre:Paranormal, Young Adult, Humor.

Author Biography:

Brian Rowe is a writing fiend, book devotee, film fanatic, and constant dreamer. He's written twelve novels, dozens of short stories, five feature-length screenplays, and hundreds of film articles and essays. He is one half of the blog Story Carnivores, where he reviews the latest in books and film. He is currently pursuing his MA in English at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is hard at work on his next novel.

My review

Is there anyone who doesn't like vampire stories?If the answer is "yes", then  i appreciate you skip this novel for good.But if you really are a die hard  fan , then no wonder you will become a fan of this author.You are not just going to read the book.As the characters are easily floating, you can visualise it as a picture.The vampire underground is full of fun and entertainment, i enjoyed so much reading it.I also finished reading the novel with  one sitting.I usually have the habit of skipping the prologue but not for this one.The prologue is   the main reason that kept me glued to the novel.

The main character in the novel is Brin Skar, a 16 year old girl who enters her new year in Grisly high school where her bestfriend Ash also studies.She loves movies but not a big fan of horror movies instead she likes comedies and entertainment.What happens if she is a given an assignment to do a short film based on this genre?.Can she declain it?If she does her team  of six  Anaya, Chace, Lavender, Sawyer and Dylan loses their grade along with her.

Apparently she has other problems than doing this short film.She wants to direct the film herself so as her team mate, Anaya,  a five hundred pound,  fat, ambitious girl with big dreams of becoming not just a director but a great director.They both fight at the beginning, but since anaya offers her a deal, Brin accepts, then changes her mind, later loses her spot due to her lack of preparation of the script.Now they all go to Bodie Ghost town as per Anaya's say eventhough the town is closed only to film their shoot illegally but less they know about the other dangerous creatures living there.

It is very clear from the novel title, it is the vampires that is haunting the Ghost town.But how are they  going to survive?They can't  really escape the town without the help of a supenatural power.Like it is in everyother vampire stories, here also there is a male vampire , Paul who comes to help Brin save her friends and reach their house safely.The question is how many can he save as they are really outnumbered among the hundreds of vampires.I felt very strange in Paul's character, why he wants to help Brin.I mean he is a vampire not exactly a vampire because of certain privileges they enjoy, if he helps her he is sure to be killed.There's a twist here that was beyond what you and i had expected and imagined in our minds.

My most favorite character in the novel is Ash, i am a huge fan of each and every line he speaks.According to me, he is the only real, funniest and coolest character in the novel.His speech flows out naturally.I still remember all of his  funny dialogues .The fights between the students are also very funny but what is more funnier is their gripings to the teacher asking to change their roles in the short film they are going to make.

I also loved the fact since this is the first in the many upcoming series, the character development is more than the romance between the main characters. I could very well feel the depth of the characters like they are actually one of us.What i didn't like in this almost perfect novel is the vampires gathering part for a grand ritual to kill Brin's friends.I felt like it was over exaggerated.

Overall, i would say this is the kind of novel that should be read on a nice  weekend.This novel is even better than twilight.It has all elements like humor, horror, sentiments, friendship, romance and rivalry.I can't wait to read the next series because of my three favorites, Brin, Paul and Ash.

My most favorite lines from the novel

Between Ash and Colin

The singing slowed down. “They said… he was dead. They begged… for his head. They searched… for his nose. And burned… all his clothes.”
Ash didn’t love these lyrics, but he was the only one who volunteered to write them. He knew if he hadn’t that nobody else would’ve tried to, and certainly no one else would’ve attempted rhymes.
Colin brought Ash down to the ground, more like a lover than an enemy.

“He’s going to eat me! He’s going to kill me! The wolf man is back, he’s broken from his
pack, and escaped his shack, and he really wants to mack… on my face and my neck and my
lothes and my back! Ack!”

“This is ridiculous,” Ash said, shaking his head in embarrassment. “Promise me nobody
will ever see this.”

“I promise I won’t post it on Youtube.”

“You’re gonna put it on Youtube?” Ash’s jaw dropped.

“No, of course not.”

Ash knew he was lying. As he turned around, tears started streaming down his face. This time,the tears weren’t the result of laughing.
We don't have a choice.Brin thought.They're taking their time, because they know they’ve cornered us, they know we won't be able to get away.

Chace was the appetizer. Lavender was the main course. Dylan was dessert. I am leftovers.As was sawyer.

She passed the next desk. She had just one more to go. And Anaya...Let's not kid ourselves...She's tomorrow night's appetizer, main course, and dessert
My rating:4/5

How i got this book?via Publisher 

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