Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review: The Vampire Underground (Grisly High#1) by Brian Rowe

Title: The Vampire Underground (Grisly High #1)
Author: Brian Rowe
Published: April 3rd 2012
Book Description:
16-year-old Brin Skar hates everything to do with the supernatural, so the obsessive film geek isn't happy when she discovers that her junior year Film class at Grisly High is devoted to the horror genre. She's even more disconcerted when she learns that six groups in the class will be writing and directing their very own horror movies.

Brin and five classmates travel to Bodie Ghost Town in California to shoot their creepy film, but they soon find themselves fighting a real terrifying threat when a clan of mean, bloodthirsty vampires emerge from beneath the surface and start attacking the group. The teens, headed by Brin and the egotistical director Anaya Frost, have no help from the outside and become outnumbered by the vampires a hundred to one.

But when Brin meets Paul, a helpful and smoldering vampire outcast who's had enough of his shameful life, she realizes he might be the only key to her survival.

My Thoughts:

                We follow Brin Skar, a teenage girl with a thing for “films”, but there’s one genre that she doesn’t like. The Horror Genre, and much to her dismay, her film class is devoted to this genre. Well at least her best friend Ash is happy right? Then to make things worse for her, her teacher grouped them into six and they will be making their very own horror movie. Now how fun is that? Well apparently, it is a nightmare for our dear protagonist.
                Anaya Frost volunteered—or rather desperately wanted—to be the director, and although Brin also wanted to do that part, she gave up and let Anaya do what she wants. For the movie, they travelled all the way to Bodie which seemed like the perfect place to shoot their scenes. It’s practically a ghost town, and not a single soul lives there, or that’s what they thought.

                The Vampire Underground is a really fun read for me. Although it has the “vampire” concept that most novels have, this is a bit different because it is more of a horror genre than that of the paranormal. The story is more about survival, but there were a few hints of romance. It was a fast read and very, VERY thrilling that I find myself biting my nails in anticipation as I uncover the events. The characters are very interesting as well! Brin, is a strong heroine, and although there were moments that she seemed too dependent on Paul, she still struggles to push back her fears just so she can save her friends from the blood-suckers.
                Ash is another awesome character! He’s quirky and funny, and all his remarks about his obsession with films are so hilarious! I have to admit that I didn’t like Anaya at first. She’s bossy and so full of herself, but as I continue reading, I finally understood why she’s like that.

                The pacing is a bit slow at the beginning, but when the “vampires” finally appear, things start getting much, much better. I easily finished this book in one sitting because I couldn’t wait what happens next. The ending was such a cliffhanger and I sooo cannot wait for book two! 

I give this book 4 whales.

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