Published: HarperTeen (December 28, 2010)
Series: Not that I could find
Source: I purchased this book
GoodReads Summary: I swear, my life was always totally normal.
Normal house, normal family, normal school. My looks are average, I don't have any superpowers, no one's showing up to tell me I'm a princess—you get the picture. But when my junior year started, something not normal happened. There were new kids at school . . . new kids with a wardrobe straight out of a 19th-century romance novel, and an inexplicable desire to stay at school until sundown.
And on top of that, James Hallowell showed up. James, who stole my sandwiches in fourth grade and teased me mercilessly through middle school. James, who now seems to have the power to make my heart race any time he comes near.
But something weird is going on. Because James rarely goes out during the day. And he seems stronger than your typical guy. And he knows the new kids, all of whom seem to be harboring some kind of deep secret. . . .
My Thoughts: I'm quite surprised at the fun-ness of Vampire Crush. I wasn't expecting much going into this, to be honest with you guys. I hadn't heard much about it before I saw it in Borders. I liked the glittery bat on the cover so I figured "eh, why not?" Vampire Crush was a cute, enjoyable, punny read that I read very quickly and didn't have much trouble getting through it.
Sophie was a fun girl. I appreciate that she had a personality and humor and *GASP* HOBBIES! HOLLA at the school newspaper. She's not the kind of girl who "doesn't know she's beautiful." So tired of that, by the way. Huzzah for the lack of dudes swooning over Sophie. In fact, the new hot guy at school actually expresses genuine repulsion of her. Sophie is cool enough that she brushes that crap off and doesn't give it a second thought. Sophie's personality was easy-going and surprisingly funny.
Probably my favorite character was Violet, the weird new girl who was completely obsessed with an unnamed boy and was not shy about showing off her ticket for the Crazy Train. Basically she was batshit insane. I like those kinds of characters, though. Quite colorful.
Ultimately, the plot was interesting enough, but not so much as to leave me wanting more of this world. I'd probably pick up another of the author's books, but this one just didn't blow my mind. It exceeded my expectations of a book I'd heard so little about, but I'm a huge lover of the lahve stories and this one lacked the sparks I needed for necessary swooning.