Today I am reviewing the Vaempire books by Thomas Winship.
About the books:
Vaempires: Revolution (The Evolutionary War)
It is the morning of Princess Cassandra’s sixteenth birthday. Everyone’s attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the momentous event.
Cassandra’s boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He’s still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires–former vampires who mutated into warm-blooded creatures with an insatiable hunger for cold blood–have launched coordinated attacks across the globe, with three goals: the eradication of humanity, the enslavement of vampires, and the ascension of væmpires as the dominant species on the planet.
The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons: a new breed of væmpire that is far deadlier than any ever seen before.
What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, and walk through walls?
Vaempires: White Christmas (The Evolutionary War)
It’s almost Christmas. With the global holiday days away, the people of the world should be turning their attention toward celebrating peace and goodwill, but tension between humans, vampires, and væmpires is at an all-time high. Desperate for solutions, King Brant schedules a secret summit deep in North America’s Northern Forest. Along with Queen Anne, Princess Cassandra, Daniel’s family, and the human president and First Lady, the vampire leader seeks to reaffirm the ties between humans and vampires, while brainstorming ways to respond to the growing hostility among væmpires.
Meanwhile, Daniel and Cassie’s relationship is at an all-time low. The princess is still reeling from her breakup with Vielyn, and Daniel doesn’t know what he should or shouldn’t do to help. Little does he know that the summit will be flooded with surprises–guests, allegations, accusations, proposals, and even Christmas Eve revelations–but not all of the surprises will be pleasant.
I love vampire stories, but I always enter into them a little wary. Cliché or cheesy vampire books irritate me to no end.
Vaempires is neither of those. I found the concept of book to be unique and refreshing. I love that there is a whole new level of vampire called the Vaempires and the twist on the blood requirement for Vaempires is pretty dang cool.
I love the post-apocalyptic world the story is set in. The pace of the book was fast and action packed. I like that the humans know about the vampires and although vamps are the dominant species they still work with the humans.
I like the little bit of romance and it was nice to have it more of a background story rather than the main event. A rarity among urban fantasy style novels and well received by this reader.
There were a few reactions during the fight scenes that seemed a little off, but nothing major and nothing to take away from the story.
All in all, a great vampire read! I’ve read the first book and the prequel (evil trick that. I thought I was picking up the second book originally 🙂 ). I have the next book, Zombie Rising, on my TBR pile and look forward to seeing what happens. Especially with given the way Revolution ended.
I fully recommend the Vaempire series to anyone who is a lover of good vamp novels!
This is the sequel to Revolution that I can’t wait to read:
Vampires: Zombie Rising (The Evolutionary War)
The tale of the Evolutionary War resumes in Væmpires: Zombie Rising.
Vampire forces are reeling. As Linq and Ray race to the royal estate to rendezvous with Cassandra and Daniel, the princess is captured and Daniel falls.
With the fate of world shifting to their teenage shoulders, Linq and Ray must deal with tremendous losses while battling a most unexpected—and undeadly—new foe.
About Thomas Winship:
Thomas Winship resides in New York. He currently serves as MBA Director for St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he also teaches courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. Prior to this, he spent fifteen years working for a global pharmaceutical company, specializing in organizational development, talent management, and training.
Tom writes in his spare time. His first novel, Temporary Insanity, was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. Væmpires: Revolution, his second novel (first in the Væmpires series) was published in October and Væmpires: White Christmas followed in December.
He is an avid collector of books, comic books, music, and movies. His interests are diverse: on any given day, Tom is likely to be found watching a horror movie, attending a hard rock concert, or enjoying a Broadway show.
He is currently working on the next installment of the “Væmpires” series, which is scheduled for a 2013 release.
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