Review: ReVamped & ReAwakened by Ada Adams

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ReVamped

ReVamped
by Ada Adams
Series: Angel Creek #1
Publication: February 20th 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: ebook provided by author
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A simple mission turned deadly.

Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.

When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same.

My Thoughts

The year is 2015 and vampires have co-existed with humans for the past three years. Dawn Fairchild is a nineteen-year-old vampire who has never left Scarlet House, her father’s vampire presidential headquarters. She has spent her entire existence being educated and trained to be a smart, savvy.. and let’s face it… badass fighter. She has always given all of herself and has succeeded in every task, but then again, she’s never been out in the real world, so it’s all come fairly easy for her… so far.

This is how I see our heroine, Dawn Fairchild: Born vampire, super clever, ultimate fighting machine, causes alarming accounts of whiplash when walking by.

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She finally receives a mission: head to Angel Creek and train four new vamps to be the town guardians because their predecessors, The Fab Five, have ventured out to pursue other interests. Dawn is over the moon at the thought of breaking away from Scarlet House, even though the mission is meant to be a cake walk. She arrives in town, locates her recruits, but not before meeting Ethan, the town hunk/bartender at the local diner, and proceeds to assemble them for duty. Dawn quickly learns that the four vamps she is assigned are not at all what she expected. They range from a barbie-type, self-involved prom queen want-to-be to a teenage video game nerd. How will she train them to protect the town if she can’t get them to put down the nail polish bottle or video game controller? Ugh.

Dawn doesn’t give up that easily, though. She wrangles her crew, sends them to a remote location selected by her father, and gets ready for the task of a lifetime. Oh, did I forget to mention that Dawn is also made aware of another vampire in town, Sebastian, who she tries to recruit. He refuses her proposition without so much as batting an eyelash, and that really frustrates Dawn. Heck, the way Sebastian is described, everything about him would frustrate me… in a most forgivable way, if you know what I mean. 😉

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Unbeknownst to Dawn, this simple mission is about to dissect her entire life, and much of what is about to happen is no bueno. After weeks of training her newly recruited band of misfits, a local human woman is kidnapped by a group of rogue vampires, and so begins the unravelling of Dawn Fairchild’s world.

I went into this book with the idea that it would be just like every other vampire story out there, and in the beginning I found a lot of similarities to True Blood – vampires living out in the open, drinking manufactured blood sources like Blood Cola, the chatty red-headed waitress, Hannah, and Ethan, the cute flannel wearing bartender at the local diner. Yes, really. I found myself rolling my eyes at the fame and fortune seekers of the vampire world and the vamp-inspired reality television show references. I was even a little disappointed by the four vampires that Dawn was supposed to train — Brooke, a typical blonde cheerleader who’s spent the last fifty years trying to become prom queen. Seth, the video game nerd that Brooke accidentally turned recently. Hunter, a junkie that was so trashed he could barely focus on Dawn’s words. Sophie, a timid book nerd that works at the local library. How was Dawn expected to make something of these freaks? These vamps don’t hold a candle to the legend of The Fab Five!

To my surprise, as the story began to unfold, I grew very fond of these characters that I had previously misjudged. Ada Adams is a true magician with words. The character arc for EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. is extremely well thought out and executed. Brooke, the want-to-be prom queen recruit that I desperately wanted to backhand in the beginning, became one of my favorite characters. There is much more to these folks than meets the eye, and that made me a very happy girl. The plot completely enveloped me and, after a certain point, I could not put the book down. It was SO EASY TO READ! Easier than many books I’ve read recently. I tuned everything else out, much to my husbands chagrin, and became lost in Angel Creek. By the end I could think of nothing other than jumping into the next book…

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ReAwakened

ReAwakened
by Ada Adams
Series: Angel Creek #2
Publication: November 27th 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Becoming a vampire guardian was Dawn Fairchild’s ticket out of the Scarlet House. Fresh off a successful mission, life in Angel Creek should have been great. But when her sort-of-maybe-boyfriend, Sebastian, disappears on a quest to help a beautiful vampire from his past, Dawn finds herself amidst a web of danger, lies, and deceit.

Joining forces with Razor, an enigmatic rebel lacking both a verbal and a physical filter, and her band of Misfits—Brooke, Sophie, Hunter, and Seth—Dawn is thrust into a race against the clock to solve the mystery surrounding brutal Born kidnappings and come to terms with the sudden discovery of her own unique powers. With time ticking away and Born vampires’ lives in jeopardy, it quickly becomes evident that someone—or something—desperately wants Dawn and is willing to shed any amount of blood to get her.

Dawn has only one chance to face her demons and overcome all obstacles standing in her way as she embarks on the biggest mission of her life—one that threatens a deadly outcome for all involved.

My Thoughts

And then there were two. Yes, I have two book boyfriends now! I’ve become quite the book floozy this past week. Meet Razor… he’s vying for my attention now too. hehe. I’m having a difficult time deciding who I fancy more.. Sebastian or Razor. It’s not just his rugged good looks either, his character is quite witty, and a bit cocky too. He’s the kind of guy that makes you want to smack him and kiss him at the same time.

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Dawn Fairchild, our fearless heroine, is now dealing with the aftermath of events from her first mission, which I can’t tell you about because that would spoil everything. She pays a visit to the U.S. Vampire Headquarters because she believes the new vampire president is behind a recent scandal. Born vampires are disappearing like Doritos at an elementary school dance, and the Angel Creek Guardians must figure out who is behind this operation before any more of these rare vamps vanish. Sebastian takes off with a sultry vamp from his past in an attempt to stop Dawn from getting involved because, well.. she is a Born vampire — one of the most highly sought-after. If you’ve read the first book then you know that Dawn doesn’t back down from any type of threat. What happens next? Well, sorry.. I can’t tell you, but I will tell you it’s FREAKING EPIC!

This second installment can pretty much be understood without having read the first book, although I don’t recommend it because I grew extremely fond of these characters based on their development throughout the first book. In ReAwakened we learn even more about some of the characters, and the intensity of the plot is so colossal you don’t feel like you’re reading a book that is nearly 600 pages. I flew through this book like a hot knife through butter. I am now officially in love with this series! When the heck is the next book coming out? Ada Adams is an author that should be on every paranormal romance fan’s TBR list.

About the Author

AdaAdams“Many people sing in the shower. I write scenes in my head and act them out.” In her career as a writer and an actress, Ada spends most of her days immersed in imaginary worlds. Much like the kick-butt female characters she enjoys playing and writing about, Ada is a martial artist with a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She is also a big proponent of lifelong learning and has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (it aids in creating characters with unique quirks!) as well as a Masters of Science in Education. Ada began her writing career at age three with a string of short stories that only a mother could love, and has been inventing quirky characters and imaginary worlds ever since. Her readership has now grown to include people who aren’t directly related to her. A passionate advocate for the arts, Ada is also an editor-in-chief of VEUX Magazine – a fashion/literary publication which showcases up-and-coming talent from all over the world. Amongst other things she enjoys are zombies, chocolate, and bubble tea. Ada lives in Toronto, Canada, and when she’s not writing you can find her on an adventurous nature hike with her puppies, Caramilk and Oreo. Or deep in a jar of Nutella.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Danielle @ Consuming Worlds

    Toni, I absolutely love your choices! Especially for Razor and Sebastian. So drool worthy! 🙂

    • Thanks, Danielle! It took me FOREVER to find these photos. Probably longer than it took me to read both books. haha. I really suck at dream casting. I don’t know so many bloggers do it so often, and with such ease.

  • Ok you got me at “epic” – “True Blood” and those images that made me swoon!!!! Gosh, there is nothing better to convince me than eye candy! I wanted to read these books for quite some time, but never gotten to them! must.change.now!

  • Yvonne Cline Simpkins

    Thank you for the giveaways, look like good reads.

  • Azza

    I’ve had these books for a while now, and but I felt like I needed some kind of reassurance. I can’t wait to read them now!

    Great choices for the male models 😉

    • I owned the first book for quite a while before I read it, too. I guess with all the books available, sometimes it takes a nudge in the right direction 🙂 I hope you’ll let me know what you think after you read them!

      • Azza

        Really, you’d like to know I think?

        Cool! I can’t wait to read it and gush about it with you.