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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Early Review: Vamplayers by Rusty Fischer



At the Afterlife Academy of Exceptionally Dark Arts, Lily Fielding is a measly trainee who dreams of one day becoming a Savior—those who visit vampire-infested high schools and put down the undead with their deadly crossbows. When Lily and her classmates Alice and Cara begin their latest assignment, it seems like just another run-of-the-mill gig: they’re to simply spot the Vamplayer—part vampire, part player—identify the popular girl he’s set his sights on, and befriend her before the Vamplayer can turn her to do his bidding. Before long, however, the Vamplayer sets his sights on Lily's friends, and she is left to face the threat alone while protecting her friends from the dark forces she has sworn to resist.

Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2012 by Medallion Press
ISBN: 1605424498 (ISBN13: 9781605424491)


I am a huge fan of Rusty Fischer!  I think that I might be his biggest fan.  Seriously, I cannot read enough of his books!
Vamplayers is a fun, interesting, new take on the vampire trend that is rocking the YA lit department.  I love this idea, that there are players whose only goal is to seduce, turn, and wreak havoc on a high school and community.
So, we’ve got the Sisters: Alice, Cara, & Lily.  They’re, you know, not teenagers, but expertly-trained vampire secret ops agents whose purpose is to seek out the vamplayer.  They have a rank, Lily (our heroine) is Third Sister.  She really has no pull, no authority.  She’s the nobody of the group.  Her history is epic.  Sad, but epic.  And I loved Lily for the most part.  She’s a little of a ditz.  Ok, so maybe a lot of a ditz.  She doesn’t connect the dots.  Even I connected the dots.  So, I got a little frustrated with her.  I wanted to slap her a few times, but she is mostly made of awesome.
I loved Zander and Grover.  By far the best supporting cast and comedic relief I’ve seen in awhile!  They are geeks, outcasts, and scholarship kids at this exclusive school.  They’re pretty much nobodies, too.  And they are made of awesome.
I love the ending!  I didn’t see that coming!  I expected something quite the opposite and love this book all the more for it!  And I’m not going to spoil it for you!

Vamplayers is action packed, full of awesome, and a very very fun read!  So, on February 1, BUY THIS BOOK!
Get to reading,
*This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

About the Author:

Rusty Fischer is the author of several YA supernatural novels, including Zombies Don't Cry, Ushers, Inc., Becca Bloom & the Drumsticks of Doom and Panty Raid @ Zombie High.


  1. Team Zander and Grover for the win! Thanks for the review, Richard, and Happy New Year!!!

  2. I am sooo excited about reading this!!!

  3. @Rusty: Thank you!

    @Rebecca: it's a good thing your husband has the hook-up for this book then, huh?

  4. Rebecca's excitement in her video blog has me wanting to read this too. She was really really excited. I mean the synopsis sounds really cool, but when a reader friend gets that squeally about something, it tends to have a ripple effect.

  5. @Asheley: Rusty is one of my favorite authors! I might be his biggest fan :)


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