Sunday, July 3, 2011

Book Review: Slayed by Amanda Marrone

 
Author: Amanda Marrone
Author Online: Twitter Website
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: Original edition: October 5, 2010
Format: Paperback, 272 pages
My Rating: 2/5
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Summary: (Taken from Goodreads) The Van Helsing family has been hunting vampires for over one hundred years, but sixteen-year-old Daphne wishes her parents would take up an occupation that doesn’t involve decapitating vamps for cash. All Daphne wants is to settle down in one place, attend an actual school, and finally find a BFF to go to the mall with. Instead, Daphne has resigned herself to a life of fast food, cheap motels and buying garlic in bulk.
But when the Van Helsings are called to a coastal town in Maine, Daphne’s world is turned upside down. Not only do the Van Helsings find themselves hunting a terrifying new kind of vampire (one without fangs but with a taste for kindergarten cuisine), Daphne meets her first potential BF! The hitch? Her new crush is none other than Tyler Harker, AKA, the son of the rival slayer family.
What's a teen vampire slayer to do?
My Review:

Slayed by Amanda Marrone is like a mix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets the TV show Supernatural.
I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.

Our heroine, Daphne Van Helsing, is seventeen years old… and a vampire slayer! Daphne and her parents have just finished another ‘cleaning’ as they call vampire-slaying, and are now on their way to Maine for their next hunt. But the only thing that makes this cleaning different from all the rest is that the rival slaying family—the Harkers—want this Maine city as well.

The teenage characters were realistic in speech and thought, but at times, I found the whole of them to act less than their age, and not behave with the maturity you would believe them to have, having been brought up around vampire slayers their whole lives.

Daphne has thoughts and dreams just like everyone else, but being a seventeen year old slayer can really be a pain.
She doesn’t have very many friends—okay. She doesn’t have any at all—but she wants them. I found Daphne’s longing for a normal life with parents with normal jobs and friends heartbreaking, and I felt that gave her character a little more depth.
She wasn’t a very strong character in my opinion. You never really saw any growth from her throughout the story. Though, without spoiling it for all of you… there is a scene at the end of the book with Daphne and her parents, and that scene alone will make you feel that Daphne has at least learned one thing throughout the book. I’ll leave it at that!

Throw in once-upon-a-time child star and slayer wannabe Maybelle “Kiki” Crusher, and slayer hottie Tyler Harker and you got yourself a whole lot of fun and trouble!
Tyler was sweet and cute, but we never learned anything about him.
We never learned his interests besides being a slayer and we didn’t really see much of him. The relationship between him and Daphne seemed to be based purely on physical attraction, and the fact that they had the whole Romeo and Juliet thing going on.

Kiki was one of the only reasons that kept me flipping pages, wanting to read more. She was funny, a bit of a diva, and a totally awesome slayer in training. She had the most depth of any of the characters in this book, and it is easy to say she was my favorite character.

Over all, Slayed was fun and light, but I wouldn’t rush out first thing to buy this book just based on the facts above.

The plot was very weak—at times, it seemed like the author didn’t even know where she was going with this story.
Many scenes seemed rushed and messy, and certain things that took place had me at a lost for a few moments, and made me turn back a page or two and try to find my place again.
And don’t get me started on the spelling/grammar!
Now, I know that no one book can be without mistakes… but I have never seen so many in one book in my short (but somewhat meaningful) life!
There were so many typos and grammatical errors that I found distracting and at times I was just put off by the fact that this book was so poorly edited and then published!
No novel is without flaws, but I can only hope that the person who edited this book was half asleep, or this being the first book he/she has ever worked on. Though I do believe the author should have taken more time to look everything over and make sure it was up to standards.

But the one thing that set this book apart from others is that in this vampire story, the slayer does not end up falling in love with what she hunts. I found that part comforting.

So there you have it! I would not recommend this book to young readers. There is strong language and suggestive content throughout the story, and at times, I felt this unnecessary.

This having been my first Amanda Marrone book, I’m not sure if her writing is for me, but I never rule out an author just because I did not enjoy one of their books. So who knows? Maybe I’ll love her next book!
Though if she were to give Kiki her own book and/or series… let’s just say I’ll be lining up for that one!
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