ARC: 384 Pages
Genre: YA Paranormal (Vampires)
From Goodreads. 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.
Review by Kate
VAMPLAYERS, by Rusty Fischer, is a unique take on vampires in the young adult genre. Lily is an 80s girl (which makes me love her that much more) and is turned into a vampire. She joins the Afterlife Academy and becomes a "Sister" but she really wants to become a "Savior". But she can't pass the test. She vows one more mission as a Sister will be enough for her but boy is it a doozy. With her two other Sisters, she attends Nightshade undercover to find the Vamplayer who is going to infest this secluded school. But soon enough she becomes alone in her endeavor and fights against time and a big baddy in the hopes of saving everyone, including herself.
Can I just say how much I LOVED this book? Okay… LOVED IT! Lately I have been so surprised by the number of male authors that just get into the mind of teen girls and portray it so well on paper. Lily was so dynamic and fun, and if she wasn't a vampire I'd definitely want her to be my bestie in high school. She is not afraid to be herself and work hard, which I just adore when reading female protagonists. Also, each and every other character was defined intricately as well. Each and every character had a palpable past and their own motives, which I found refreshing and not cumbersome at all. And of course I fell hard for Zander, almost as much as Lily did.
The lore of the vampires was quickly revealed in creative situations and I never felt bogged down with too much detail. Initially when I was approached with reading this book I had a different idea of what to expect, but it's legit a Vampire who is a Player. I cracked up when I realized it. It's a genius idea and executed perfectly.
The pacing of the book was fast and furious. I honestly could not get through the book any faster. Fischer has a knack for creating and sustaining suspense until the very end.
Overall, a really fun and fresh book that will give vampire lovers a new perspective. I think paranormal readers of all levels will like this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone! I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Fischer.