VAMPS: Fresh Blood

Atria. (VAMPS, Bk. 1). Jan. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781668013786. $27.99. FANTASY
DEBUT Hidden in the Swiss Alps lies the most prestigious and selective academy for vampires, VAMPS, where powerful and wealthy vampire families send their children. Dillon Halloran has just been selected to attend, but he’s a dhampir: half human and half vampire. He is the first dhampir to ever attend VAMPS. This makes him not only an outsider, but puts him at a huge disadvantage because he was raised as a human and never knew his vampire mother. Despite only being half vampire, upon entry to the school, his blood is found to be extremely powerful. This makes life dangerous for him, as many want access to his blood. Dillon is forced to reckon with his vampire side while trying to fit in and survive the school.
VERDICT Arend creates an exciting world of civilized vampires that hold power and weight even inside the human hierarchy. It’s an alluring and fast-paced read for fans of The Atlas Six, A Deadly Education, and True Blood.
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