VAMPS: Fresh Blood
This “fast-paced and enthralling” (The Sun, London) debut transports you to an elite vampire academy where a half vampire, half human struggles to hone his bloodthirsty side.
Nestled in the Swiss Alps, VAMPS is the ultimate academy for the children of the most wealthy and powerful vampire families. Unfortunately for Dillon, he’s an outsider—to be more specific, he’s a dhampir: a vampire that is half human.
If he wants to survive more than a single term, he’s going to need to embrace his fangs. But blood never lies and soon, it becomes clear there is something special and deadly flowing in Dillon’s veins. But as his power grows, so does the target on his back…
“An alluring and fast-paced read for fans of The Atlas Six, A Deadly Education, and True Blood” (Library Journal).
Arend's sexy, dark academia-tinged debut skirts the line between adult and YA fantasy to follow a group of 18-year-old vampires enrolled in an elite prep school "nestled in a valley high up in the Swiss Alps." Dillon Halloran has no idea that he is a dhampir—half human, half vampire—until, at the request of a mother he's never met, he's sent to the prestigious VAMPS academy. The only dhampir ever admitted to VAMPS, Dillon struggles to adjust to life among his superhuman and supernaturally beautiful classmates. It's an uphill battle: Dillon knows nothing of his vampire mother beyond that she came from a powerful bloodline, and he himself has never consumed human blood, meaning his vampire side lies dormant. When Dillon is unexpectedly chosen to assume the leadership position of Vampire Elect for his class, he faces opposition both within the academy and without as enemies plot first to oust him from his position—and then to kill him by framing him for a capital offense. Dillon works well as an everyman point of entry into Arend's dark world of temptation, desire, and, of course, hunger. Fans of non-horror vampire stories and Olivie Blake's The Atlas Six should put this on their radar.