Monday, May 28, 2012

BOOK REVIEW - THE VAMPIRE UNDERGROUND by BRIAN ROWE - GRISLY HIGH # 1

By: Brian Rowe
Published By : Brian Rowe
Released : Available Now
Details : Digital, 276 Pages

RATING : 3.25 STARS!!!
Book Blurb: Taken From Goodreads

16-year-old Brin Skar hates everything to do with the supernatural, so the obsessive film geek isn't happy when she discovers that her junior year Film class at Grisly High is devoted to the horror genre. She's even more disconcerted when she learns that six groups in the class will be writing and directing their very own horror movies.

Brin and five classmates travel to Bodie Ghost Town in California to shoot their creepy film, but they soon find themselves fighting a real terrifying threat when a clan of mean, bloodthirsty vampires emerge from beneath the surface and start attacking the group. The teens, headed by Brin and the egotistical director Anaya Frost, have no help from the outside and become outnumbered by the vampires a hundred to one.

But when Brin meets Paul, a helpful and smoldering vampire outcast who's had enough of his shameful life, she realizes he might be the only key to her survival



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle :

“You wouldn’t believe what happened to me this weekend, Dad. If a writer wrote it, if a director filmed it, everyone would call it fiction. But I was there.........”



This is my fourth book I have read by author Brian Rowe. I think to read Brian’s Birthday Trilogy and Grisly High series you need to throw seriousness out the window and just go with it. Don’t question plot and character depth. I do not mean this in a bad way. It is the way to enjoy Brian’s two series I have just mentioned.

Brian just has a crazy time with his writing. I do wonder sometimes at the strength of his male characters as they do tend to cry in his books. I would like to see them stronger figures, especially for their age. I am all for the guy that can get in touch with his inner emotions, but......

I do laugh at his writing, it puts a smile on my face and sometimes that is the medicine the doctor ordered. I can at the same time feel a tendency to get frustrated when things are left way open or how blase' he can be about some of his plot and the flaws you can fall into. I truly am not meaning to be rude, it just is, with Brian’s writing. I just find myself laughing and possibly doing a bit of a WT?!!

The Vampire Underground has an intriguing start with Grace and her grandpa in his RV. Then we turn to Brin , Ash and the crew at Grisly High and their film projects.

Ash is Brin’s guy bff. He is on another film group who are doing their thing during this story. The film projects are what gives this story its direction. We go between Brin’s groups project, and Ash’s groups project. Ash’s group has a lot calmer filming schedule. LOL!! Brin’s with the ever present Anaya...not so much.

Anaya’s character I sometimes felt sorry for how Brian wrote her, as she is a rather large girl and I did cringe sometimes how he described the poor girl. At the same time I liked her ‘not get pushed around ‘, attitude.

Brin finds herself out at Bodie Ghost Town with the over enthusiastic Anaya, Chace, Lavender, Dylan and Sawyer. I did laugh out loud at Anaya needing ‘that shot’ when hell broke loose. Half of these kids wind up buck naked in some underground circus, weird, killing, lotto drawing crazy thing that DROZ is master of ceremonies over.

Then we have Paul.....hmmmm...need more information. Paul and the rest of the characters of Bodie Ghost Town... I don’t think we get the information needed in this first instalment to understand them. I know they are vampires, I don’t know much else. The why, where? I had no depth to Paul’s character. He was a good guy and that is about it.

I liked Ash. He is a loyal guy bff, who has a bit of a crappy temper with remakes of the classic horrors. Not sure where that outburst came from? Very level headed until you mention a remake.

Visually that whole crazy blood thirsty underground circus scene would look quite spectacular on the big screen , creepy and frightening and colourful.

This could almost be a CULT B-Grade movie if done right. It is that crazy in parts. I would get my plot filler out and fill up those holes. Somebody on Goodreads has explained it perfectly and politely. They gave two stars, I give this 3.25 stars.

This series has great potential if the plot flaws can be ironed out and some time spent on the characters development. This is just my personal opinion.



Michelle

2 comments:

  1. When I saw the cover for this I assumed it was a graphic novel but it sounds like it's an actual book. I like that the writing makes you laugh and that makes me want to check this book out!

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    1. Hi Vegan Ya Nerd,

      Yes this is a series:D Brian can get pretty crazy with his storyline:D

      Michelle

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