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Review: It has been a while since I have read a YA novel, but I couldn’t turn down the chance to read Michael C. Greer’s Carmella Jackson: Manifest Vampire. I found Greer’s novel to be a most refreshing read. Meet Carmella Jackson, a normal beach loving teenager spending her last summer days soaking up the sun with her friends before she heads off to college. Life was good… until Carmella gets completely blindsided one fateful night and bitten in her bedroom by a mysterious attacker.
As her body begins to change, Carmella realizes that she is transforming into a vampire, and balancing her normal life with her new nocturnal state will be more of a challenge than she thought. And when a top secret organization charges her the task of taking down the beast that attacked her, she is going to need support from everyone to survive.
I really appreciated how simple Greer kept his story. There’s no blockbuster antics or over the top drama that is often found in popular vampire novels. Greer’s point of view is unique and all his own. I enjoyed following Carmella on her journey to self-discovery, learning the everyday tendencies of her family and friends, and watching her figure out where her new future will lead her. While this title could have been proofread and edited a little more, if you are a fan of YA vampire novels, I’m sure that you will enjoy Carmella Jackson: Manifest Vampire. I look forward to reading the second title in Greer’s series!
My favorite part of Manifest Vampire is the relationship between Carmella and her boyfriend. It is going to be interesting to see whether Carmella decides to turn her boyfriend into a vampire. Comment: If you were a vampire, what celebrity crush would you not mind taking a bite of? 🙂