When I picked up Vamped, I admit it was with ulterior motives. Sure, I wanted a good book to read, but I also wanted to be able to say I'd read the book. You see, the author is none other than literary agent Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency, and I was still waiting on a reply to the query I sent to her. You know, if she happened to request pages and we ended up talking. (Dream big much?)
Anyway, I went into Vamped hoping I'd like it. It has all the earmarks of a book I'd enjoy. I'm a fan of paranormals, and I enjoy reading YA novels. Of course, I don't love every book in either genre, but I was prepared to slog through the book whether I enjoyed it or not.
Starting out I got a vibe like it was going to be similar to Happy Hour of the Damned, which I didn't like and didn't finish. I wasn't exactly grooving on the spoiled chick turned vampire, but I kept reading. And you know what?
Ms. Diver surprised me. About halfway through the first chapter, I wanted to put the book down and move on to one of my other purchases. But I promised myself I'd finish the damn book. Good thing, too. Just a little bit further, I began to see where she was going with her character development. Farther along, and sure enough, she gave me a likeable and sympathetic character. Then she hit me with the whammy and presented a heroic MC. (I love me some heroic characters, doncha know.)
Darling Daughter hasn't read Vamped yet, so I can't give you the teen POV on this novel, but for my part, I ended up enjoying the story. I am glad I kept reading, and my experience here reminds me to give new authors a chance. Who knows, maybe I'll go back and finish Happy Hour.
So, tell me, have you ever kept reading something you were pretty sure you wouldn't like? Did you end up liking it, or were your first instincts the best ones? Dish in the comments, but please be nice.