Review: VAMPS: Fresh Blood

Title: VAMPS: Fresh Blood
Author: Nicole Arend
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback arc
Release Date: January 3, 2023
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Sink your teeth into this exciting new paranormal series that transports you to an elite vampire academy where a half vampire, half human must hone his bloodthirsty side in order to survive in a cutthroat world. Perfect for fans of The Atlas Sixand True Blood. 

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 in Dillon’s veins. But as his power grows, so does the target on his back…


VAMPS is an elite boarding school for the children of the wealthiest and most powerful vampires. Dillon is sent there, with no knowledge of vampires because he was recently told that he’s a dhampir, half human and half vampire. He lived with his human father but he never knew his vampire mother. He is the first dhampir to be admitted to the academy. Though he feels left out at the beginning, it soon becomes clear that there is something special about Dillon’s dhampir blood. The power that Dillon has puts a target on his back, so he has to do whatever it takes to survive. 

If you like vampire boarding school stories, you’ll love this one! There were a lot of students in Dillon’s year, so it took a while to figure out how to distinguish between them. They all had distinct personalities and goals though, so by the end, they were easy to tell apart. 

I was really surprised at the twists at the end. There was quite a cliffhanger so I can’t wait to read the next book!

VAMPS: Fresh Blood is a great vampire story!

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me a copy of this book!

What to read next:

Crave by Tracy Wolff

Have you read VAMPS: Fresh Blood? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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