The Vampire Stalker

The Vampire Stalker

by Allison Van Diepen


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Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

Amy is in love with Alexander Banks, a brooding, handsome vampire hunter. There's just one problem: He doesn't exist. Alexander is the hero in a series of popular vampire novels, and Amy has breathlessly followed all his fictional adventures.

Then, late one night, fiction becomes reality.

Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander Banks. In fact, he IS Alexander, come to life from the pages of the book. And he's in hot pursuit of Vigo, the ruthless vampire who has also crossed over into Amy's city. As Amy struggles to unravel the mystery behind Alexander's arrival, she must help him track down Vigo before too many lives are at risk. But attraction, danger, and dark secrets soon collide, leaving Amy to wonder if the greatest thing at stake . . . is her heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545283748
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 440,343
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Allison van Diepen is the author of STREET PHARM, SNITCH, RAVEN, and THE ORACLE OF DATING. She teaches high school and lives in Ottawa, Canada. Please visit her online at

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The Vampire Stalker 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
adm912 More than 1 year ago
I knew I'd be in for a fun ride with this book, I was, but I was also pleasantly surprised by the story line and the characters. It's such a creative book and definitely one that will please any book lover. The first chapter alone made my inner book-geek self squeal. It opens up to a book's release date, I'd imagine all of us have experienced that joy of getting that new book in a favorite series that we've been lusting over for a whole year. Amy was your typical book boy-obsessed teen. She was more like an average fan who was in love with one of the characters than her more fanatical friends. Alexander was charming, yet awkward at times. His world is much different than our modern day world, it's more of an old-world charm. Chivalry is definitely not dead there, but he's not perfect, his temper gets the best of him at times. Vigo is your typical vampire who is bent on destruction, he makes an entertaining villain. I loved the love story element. I found myself texting a few sentences to my friend that made me go "awwww". I was sent a review copy from Scholastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 13 year old who has read ALOT of books some good and some not.. this one is in my type 5 books! Trust me if your a teen you will not be able to tear your eyes of this book for a sec! (i read this book secretly during class its so good!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U hve to admitt it you have probably fallen in love with someone in a book an example Edward Cullen from Twilight Series or Peeta from the Hunge Games (both great books of you have seen the movies read the books or if u havent read the bools read them they are AMAZING) raise your hands high if u have fallen in love a character from a book i know i have Alexander Banks from the book you mist read if u dont well your missing out on tuns of love/action book. I give a hige 5 raring stars to Allison Van Diepen hope ther is a series Allison Van Diepen #1 Fan!! :D
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I will be the first to admit that it would be so freaking cool to see characters that I believe are just fiction come to life. I mean really, think about. Your reading a book about a hot vampire hunter, you know the way he looks, the way he talks and BAM! He's right there! Right in front of you! And now you are caught in the midst of battle that has been raging on for years. Raise your hand up if you ever day dream this? ME!!!! *raises hand high* So when this girl Amy is reading her favorite fictional book and her character comes to life I am hooked. I loved the idea of the plot because I have thought about it plenty of times. I loved Amy's reaction to it. She didn't believe it, thought the guy is role playing! LOL! Amy quickly catches on that he is not playing and is who he claims to be. I loved that Amy uses her knowledge of the books as well as the author to help their enemies. The love interest in the book is what I expected. It's fluffy, romantic, and even a times funny. The light-heartedness of their love brings in some peace with all the fighting with vampires. I adored their little smiles as well as their confession of love for each other. Totally sweet! The Vampire Stalker is not what you expect. The hopeful beginning of a fantasy come true engages the reader till the end of the book. Brilliant and entertaining, The Vampire Stalker is sweet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for everyone. Fell in love with this book from the first page onward. Very funny and cute with a little romance. If you like vampires, this is a book you will never be able to put down until you've finished it, cover to cover. Characters are believable,too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book love the romance and the action and totally the story because who doesn't want a hot guy ur in love with from ur favorite book to come to u and have feelings for u it would be a dream come true this is the best book ever!!!!!
CaliGirlFL More than 1 year ago
I thought the beginning of this book was really awesome, great characters-good story line, but by the end I was really dissapointed. About half way through the book everything started to feel very rushed, and slightly cheesy. I just found it ridiculus that the cops would be taking advice from a teenager, even if she is a "vampire expert"! I feel like the author should have taken more time to develop the second half of the book.
truth2me-istruthenough More than 1 year ago
i knew this book was so for me because of the first page. of course ive fallen in love with a character in a book. this book is now my fav. it was funny and so very cute.
Zoey_River More than 1 year ago
Imagine one night you bump into your favorite character from your favorite book (in this case: your fictional book crush). Well, that's exactly what happened to Amy. Unfortunately, along with him came the villain of the book. And this kind of villain, the ruthless vampire Vigo, cannot be allowed to stay in Amy's world. So of course Amy joins alexander in his one and only mission in life: to kill Vigo (the vampire who killed his family). Amy had a crush on alexander in the books, as any book reader teenage would, but he was only fictional, inside the pages of a book. Until now. Now that he's a real person. What they both didn't expect was for them to fall in love. Especially Alexander, who dedicated his all life to one purpose alone, while avoiding attachments that can only get in his way to his goal. For the full review (with spoilers), please visit: *The review was longer than the allowed word count* (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with the author's well-delivered story. Considering it was only 168 pages, it was well-paced, and told an entire story that was amazing from the rising action, to the resolution. I was very pleased and enjoyed this story, and would like to read more books by this author. All i can say is, even if you are not really into books about the supernatural, i think you should give this book a chance. I am only 13 years old and I have read a LOT of amazing books. And as a teen myself, this book is perfect for teens as well as adults. It has no cussing for those of you who are parents and are a little cautious for their child who wants to read it. It has the perfect amount of romance. And the perfect amount of action. But just a precaution also to parents, there is a little bit of mild violence but nothing too extreme. Overall, I am adding this book to my list of great reads. -READ ON! <3
Paranormal-Romance_Junkie More than 1 year ago
Loved her &quot;Raven&quot; book and loved this one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this book i wish it would happen to me i only wish i knew what happends in othetworld
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so amazing I mean I even cried on some parts. Love it. !ove it. Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing i loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved my fiance in every part he has played. This book remind me of twilight team Edward!!!!;) This book was intense and had romance in the book it was prety good. There are about 257 pages in the book. This book can be for middle schoolers and up. But Alex is the best fiance you can ever have. Every character had a job they played it very well. Especially my fiance. Well soon to be Mrs.Banks cant wait. My most favorite book out of this author ice read that allison has made so far. You should really give this bok a chance its really good. Especially when my baby alex played a good role!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was on the edge of my seat every second of the book it was fantastic is has action fantasy romance comedy and best of all cute guys and real life vampires!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book its a teenage romance book reminds me of twilight
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much i feel that alot if people would love this book I really hope there will be asecond one !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books ive read in a while
danisnell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Being a diehard fan of several book series myself, the premise of The Vampire Stalker with an obsessed fan girl finding out that the her fictional book boy crush actually exists, appealed to me. However, while the story at it¿s most basic was interesting, the execution of the story ¿ especially in regard to characters and credibility ¿ left a little to be desired. By now it should be apparent that I am a fan of character-driven books that boast well-developed casts. Unfortunately, in The Vampire Stalker, I just couldn¿t seem to generate any kind of connection to any of the characters, even the main protagonist Amy. Amy is a girl who has fallen in love with her universe¿s equivalent of Twilight and its hero, Alexander Banks, vampire hunter extraordinaire. Amy at first appears as bookish and slightly nerdy, not really part of the popular crowd, but then later in the book she¿s clubbing it up and playing it cool. Not that you can¿t be bookish AND be a party girl, but she just seemed inconsistent somehow. I couldn¿t peg Amy¿s personality and I became so preoccupied with trying to figure her out that I never made a real connection with her character. I also wasn¿t able to jump on the ¿Alexander-Banks-is-dreamy¿ bandwagon. He was a character that held the reader at arms length ¿ distant. Everything that gave him depth the reader is told outright, leaving little to be discovered. Another barrier with Alexander is that van Diepen gave him a very affected way of speaking. He is supposed to have a more antiquated vocabulary and style, but it came off as forced, unauthentic and pretentious. It was off-putting to say the least, and his odd word choices and phrasing jarred me out of the story on numerous occasions. The credibility in this story was also an issue for me. I won¿t go into detail about what specifically bothered me, as I don¿t want to ruin the story for any who might be interested in reading it, but how events unfold ¿ the resulting explanation of events and even some character responses to those situations ¿ I found completely implausible. I¿m willing to suspend disbelief when reading the paranormal/sci-fi genres, but the author has got to sell me on the mechanics of their world, their science, the magic or whatever is the cause of events unexplainable, and for whatever reason in The Vampire Stalker, I just wasn¿t buying. I also had issues with the one dimensional villain, the slightly foundation-less romance that bordered on insta-love, and a small PSA about standing up to bullies that felt like a tagged-on afterthought. Overall, The Vampire Stalker was a great diversion while I was stuck on a cross-country flight. As the rating says, it was ¿fun, but not a favorite.¿ Truly, it wasn¿t all bad but I just couldn¿t get over those few hang-ups to really enjoy it.
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You know the kinds of book series that you are thinking about constantly? The ones that you would not mind at all waiting in a line forever to be the first to get the new installment or to get your book signed? Series like The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments, The Hunger Games (which I still have yet to read...). Now imagine Edward Cullen (because Jacob is a sorry excuse for a point on a love triangle), Harry Potter, Jace Wayland, or your favorite Hunger Games character appeared in the real world. The Vampire Stalker is the story of what happens. Amy is utterly obsessed with the Otherworld trilogy and wouldn't mind marrying it's tortured protagonist, the vampire hunter Alexander Banks. When Amy comes face to face with Alexander, her whole world changes. Not only is the extremely good-looking Alexander Banks talking to her, but she also has to come to terms with either she's crazy, Alexander is a fake, or there is some weird science going into novel writing. Oh, and Alexander's existence also means that the villain, evil vampire Vigo is also in town. And that is bad. Really bad. I really enjoyed this book. With the influx of fandoms surrounding book series, The Vampire Stalker is being released at prime time. So many people can relate to Amy, and it is actually kind of funny to see your own obsession from the outside, see how ridiculous you seem (but still wouldn't change a thing). Another thing that I really appreciated was the science behind Alexander's existence in modern day Chicago. It isn't just explained as "magic", it is explained in a way that seems somewhat possible. No, I'm not expecting Edward to appear down the block any time soon, but Allison Van Diepen makes it seem less impossible. This book is pretty straight forward, but I would recommend it. it is a really fun, quick read that any book obsessed person would enjoy. It is your secret dream come true - until your realize that is just might not be what you thought it was. The Vampire Stalker is a must read for anyone who's ever talked about a book series for hours, dreamed about the characters, stood in lines at midnight, and decorated their walls with posters upon posters movie adaption actors.
summerskris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All you book fanatics out there, Allison van Diepen has brought our biggest dream to life: she brings a book¿s hero to life. Readers will envy Amy as she interacts with Alexander Banks, the handsome hero of the Otherworld series, and teaches him about life in our world. Still, Allison hasn¿t forgotten the other, darker side of the Otherworld. Readers will cringe when it becomes apparent that Alexander has come in pursuit of Vigo Skaar, a vampire and Alexander¿s archenemy. And readers will wonder if Alexander must return to his world.I was insanely jealous of Amy for having the chance to meet the man of her dreams (or fanfiction, should I say?). Who hasn¿t dreamt of romance with the hero of a book? I¿ve envied many heroines the love they share with guys I know are too good to be true. That¿s half the reason for reading¿to escape into another world. I myself was enthralled by the tall, dark, and handsome Alexander Banks with his catchy name and moody ways.I enjoyed watching Amy learn sides of Alexander that Elizabeth Howard, author of the Otherworld series, failed to mention. For example, the other scars he bears from past encounters with vampires, his interest in learning about the way muscle work together, and his humor. It really makes you appreciate characters in a story, and it makes you wonder¿ do other worlds really exist?The Vampire Stalker is a quick and highly entertaining novel. A short read, it¿s perfect for a summer afternoon with its light mood and memorable characters. There were times when I couldn¿t skim the pages fast enough, eager to know what fate would befall the characters, and there were times where I just wanted to savor the mood. All the while, I wanted to know if Alexander and Amy would get together. After all, that is half the reason I picked up the book. To know if a romance could bloom and thrive between two worlds.
Bookaliciouspam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Vampire Stalker is for every person who has ever wanted a character to come off the page into their world. And snog them. Edward Cullen? Mr. Darcy anyone?We begin with Amy and her friends waiting in line at the bookstore to pick up their preordered copy of book two in the Otherworld series, The Mists of the Otherworld. These books are as big as Twilight and I do believe the author is being very tongue-in-cheek throughout the novel. You have a girl obsessed with the ¿Vampire Stalker¿ Alexander Banks who spends his life in this quasi Victorian world hunting the vamp who murdered his whole family. Amy is entranced.Amy hasn¿t seen any IRL guys around that tickle her fancy. She tells us she is mousy and not very pretty but several characters in the book seem to think she is more than average. She doesn¿t seem to be one of those knock-down-drag-out gorgeous girls so her thinking herself mousy is not exactly self depreciating.After spending the weekend locked in her room reading about Alexander in Mists she reaches the end of the book. And what she sees freaks her out. The author has left Alexander in a very bad place. Possibly about to be killed by the big bad himself.Amy is a very big fan. She is a member of the fan club (Mrs.AlexanderBanks8021) and explains the publishing industry to the reader several times during the novel. She is BFF with the school librarian who is strange and awesome at the same time. She even reads the Otherworld books and can talk to Amy about them and saves her ARCs.Things come to a head when Amy is walking home from the school dance a week later and is attacked in the park. She sees a flash of silvery hair and then she is saved by the strangest boy. He is wearing a suit and old looking boots. He talks funny, in fact he is kind of exactly like Alexander Banks.When he introduces himself as such she freaks out thinking he is some kind of obsessed fan, more obsessed than her. She begins to believe him and that sends her on a journey with the real Alexander Banks, the only boy she truly loves, to hunt down and kill Viggo in her world.The Vampire Stalker is a very engaging, fun read.
TheRandomGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I fell head over heels for this book. Right after the first chapter I was already in love with the book and the main character, Amy, who tells the story through her perspective. When I first read the summary of the book, I knew that this was the book for me--I was completely sold. Put aside the vampires, this was going to be a book that I fell hard for. And call me psychic, I was right.Amy was I character I connected to instantly. Fanfics, loving a fictional character, and just who she is as a person made me so excited because I was so like her. I've never come across a book character who I've related to me so well before (okay maybe I've met one). She was so utterly realistic it was unbelievable and her reaction when she met Alexander was so practical. I loved Alexander as well, and all of the characters really. They were so human and the fictional characters were believable too.The romance was the most amazing thing. Any girl would've wished that happened to her. I mean, come on, we're all book lovers here. Who doesn't dream about the fictional guy falling in love with you? And that's another thing, the whole concept and plot Allison van Diepen has created was so unique and original. Honestly, I've been waiting for something like this to be written (since I have seen any like this so far).The only problem I had with this book was that is was too short! Really, that's the only problem I had--the length. I finished it within a few hours and after reading, proudly pronounced that it was my favorite book (one of them, anyway). This was so impressive and I will wave this book in your face until you grab it from my hands and read it.
lms8esmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You know him well. The dark hair. The alluring eyes. His smile. The way he wears his favorite boots. If only he were a real person, right? Allison Van Diepen knows him too, and she creatively weaves a tale of how a book character and reader can fall in reality! This quick read is so not like most vampire books, so I was delighted to find just enough drama, suspense, and gentle romance. Many students will like this book! :O)