Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

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I think the best part of this books existence is telling people that it’s a book. When previews for the movie started to be played in the theaters and on TV there were plenty of status updates of sheer surprise and confusion. So I was glad that I had seen the book in Target several months prior.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith is a mixture of fiction and history. It follows the life of Lincoln from when he was a boy until the day of his death and describes in detail what the 16th President of the United States went through using excerpts from his journals. Journals that admit to the existence of vampires and their control over America and the government.

After his mother’s death, Lincoln discovers she didn’t die of a sudden illness. She was killed by a vampire. Taking the first love of his young life, Lincoln vows to hunt and kill every vampire until the day he died. With help from a vampire, Henry Sturges, Lincoln grows chasing vampires along with work, falling in and out of love, and finding death and danger at every turn.

The movie was released June 22, and although I haven’t seen it yet, I have all intentions to. The book was very well written. I’m not a history buff, but I’ve heard that it really does follow Lincoln’s history very well. I thought that the addition of vampires into the story made it more interesting and gave history a spin. Readers will be wondering whether this book is actually the truth of what happened to Abraham Lincoln.

I must admit, though, at times the story grew a little dry and I fell asleep. But I hope that doesn’t discourage anyone from picking it up. It is still well written and well researched and deserves the attention of both fans of history and vampires.

Grade: A-

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