Thursday, December 8, 2011

REVIEW ::: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Let me tell you UPFRONT -- Me like this one!!!

When Abraham Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from an ailment called the "milk sickness." Only later did he learn that his mother's deadly affliction was actually the work of a local vampire, seeking to collect on Abe's father's unfortunate debts.

When the truth became known to the young Abraham Lincoln, he wrote in his journal: henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become learned in all things—a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose."

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for reuniting the North with the South and abolishing slavery from our country, no one has ever understood his valiant fight for what it really was. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time—all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War, and uncovering the massive role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation. {via}


I liked this book. From PAGE 1 I was pulled into it. I LOVE the writing style of the book, I love the idea behind the book, I love how everything is pulled together. I just really really liked this book -- can you tell?! 

I didn't/don't know too much about Abraham Lincoln and his childhood. I knew the basic stuff about him but this book gave me a different perspective of his life and I'll probably always think of this book from now on anytime I hear of anything related to Abraham Lincoln.

The author very cleverly incorporated history with vampire hunting and it was so interesting. The vampires existence throughout Abraham's childhood and adult life explain soooo much and now gives his speeches a new meaning (a secret hidden message BEHIND Abe's great speeches).

I don't want to give to much away but this was an exciting way for me to learn a little about Abraham Lincoln. I recommend you read this one if you haven't already.

I give this:

I would've given this 5 stars BUT I did get a little bored towards the end of the book during the war time talk.  I could've done without that. 

Anyhoo. Go read it!
OR did you already read this book? Did you like it?
Tell me! Tell me! 



  1. Ok so I've been patiently waiting for the right book to come along and grab my attention and I think this is the one. It sounds so good! Of course I have several books in my "to read" stack but none of them sound appealing right now - does that happen to you? I think I may have to go pick this one up this weekend :)

  2. Hehehe! Now I'm going to have to pick up the book. I like the fun fiction written to go with real history.

  3. I had a set of president encyclopedias when I was younger and my favorite president was always Lincoln. I have had this book for a while now and never have gotten around to reading it. I think it may be on my list for one of my reading challenges for next year though!