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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bite Me! by Melissa Francis

Title: Bite Me!
Author: Melissa Francis
Age Group: Teens
# of Pages: 304
My Rating: 4/5

Life as a teenage vampire for A.J. (short for Ariel Jane) Ashe isn't so simple. Heck, how can it?

Her mother decides to remarry. And A.J.'s ex-boyfriend, Ryan, who she is still madly in love with is now her step-brother. But what can she do about it?

After the wedding, A.J. goes to a party and ends up drinking when she knows that she shouldn't. A couple of days later, she finds out that the boy who forced himself on her, Noah, is dead. Barely remembering much of the night of the party, all she can recall is blood. Lots of it. Did she kill Noah?

Soon, she realizes that he is alive. Or more like, the "undead". And now he is stalking her. What in the world can he possibly want? More importantly, is it her who turned him into a vampire?

Things are getting more complicated than it already is when she discovers that there is a part of her that she never knew of that will endanger the people around her. Possibly even endanger the entire world.

Bite Me! is a story told through a voice of a vampire who is just like any normal girl. A.J. has her boy problems and family complications. But moreover, it just sucks that she needs to drink blood once in awhile to keep her thirst in check and make sure that no humans know of her secret. I am glad that A.J. is not weak and being a bloodsucker doesn't mean she is different than anyone else. She is not afraid to stand up for herself also and I admire that.

I enjoyed the story more than I expected. It is on the lighter side of vampires though the situation A.J. got herself into isn't. I am really curious to see what will happen next in the story because Bite Me! leaves the reader at a cliffhanger.

It was interesting how Francis created her own vampire history to work around A.J. I was most surprised when another supernatural race came along that were not werewolves. There were times where I got confused with the whole history of the vampires. But I got the basic idea of what was happening so it did not bother me so much.

I wonder what the sequel will have in store? Vampire fans will definitely sink their teeth into the fun of Bite Me! Click here to get a sneak peek!

Review copy provided by HarperCollins.

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a flight of minds said...

Great review! Bite Me sounds really fun to read. I'm a little tired of the moody sullen vampire stories, but I think Bite Me seems interesting. :)

- Alex

Ellz said...

I have heard lots of buzz about this book. All good reviews! I am adding it to my wish list!

Mavie said...

I'm reading this one now :) Awesome review!

wdebo said...

Awesome review!! Sounds awesome...I so want to read it :)

Thao said...

I like the sound of it. A vampire with human problems.