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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Review- Bite Me by Melissa Francis


Bite Me by Melissa Francis
AJ Ashe isn't your typical seventeen-year-old vampire—as if there is such a thing! She's stuck in the middle of a huge fight between her two BFFs. Her ex-boyfriend—whom she's still totally in love with, by the way—is now her stepbrother. A former classmate—who, um, she may or may not have turned into a vampire—is stalking her. And now, apparently, the fate of humankind lies in her little undead hands. What ever happened to the good old days, when all a vampire girl had to worry about was the occasional zit and hiding her taste for blood?

I really enjoyed this book and pretty much flew through it. Francis' debut is full of romance/forbidden love (but not the usual!), mystery, wrongful accusing, and a fresh take on vampires. I loved AJ's sarcasm and snarkiness and her personality and life was so interesting to read about. This book pulls you in and keeps you turning pages, wanting to know more and more of how she'll deal with everything that comes up. The cover makes it look like a fun, light vampire read, but don't be fooled- the book has mainly a darker tone to it, which I really enjoyed and was surprised to find. I think my one complaint would probably be that the plot is a bit unbalanced. The book starts off talking about and dealing with AJ and Ryan's transition from lovers to being step-siblings. But only a few chapters in and it's moved on to the dark aspects of the story and this transitioning sorta falls to the wayside, very rarely popping back up. I really wish there had been more about them, along with the dark aspect because I really enjoyed the mythology AJ researches about her family history and loved how Francis integrated that into the plot. It was done just really well, but I would've loved to see more of AJ and Ryan together. All in all though, a really superb book and you can't go wrong with it being a paperback. Oh, and there is gonna be a sequel, which I cannot wait to read!

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for review! I've been wanting to read this. This did seem like a light vampire read, although a darker read is certainly not a bad thing.

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  2. I have not heard of this book before but it sounds really good. Great review!

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  3. I just finished this and I thought it was super cute!

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  4. I've never heard of this before but it sounds really, really good. I <3 vampire books and this one sounds unique. I want!

    Great review!

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  5. Just bumped this book up my tbr pile. :)

    Great review, James! :)

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  6. Great review. I'm glad to see that the vampire backlash hasn't completely kicked in, because this one sounds awsome! I'll put it on my summer reading list. XO

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  7. Thank you for such a great and thorough review. I really appreciate it and am so glad you enjoyed BITE ME!

    xxoo
    -Mel

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