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3.03.2010

Review: Bite Me! by Melissa Francis


Bite Me! by Melissa Francis
Young Adult, Vampires
Trade Paperback (HARPERTEEN, 304 pages, $8.99)
ISBN# 0061430986
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?
Author Site: www.melissafrancis.net


Teen Vamp Fic Minus the Wangst Factor! (4 stars)

When AJ Ashe is forced to break-up with her boyfriend Ryan—who is now her step-brother—or risk becoming a Mississipi cliche it has to be the worst thing to ever happen to a teenaged girl. But this Brady Bunch-esque new lifestyle complete with mom, dad, three boys, three girls and a housekeeping aunty is just a little speed bump. AJ, her twin sisters and her mom are all vampires and she may have accidentally turned one of her classmates while attempting to rebound. Ryan's making it hard to keep the sibling relationship brotherly, especially when AJ tells a lie to protect him.

There's tension between her best friends, she's getting into trouble at school and she's just learned that she's descended from an evil clan of vamps bent on world domination. Oh, and there's a prophesy that might mean she's the Chosen One. As if being a teenager wasn't hard enough!

It's a plot that could only make me think of a soap opera written for tweens and teens. For me that was what made it work. I really wanted AJ and Ryan to start sneaking around to stay together and yet I didn't. Her mom and his dad didn't have any obvious chemistry which did bother me but then they weren't really ever in the same scene until very late in the book. I'm practical enough to have found myself wanting to remind AJ that the guy you date in high school is rarely the guy you end up with. So after a while her whining about them being seperated did get a little annoying.

The antics of the siblings made for cute comic relief but like the parents I didn't feel like I really got to know them enough to care how any of this affected them. Aunt Doreen, the Scottish housekeeper, was what clued me in to where the story was going right away. Some readers might find it frustratingly predictable but this is young adult fiction, so I didn't mind catching on to the 'big secret' right away.

What made this book a four star for me was that it was (aside from a few F-bombs) a book I thought was mostly okay content wise that in a couple of years I can let my stepkid read it. I have a blended family situation and it isn't often you find it in paranormal fiction for teens. I'm always looking for ways to connect with my step and I think she would enjoy this one and could relate to the family situation on many levels. Is it flawless teen fic? Naw, but it's likable and light. I'd recommend it for younger teens as long as parentals don't mind that there's some drinking, bad language and references to "under the shirt action".

Other Reviews:
oliviasbooks @ Goodreads
The Book Blogger
SB Sarah @ Smart Bitches, Trashy Books


Notes: I received this book as a prize in an author's giveaway.

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