Saturday, August 6, 2011

Supernatural Saturday: Review of Bite Me!

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?

[from Goodreads]
 
Rating:   2.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Vampire fans who can't get enough
High point:  It's...different...
Low point:  Totally filled with akwardness
Reader maturity: 15+

My opinion of this book was formed in the first few pages. I tried to shake it off, even putting the book aside and waiting a few months to resume, but nothing helped. AJ's in love with her new stepbrother, and it really made the rest of the book awkward. Mostly because of what she does. And what he does. Not because of their pre-familial attraction.

She comes by the crush innocently enough; after all, she and Ryan started dating before her mom and Ryan's dad did, but still...that's no excuse for her later actions!

Anyway, now that the book has had a few weeks to simmer since I finished it, I think it was a fun book. I'm not really sure based on that whole uncomfortable-what's-AJ-going-to-do-next thing that had me reading through squinted eyelids and holding the book as far away from my face as I could. The premise is cool, that vampires can be born, not just created, and that they're aren't necessarily pale, night-skulking monsters. AJ has a great sense of humor, both about herself and her situation, although she's one of the more immature paranormal MCs I've encountered. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it comes into play a few times throughout the novel.

I haven't decided about whether to continue the series; on the one hand, I'd like to find out what happens with AJ and her Brady Bunch family and the prophecy. On the other hand, I'm not sure I could sit through another 200 pages of that kind of "No, AJ, don't!" uncomfortableness...

Title:  Bite Me!
Author:  Melissa Francis
Genre:   Fiction - Supernatural
Year:   2009
Book Source:  Purchased

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