Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bite Me! by Melissa Francis

(Bite Me! #1)

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?

My Review
AJ is having a streak of bad luck. First, her mom starts dating her boyfriend's dad. Then, when they decide to get married, AJ and Ryan are told that they can't date after the wedding. Ryan throws himself at Lindsey, someone AJ doesn't particularly like. When AJ tries to rebound with badboy Noah and he tries to take things too far, she accidentally bites him before Ryan shows up, ready to make sure Noah never bothers AJ again.

But the next day, AJ discovers that Noah is dead. Except he's not as dead as everyone seems to think - Noah stalks her, remaining outside her window for hours each night. It doesn't help that the police think that she and Ryan had something to do with Noah's death, though she knows that Ryan only punched him a couple of times. The new school year isn't off to a great start, either. One of her teachers has it out to get her, constantly on her case for cheating just because she gets good grades. Between getting adjusted to her new family, dealing with school drama, and trying to figure out who killed Noah before Ryan is charged with his murder, AJ's life is getting way too complicated.
Bite Me! is a very cute book. AJ is a very sympathetic character, although at times her attitude toward Ryan can be frustrating. I wanted to root for AJ to get back together with Ryan, but it's easy to see why that is not a feasible option. Without Ryan, though, there is no real love interest in the book, something that, while unusual in today's young adult literature, is refreshing. Her new Brady Bunch-esque family is quite interesting - Ryan's side of the family is unaware of AJ's family's status as vampires, but her little sisters are not terribly good at hiding their true nature. The three-star rating comes from AJ not figuring out what's going on until long after the reader. It was easy to see what was going on, and therefore unbelievable that AJ didn't, and that she made some of the decisions that she did.

The sequel, Love Sucks!, was released in July 2010.

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