Monday, October 07, 2013

review: LOVE SUCKS! by Melissa Francis

LOVE SUCKS! by Melissa Francis
Series: Bite Me! #2
HarperCollins: HarperTeen
Released: July 27, 2010
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 285

Rating: Really liked it!

AJ Ashe may have gotten rid of her vampire stalker and her evil ex-teacher, but things are hardly back to normal. For one thing, she still has to maintain a strict look-but-don't-touch policy with Ryan, her hot ex-boyfriend-turned-stepbrother. For another, she has to learn to control her vampire superpowers - which means more than a few dates with Lex, mind-reading professional vampire trainer and too-sexy-for-his-own-good bad boy. And as if that's not enough, she happens to be the key to her father's plans to take over the world . . . and he'll stop at nothing to get what he wants.

All this and she's still got to plan the prom. Being a teenager is tough, but being a teenage vampire just flat out sucks!

My Thoughts

I have a love/hate relationship with series - I love reading more about the characters, but I hate being disappointed by lackluster sequels. That's why I waited so long after Bite Me! (review here) to read Love Sucks! - and now I want to kick myself for waiting! I should have known that Melissa Francis wouldn't let me down.

Poor AJ just can't catch a break. She's trying to move on from Ryan, but it's tough to get over a guy when you live under the same roof and constantly catch him canoodling with his new girlfriend. Add to that her mom's pregnancy that may or may not be the center of a vampire prophecy and, well, it's clear that AJ's life is stressful. She so doesn't need to hear that her crazy ex-teacher, Mr. Charles, is back in town! Between bad guys who want her on their side, her dad lurking around in the shadows, and a bad boy vampire trainer who she can't get out of her head - literally - AJ's life is only going to get tougher.

I loved the family dynamics in this book. It takes places a few months after the first book, so they have settled into a rhythm, but they're also still coming to terms with each others' "otherness," as revealed at the end of book one. They really are a paranormal Brady Bunch!

The ending was a little rushed, and I would have preferred to read a bit more about the characters' reactions to the revelations of the last few chapters. Overall, though, it was quite well-written. Love Sucks! is not nearly as predictable as the first book. Francis's writing style has definitely improved, and I look forward to reading the new young adult series that her website lists as in the works!

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