Bite Me!

Bite Me!

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by Melissa Francis
     
 

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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,

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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?

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Publishers Weekly
First-time novelist Francis presents a tasty story that uses humor and a light touch to rise above typical teen vampire fare. Seventeen-year-old “good girl” AJ may be a closet blood-drinker, but that's the least of her problems. Her mom's remarriage has just turned her boyfriend into her stepbrother (“Momma's exact words to me were, 'Ariel Jane, if you so much as look at that boy with fangs in your eyes again, I'll bite you myself.' ”), her AP Lit teacher is already out to get her on the first day of school, and she might have accidentally turned her rebound guy into a vamp who is now threatening her family. On top of that, she's been accused of cheating on a quiz, and compromising photos have appeared on her Facebook page—someone has to be setting her up. But who? Francis keeps things moving, creating an absorbing and refreshing page-turner with a solid mythology, sympathetic heroine and appealing characters that readers will want to invite back to their own homes (well, almost). Ages 14–up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Michele C. Hughes
Seventeen year-old Ariel Jane is a vampire with more than her share of teen angst: her boyfriend Ryan has become her stepbrother. After their reluctant breakup, they each hook up with someone new, but AJ fights off the advances of her rebound guy, Noah, with a punishing bite. The next day she is unable to remember much, and when she hears Noah has died from a "snakebite," she worries she went too far. Or did Ryan kill Noah in defending her honor? Who or what bit Noah and why? AJ seeks answers to what really happened that night and ends up unearthing a complicated family history that conveniently points to a sequel. She works closely with Mr. Charles, an attractive teacher, who enthusiastically encourages her to research the Serpentine Clan of vampires for her school thesis. . . . The plot is somewhat intriguing, yet the characters lack depth and charisma. Despite the first-person narrative, AJ is not particularly likeable or interesting. Adult characters fall into predictable roles such as mom-who's-more-like-a-friend and strict-teacher-who's-out-to-get-you. At the end, the stepfamily's resolution . . . feels too neat and tidy to seem real, even in a vampire book. Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Mississippi teen AJ works hard to ignore her vampire side, focusing on fitting in at school by getting good grades and staying out of trouble. Even so, the 17-year-old's problems are beginning to pile up. Her boyfriend has just become her stepbrother, and though she and Ryan are still strongly attracted to one another, their parents have broken them up. Worse, she may have created a truly evil vampire during an ill-advised night of drinking. In order to protect herself and her family, she must explore her vampire heritage while discerning who among her friends and acquaintances she can trust. Though the premise is promising, this chick lit/vampire crossover doesn't quite succeed at either genre. Underdeveloped characters and side plots distract from the story, and the dialogue feels forced. However, diehard vampire fans may forgive these flaws and enjoy this breezy read.—Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WA
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062005656
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/10/2010
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
561,578
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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