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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New York Times Best-Selling Author - Gena Showalter
This book is made of awesome!
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter
This book is made of awesome!
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“A fun, fang-filled debut”
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061430985
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/2009
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
644,108
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Born and bred in Arkansas, Melissa Francis is a small-town southern girl with big-city dreams. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock allowed her to graduate with an English degree, but many of her friends wonder how when she uses words like y'all, dunno, gonna, and fixin' to. Her first novel was Bite Me!

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Bite Me! 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
AJ Ashe, a teenage Southern belle, is hiding a secret. Her family is descended from a long line of vampires ? yep, I just said vampires. AJ has fangs and occasionally craves blood, but she has also suppressed many of her vamp instincts to fit into ?normal? society. The part that?s not normal ? AJ?s mom is marrying her boyfriend?s father. AJ knows she can?t be with Ryan, especially now that they are step-siblings. The reality of the situation doesn?t make it hurt any less. AJ tries to push Ryan into the arms of another willing female, but they just can?t seem to avoid one another. And then, of course, other weirdness starts going down. AJ discovers that her family is part of the Serpentine clan; a high school friend is killed, rises from the dead, and begins to stalk her; AND she gets suspended from school. Just another day in the life of a teenage vampire! Melissa Francis has successfully produced a fun and fresh vampire novel. The story itself is engaging, and you can?t help but love the characters. Many a teenage girl will empathize with AJ and her angst-ridden relationship with Ryan. I enjoyed the fact that Francis has made her vampires very different from those in the TWILIGHT series. These vamps have their own set of rules to follow. I am so glad that I got my hands on this book. The ending left me wanting more, so here?s hoping that many sequels will follow!
Maria_Geraci More than 1 year ago
If you like your vampire stories with a bit of a twist, some laughs, and some heart-stopping moments, then this is the story for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly loved this book and i would totally recomend it to anyone that likes a good funny vampire story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this book! I cant wait to read the sequal!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Bite me, by Melissa Francis is the best book I ever read in my entire life! It's a book that every body has to read. This book is about an inappropriate love, suspense, mystery, and more. You would love Ariel Jane, AJ for short. What it's mostly about that AJ is a Vampire and now the guy that she loves is going to be her brother! This book is just full of surprises. To tell you a little bit more about this book is that first of all like I had mention already is that Ryan is going to be her brother! The only thing that I was thinking how can she love her brother like a boyfriend. So then they had to move on, which I think is really so sad. Also I don't really blame her mom, yeah I knew that maybe AJ would be in the book she says "I'm not mad at my mom." I thought that it must be hard, knowing that the man you love is going to be your BROTHER! So when I thought about it I found out that I would not last very long with out cranking, or going insane! After a party all goes wrong, from jealously she makes out with Noah, then she totally blacks out. Now she thinks that she bite him and he died! What makes her really positive is that his body is MISSING! After a weird noise she sees him looking at her and Stalking her. Now he's threatening her, now she has to find out how she bite Noah and finds something really important in her past that changes every thing. So read this book and find out what did really happen to Noah. Also find out how Ryan does all those things for AJ and also like how he fights to gain AJ love and trust back. Also find out how AJ is going to keep that big secret, and how she's going to protect her family. Read this book to find out the answers, and more!
acbcac More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! It was very easy to read and the characters were great! I can't wait for the next book!
jbelle More than 1 year ago
This book made me LOL a lot. It was fun to read a book where the main character was strong and wanted to solve the problems herself. I really liked the conflict between the ex-boyfriend/new step-brother thing. I can't wait for Love Sucks! I think this would make a great TV or movie! Did you hear me Hollywood?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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wordforteens More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to say I didn't enjoy this story. I love a good vampire novel as much as the next teenage girl, and this one did have some aspects that I enjoyed. I loved the whole background on the history - her Serpentine background, the potential prophecies that the sequel will hold, etc. Aunt Doreen is a fantastic character. The drama between Ryan (her boyfriend gone stepbrother) and AJ was fantastic. On the other hand, it seemed as if there were too many plot points. We had... 1) Ryan x AJ Drama 2) AJ & Friends Drama Hopefully more will be elaborated on Malia in the next book??? 3) AJ & Stalker Drama SPOILER ALERT: Stalker ends up dead. The only use I saw for him was to add more drama... unnecessary drama. She could have tried to find out her family history with #5. 4) AJ & Evil Teacher Drama Sure, evil teachers are fun. But necessary? Uh. No. 5) AJ & Mr. Charles Drama 6) General Vampire Drama Now, why do I refer to everything as "drama"? It was ALL dramatic. So far - we'll see if a sequel illuminates more - I saw no need for 3) AJ & Stalker Drama and 4) AJ & Evil Teacher Drama. All in all, it wasn't a bad book. I just felt as if there was too much going on at once. I am looking forward to the sequel, though.
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