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Boys That Bite (Blood Coven Series #1)

Boys That Bite (Blood Coven Series #1)

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by Mari Mancusi

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Okay, so technically she can’t because I’m immortal. Well, not yet. See, due to the worst case of mistaken identity with my dark-side-loving twin sister at a Goth club called Club Fang, Magnus, a vampire hottie, went for my innocent neck instead of hers. Now if I don’t reverse it in time, Magnus will be my blood mate forever and I’m doomed to


Okay, so technically she can’t because I’m immortal. Well, not yet. See, due to the worst case of mistaken identity with my dark-side-loving twin sister at a Goth club called Club Fang, Magnus, a vampire hottie, went for my innocent neck instead of hers. Now if I don’t reverse it in time, Magnus will be my blood mate forever and I’m doomed to be a blood-gulping, pasty, daylight-hating vampire. Believe me, it seriously bites.

After the unfortunate slaying of the vampire leader, it’s up to me, my sister, and Magnus to find the one thing that can solve my problem—the Holy Grail. No joke. I seriously hope I can get out of this in time, because somehow, I scored the hottest prom date in my school, the mouth-watering Jake Wilder. And I do not want to be a vampire for the prom—let alone the rest of eternity...

Editorial Reviews

Every 16-year-old has problems, but Sunny's trouble is rather unique: she's been bitten by a vampire. As if that wasn't bad enough, there's only one week until the prom and Sunny's supposed to go with the hottest boy in school. Further adding insult to injury, it's all a big mistake that she was bitten in the first place. The bite, which occurs at a hot new Goth club, Club Fang, was intended for her twin sister, Rayne. Talk about problems! Rayne, after discovering an ancient vampire coven living in New Hampshire, signs up to become one of the undead. Now Sunny has the challenging task of trying to reverse her fate in the seven days it takes to fully become a vampire. Before Lucifent, the vampire leader, can tell Sunny how to halt the change, he's killed by a vampire slayer. Now it's up to Sunny, Rayne, and Magnus (the vampire responsible for the mistaken bite) to figure out the secret. If Sunny thought being bitten by a vampire was surprising, she has no idea what other shocking twists lie ahead for her. Mancusi has successfully written a vampire story that expands the genre and will draw new readers. While surely hardcore fans of true vampire fiction will scoff at how whimsical this story is, its offbeat approach will please many. Funny, fresh, and distinctive, Boys That Bite has an excellent and unexpected ending that leaves the reader ready for a sequel. KLIATT Codes: S--Recommended for senior high school students. 2006, Penguin, Berkley, 262p., $9.99.. Ages 15 to 18.
—Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-Rayne and Sunshine McDonald, 16, may be physically identical, but the similarities stop there. Rayne has been covertly studying to become a vampire, and her moment of love-at-first-bite has arrived. Unfortunately, her decidedly nonvampiric twin is at the receiving end of that kiss of death. Now Sunny has just one week to un-bloodmate herself from the newly appointed King of the Coven, Magnus, and return to human form before her dream date to the senior prom. Though filled with teen and supernatural romance cliches and slang, Mancusi's take on the vampire myth is entertaining. The language is a little coarse, but the characters are sound and behave like many teens with their references to underage drinking and sex. Liberal doses of humor keep things interesting. The plot gains momentum in the second half, and the surprise ending will leave readers bloodthirsty for the next installment of the twins' misadventures with the undead. A ghoulishly fun read for a summer day at the beach.-Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Blood Coven Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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Sunshine and Rayne

You know, being bitten by a vampire one week before prom really sucks. On soooo many levels. Okay, fine. I'm sure it'd be equally sucky at other times of the calendar year as well. Photo day at school, for example. Bad time to sport a two-hole hickey on your neck. Easter would blow too—imagine trying to explain to your mom that you can't attend sunrise service because, well, you're allergic to the sun. And then there's Christmas. Sure, you'd sport a good chance of running into Santa, but could you resist the urge to snack on his jolly old jugular?

Now that I think about it, there just ain't a good time to be bitten by a vampire.

That said, you gotta understand. Three hours, twenty-five minutes, and thirty-three seconds ago JAKE WILDER asked me to prom! I mean JAKE WILDER, people! The hottest guy at Oakridge High School. The heartthrob leading man in every school play with soulful, deep brown eyes and drool-worthy bod. Every girl I know is officially In Love with him—even Mary Markson and she's practically married to her boyfriend, Nick.

But, I ask you, who did the Sex God in question ask to the senior class prom? Uh, yeah, that would be moi. Seriously, if you had asked me three hours, twenty-five minutes, and thirty-TWO seconds ago whether Jake Wilder even knew my name, I'd have bet my iPod he hadn't a clue. (And it's a darn good thing I didn't make that bet, 'cause a day without twenty gigs of music at my fingertips is like a day without sunshine.)

That said, I can't tell you what a total and utter bummer it is to be slowly morphing into a vampire one week before the big event.

I'm getting ahead of myself here. Since you don't have a clue as to who I am, you probably don't care all that much about my imminent Creature of the Night transformation. (Mom always says I have the worst manners known to mankind, so I apologize in advance for my shortcomings.)

So okay, all about me for a moment. My name is Sunshine McDonald. Yes, Sunshine, and if you think that's bad, I dread to introduce you to my identical twin sister, Rayne. I know, I know, Sunshine and Rayne—it makes you a little sick to your stomach, doesn't it? Well, you can blame our cruel, ex-hippie parents who (hello!?) grew up in the disco era and should have been hanging out at Studio 54, dancing the night away, instead of at the Harvest Co-Op broiling tofu. But, sadly, no. They preferred peace, love, and stupid baby names to hot dance tunes and bling.

Of course, these days Dad's probably driving around in a hot red sports car while picking up honeys in Vegas. He left Mom to "find himself" about four years ago and has remained lost ever since. We occasionally get guilt-ridden birthday cards with the sincerest apologies and a crisp fifty-dollar bill stuffed inside, but that's about it. I miss him sometimes, but what can you do?

Anyway, back to me. I'm sixteen years old. Five foot four, average weight, dirty blond hair. I've got muddy brown eyes that someday I'm going to hide with blue contacts and a billion annoying freckles that don't fade no matter how much lemon juice I squeeze on them. Mom says I got the freckles from Dad's Irish side of the family. Dad says I got them from Mom's Scottish ancestors. In any case, Rayne and I were cursed in the womb by the bad gene fairy and can't do anything about it.

At school I do okay—an A/B student usually. I like English. Abhor Math. Want to be a journalist when I "grow up." I play varsity field hockey and have twice tried out for the school play, mostly to be up close and personal with Jake Wilder. I have now twice ended up as Heather Miller's understudy and the stupid girl is never sick. I'm talking winning-the-perfect attendance-award-two-years-running never sick. To add insult to injury, she also has big boobs and throws herself at Jake on a daily basis.

But anyway, I'm sure you're much more interested in the whole vampire thing than Heather Miller's chest. (Though you should see it—she looks like freaking Pamela Anderson!) Basically, the trouble all started when Rayne decided to drag me to a Goth club.

Now for the record, I'm so not into Goth music or that whole scene AT ALL. Not that I'm a Britney lover, of course. I guess you could consider me a Norah Jones, Liz Phair type of girl. But Rayne, on the other hand, is a full-fledged Goth chick. If I ever saw her wear anything but the color black, I would seriously fall over in shock and awe. She listens to all this bizarre music that you'd never hear on the radio and loves dark, twisted movies that make absolutely no sense. For example, she's seen Donnie Darko fifty times and can quote seventeen Buffy episodes by heart. When a new Anne Rice book comes out, she camps overnight to be first in line to buy it. (Even though there are plenty of those sicko books to go around, trust me.)

So anyway, two days ago Rayne tells me she saw this flyer at Newbury Comics for an all-ages Goth club up in Nashua, New Hampshire—about twenty minutes from where we live on the Massachusetts border. It's called, if you can believe it, "Club Fang," which has seriously got to be the most cheeseball name on the planet. Rayne, on the other hand, is so excited, I'm half convinced she's going to pee her pants. (Or her long, black skirt, to be exact—the girl wouldn't be caught dead in pants.) And because, as she reminds me, I've known her since birth, it's evidently my twin-sisterly duty to give up any Sunday night plans I might have had to go with her, since all of her friends are too busy.

Lucky me.

Goth Me Up—Bay-Bee

"Give me one good reason why I should go tonight."

It's Sunday evening, five p.m., and I'm desperately trying to get out of the big Club Fang outing my sister's got planned for us. I'm not holding out much hope, though. After all, it's a proven fact in life that what Rayne wants, Rayne gets. Period. End of story.

Rayne rolls over from a lounging position on her four-poster bed, props her head up with an elbow, and gives me her best pout.

"Quit your whining. It'll be totally fun and you know it. Besides, I went to see Dave Matthews with you and you can't possibly imagine how painful that was for me to endure. My ears still haven't recovered."

My identical dramaholic rubs her lobes with two fingers, as if they're still causing her pain. Puh-leeze.

"Whatever." I shove her playfully, and she falls back onto the mattress. "As if it's a chore to hear that dreamy voice."

"Chore, no. Cruel and unusual punishment worse than death? Now you're getting warmer." Rayne jumps up from the bed and makes a beeline for her closet. "So you're going. It's decided." She rummages through the hangers, face intent. "Now we need to find you something to wear."

Danger! Danger!

"Oh no you don't!" I cry. "I may be forced to go to this stupid club, but I'm so not undergoing some extreme Goth makeover. There's nothing wrong with what I have on." I stand up and model my tank/jeans/flips combo, which has always served me well.

Rayne turns to look at me for a second—long enough to give me a once-over and roll her eyes—then turns back to her closet. She pulls out a long black skirt and black sweater.

"I'm not wearing a sweater to a nightclub," I protest. "I'll sweat to death!"

"Fine. Jeez. It was just a thought." She crams the outfit back into the overflowing closet, exchanging it for a black (surprise, surprise) tank top. Now while as a rule, I'm totally a tank top type of girl, I tend to stay away from ones made out of vinyl.

"No effing way." I shake my head. "People will think I'm into S&M and start trying to whip me or handcuff me to the stage or something."

Rayne emits her patented sigh of frustration at my protest, but thankfully returns the bondage outfit to the closet. I, in turn, sit back down on the bed and wonder whether I should be concerned that my twin owns an outfit like that to begin with.

"How about this?" she asks. She pulls out a very cute spaghetti tank with the words Fashion Victim written on the front. "It seems rather appropriate."

I throw a pillow at her.

"Only in the most ironic of ways, of course," she amends with a giggle. "Or, there's always this one." She exchanges the tank with another—this one pink with white writing that says Bite Me!

"Where'd you get that shirt?" I ask curiously. "It doesn't seem like your type of thing. It's not even black."

She shrugs. "Some vampire let me borrow it a while ago. I keep forgetting to give it back."

"Vampire?" I raise an eyebrow. While I knew Rayne ran with a different crowd, I hadn't realized they fancied themselves creatures of the night. "We're swapping clothes with the undead now?" I guess that would explain all the black.

Rayne snorts. "I just borrowed a T-shirt, smart-ass. But for the record, yes. There's like this whole group of them in Nashua. They look like Goth kids, but they're really members of an ancient vampire coven."

"You've got to be kidding me," I groan. "Why would anyone want to pretend to be a vampire anyway? Like why is that so cool? Do they go around drinking each other's blood or something?"

Rayne gives me a noncommittal shrug, which tells me she actually thinks it is cool, but isn't about to admit it to me. I consider teasing her, but then decide the "live and let live" theory of sisterhood is the best plan of action at this point and drop the subject. After all, I have to hang out with her all night. Having her mad at me is only going to make things that much more painful.

"Okay, I'll wear the Bite Me shirt," I say to appease her. At least it's not black. "It'll be my standard response to anyone who tries to hit on me." I giggle. "Someone can come up and be like ‘Hey babe, what's your sign?' and I'll just point to my shirt."

Rayne laughs appreciatively and tosses me the tank top. "Of course they might think you're pointing to your boobs in a ‘have at 'em, big boy' kind of way."


"Don't worry," my sister says, swapping her T-shirt for a long, black princess dress ornamented with a ton of lace. Where does she find this stuff? "Most of the boys will be gay, I'm sure. All the good ones are, especially in the Goth scene. You don't get many hetero guys who dig wearing eyeliner."

She snorts. "So, little angelic twin of mine, I'm quite confident that your virtue will remain intact, no matter which T-shirt you wear."

Here she goes again. I knew we couldn't have a whole conversation without Rayne's infamous "Sunny the Innocent" digs. My precious little twin lost her virginity last year and has been bragging about it ever since. You'd think she won an Olympic sex medal or something. But I'm sorry. Meeting some grungy skater dude at camp and sneaking out to do it on the floor of the boathouse is so not my idea of a fulfilling first experience. Call me a girly-girl, but I want my first time to be all candles and roses, not splinters and knee burns. To each her own, I guess.

"So anyway," Rayne continues, taking my silence as license to carry on teasing me, "you can be well assured, your innocence is safe at Club Fang."

I giggle in spite of myself. She sounds like a saleswoman. "Is that printed on the flyer?"

"Absolutely," Rayne declares confidently. "Money-back guarantee."

Meet the Author

Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking  profession—journalism—instead. Today she works as a television news producer for the NBC station in Boston and has won two Emmys for her work. As if writing and TV producing weren't enough to keep her busy, Mari also enjoys snowboarding, clubbing, shopping, 80s music, and her favorite guilty pleasure—video games. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and two dogs.

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Boys That Bite (Blood Coven Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 170 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok all you people who hate this book can read somethimg else dont make people who might like this not read tis book i think this is a very wonderful book i think anyone who passes up this read is a fool
Val_Long More than 1 year ago
Boys That Bite is the 1st book in the Blood Coven Vampire novels by Mari Mancusi. It is written from (Sunshine McDonald) Sunny's view point. Sunny and her identical twin sister Rayne are 16 year old students at Oakridge High School. Their parents are divorced and their mother is a hippie-dippy friend type mother who prefers they live a vegetarian lifestyle but doesn't force it on them. In this book Sunny, who is unaware that vampires exist outside of books, TV shows, and movies, learns the truth about what really is lurking out there in the night. She is mistakenly bitten by a vampire named Magnus and has to find a way in 7 days to reverse the process so she can stay human. If you're at all interested in vampire stories and like teen/young adult books this is a great series to get into! I truly enjoyed reading it and I think you or your teens will too!
nesaah More than 1 year ago
This book was an ok read I would recommend renting it from the libray. the main characters were annoying and the book moved at a slow pace. Will not continue this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book im glad magnus and sunny got together hoping the rest of the books are good too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay first of all i want to say that i have not read the book. But i dont need to to know that the anonymous reviewer on review #2 is a moron. So here is my message to you: The point in reviewing is to tell people whether it is worth their time reading it or not. NOT to spoil the book so that they dont have to read it at all! If people wanted spoilers they could go look them up online WE DONT NEED YOU GOING AROUND RUINING ENDINGS OKAY?! just let me know what other books you have reviewed so i can actually read the book and not know what is going to happen, kay? Thanks(:
reading2alba More than 1 year ago
sooooooo!!! what a great happy read this was...even when the writing got a bit repetitive I didn't mind it one bit!! actually I LOVED IT!!! it's rather different form other vampire books out there and the hilarious Sunny sure is another plus in the book! And to make the not-so-long story even less-longer ^-^ Sunny was bitten by Magnus who at the time was a really jack-ss!! now she has 7 days to reverse the process.Process in wich her twin very-look-alike twin sister Rayne may NOT join her, even though she was the one who was supposed to be bitten not the other way around...finally she has to face head on that she has to spend most of her time with 'BAD'but 'HOT' Magnus to become human before its' too late...but...lately she finds hereself drawn to Magnus, and remembers that for the time being they're both blood mates...and can't help it!! I liked it very much! thank you for this book! even when things started to seem to hard to handdle or to much for Sunny she always found a way to make me laugh through out the whole book! now can't wait for the next book in wich seems we'll find all our questions answered beeing as how this book ended!!!!!!! 4/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was a good story kind of sad the girl in the story i thought was kind of childish but it was an okay read
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This one i liked the best
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This is the most amazing book ive ever read!!!!!! I dont like that it is a be continue............. but it is a hv to read.... i could not put it down.......... and i fimished it in two days!!!!
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is this age appropriate for a 14-year-old?
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Omg loved it then read all the others thrn loved it again
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BloodCovenFan-Jordan More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this book on accident and it is probably the best thing i have ever done. I am TOTALLY hooked on this book series, and would definatly recommend it
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