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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bite Me by Parker Blue

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Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Publication Date: 30 Sept 2008
ISBN: 0980245389 (paperback)
Format: ebook
Pages: 232
Websites:
Parker Blue (Official Site)

Place(s) Traveled to:
San Antonio, Texas

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis from Amazon.com:

Bite Me Young Adult Vampire Hunter A Fictionwise Fantasy Bestseller An edgy book for teens that spans the gap between YA and adult fiction. Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Val Shapiro is just your ordinary, part-demon, teenaged vampire hunter with a Texas drawl. And a pet hellhound named Fang. Soon enough she finds herself deep in the underbelly of the city, discovering the secrets of the Demon Underground and fighting to save those she loves. Whether they love her back or not.
When I first picked up Bite Me by Parker Blue I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Would it be another run of the mill vampire story? Or would there be something new in it? My very first impression wasn’t a good one when in the first chapter I was jarred out of the false reality of the book when the main character, Val, gave her name to a vampire she was trying to kill. A vampire who didn’t know her and yet immediately jumped to the fact that her name was Valentine. Now I don’t know about you but my first thought when hearing the name Val isn’t Valentine. But I shook that off, I shouldn’t focus on such a minor detail I should just let the story come. And come it did. I whizzed through this book in about a day. I loved the world that Parker has created.

The main character isn’t a know it all teenager with special skills who is near perfect and is able to save the world in a single bound. Val is older then in most young adult books, she’s 18 and was home schooled because she harbors an inner demon, literally. This sets her apart from other people her age as well as her family. And it doesn’t help that on her 18th birthday she finds herself without a job, without a home and without a family to help her figure things out. She is lost and clueless and that just makes her so very real. Val’s half sister is also a character to like…well, one that you like to dislike because she’s a real teen. She’s a 16 year old girl who thinks she knows everything and like most little sisters she is annoying and gets into trouble. But the character that makes this book is Fang. He tends to steal the scene and add a dose of comedy in with all the life drama and vampire slaying.

As I’ve said I love the world that Blue has created, but this is a first book in a series by a new author so its flawed. There were several times when random scenes would knock me out of the false reality and make me go huh? Forcing me to reread passages in order to try and figure out if I missed something or if an event/statement really did just come out of nowhere. But it wasn’t so flawed that I was turned off. In fact I am really excited for the second book, Try Me, to come out. Though very sad that it won’t be until February!! But to tide me over I was sent the cover over Try Me and I am able to share it with you:


No word yet on what this book is about but isn’t the cover amazing? I love how similar it is to the Bite Me and I can’t wait until I am able to bring this book home with me.