Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi

"Two sisters - as different as the sun and the rain. For one, getting into the Blood Coven is to die for. But for the other, getting out could be lethal...

When Sunny McDonald gets dragged to Club Fang by her twin sister, Rayne, she doesn't expect to find anything besides a bunch of Goth kids playing at being vampires. But when some guy mistakes Sunny for her dark-side-loving sister and bites her on the neck, she finds out that his fangs are real - and deadly. Now, Sunny has less than a week to figure out how to reverse the bite, or else she's going to end up as one of the perpetually undead. And not only will she be a vampire, she'll also be bonded to Magnus - the bloodsucker who bit her - forever. And forever is a really long time..."

The first book in the Blood Coven series, told in first person by Sunny, sees a bad case of mistaken identity. Sunny doesn't believe in vampires, nor does she like looking like a Goth at all, but her identical twin is a Goth and convinces her to keep her company at Club Fang one night. Sunny isn't impresses but when a hot guy comes up to her and asks her if she wants to go outside for a minute, she agrees. Next thing she knows, he's munching on her neck and her sister is furious that it's not her neck. What follows next is a attempt full of errors to find a way to reverse the bite and keep Sunny human.

Okay, so this book is really a bit of fun. It's not all that serious and the characters are pretty superficial with the odd deeper moment. But it is good fun. There are a lot of Buffy references in it, and a fair bit of parody on it too, which (as a big Buffy fan) made me laugh. The references though, will no doubt date the book sooner rather than later, but for now it's good fun. If you're looking for a deeper YA read, this isn't it, but it is funny and you can't help rooting for Sunny on her quest, despite it being pretty ridiculous in places. The ending is cheesy, but sweet, rather like the rest of the book and I'm quite looking forward to getting the rest of the series. 8/10

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