Saturday, December 10, 2016

Book Review: Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi

Boys That Bite
Author: Mari Mancusi
Series: A Blood Coven Vampire Novel (Book 1)
Publication: Berkley; First Edition edition (April 4, 2006)

Description: 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 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...

My Thoughts: Sunny McDonald couldn't be more different than her identical twin Rayne. Sunny plays field hockey, is the understudy for the star of their high school musical, and has an unrequited crush on high school hottie Jake Wilder. Rayne is Goth and very interested in vampires. She even blogs about them.

One evening Rayne convinces Sunny to go with her to Club Fang for some vampire fun. Once there Sunny is hit on by another real hottie. Magnus picks her out of the crowd and takes her outside. Sunny thinks there will be a little kissing. She isn't expecting to be turned into a vampire!

Magnus has mistaken her for her twin and accidentally turned her into a vampire. She hasn't studied or filled out the forms or done anything that would qualify her to become a vampire. She doesn't want to be a vampire. When she finds out that there is a cure, she wants it even if it means traveling to England with Magnus and finding the Holy Grail.

While she and Magnus are together, Sunny begins to question whether or not she wants to become human again or spend an eternity with Magnus. This was a fun story with a pitch-perfect teenage voice. The story was written in 2006 and some of the cultural references might seem a little dated to today's readers. But the story of a young woman torn between two very different futures will resonate with today's readers quite well.

And that cliffhanger ending...

Favorite Quote:
"Now Sunny, don't get mad, but..." Rayne begins, her voice trembling.

I shoot her an angry glare. "But WHAT, Rayne?"

"I, uh, think you've accidentally been turned into a vampire."
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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