Title: Bite Me!
Author: Melissa Francis
Series: has a sequel: Love Sucks
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Harper Teen
# of pages: 296
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?
I picked this book up on a whim, off of my library's waiting-to-be-shelved area, and I'm glad I did. This book was a very fun, easy, and entertaining read. Though the plot is not terribly unique, it's not exactly like all the other vampire stories I've read before. The vampires here are not characterized like usual: they can walk in the sun, see their reflection in the mirror, and they drink blood out of V8 juice bottles. The explanation? Vampires have adapted to better live in the human world.
The story is written from AJ's point of view, in a very teenage girl voice. Some may say the writing is too simple, but I think it's just right, considering it is supposed to be a teenage girl telling her life story. At least part of it...and what a story it is!
One day AJ's life was as normal as any other teenage vampire girl's could be, and the next it's turned completely upside down. She's become the stepsister of the boy she's in love with, and soon she's got a creepy vampire stalker. Not to mention, someone is set on framing her for things she didn't do and ruining her life. AJ is scared and doesn't know what to do, and you could thoroughly feel it in her words.
But we don't just feel what AJ's feeling, we also get to learn a bit about her vampire history and an ancient vampire myth. AJ starts researching a myth on the Serpentines, an evil vampire clan, and this seems to get her into more trouble. The vampire myth definitely added to the intrigue, but so did the cast of characters. Though you could only see them through AJ's eyes, you could still get a little insight into their character. Ryan, her new stepbrother, is having a hard time dealing with their break up just like she is, and is frustrated when she pushes him away. This causes him to be a jerk, but he does make up for it and in the end, he seems like a sweet boy. I totally want AJ to end up with him. Too bad they've been forbidden from being with each other!
And her two best friends, Bridget and Malia, seem like they really care about her, but they're having trouble with each other, and something doesn't seem right with Malia. She acts a bit shady sometimes, which Bridget points out but AJ ignores. The Malia thing is not settled in this book, so I'll have to wait until I read the sequel to find out what's going on with her. But my guess is she is some kind of paranormal being too...
Actually, many things were not settled in this book...but that's what the sequel is for! :P Though I do have some unanswered questions, some of them were answered in this installment. But not in the way I thought it would be. The ending was totally unexpected, and I love that! I did not even suspect the perpetrator...
Bite Me! had it all...drama, mystery, suspense, and even a little romance. I wish it had a little more backstory on some of the characters, though. It was a great read nonetheless, and I can't wait to read the sequel!
Plot - ★★★★
Characters - ★★★★
Ending - ★★★★★
Overall - ★★★★