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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

108) Bite Me by Parker Blue

The Blurb :

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.

My Thoughts :

I have been curious about this book for a while but never got around to actually picking up and copy and reading it. Somehow the cover looked a little too 'young' and the blurb didn't give enough promise. However this week I felt like giving it a try and I was left pleasantly surprised by the book.

At first I found it a little difficult to like Val. She acted like a spoilt fifteen year old and not a demon killing eighteen year old. Then when I realised she was also a succubus I wondered why. Of course this kind of demon will, at some point, add some 'adult' content to the story and I thought this was supposed to be aimed at young adults. I was a little confused all around.

So immature and naive, Val, took some time to get used to. I don't think she will ever be one of my favourite characters but I have to give her points for her vampire hunting/killing skills and for being so fun to read about. However, it didn't matter that the main character was weak because the book had a lot of other things going for it. A great concept and a fantastic plot were a huge plus in Bite Me. Also the fun little doggy demon sidekick helped keep things alive and officer Dan sounds like a guy I wouldn't mind getting to know better.

If you can get over some little annoying things, like for example, how easy Val managed to get a job and a place to live (I don't think it would happen that easily) then you will find that the story is actually not bad and very interesting. Actually by the time I got through the first third of the book I was hooked. There were some really cool things happening and I was curious about how things would play out.

So despite a few teething problems with this one it turned out to be a nice read. I am definitely going to look out for the sequel and I hope that this series grows into something good and solid as it promises it could.


Aurian said...

Nice surprise then. But you did not tell us, did the succubus part really play a role?

Unknown said...

Yes it did! Not a totally sexual way but maybe in the following books it will. I checked and there are two more books in the series and a fourth one announced.