Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bite Me! Review (and Giveaway!)

Bite Me! by Melissa Francis
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: August 1, 2009
Source: Bought

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?


Melissa Francis is a terrific writer and I am SO excited to find out what's next for her. Bite Me was a completely original and enjoyable novel and I finished it in a couple of days.

AJ is a head strong, independent main character who is surprisingly relatable. While she is a vampire, AJ is also dealing with regular things and living a normal life for a seventeen year old girl. I loved how down to earth AJ was and how she made readers want to be friends with her. Unfortunately things start to get a little complicated when her single mother decides to get remarried. Now her boyfriend is going to be her stepbrother and their house is soon bustling with a variety of people. Like the Brady Bunch, the Ashe girls are soon joined by the Fraser boys and their nanny-like Aunt D. There is a lot of excitement in the first week of the marriage and move, and this is where the plot really starts to twist and turn.

The plot was very original because not only did AJ have to promise to break things off with Ryan, she had to hide the fact that she, her mother, and sisters are vampires. The vampire angle is unlike any I have ever read about. Steeped in history and intrigue, AJ's vampire background is interesting and different.

There are a variety of plot twists and turns in the novel and AJ is becoming overwhelmed with all she has to deal with. Family problems, friend problems, and vampire problems. She doesn't know who she can trust and some of the characters are revealed to be very different than I originally thought. Meanwhile, AJ is also trying to figure out more about her vampire background. I loved reading about the history surrounding her kind and how it tied into AJ and her family today.

Suspense, romance, intrigue, and history all combine to make this a fantastic debut novel. The characters are well developed and the dialogue is fun and interesting. Throughout the novel you will be wondering what will happen next; all leading up to a surprising ending! I'm so glad I have the sequel, Love Sucks! so I can start it next!

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars



One lucky commenter will win a signed copy of Bite Me! by Melissa Francis. Only comments related to the review will be counted.

Giveaway Now Closed


  1. I've wanted to read this one for the longest time and your review just made my craving for it worse...i'm bumping this up to the top of my To Buy list.

    Please include me in the giveaway

  2. Wow! I had never heard of this book before. But the story seems so exciting! I would love to read it.Thanks for the review!
    Please enter me if the contest is international.

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  4. I am so excited to read this book. Thanx for the review!!!!


  5. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. It sounds terrific. Even though it's a vampire book, it doesn't seem like it has that dark, intense view on it. No, it looks... cute? lol.

    Please include me in the giveaway!
    Sophia Lee

  6. This sounds like such a funny book! I'm glad that someone finally lightened up the vampire world. Can't wait to read this one!


  7. Great review.
    "Suspense, romance, intrigue, and history"..sounds like a book I'd really enjoy.
    Putting this one on my TBR list.

  8. This sounds like a fun read! I am glad you enjoyed it :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  9. well, enter me if this is international. :D
    the cover is pretty but it reminds me so much of vampire diaries!
    sounds interesting though, vampire + everyday teenage life. sounds really light :D I like. and I can't imagine having ex-bf as a stepbrother D:

    feeyonachan at gmail dot com

  10. Great review! I stumbled across this on Goodreads the other day (the sequel, actually, which led to this). It sounds interesting.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    eclecticdahlia [at] aol [dot] com

  11. Great review! I like this--Brady Bunch meets the Vampires! I'd love to see ow the boys adjust to the female vampire family!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  12. Oooh, I had this one checked out from the library once but had to take it back before I had time to read it! I'd love to be entered in the giveaway!

    stephaniet117 at yahoo dot com

  13. Include me in the giveaway!!



  14. Include me in the giveaway!!



  15. Well, that's different - her boyfriend will be her step brother. It's good when a story is completely different like that.

  16. I like the sound of this book. A teen vampire girl having problems we would have. I like that the author made the story related to teenage girls and vamps. Bite Me! is an orginal book that I want to get my hands on.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  17. This Book Sounds And Looks Awsome!


    -Alejandra S

  18. I've seen this one around, but never really gave it a second glance. Now that I read your review, I'd love to read it for myself.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  19. Great review. I really want to read this book. Please enter me in contest.

  20. This book sounds so awesome and I'm loving the historical facts surrounding the story. Thanks for the review! :)

  21. I'm glad you enjoyed the book - I forget all about it and am thrilled you reminded me to check it out ;)

    Usually you read stories about people about to become vampies, find out their family are vampires but they're not, or something - not when they're already vampires and biting people left & right. So I think this makes it a unique vampire read :)

    I can't believe her vampire mother marries a human male - does he know? I can't wait to find out!


  22. This book sounds good! I'm curious about this original vampire angle you speak of. I love finding new sides of the vampire myth.
    And the cover's pretty! ^^

    entrelibros_blog at

  23. Wow, you refer to the Brady Bunch and vampire history. I am not sure whether to be horrified or intrigued *winks*. I too love reading about the history of vampirism, it is never the same author to author. Thank you for sharing your review!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  24. I'm not usually a vampire kind of girl, but I've been wanting to read this book for a while and your review of it just pushed me over the edge... glad to see there are still unique takes on the whole vampire thing after sooo many books/movies/shows about them.

  25. Great review, I've been wanting to read this!
    My email is

  26. From your review, this sounds really original and exciting. I would love to read it.


  27. Great review. I would love to read this book and learn about this new vampire angle. sounds fun.[@]gmail[.]com

  28. Sounds like a great book! And thanks for hosting the contest!

    alexreadsbooks at gmail dot com

  29. A whole new vamp angle? I'm in! To say the truth, I think that with history twisted with the vampire, it sounds a lot like Melissa de la cruz's Blue Bloods series. Anyway, thanks for the fab review, can't wait to get my hands on Bite Me!

    You can reach me at

  30. I think it's important that a book has well rounded characters. Otherwise why should we as a reader care?

    Thanks for the review.


  31. your right, it does sound like a vamped up version of brady bunch. I want to read this book based off your review - thanks!

  32. A strong female vampire and an original plot? Must get a read!
    BITE ME sounds intriguing and I would love to get my hands on it!

    Thanks for the review!

    anbi14 at hotmail dot com

  33. Oh I love the sound of this book! :D
    It sounds like a coming of age novel for a vampire almost, which sounds pretty sweet!
    Fantastic review! :)

  34. Glad to see ou enjoyed it so much. It's funny just picturing a vampire Brady Bunch novel. Sounds like a fun novel, thanks for sharing!

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  35. This book sounds very cute! I can't wait to read this one. Great review!!!

    Enter please :)

  36. GREAT review! I've been wanting to read this book for so long, and your review made me want it even more! So excited there's going to be a sequel too!

  37. Hey guys! Thanks so much for commenting and entering the contest! Congratulations to Joan! I'll be contacting you shortly for your mailing address! Happy weekend!


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