Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review: Bite Me by Parker Blue

Published Date: September 30th, 2010

Finished Date: June 12th, 2011

Publishers: Bell Bridge Books

Format: Paperback

Pages: 299

Series: Demon Underground

Blurb from Goodreads: Bite Me

Young Adult Vampire Hunter

A Fictionwise Fantasy Bestseller

An edgy book for teens that spans the gap between YA and adult fiction. 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 Review: Quick gloss of the book: Half-lust-demon Valentine Shapiro hadnt had a perfect life- her mom was wary of her hell spawn of a daughter, her father died when she was five, she was led to think she was the only one of her kind on earth making her feel so goddamn alone for the better part of her life, not being able to have a proper relationship because of the demon within her that always came out to play when she gets close to someone physically and then it would suck on a person's energy till they're half dead, or dead. List continues but i think you get the idea: her life sucked. And now, on her eighteenth birthday, her mom disowned her and she's left to find her accomodations and a new job(it's getting worse even now..shocking isnt it. Her life=hellhole) Feeling depressed, she went to the beach and met her half-hellhound dog and subsequently got a job as a detective in the San Antonio's Special Crime Unit through a new found friend, Officer Dan Sullivan. Vampires cause trouble, she tries to solve it, but her annoying brat of a sister got involved in the whole business and now, Val's family is screwing with her emotional life by treating her like trash cause somehow, they thought EVERY stupid problem on their doorstep was Val's fault(okay maybe it's just her mom. Her BIRTH mom at that:/). But surprisingly, she doesnt cry or break down very often, only when things really accumulated into such a mountain of hurt in her that..yeah so she cried a few countable tear drops and that's the end of her whinny side.

I wouldnt consider this a fiver(five star book in my terminology dictionary), but somehow, i was completely engrossed in the book i hadnt realised it was 4 in the morning last night as i was reading this book. It's that good, it sucks you into a world of dark demons but not too cringe-worthy cliche that would have immediately turned people off.

Val is a headstrong and courageous girl, full of compassion and wit, and definitely have a fully human heart. She sticks up and looks after her family even tho they dont deserve it, she continues to love the man who was a jerk after finding out about her demon side, and she's just so selfless it's hard to not like her. But not too much as to be unrealistic. She has imperfections and flaws, but that only makes her all the more real and alive.

Dan is a noble, heroic soul, but he can be a jerk sometimes. I cant believe he insulted Val after she just spilt all her secrets out for him, laid herself bare and he just spit in her face. And although his real reasons for doing that was because he was scared for his incontrollable reactions for a girl who was still so young, it made me even angrier that he broke her heart to soothe his own screwed up emotions. But he made up for it in the end so im happy with them. And he isnt bad, not at all other than that incident. Rather, he was kinda sweet at times, and very man:)

Hmm..the baddies in this book werent really bad..very cliche type, nothing special..The only cool part about them was how Val found them out. Tho it was kinda too easy and convenient how she did it, like BAM! you, you and you, GUILTYYYY! And 'click!' you're under arrest. Y'know? it's just... Very anti climatic.

Tho there wasnt much danger and suspense, no real climax, i still did enjoy this book. There must be something wrong with me this days.. I dont know. It was a simple enough read, relaxing and captivating. It's a commendable vampire-demon-succubus addition for the young adult section. A great start to a series with lots of potential. If you're looking for a soft, not gruesome or something that doesnt induce strong intense emotions book, but one that is interesting enough that warrants a one-sitting reading, this is it:)

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