Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Review: Bite Me
Bite Me by Parker Blue
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: YA Fantasy/Vampires, Demons Reading Level: YA
Disclosure: I received a special 3-in-1 eGalley review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: 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: Parallels between this series and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are unavoidable, since they are constantly being employed by the characters of the book. I would say that this has a very similar feel, with very different characters. Val is an awesome character, not as self-involved as so many of these urban fantasy heroines, and her sidekick Fang is a hoot – his description actually sounds a lot like my own dog, a Terrier mix we call Fritz. Actually, his full name is Emperor Frœderich der Gross Lord of Beasts, but we just call him Fritz – another little dog with a big name to live up to.
I love the interactions Val has with the various characters, and I really enjoy the various creatures we’ve come across so far. Shade is just awesome, and I’m interested to see how things go with the enigmatic vampire group New Blood. I see the potential for some really nifty alliances there. I’m very intrigued by Val’s interactions with her family as well and hope that she will be able to come to terms with them, although there is so much pain there, I don’t see everything turning up roses.
Highly recommended for fans of YA and adult urban fantasy/paranormal adventures. I’m very excited to see where the rest of this series goes.
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