Boys That Bite Library Binding – Apr 2006
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From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up–Rayne and Sunshine McDonald, 16, may be physically identical, but the similarities stop there. Rayne has been covertly studying to become a vampire, and her moment of love-at-first-bite has arrived. Unfortunately, her decidedly nonvampiric twin is at the receiving end of that kiss of death. Now Sunny has just one week to un-bloodmate herself from the newly appointed King of the Coven, Magnus, and return to human form before her dream date to the senior prom. Though filled with teen and supernatural romance clichés and slang, Mancusi's take on the vampire myth is entertaining. The language is a little coarse, but the characters are sound and behave like many teens with their references to underage drinking and sex. Liberal doses of humor keep things interesting. The plot gains momentum in the second half, and the surprise ending will leave readers bloodthirsty for the next installment of the twins' misadventures with the undead. A ghoulishly fun read for a summer day at the beach.–Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA
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About the Author
Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession—journalism—instead. Today she works as a television news producer for the NBC station in Boston and has won two Emmys for her work. As if writing and TV producing weren't enough to keep her busy, Mari also enjoys snowboarding, clubbing, shopping, 80s music, and her favorite guilty pleasure—video games. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and two dogs. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The night starts out okay--yes, the club is the epitome of cheesy and the smoke machine is making her cough--but improves vastly when an Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean Orlando, not Lord of the Rings Orlando) introduces himself with a "Good evening..I'm Magnus..I believe you were expecting me" line. Sunny sure wasn't expecting him, and she definitely was not expecting the bite on the neck she gets from the totally hot Magnus.
Suddenly life is taking a dark turn, when Sunny finds out that Magnus is not only a vampire--for real!--but that he mistook her for her twin sister, Rayne. Now Sunny's going to turn into one of the undead--this close to prom!--unless she find the Holy Grail. Which is the one and only thing that can reverse the process of turning into a vampire. But even with thoughts of Jake Wilder on the brain, Sunny's not so sure that being a vampire would be so horrible, or that being in league with Magnus would be the end of her life.
BOYS THAT BITE is a funny, action-packed read that will keep you turning pages long into the night.Read more ›
He is enough to make me drool in my dreams. Handsome and cute, Magnus does everything in his power to make Sunny's dream come true, even at the breaking of his heart. [Falls in love with her].
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The night starts out okay--yes, the club is the epitome of cheesy and the smoke machine is making her cough--but improves vastly when an Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean Orlando, not Lord of the Rings Orlando)introduces himself with a "Good evening..I'm Magnus..I believe you were expecting me" line. Sunny sure wasn't expecting him, and she definitely was not expecting the bite on the neck she gets from the totally hot Magnus.
Suddenly life is taking a dark turn, when Sunny finds out that Magnus is not only a vampire--for real!--but that he mistook her for her twin sister, Rayne. Now Sunny's going to turn into one of the undead--this close to prom!--unless she find the Holy Grail. Which is the one and only thing that can reverse the process of turning into a vampire. But even with thoughts
of Jake Wilder on the brain, Sunny's not so sure that being a vampire would be so horrible, or that being in league with Magnus would be the end of her life.
BOYS THAT BITE is a funny, action-packed read that will keep you turning pages long into the night. The characters--from Sunny, Rayne, Magnus, and everyone in between--are all well-rounded people, and the dialogue is smart and funny. As the three race to save Sunny from an eternal life as a member of the undead, she'll have to find out what's most important in life. And the ending, including a stunner regarding Rayne, definitely sets up the scene for a sequel. A great read!
What I Liked: Rayne--though she was not in the book enough for me probably because I liked her more than Sunny. The blog entry at the end has me thinking the next book is about her though so I am excited!
Complaints: As much as I loved the quippy banter at points it does get a little much. That being said the book was fun to read and filled that "escape to a different place" thing really well.
Why I gave it a 3: I really enjoyed this fun book. Anything that can make me giggle out loud is worth it to me.
Who would I recommend it too: Actually fans of Light Paranormal YA and the quippy sort of banter would enjoy this book. I really haven't read to many light YA books and I think this fills that gap perfectly.
Books in this Series:
Boys That Bite
Girls That Growl
Night School (Jan 2011)
Blood Ties (Aug 2011)
This book, more than anything else, reminds me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which makes sense as Mari Mancusi mentions both the show and its creator in the acknowledgments. There is a lot of irreverent humor and witty banter here, and an easy acceptance that vampires can and do exist even though it is unknown to the rest of the world. The fact that Mancusi so clearly absorbs that Joss Whedon's version of vampire mythology into her story with her own twists and changes makes me like it even more that I already did.
This book is not perfect. At times the references to name brands took me out of the story, and sometimes Mancusi tries a little too hard to sound like a teenager. Readers also don't learn much about the vampire world in this first book. Of course, the story ends with the words "To be continued", so we know that there is more world building to come.
What redeems this book, and had reaching for the sequel, is the characters. Unlike some teen female heroines today, Sunny is not going to surrender her humanity willingly. And in that she comes closest to Buffy, a girl who would sacrifice her greatest love to save the world. Hopefully Sunny won't be faced with a decision like that.
One night Sunshine is "attacked" by Magnus and she soon begins to transform into a vampire. It turns out that Rayne had set the whole thing up, but for HER. Rayne went through vampire education classes and waited for her soulmate blood match to be picked for her after testing her blood. Magnus was meant to be Rayne's soulmate. Sunshine isn't happy with this new development in her life. She doesn't want to become a vampire. She learns about her sister's educational developments after Rayne sends her to her blog where she documented everything she learned.
In order for Sunshine to remain human and reverse the vampire transformation, she and Magnus must take on some dangerous enemies. Is it worth it to remain human? Once she is ONLY human, can she and Magnus have a life together? Read Boys That Bite in order to find out. Be sure to check out Stake That!, the sequel which shares Rayne's story. You won't be disappointed.
Along the way, Sunny must deal with her growing feelings for Magnus, the new attraction she presents for other humans, and her own ambiguity about becoming a vampire. She does so with a wit that will have readers laughing out loud, so it is highly recommended that you do not eat or drink anything while reading this book. All in all, this was a rollicking good ride that I would love to take again.