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Product Details

  • Series: A Blood Coven Vampire Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; First Edition edition (April 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425209423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425209424
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 freelance TV producer and author of books for teens and adults. When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure--videogames. A graduate of Boston University and a two time Emmy Award winner, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob and their dogs Bowie and Mesquite.

More About the Author

Mari Mancusi always wanted a dragon as a pet. Unfortunately the fire insurance premiums proved a bit too large and her house a bit too small--so she chose to write about them instead. Today she works as an award-winning young adult author and freelance television producer, for which she has won two Emmys. When not writing about fanciful creatures of myth and legend, Mari enjoys goth clubbing, cosplay, watching cheesy (and scary) horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure--playing videogames. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their dog Mesquite.

Customer Reviews

I can't wait for the next book to come out.
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Which is the one and only thing that can reverse the process of turning into a vampire.
TeensReadToo
This one of the most funny vampire books i've read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on April 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Sunshine "Sunny" McDonald was doing pretty well; the hottest guy at Oakridge High School, Jake Wilder, has asked her to go to the prom with him, and life is now complete. At five foot four, with dirty blond hair and unimpressive muddy brown eyes, Sunny would have sworn that Jake didn't even know she existed. Freckles notwithstanding, she's not as easily recognizable as her twin sister, Rayne, who's so into the Goth scene, vampires, and wearing all black that it's not even funny. Yes, life is looking up--until Sunny lets herself get guilt tripped into attending Club Fang, a cheesy Goth club filled with wannabe vampires, and suddenly her life isn't so sunny anymore.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 22, 2011
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What I Loved: This was a fun quick read that sort of reminded me of a Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode--except no real slayage unless you count Bertha! Magnus is the perfect guy for Sunny even though he is a vampire and their quipping is fun to read. I giggled more than a few times during this book.

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.

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Books in this Series:
Boys That Bite
Stake That!
Girls That Growl
Bad Blood
Night School (Jan 2011)
Blood Ties (Aug 2011)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Little D on April 22, 2006
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I've read many vampire books (teen and adult) and I have to say this is by far the best one EVER!

It has teen drama, romance, humor, love and the vampire stuff which makes it an all around great read for teens and adults.

I'm looking forward reading the sequel 'Stake That!'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill on March 1, 2011
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I decided to give this book a chance because I read some of the reviews on here and they said it was good. Well they were wrong! I've read so many vampire series and this book is horrible. At first I tried the first few chapters hoping it would get better and it only got worse especially when Lucifent turned out to be a child. Like what the heck is that?! The references to celebrities and just the language were horribe. I had to delete the thing right off my kindle. I don't think I'll be reading anymore of this author's books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lea Kelley on March 20, 2010
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Although Sunshine McDonald and her sister Rayne are identical twins, their personalities and interests couldn't be more different. It's only under protest that Sunny agrees to accompany Rayne to Club Fang, a goth club. Sunny is more field hockey and drama club than black vinyl and pierced tongues, so Club Fang is not her thing. Her night gets even worse when the hot guy that she thought was going to kiss her instead turns her into a vampire when he mistakes her for Rayne, who has secretly entered the training program for vampire recruits. Now Sunny and her new sire, Magnus, have one week to undo that bite or Sunny can say goodbye to daylight for the rest of her (eternal) life/undeath.

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.
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