Saturday, December 11, 2010
Review of Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi
Author: Mari Mancusi
Published By: Berkley Trade
From Goodreads: Technically Sunshine can't get killed-because she's immortal. Well, not quite yet. Due to the worst case of mistaken identity with her dark-side-loving twin sister at a Goth club called Club Fang, Magnus, a vampire hottie, went for Sunshine's innocent neck. Now if she doesn't reverse it in time, Magnus will be her blood mate forever and she's doomed to be a blood-gulping, pasty, daylight-hating vampire. That would seriously bite. And now, after the unfortunate slaying of the vampire leader, Sunshine, her sister Rayne, and Magnus must find the one thing that can solve her problem: the Holy Grail. They wish it were a joke but it's not. It's absolutely necessary that Sunshine gets out of this in time, because somehow she scored the hottest prom date in her school, the mouth-watering Jake Wilder. So she just can't be a vampire for the prom-let alone the rest of eternity.
The tagline for this book is "This is not your typical boybites-girl love story." I don't think I really agree with that. Of course I understand that Sunshine was not the sister who wanted to be turned into a vampire. but yet all the typical YA vampire plot events still occured. Sunshine still had to avoid the sun (no pun intended), slept during the day and was awake at night, and of course craved blood.
The writing just didn't do it for me. I liked the story line and they idea behind the series, but I felt the writing lacked the flow and inventiveness of many other YA writers.
Some of the things I did enjoy about the book was the relationship between Sunshine and her sister Rayne. I felt this to be true to some sister relationships and even though my sister is my best friend we are often drastically different just like these sisters. I, however, don't agree with the actions of both of the sisters at the end of the novel. I don't think that if the sisters were as close as they seemed that they would both be ok with the choices made. (I know this sounds confusing but I don't want to give away too much.) I also liked Magnus as a character. I really felt bad for him and found him to be the most likeable character of the book.
Overall, if you are looking for a vampire read I think there are others out there you would enjoy more.