15 March 2010

REVIEW: NEVER BITE A BOY ON A FIRST DATE

Book Title: NEVER BITE A BOY ON THE FIRST DATE
Author Name: Tamara Summers
ISBN #: 978-0-06-172154-0
Publisher Name: Harper Teen
Date Released: September 2009
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal

Back Cover Blurb:

I've got a few issues:

1. I'm a vampire now.

2. One of my classmates was found dead with tell-tale fang marks.

3. I didn't do it! (Really!)

4. Nobody believes me, so . . .

5. I'm going to have to find the real killer. I've already got three suspects. (Three very cute suspects.)

One more problem: I am seriously falling for one of them . . . but what if he's the killer.


Lynette's Two Cents:

As I was on-line combing my library for books, this title immediately caught my eye and I couldn't resist. I'm glad I got it. Never Bite A Boy on the First Date was too cute. I don't read a lot of young adult books. Going through puberty once was bad enough. I have no desire to feel all that angst again thank you very much.

I was a little worried when I read the prologue. It had a Twilight feel and I feared I would have to suffer though someone's attempt to capitalize on the success of Twilight. I was wrong. Never Bite A Boy on the First Date was a good story and gets major cool points because I never felt the desire to bash the heroine's head in with a baseball bat like I did while reading Twilight.

Characters: Kira the heroine was adorable. Despite being a new vampire, she was age appropriate, not perfect, and not angsting over the abrupt change her life has taken. Her fumbling attempts to discover who killed her classmate were entertaining and quite believable. Her vampire family was quirky, with distinct personalities. While I was annoyed with how Kira jumped from boy to boy without any thought or attempt to talk to the boy to let them know why she felt the way she did, I had to remind myself that this is a young-adult novel and umm . . . I did the same thing back in the day.

Plot: I was a little confused at first. Never Bite A Boy on the First Date reads like it's the sequel. I couldn't help but wonder if the author wrote another book that didn't get published. It was very confusing because I felt I was missing something that had happened in a previous book. That feeling went away after awhile. I wished the author would've made it read less like a sequel (even though it wasn't) and more like a stand-alone novel. On a positive note though. I'm usually good at discovering who dun it and despite the clues peppered throughout, I couldn't guess who the killer was in Never Bite A Boy on A First Date. Awesome job for that, even though when I finally figured it out I had a 'duh' moment.

Romance: I wish the romantic aspect had a little bit more depth to it. I would like to see what the attraction was between Kira and one of the boys. To say more would be too much of a spoiler. I needed to see more about what drew them together as there is such a huge difference in level of maturity.

Overall:

Cute, fast-paced story. Glad I read it.

Where Purchased:

Borrowed from my local library

Rating:

C

Good story. I won't re-read it though


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