Val Shapiro is having a really rotten birthday. Getting kicked out of the house, losing her job, and being told to stay away from her younger half- sister is only the icing on the cake. However, things are looking up. She makes a friend out of a part- bloodhound named Fang, finds a job killing vamps for real money, and becomes the room-mate of her new partners sister.
Val is part succubus, which is how she gets some of her surreal powers. However, she has been hunting vampires for a few years now to keep her succubus side at bay. No need to let all that power loose.
Full of charm, wit and a kickin' attitude, Val is about to take the Demon Underground by storm. She is bound and determined to save her family, whether they want her to or not.
Her telepathic dog Fang only lends to the charm of this book. They make a dyno-mite duo!! I absolutely loved Bite Me! An adventurous ride with likable characters and a solid plot make this a top-notch urban fantasy. I am already craving more of Val and Fang !!
I really liked this book a lot. I went straight to the next one "Try Me" which I have just started. Although the slayer character "Val" reminded me a bit of the Katie Mac "Aisling" character w/the snarky demon dog, its still original enough to not seem like a copy. It was a very quick read and not a "dark" vampire slayer story, but slayer lite.
just read an ARC copy, so i'm not positive how closely the end product is. however, this book was a very quick read. it was definitely quirky, and i thought the characters were great. my favorite was the dog -- but that's probably just the animal lover in me.
i would definitely read any sequals from this author.
I really liked this book. I can't wait to read the next one.
Reviewed by Cat for TeensReadToo.com
Val Shapiro doesn't patrol the streets of greater San Antonio hunting vampires for kicks, nor is she fulfilling some sacred, ancient prophecy. She's just trying to cope with life as a demon/human offspring and sate the lust of her succubus half (Lola) by dusting vamps after dark. When her little sister, Jennifer, tags along on the nightly hunt without permission, Val returns home to find herself kicked out and forbidden from making further contact with her family, all on her eighteenth birthday.
Having met up with Special Crimes Unit hunky detective Dan Sullivan while patrolling the night before, it's not long before Val's on her way to earning a living from her slaying duties. With her new half-terrier/half-hellhound sidekick, Fang, in tow, and Dan's sister, Gwen, as a roommate, Val's just in time to investigate the New Blood Movement. While NBM's leader, Alejandro, says the group wants nothing more than an improvement in vampire/human relations, Val and her SCU colleagues have their doubts. When a rash of innocent humans are targeted by rogue vamps and New Blood's most recent volunteer disappears, Val's no longer letting Lola out just for kicks.
In some ways, Parker Blue's BITE ME treads familiar ground, specifically a young girl hunting big bad beasties in the night; but that trope is turned on its head in several ways. The slayer herself is half-demon and has not taken up the call of vampire hunting to fulfill a lifelong destiny. Val is, quite simply, an isolated, neglected young girl with limited options when it comes to satisfying her demon's desires. Ms. Blue takes the idea of self-determination a step further by not making vampires evil by nature.
Obviously, there are vampires who drink humans dry, but the members of the New Blood Movement demonstrate their ability to make the choice for themselves. We can make a similar assumption about demons, given Val's choice to protect people who would otherwise be defenseless against creatures with superhuman abilities. The importance of choice becomes even clearer when Val meets fellow half-demon Micah Blackburn and sees how he employs his incubi powers as a dancer at the club Purgatory rather than seducing unwitting females.
The best thing about BITE ME, though, has to be its characters, due mostly to the portrayal of their humanity - yes, even in the demons and vampires. Val may be sarcastic and sassy while kicking vampires to the curb, but she's also a little lost and unsure. Dan may be a salt-of-the-earth detective and devoted sibling, but he's not without prejudice against all things supernatural. Stepfather Rick is obviously torn about keeping his wife happy and protecting their daughter, Jennifer, at Val's expense. My favorite character has to be Fang. With his ability to sniff out vampires, telepathy, snarky humor, and motorcycle goggles, he's the cherry on top of the BITE ME sundae.