Friday, January 20, 2012

Review of Bite Me (Demon Underground #1) by Parker Blue

Young Adult Vampire Hunter

A Fictionwise Fantasy Bestseller

An edgy book for teens that spans the gap between YA and adult fiction. Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Val Shapiro is just your ordinary, part-demon, teenaged vampire hunter with a Texas drawl. And a pet hellhound named Fang. Soon enough she finds herself deep in the underbelly of the city, discovering the secrets of the Demon Underground and fighting to save those she loves. Whether they love her back or not.

Everything about Bite Me was honestly just great and while I came across it by accident, it's actually one of my favorite ebooks to date. In short it's about a teenage vampire hunter/ half- demoness named Val. What's not to love? While I did think that the start felt a bit rushed into introducing all of the great and original characters (and the wise-cracking hell hound Fang), the rest of the novel kept up at a mysterious and great pace. I was constantly trying to figure out what happens next, even if my predictions (that were a bit wild) were wrong- I would be gaven something better than I expected. I could even almost feel like author Parker Blue had a writing style that made me think of one of my favorite authors Richelle Mead.

One of the many great things about Bite Me was the way Val acted, she was honestly more mature than most characters in YA and considering her home situation and fighting her inner demon Lola her maturity made the novel both relaxing and all the more realistic (despite the fact that she ends up working for the police at the age of eighteen).

   I wish I could say that I was in love with Dan who is Val's partner and love interest, there was just something about him that made him come off as a jerk. I couldn't help but dislike him, even though he did help Val a lot in the story and was described as a nice and handsome guy. And the brother of Val's roommate.

   I did love Val when she was in her demon persona that she named Lola (though I did feel at times like she thought of herself as somebody with multiple personalities) because all of her abilities were very original and still stayed in line with the traditional abilities that the Succubus are known for. Plus her being a vampire hunter had me comparing her to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (true story). With her butt-kicking skills, personality and her adorable hell hound I couldn't find anything wrong with Val. Well maybe one thing... The only issue I had with Bite Me was that there were hardly any descriptions towards any characters except for most of the secondary ones (like Shade, Micah, Gwen, etc.). Though when it came down to Val's family members, some of the other cops and even the main character herself I had to stretch my imagination and put faces on characters that I couldn't exactly see.

   But still with an original plot like this, the conflict between vampires and the demon world being clearly and easily expressed, I did feel like I was learning about Lola (or Val's demon side) as the story continued and progressed. Learning about the demon side of Val was also one of the fun and more well described parts of the story, especially when she learns from Micah via the Demon Underground.

   I would recommend this to people who want a YA novel with a strong female character in a supernatural novel that will leave you both guessing and intrigued long after the novel is done. You'll be begging for the sequel (I know I was).


Sophia Rose said... Best Blogger Tips

New book to me and it sounds like it will be a good read.

Thanks for the review!

BK said... Best Blogger Tips

It sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing.


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