Bitten & Smitten (Warner Forever)
4 journalers for this copy...
Rowen hits the nail (or is it the stake?) on the head with her feisty debut novel about a reluctant vampire trying to cope with her newfound otherworldly status. After a blind date bites Sarah Dearly on the neck and is killed by vampire hunters, she discovers she's not only a vampire but also has been left to learn the ropes of the night by herself. Thank goodness for wise "master" vampire Thierry de Bennicoeur, who saves her life, shows her to the nearest vampire hangout and wins her heart in the process. Next comes a mix of misplaced trust, stakings and bad double dates, all with the goal of outwitting the vampire hunters and getting Thierry to see that Sarah's the one for him. Rowen perfectly balances suspense and wit by tossing in one-liners just when the novel could start getting too serious ("I just need to wash my face and brush my fangs first and we can get out of here," Sarah says). Mentions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Anne Rice ground the novel and make it a true modern girl's guide to (vampire) life.
I'll insert this into my reading rotation and will send it on to NeedSun when I've finished it. Thanks for all the great vampire reads woosang!!! :-*
This debut novel by Michelle Rowen was a terrific read, and I look forward to the sequel, Fanged & Fabulous, due around Spring 2007. She also wrote one of the chapters of Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred, which I have waiting on my TBR and am even more anxious to read now. The story reminded me somewhat of Betsy in MJD's Undead series; Sarah's just as quirky and funny, if not more so.
I'll be sending this off to NeedSun shortly, along with a few other books I've got ready to send her way.
UPDATE 23-SEP-2006: This is now packaged up and ready to go to NeedSun in Canada along with 4 other books. Sent via Surface Mail on 25-Sep-2006.
Thanks for sharing, Woosang!
And thanks to you too, Cherie, for mailing it to me.
I am preparing a package for Morgaine77 today so it should get posted soon. I'll update the entry with the actual shipping date.
Thanks again, Woosang, for sharing all your books with us.
Sent by air today
The interesting thing is, that I do not like MJD's Undead series. but I adored this story. I guess Sarah just wasn't as annoying as Betsy. ;-)
As a side note: Did you realize that Toronto seems to become the new capital for Vampires and other supernatural beings? New Orleans seems to be out... *giggles*
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Travelling back home to Australia by surface mail, together with a couple of goodies. I hope customs will let it through alright...
The book has a nice fragrance now andnow it is time for ME to read it. If I can stop sniffing it of course.
Thanks to my friends who read it and got it home.
When I put the book down, I was not motivated to pick it up again. I didn't even give the story a thought. The Heroine was a bimbo, well maybe a bit harse but she seems very silly. Her friend Amy was the same. She did a lot and at the same time nothing.
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Posting to a new home in the US, with a club_Vladder