Mancusi, Mari. Boys that bite.MANCUSI, Mad. Boys that bite. Penguin, Berkley. 262p. c2006. 0-425-20942-3. $9.99. S
Every 16-year-old has problems, but Sunny's trouble is rather unique: she's been bitten by a vampire vampire, in folklore, animated corpse that sucks the blood of humans. Belief in vampires has existed from the earliest times and has given rise to an amalgam of legends and superstitions. . As if that wasn't bad enough, there's only one week until the prom and Sunny's supposed to go with the hottest boy in school. Further adding insult to injury, it's all a big mistake that she was bitten in the first place. The bite, which occurs at a hot new Goth club, Club Fang, was intended for her twin sister, Rayne. Talk about problems! Rayne, after discovering an ancient vampire coven cov·en
An assembly of 13 witches.
[Perhaps from Middle English covent, assembly, convent; see convent. living in New Hampshire New Hampshire, one of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (S), Vermont, with the Connecticut R. forming the boundary (W), the Canadian province of Quebec (NW), and Maine and a short strip of the Atlantic Ocean (E). , signs up to become one of the undead un·dead
No longer living but supernaturally animated, as a zombie. . Now Sunny has the challenging task of trying to reverse her fate in the seven days it takes to fully become a vampire. Before Lucifent, the vampire leader, can tell Sunny how to halt the change, he's killed by a vampire slayer. Now it's up to Sunny, Rayne, and Magnus (the vampire responsible for the mistaken bite) to figure out the secret. If Sunny thought being bitten by a vampire was surprising, she has no idea what other shocking twists lie ahead for her.
Mancusi has successfully written a vampire story that expands the genre and will draw new readers. While surely hardcore fans of true vampire fiction will scoff at how whimsical whim·si·cal
1. Determined by, arising from, or marked by whim or caprice. See Synonyms at arbitrary.
2. Erratic in behavior or degree of unpredictability: a whimsical personality. this story is, its offbeat off·beat
An unaccented beat in a measure.
Not conforming to an ordinary type or pattern; unconventional: offbeat humor. approach will please many. Funny, fresh, and distinctive, Boys That Bite has an excellent and unexpected ending that leaves the reader ready for a sequel. Amanda MacGregor, St. Cloud, MN
S--Recommended for senior high school students.