Author: Tamara Summers
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books, 272 pages, (February 1st 2010)
From: purchased from The Works bookstore
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Synopsis: I've got a few issues: I'm a vampire now. One of my classmates was found dead, with telltale fang marks. I didn't do it! (really!) Nobody believes me, so . . . 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?
Review: 3 stars - Tamara Summers uses a nice mix of traditional and modern vampire mythology in this book- sun doesn’t burn the vampires but is uncomfortable for them, moonlight re-energises them, they can’t be seen in mirrors but their clothes can. This is something I’ve often wondered about with vampire stories. Most of the time vampires in books/films are completely invisible in a mirror including their clothes so to make a point of this was great for me to read.
The story starts of with vampire Kira November and her family arriving at school one day and finding a crime scene and one of the high school jocks Tex Harrison dead. Due to an indiscretion in Kira’s past her family think she’s the prime suspect. Having protested her innocence, she is tasked to find out who the real murderer is. Her suspicions focus on 3 hot guys- the quiet sheriff’s son Rowan, swim team star Milo and a dark and mysterious new boy Daniel. All of whom are acting suspiciously but who is the real killer?
Never bite a boy on the first date started off slow for me and only picked up pace half way through. You can however imagine someone going through the same process as Kira did in the quest to prove her innocence. And I think this is why the earlier part of the book and the back stories need to be explained.
With a few background storylines running throughout the book, you are kept on your toes as to what will happen next and as to whether there may be a twist in the tale.
The book has a slightly unexpected ending. I had a suspicion of who the murderer was throughout the book, but was keeping my options open and not naming him or her.
I wish this book was part of a series. Although Kira’s character annoyed me at times, I liked the other characters in the story. Wilhelm and Olympia (vampire mum and dad) although they don’t play a huge part in the story, they’re traditional vampires. They sleep during the day and are awake at night. Wilhelm can even turn into a bat. Zach (Kira’s brother) is the usual angsty teenager who has more than one reason to annoy Kira (Please read the book for more details). Milo and Daniel are the guy candy in this book, and I would love to hear more about both of them.
Definitely would be a good read for a younger reader. Harper Collins state 11 plus on the book so the vampire puns and jokes were all one I’d heard before at double the recommended reader age.
Recommended if you like Twilight, House of Night and The Morganville Vampires.