Monday, December 6, 2010

Book Review: Stake That!

Two sisters—as different as the sun and the rain. For one, getting into the Blood Cover is to die for, but it seems destiny has something else in mind...

Rayne McDonald had it all figured out. Get turned into a vampire, become the mate of the Blood Coven leader, and live the high-life for all eternity. Too bad the head vamp took a bite out of her twin sister by mistake. Now, not only is Rayne still not a vampire, but she learns she's a slayer instead—destined to destroy vamps gone bad.

After being recruited by a secret organization, Rayne is given her first mission: infiltrate a seedy bar downtown and expose its vampire owner, Maverick, for purposely spreading a nasty blood virus. Luckily the Blood Coven sends some help—in the form of sexy vampire Jareth. Will vampire and slayer be able to settle their differences and work together to bring down the evil Maverick? Or will they find their own hearts on the line?

--From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
Once again I read the book with the older cover, which I love, but this cover is equally beautiful! I think I'm in love with the blue.

First Thoughts:
As much as I loved Sunny, Rayne is my girl. She's the incarnation of everything I love in a character!


My Review:
If you haven't had an opportunity to read my review of Boys That Bite, please click here and go take a look. It will give you some insight into the utter fangirl that I've now become for Mari Mancusi's writing. Oh yes, I'm smitten. Or as Mari would probably say once bitten, always smitten? Something like that :).

To reiterate what I've said before, what I love about The Blood Coven books is just how much fun they are to read! Sunny and Rayne are hilariously snarky characters, and they possess the ability to ooze snarky humor while still being completely serious. The cast of additional characters that surrounds them grows a bit larger in this book, and I fell in love with each and every one of them. In fact, I do believe that I have a new crush. Dark, brooding and sexy vampire with an accent? Yes please! Where do I sign up for one of those?

In all seriousness though, the plots of these books are pure deliciousness. Sunny and Rayne's adventures are quick moving and well thought out. The pop culture references are in this book are plentiful but not obnoxious. However what I love most of all is just how well Mari Mancusi sticks to the lore of the bloodsuckers I love so very much. Taking cues from the Whedonverse and beyond, she makes her vampires come alive and I appreciate it!

This particular book is written from Rayne's point of view, and it is unique in that we read about her adventures through her blog entries. For those of you who haven't read the first book yet, yes, Rayne does blog. Her blog is hilarious too! I throughly enjoyed reading both her witty entires, as well as the comments at the end of everything chapter. The undercurrent of side stories within the comments was hilarious and well placed. Have I mentioned that I love this book?

I'm rambling now, so I'll stop. Suffice it to say that this book series has me hooked! I've already finished the third one (review to come soon) and have the rest on my wishlist at the library and on my Christmas list. This is a series that I like to call my "guilty pleasure" and I'm not ashamed to admit it. LOVE!

Other books in the series:
Boys That Bite (Blood Coven Series #1)

Book Details
Title: Stake That! (Blood Coven Series #2)
Author: Mari Mancusi
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: Paperback; 288
Source: Library
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Final Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart
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