Love Sucks! by Melissa Francis 5 of 5 stars.
AJ Ashe may have gotten rid of her vampire stalker and her evil ex-teacher, but things are hardly back to normal. For one thing, she still has to maintain a strict look-but-don't-touch policy with Ryan, her hot ex-boyfriend-turned-stepbrother. For another, she has to learn to control her vampire superpowers--which means more than a few dates with Lex, mind-reading professional vampire trainer and too-sexy-for-his-own-good bad boy. And as if that's not enough, she happens to be the key to her father's plans to take over the world. . .and he'll stop at nothing to get what he wants.
All this and she's still got to plan the prom. Being a teenager is tough, but being a teenage vampire just flat out sucks.(Book blurb)
Love definitely sucks for AJ Ashe as her life as a teenage vampire grows increasingly more complicated. Her vampire mom is having a sorcerer's baby, a child that many believe will fulfill a prophecy that the bad guys are dreading. As if that's not enough, her ex-boyfriend is now her stepbrother. Unfortunately, that's not the only family trouble AJ's having at the moment. The oh-so-evil side of her family is plotting to kidnap her and kill her mother's unborn child.
When the bad guys find their way into AJ's own head, her family decides its time to bring in the experts. But boyfriend turned brother Ryan doesn't trust AJ's hot new vampire instructor. Tensions begin to rise in the family as AJ finds herself sitting on the very edge of paranormal apocalypse and the only thing that can pull her away from this ledge is total trust. But who can you trust when you're family's in danger, and you may be the only one capable of saving them?
Love Sucks! is a snarky and fast-paced book full of action, romance, and suspense.
When my power was out for 8 hours I sat in the car with a book light glued to my paperback copy, laughing my butt off and cheering for new favorite characters. I may not have read the first book, Bite Me!, but I can tell that Melissa Francis has been able to bring something new to the vampire world, which many of you know is a rare thing today.
Something else this author seems to have a talent for is balancing out characters. I can't tell you how tired I get of seeing people try to write from a first person point of view with an attitude and not be able to hold together a real emotional connection with the story. But Melissa Francis did what they couldn't, and I commend her for it.
For a vampire story this book has it everything and then some. What is so special about it to me is that it combines a bit of Celtic folklore and magic to create something more interesting than your average vampire love story. With a surprising ending and an interesting plot this story should definitely be able to hold the attention of any and all paranormal fantasy fans out there.
For fans of: Melissa Francis, Insatiable by Meg Cabot, Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
*A special thanks to HarperTeen for sending me a review copy!*
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