Boys that Bite
Penguin Berkley Jam (4th April 2006)
It’s a teen vampire tale with an Arthurian twist in this first outing of Mari Mancusi’s series starring twins Sunny and Rayne McDonald.
Rayne’s into Goth stuff and wants to become a vampire – seriously. She’s even writing a blog tracking her progress as she studies to earn her certification. Everything’s arranged for vampire Magnus to bite her, but in a case of mistaken identity Rayne’s identical twin Sunny is bitten instead. But this isn’t the end of Sunny’s human life – the bite can be reversed by drinking Jesus’ blood from the Holy Grail. Magnus was one of the Knights of King Arthur’s Round Table, and Avalon is now Glastonbury, but at the time of the major music festival, the druids with the Grail go into hiding. The race is on…
There are constant pop culture references, and everyone seems to resemble a celebrity. This may help put the characters in the mind’s eye, but it’s really distracting and annoying. And though this version of vampirism has a twist (it can be changed), the novel overall seems somehow lacking in originality. However, I’ve still got my eye on the author’s novels for adults…