#audio #review Bite Me (The Puritan Coven Series) #4stars
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Author: Louise Cypress
Narrators: Reba Buhr, Alexander Cendese
Length: 8 hours 2 minutes
Series: The Puritan Coven Series, Book 1
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release date: Jan. 10, 2019
Genre: Paranormal Romance; Young Adult
A nerdy high school senior transforms into a vampire vixen who’s unaware that her hunky date for prom is the slayer sent to destroy her.
Morgan Taylor-Jackson can’t wait for high school to end. In six months she leaves for UCLA and says goodbye to La Jolla, California, and her parents’ messy divorce. But when Morgan is bitten by a four-year-old boy, she becomes infected with a mysterious condition. Fever, insomnia, and a new bustline are only the beginning; Morgan morphs from nerd to bombshell.
As far as Van Xander is concerned, all vampires are evil, even the ones who reject human sacrifice and call themselves Puritans. When Helsing Incorporated sends Van to La Jolla to investigate the local coven, Morgan is his prime target. Pretending to be interested in her, Van asks Morgan out and puts her through a series of tests to determine her killer nature.
Morgan is thrilled to be dating a hot guy like Van and falls for him hard. As Van strings Morgan along, he grows increasingly guilty. Morgan is kind, compassionate, and a gooey romantic. Just as Van’s mind begins to change, evil forces threaten everything. When prom night arrives, there are only two ways out of the ballroom: death or immortality.
Louise Cypress believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. She has never met a vampire or a mermaid, but she has been to a Love Sucks concert on Valentine’s Day. She can often be found curled up with a romance novel on Saturday night, diet soda in hand, secretly wishing bustles were back in fashion. Louise is from San Diego, California, where the beach is crowded and summer is immortal.
Reba Buhr grew up in the Pacific Northwest and now lives in Los Angeles, working in theater, film, and television. She has degrees from Occidental College in theater and classical voice. Reba began recording audiobooks in 2012 and has turned her love for performance into a passion for narrating characters that jump off the page. Reba is an accomplished voice actor and has lent her voice to many commercials, video games, and animated projects, including Popples and Knights of Sidonia for Netflix, Toonami’s Hunter x Hunter, and Zagtoon’s Zak Storm.
Alexander Cendese is a New York–based actor/narrator whose credits include roles on and Off-Broadway, in films, and on popular television shows, including Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He holds a BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
I have read my fair share of Vampire stories over the years, and I am always surprised when an author can come up with a new and unique way to write one.
Morgan finds herself being bitten by a vampire and going through the transformation on her own though she doesn’t realise it. The vampire in question who bit her was a 4 year old boy who is in the care of her mothers boyfriend. They are all Puritian Vampires who shun the drinking of human blood, though Morgan and her mother don’t know this, and how they don’t know that Morgan is transitioning is beyond me – that is one thing that didn’t sit right with me. It was only once Van – who comes from a long line of vampire hunters realised that Esma and her father step in. But it was too late!
This was a good take on vampirism, fuelled with teenage angst and some romance that wasn’t the main thread in the story.
I really enjoyed the duel narration from Reba Buhr and Alexander Cendese , it really added more depth to the story and they flowed between the characters flawlessly. To start with Van’s narration seemed like Alexander was reading a news cast or the like, but once I got into his voice and character it flowed better. Duel narrations can be good or they can be bad but the pairing of this duo worked well. The audio was perfect with no background noise or interference.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Louise Cypress. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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