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Tamara Summers
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4 Mar 2010

If you think all vampires are brooding, angst and hair gel, this murder mystery, high school romantic comedy will make you think again…

Newly-turned vampire Kira has earned a reputation for breaking rules. So when a student is murdered at her high school, all fingers point to Kira.

In order to prove her innocence she has to show them that there's another vampire in town. She's pretty sure it's one of three new guys who've moved in recently.

Dating three cute boys may be fun, but which one is the murdering vampire? And what if he's the boy she's falling for…?

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000734502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007345021
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 717,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 22 May 2010
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Kira's in a bit of a situation. She's a vampire, and one of her classmates was just found dead with obvious fang marks in his neck. Now, her guardians think she's the culprit, even though she didn't do it. Since no one believes her, Kira decides to solve the issue on her own. She has three suspects, all of whom happen to be very cute. Will Kira fall for the killer, or learn his identity in time?

NEVER BITE A BOY ON THE FIRST DATE is another fun addition to the world of vampire fiction. While it didn't blow me away, I had fun while I was reading it. It's a cute romantic comedy with a vampire twist.

Kira was a solid main character. She was funny, nice, and easy to relate to. The three boys in her life were all quite enticing, as well. They were sweet and livened up the story, but I found them to be somewhat indistinguishable. Each one blended into the other while I was reading.

The plot moved along quickly enough as Kira tried to solve the murder in time while keeping her wits about her. I had no idea who the killer was until the very end. I had suspicions about the real killer in the very beginning, but completely forgot about them until the end. I liked the guesswork involved in this book and was glad it wasn't too predictable.

Though a bit too much on the light side for my liking, this is a quick read that will entertain young girls looking for more vampire fiction to devour.

Reviewed by: McKenzie Tritt
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3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok 6 April 2010
By Taliesin_ttlg VINE VOICE
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Contains spoilers

I feel a little torn over this, after all it is young adult orientated fiction and thus should I expect too much from it? After a little thought... frankly, yes, and that's where things fall down.

You see this is a book that has not too bad prose, a bit of a murder mystery and vampires but it does nothing really new for the vampire genre. The main character, Kira, is sixteen years old and only recently turned into a vampire so still has to go to high school - by order of her new vampire parents. You see the vampires in this masquerade as family units.

As such we know that sunlight is a minor issue (sunblock and a bit of a migraine are orders of the day). Strangely Summers went for the no reflection rule but at least stuck to the idea that clothes, makeup, hair dye etc would reflect offering an illusion of appearance on a casual glance. The invitation rule is in place but once more we get nice vampires, vampires without bite (well one has bite, but he or she is rogue).

We are introduced to a vampire hunter (who you can spot from a mile off) but nothing too interesting is done with him. The vampire parents are imposing (and the father can turn into a bat) but thinly drawn. One almost felt they were created with an eye on a subsequent TV programme, imposing but ultimately facile background characters. Kira herself came across as a younger (for you felt the age oozing out of the prose) version of Betsy Taylor from the Mary Janice Davidson series, but not as edgy or funny.

All in all this was a pleasant enough read but it didn't set my world alight, nor did it add anything particularly new or improved to the genre. Fine as it is, but average in the grand scheme of things.
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4.0 out of 5 stars deeper than you would think 21 Mar 2010
OK so when i picked this book up i saw the cover, read the blurb and thought i have to read this book. It looked so airport trash and i did'nt expect the story to be anything but amusing but i found that i really liked it.Kira is a recently turned vampire who has a past history of biting boys, in the form of her first boyfriend, so when another boy is found bitten and lying on the steps of her high school her new vampire family look directly to her as the culprit. I'n order to clear her name and prevent herself from hundreds of years locked in a padded coffin Kira starts to look for other possible candidates in the death. Which just happen to come in the form of three very attractive boys all of which she must get very close to!......someone has to do it!

Along her journey Kira finds herself drawn to all three of the possible murderers but the more she digs the more questions she finds.
This story is funny, like laugh out loud funny but it also deals with death, love and ultimate betrail. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone of any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 8 Jun 2014
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One of my all time favourite books. I have read it 8 times and counting. I wish it could be made into a film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 27 Mar 2014
By Chaz
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I loved this book such an amazing story.line hope there's a next one

I would defiantly read again
vampires rule :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Never bite a boy on the first date 30 July 2013
When I was first recommended this book I hated vampire stories but thought I'd try it, surprisingly I enjoyed the storyline!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 8 Jun 2012
By marysun
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My daughter and I loved this book even that I don't like vampire stories this is so good that you can't stop reading it.I Totally recomend this book forteenagers and young on heart.
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Kira was a sixteen-year-old, newly-turned vampire when she made her little `mistake'. She turned her boyfriend, and now is viewed as a slight risk by the rest of her vampire family. So when a dead boy turns up on the steps of the school, the cause of death obviously being from a vampire attack, the suspicion instantly falls on her. And she has to prove her innocence in one week, or she's going to be sentenced to a couple of centuries in a padded coffin. Which would not be fun.
It just so happens that her three suspects are all cute boys. And to find out who the murderer is, she has to get close to them. But someone has to do it, so why shouldn't it be her? Only problem: one of them is a murder vampire. But... which one is it? The one she's falling for? Well, that could possibly create a slight difficulty in their relationship...
I enjoyed Never Bite a Boy on the First Date, but it was more like a romantic comedy with a twist than a Dark Romance. It was a light, funny read that was strangely addictive; I actually wanted to know who the murderer was. And honestly couldn't guess.
Kira was a brilliant lead girl: she was more-than-slightly insane. An aspect I love in my characters. And, even better, she was cheerful, unlike a lot of the heroines we read about today. She was funny, and I had fun with her: she somehow managed to approach her could-be-imprisonment with a good attitude and humorous air. Basically, she was light-hearted and made me laugh. And, yes, she was smart, but her Nancy Drew skills were a little bizarre, to say the least - but, then again, what else do you expect from a girl with green hair? The only downfall: her `teen' language felt forced at times, she was a little too focused at times on her `suspects' and their pecs than the whole murder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really good light hearted read !!
Typical Teen romance - but adults will enjoy also. Story revolves around a teenage girl that was "turned" following an accident. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2010 by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars A teenage girl reviews
I am 13 years old, and my Dad got this book for me to read. I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and very exciting. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2010 by J. Lyne
3.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I liked the plot, it really kept me going, asking questions and turning pages, I liked the gossip and her boyfriend troubles as they made me laugh, I also loved how it was written,... Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2010 by Lendrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Non-angst ridden,neck nipping fun
What a relief. Finally a vampire novel, without the usual angsty heroine.
Kira's problem is that when a victim of a vampire attack is found drained &
dead, all the... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2010 by catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and fun... whatever your age
A quick synopsis [no spoilers]:

Kira is a 16 year old, new(ish) vampire. A fellow school student is murdered by a vampire, and Kira's vampire family all assume she did... Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by AyJay
4.0 out of 5 stars If Nancy Drew had green hair and a taste for blood.......
Sixteen year old Kira November may try to act like a normal teenager, but when she was badly injured in a car accident over two years ago she made a choice. Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by Book Addict
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a decent teen vampire novel not bogged down with angst and...
The story follows the adventures of newly turned vampire Kira. When one of the Jocks at her school gets murdered by a vampire, Kira is given 3 days to prove it wasn't her or face... Read more
Published on 19 April 2010 by UK Couple
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