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Stake That (A Blood Coven Vampire Novel) by [Mancusi, Mari]
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About the Author

Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession journalism instead. Today she works as a television news producer for the NBC station in Boston and has won two Emmys for her work. As if writing and TV producing weren't enough to keep her busy, Mari also enjoys snowboarding, clubbing, shopping, 80s music, and her favorite guilty pleasure video games. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and two dogs."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (5 Dec. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CSKW38
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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STAKE THAT! is Mari Mancusi's sequel to Boys that Bite. Mancusi is back with fun characters, plot twists and turns, and humor any teen (or adult) will appreciate.

The story of twins Sunshine and Rayne continues with the focus on Rayne's adventures. Mostly written in "blogging" style complete with comments at the end of the posts, Rayne brings readers up-to-date on the girls' vampire dilemmas.

In this second book, Rayne is faced with her new role as a vampire slayer. She's learning everything, from which vampires are which to the art of carving her own wooden stake. To complicate matters she must work with Jareth, a vampire who makes Rayne's head spin.

Add to the adventures a love interest for the girls' mother, a dangerous, unknown vampire virus, and continued confusion about their absent father, and Mancusi once again grabs teen readers and has them begging for more. Fans of Boys that Bite will not be disappointed with the direction the story is headed, only with the fact that they'll have to wait for the story "to be continued"....

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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This is the second book in the Blood Coven series, which started with Boys That Bite. BTB was narrated by Sunny, this is narrated by her twin, Rayne and told in blog and diary entries. Rayne is a goth who's desperate to be a vampire, but a twist of fate means she's actually a slayer. Rayne isn't happy about the idea of having to slay vampires, wanting to be one and all. But she (eventually) agrees to check things out. At the bar she meets (the Jude Law lookalike) Jareth and things get a even more complicated as attraction and past pain flares.

I'm really enjoying this series. It's light and fun, with a few deeper moments that stop the series from being silly. Yes things seem to work out a bit too easy at times, but it doesn't really matter. The plot isn't very complicated, but it's entertaining and makes for great lighter reading. I like the characters a lot, even if there isn't all that much to them at times. Fun read and the ending left me really looking forward to reading the next one!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e453a38) out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 5 Dec. 2006
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
STAKE THAT! is Mari Mancusi's sequel to Boys that Bite. Mancusi is back with fun characters, plot twists and turns, and humor any teen (or adult) will appreciate.

The story of twins Sunshine and Rayne continues with the focus on Rayne's adventures. Mostly written in "blogging" style complete with comments at the end of the posts, Rayne brings readers up-to-date on the girls' vampire dilemmas.

In this second book, Rayne is faced with her new role as a vampire slayer. She's learning everything, from which vampires are which to the art of carving her own wooden stake. To complicate matters she must work with Jareth, a vampire who makes Rayne's head spin.

Add to the adventures a love interest for the girls' mother, a dangerous, unknown vampire virus, and continued confusion about their absent father, and Mancusi once again grabs teen readers and has them begging for more. Fans of Boys that Bite will not be disappointed with the direction the story is headed, only with the fact that they'll have to wait for the story "to be continued"....

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e453a98) out of 5 stars WhatMissKelleyIsReading: bookitty.typepad.com 30 Mar. 2010
By Lea Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The first book in this series, Boys that Bite, told the story of what happened after Rayne's sister Sunny was accidentally bitten by a vampire who'd intended to bite Rayne. In book two, Rayne discovers that instead of the vampire that she has always longed to be, she's actually the chosen one, Slayer Inc.'s newest vampire slayer. Her first assignment: find out what evil vampire Maverick is up to as he plots to take down Magnus, the leader of the Blood Coven (and Sunny's boyfriend). Rayne teams up with Jareth, second in command to Magnus and a vampire who is not impressed with Rayne. Can Rayne slay the evil vampire and find out what is bothering Jareth in time to bump her way to a high spot on the vampire-to-be waiting list, or is it her destiny to be the slayer forever?

Although this book, like its predecessor, suffers from over-exaggerated teenspeak in the opening section, it quickly settles down to a more even keel. Also, the book is told first in the form of a blog and then as a diary, so it suffers a bit from the shallowness that is hard to avoid with that format. And Jareth and Magnus, though dreamy, are still not fully realized characters yet.

With that said, this book is still laugh-out-loud funny and a very enjoyable read. In fact, when I read it during silent reading my students kept turning around to stare at me because I was laughing so hard. I'm definitely going to keep reading this series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e7ae594) out of 5 stars Goth Girl meets Hottie Vamp who makes her blood boil! 9 July 2007
By betty l. dravis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I read this book, I had no idea that it was second in a series. However, it read so well that it made complete sense from suspenseful start to fabulous finish--an ending that begs for a sequel, of course.

The story is about twin teens, Sunshine (Sunny) and Rayne, who--although identical in appearance--are really as different as ... well, as "sunshine and rain." The first book (Boys That Bite) was from Sunny's point of view (POV), showing how she did NOT wish to be a vampire, while Rayne is a Goth Girl, completely into the whole vampire scene.

"Stake That" is from Rayne's POV and takes off where the other book ended, with Rayne upset because the vamp (Magnus) who was destined to be her "blood mate" bit her sister instead. Even though Sunny didn't wish to be a vampire, she fell in love with Magnus and they're working on their problems.

Meanwhile, Rayne seems destined for other vampy things:a vampire "slayer," of all things! This is completely contrary to her wishes because she WANTS to one day be a vamp herself. This causes many problems for her, and to complicate matters further, she suspects her mother's new boyfriend may be a vamp himself.

When Rayne is sent on a dangerous mission, she is paired with a real "hottie" vampire named Jareth who makes her forget all about Magnus ... or any other "blood mate," even though at first she finds him stubborn and uncompromising. But enough of the plot ... You must read this one for yourself. It's so into the teen vamp scene.

This author has done a brilliant job; she has the current teen jargon down pat, making the characters come to life in such a fashion I'm now totally convinced there ARE vampires and most of them are caring ... like real people. Mancusi is such a fine writer that all her characters come to life ... right before your eyes. Her ingenious plot twists are to "die for" and will keep you in suspense during the entire "read."

I was fascinated by the way this talented author handled the plot, with Rayne writing most of the story as a blog, complete with bloggers' comments, only switching to "diary" format when something was too private for her "blogging public."

Before reading this book, I was so NOT into vamps, but now I'm ready and eager to learn more. After going back to read "Boys That Bite," I plan to read the third in the series, which has just been released. Take my advice: Run ... don't walk to the nearest bookstore, or order it from Amazon ... right now! You'll thank me for it later.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e453d20) out of 5 stars Stake That! 19 Dec. 2006
By Karin Perry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Well, I just finished Stake That! by Mari Mancusi last night. This one and the prequel, Boys That Bite, are just so easy to read. I love them. The first one was from the point of view of Sunny, the "good" sister who was accidently bitten by a vampire, Magnus, who was supposed to bite Rayne, the "goth" sister. Now, how could he mistake one sister for another you ask? Well, the are identical twins. So, of course, Sunny is NOT thrilled to be becoming a vampire so she teams up with Magnus and they find a way to reverse the process.

Stake That! is written from Rayne's point of view. She is now waiting again on the list for a blood mate so she can continue with the process of becoming a vampire. She finds out though, that she is a vampire slayer. This is the worst news she could ever get since she totally doesn't want to kill any vampires because she doesn't want to get on their bad side since she really wants to be one some day. She is sent on a dangerous mission to find out about the vampire that is trying to over throw Magnus as the leader of the vampire coven by spreading a virus that takes away all vampire powers and kills humans that get infected.

To help her in this quest she is assigned a vampire named Jareth to help her. At first, neither of them is excited about working with the other, but eventually they realize they are in love!!! Anyway, Rayne is in very dangerous situations in this story and comes very close to dying. In order to see how she gets out of this predicament, you'll need to read Stake That! by Mari Mancusi! It is a joy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e453f60) out of 5 stars the best book ever!!!! 14 Aug. 2007
By J. Morales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Stake That is an awesome book filled with mysterious vampires, vampire hotties, and twin girls that are as different as night and day. What more could you ask for. I found that I liked Rayne being the narrator better than Sunny. I just agree more with the way that Rayne views the world and her situations. I also enjoy the fact that she's not only a vampire, but she's also a vampire slayer, with a super hot vampire boyfriend. Overall I love both books but Stake That was my favorite of the two.
If any of you know me, which you probably don't, you know that I'm a very picky reader. I can't read something that doesn't interest me but if it does interest me you can't get me to put it down. (Most parents can't get their kids to pick up a book and mine can't get me to put the book down.) I first read Stake That and Boys that Bite last year. (When I first got it, I clung to that book like a groupie to a rockstar!) Since then i have passed them (esp. Stake That) around to my group of friends that i lovingly call The Bookclub. I have even gotten my mother interested in the series and have read both books repeatedly. I lent Stake That to my cousin and she lost it. I'm furious and ready to pay the money to buy a new one just so I can reread it, again. It's most definitly one of my favorite books of all time and I can't wait for the next book in the series!!!
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