Title: The First Bite is the Deepest by Elisa Catrina
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Self Published
Length: 462 pages
Publication Date: October 31, 2015
Rating – 4/5 stars
Stella Ortiz has a loving family, great friends, and a promising future. The only thing she doesn’t have is a boyfriend. But when she starts dating mysterious transfer student Sebastian Weber, her friends become determined to break up the fledgling pair. It’s just not a good idea to go out with a guy who misses tons of school and day-drinks something that smells like pennies, right?
What starts as a simple intervention turns deadly when Sebastian initiates the process that will change Stella into a vampire. Suddenly, the clock is ticking—and to make matters worse, Sebastian’s vampiric family comes to town, bringing their own drama and complications. Stella and her friends have to find a cure for vampirism, stay one step ahead of Sebastian’s sinister maker, and somehow survive high school. And there’s one more wrench in the situation: As the friends quickly discover, most legends agree that there’s one cure for a vampire-to-be … killing the vampire who turned them.
Happy Halloween everyone!!! As a special Halloween treat I am excited to share my review of The First Bite is the Deepest by Elisa Catrina which released today! Thank you to the author for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
This book is about Stella who like any normal teenage girl loves hanging out with her best friends, busies herself with extracurricular activities, and reads trashy vampire romance novels. One night as she waits for her parents to pick her up after practice, she ends up meeting a dark and mysterious stranger who is also the new student who just transferred to her into her senior class. He also ends up being a little more than she bargained for.
When the author contacted me about the possibility of reading this book for review, I pretty much jumped at the chance to review this book. It has literally been ages since I have read a YA paranormal novel about vampires. This book basically catapulted me into wanting to devour more vampire books since it has been so long! I really enjoyed my reading of this book and am really happy that I got to read it around Halloween. It was a perfectly creepy read for the season.
While I found the romance lacking at the beginning of the story, the more I read into it the more I realized that I appreciated not being given a really big romance at the beginning as this story centers more around the actual breakup of the couple and the events that follow it. I think I would have enjoyed just a tad bit more on the romance angle at the beginning though but one thing I REALLY enjoyed about this story were Stella and her friends. They were so funny and were some of the most believable, real friendships I have encountered in a YA book to date. I thought this book was fun and funny and even though the page count was a bit on the higher side it never actually felt like it because I enjoyed reading it and didn’t want to put it down so it actually went pretty fast for me. I read it in a day. I ended up giving this book a four out of five star rating since I enjoyed it so much. It also had a bit of cheesy moments that I have come to expect and love from YA vampire novels which for me just added to it’s charms. I enjoyed the story quite a bit especially where it starts to pick up towards the middle where the friends start to research their vampire lore and the conflict with the family begins. So fun! I also REALLY loved the fact that the main character is obsessed with trashy vampire hunter romance novels, that was so much win in this story.
I would definitely recommend this to fans of YA vampire novels. You can purchase your very own copy of this book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/First-Bite-Deepest-Elisa-Catrina-ebook/dp/B015VKN61I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446332149&sr=8-1&keywords=first+bite+is+the+deepest