Review: Stake That by Mari Mancusi

cover_stakethatTitle: Stake That (Blood Coven Vampire #2)
Author: Mari Mancusi
Release date: December 5th 2006
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
Rating: 4½ stars

Two sisters—as different as the sun and the rain. For one, getting into the Blood Coven is to die for, but it seems destiny has something else in mind…

Rayne McDonald had it all figured out. Get turned into a vampire, become the mate of the Blood Coven leader, and live the high-life for all eternity. Too bad the head vamp took a bite out of her twin sister by mistake. Now, not only is Rayne still not a vampire, but she learns she’s a slayer instead—destined to destroy vamps gone bad.

After being recruited by a secret organization, Rayne is given her first mission: infiltrate a seedy bar downtown and expose its vampire owner, Maverick, for purposely spreading a nasty blood virus. Luckily the Blood Coven sends some help—in the form of sexy vampire Jareth. Will vampire and slayer be able to settle their differences and work together to bring down the evil Maverick? Or will they find their own hearts on the line?

I absolutely love this marvellous book! It was a fast-paced, exciting read that got me sitting down and finished it in less than two hours! I bought and read this book quite some time ago but Stake That has been one of my favourites which I have re-read many times.

In case some of you might find it strange that I read the second book before the first, I would like to say that when I first bought it, I thought it was the first novel or probably a stand-alone. This is one of the first few books that sparked my interest in Young Adult novels about 6-7 years ago.

So naturally, I was a little confused about the whole twin sisters thing but the author did bring up a few main points about the Rayne’s sister in this book. Okay so both sisters are blonde but Rayne, the sister who knows about the vampire world dyed her hair black and her sister, Sunny, is exactly what her name implies-blonde, bright and cheerful.

Rayne was supposed to be turned into a vampire and be the mate of the Blood Coven Leader, a.k.a the Vampire Leader Magnus, but instead, her sister was bitten.  Now, she isn’t a vamp, but a slayer who destroys vamps! Shocking twist, which is part of the reason that attracted me to this book. I wonder how someone who wants to become a vampire, now has to destroy the bad ones.

Rayne is constantly in her goth getup and oh wow, I would pay to see her in the outfit when her slayer mentor trains with her. Her reaction to that outfit was one of the most epic element in the book! It was supposed to be just a normal outfit for normal training but Rayne makes it sound like it’s the most hideous outfit ever made in existence!

(I had a laughing fit when I read it!)

So after some really late and little training, Rayne is off to her first mission! Go undercover at a bar downtown and expose the evil vampire owner, Maverick, for spreading a blood virus that makes vampires become sick. Now that her sister, Sunny and the Blood Coven leader are chummies, Rayne gets help – a sexy vampire named Jareth.

He is sexy alright, and brooding, but also hates Rayne’s guts for being a slayer. Of course, he has a story behind of his hatred for slayers but that is for you guys to read and find out! There are times of light banter between Jareth and Rayne that will have you cheering for the both of them!

The plot of the book is simple and relatively well-planned, fast-paced and be warned, there is a teeny tiny little plot twist. The twist is tiny, but its life-and-death!

I would recommend this book to readers who are looking for a fast-read with elements of humour and bravado from a girl-who-is-not-to-be-messed-with!


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