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My Boyfriend Bites (My Boyfriend Is A Monster)

My Boyfriend Bites (My Boyfriend Is A Monster)

By: Dan Jolley 
Illustrated by: Alitha Martinez
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Publication Date: September 2011
ISBN: 978-0761370789
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: January 2012

Vanessa Shingle had a "tendency to fix people." At least she tried. Every boyfriend she'd had since freshman year ended up being a catastrophic project of one sort or another. Billy ended up in a detention center, Lars ended up being sent to military school, and Eugene ended up as a drop-out who decided to dump her for being "too pushy." Perfectomundo ... not. The only steady in Vanessa's life was Stork, her best friend since the third grade. He was obsessed with body building and she wanted to re-build his life and make him into a linguistic genius, but he didn't want to be "fixed." Who did?

Ravenfeather Brook, "The Brook" for short, was just another boring small town in New Mexico, but soon things would start to heat up. When Vanessa tagged along with her older sister Tracy to the local community college where she was studying to be an I.T. she met IT. Vanessa spotted Jean-Paul McClellan, the man who would add a little spice to her life. Tracy, who knew the routine by then, calmly claimed, "So you've found your new project then?" The only problem was that he was a janitor who lived in a trailer. Huh? Was this the man of her dreams?

Vanessa would soon find out that Jean-Paul had a bit more going for him than just his looks when he actually saved her life in a freak accident. Turned out he was just as freaky as the accident. She was at a loss for words and thought to herself, "How do you make conversation when something completely inexplicable just happened?" Her new "project" was turning out to be a bit more than she bargained for when she actually saw him "sprout fangs and drink blood." Jean-Paul wasn't the only vampire that was out to get her. Would she able to withstand the onslaught of seven other vampires? Was Vanessa really up to dating a monster?

Dark shadows fall over "The Brook" when it's invaded by vampires. Naturally Vanessa, like any young woman, is smitten by a man who is everything she dreamed of and then some. Young readers will be entranced by the story and will have a hard time putting it down as they wonder just what Jean-Paul is up to. This story is full of "yellow-eyed freaks," inexplicable goings on, and a mysterious disappearance ... all of which are a large draw for juvenile readers who enjoy freaky romances. The panels in this graphic novel are Gothic and dark, a feature that definitely adds to the story's appeal. This is one of several in the series "My Boyfriend is a Monster."

Quill says: My boyfriend Bites is a light read that will especially appeal to the reluctant reader or those who love a good vampire story.

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