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Braced to Bite (Half-Blood Vampires #1)

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Colby Blanchard had it all…

Head cheerleader. Popular friends. Hottest date and a no-brainer for Homecoming Court. Colby’s got a nearly-perfect life – ask anybody.

… until she gets bit.

Some random vamp gets his fangs into her, and suddenly everything’s different. She’s different. To make matters worse, she’s only a half-blood vampire, not a full one. Now, instead of Homecomi
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Berkley Trade (first published May 2nd 2006)
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"Jeez, you'd thing dying would grant you some small privileges, but noooooo."

Friend, you best run out and grab this little book, because I am not a very generous rater -- yet Braced to Bite (B2B) gets 4 solid puncture marks.

(No major spoilers here, if you've read the back cover)

B2B is a very light vampire tale in which a fairly normal high school girl accidentally (?) becomes a half-vampire -- (view spoiler). Oh my, the discrimination that follows! In spite of t
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Jun 30, 2010 Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Braced to bite was an easy and fast read. I finished this book in four hours and I enjoyed it a lot. There were some parts in the book that did bother me, but I will get to that in a bit.

What I liked the most about this book was Colby. She was very funny and VERY bold. She was not afraid of anything and knew just what buttons to push. This book was only 224 pages and had a little bit of everything. I found myself laughing out loud so many times and rooting for Thomas and Colby.

Now, what I did n
Apr 12, 2010 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colby is your average over-achieving cheerleader on the fast track to college and homecoming queen. But her plans are changed when she is attacked by a rogue vampire. Soon she finds out that her future depends on the Vampire tribunal who really don't like new "Half-Vampires". With help from her family and friends, she prepares to face the most important test of her life.[return][return]I really enjoyed this book. It is funny and interesting. Her family's reaction is great. Really quick read. I k ...more
Sep 10, 2014 Amber rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All my friends
Wow! This book was AMAZING. This story is so unique and entertaining. This is just one if the things i love int the book, I love Colby and Piper as friends. So This Story Consists of both Full Blood Vampire and Half Blood Vampire Which I like because it just makes the story that much more intriguing. I Went through this book with nothing more than excitement and aw. I Love how all the Vampires and have a different look than others, the fact that they look different than any other vampire I have ...more
Thanks to Serena Robar (and Goodreads First Reads) for the signed copy!

Braced to Bite is a fun, fast read, and I really liked it! Though some parts are pretty predictable, it was still entertaining, and perfect for a plane ride or long road trip. Colby is the stereotypical cheerleader, normally completely unappealing to me, but somehow she managed to capture my interest and kept me rooting for her in her crusade to save herself and the future of half-blood vampires. I'm looking forward to the ne
Carol Nicolas
Jul 11, 2014 Carol Nicolas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colby Blanchard is a Type A personality with a little OCD thrown in. She’s a cheerleader, bossy, determined to be Homecoming Queen, planning to ace college, and a little arrogant too… until she is bitten by a rogue vampire and turned into a half-vampire who needs blood to survive. Unfortunately her fangs won’t grow: her canines were removed when she was preparing for braces. Everything in her life is in upheaval — school, friends, and family. The vampire who bit her wants her to join him, but he ...more
Colby Blanchard is an average popular, high school cheerleader, senior at her school. Then one night, after a football game she gets ditched by the star quarterback and has to walk home. On her way she is attacked and bitten by a vampire and turned. When she finally makes it home, the life she knew is now over. Turns out she isn't a full fledged vampire but a half blood. Not good. Half bloods are shunned by the vampire community. All Colby wants to do is to go back to her life..... not so easy w ...more
Dec 31, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Half-Blood Vampire series are great for something light and fun. All of the books go by quickly so it’s very easy to read them all in a very short time span. They’re funny and engaging; however, a bit unrealistic especially after Colby becomes a vampire. The fact that her family and “best” friend, Piper, didn’t seem fazed by this fact is just absurd.

Colby is the main character in this series and she gets assaulted by this vampire, gets thrown off this ravine and becomes a vampire. The first
Nov 08, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally loved this book! Made me laugh my head off! It was hilarious!
I liked a lot Colby, Aunt Chloe, Thomas and Piper!
Colby is a very brave kick-ass and often so funny that made me laugh most of the time.
Aunt Chloe is awesome! she was funny as well some times and a very lovely old lady.
Thomas is just incredibly sexy and cute and caring. How could you not fall in love with him?
Piper is a very nice girl and a good friend. What will happen with Carl? Hmmm we'll see in the next book I guess.
Jessica Bierschied
BRACED TO BITE, by Serena Robar is a surprisingly cute and fun story. I was hesitant with this book but quirky and determined Half-Blood Colby kept me on my feet for the whole ride.

Robar takes a new approach to vampire rules and customs in this book. Half-bloods, humans turned into vampires, are not allowed due to the fact that they would pollute the undead population of Pure-Blood vampires. In so many vampire stories these days, the plot lines don't seriously surprise you. I was seriously pleas
Tonda Stockwell
2.5 Stars

"You silly, vapid, frivolous child!!"

I was so glad when I came across that quote in the book because let's face it, Colby Blanchard is exactly that description. And yet.. she's so smart. Which is why I couldn't bring myself to like her. At all. How can you let brains like that go to waste on clothes and whether or not you can lose six pounds so you can stay on the top of the cheerleading pyramind? It was almost like two completely different characters. The girl who was obsessed with l
Sep 15, 2013 Brytani rated it really liked it
Braced to Bite by Serena Robar was a really good read. I won a copy off of Goodreads. I really enjoyed this book and found it a interesting twist on half-blood vampires and the vampire society. This book follows Colby Blanchard, a 16 year old Captain of the Cheer leading squad and shoe-in for homecoming queen. Then everything changes when Colby is attacked by a Vampire and changed into a half-blood. Suddenly Colby no longer fits in, in either the vampire world where she is shunned or the human w ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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As soon as I began reading BRACED2BITE by new author Serena Robar, I was immediately reminded of another one of my favorite vampire series--the "UNDEAD..." series by MaryJanice Davidson. Both authors have a smart-mouthed heroine, an annoying yet total hottie vampire hero, and a set of circumstances that makes you throw everything you ever thought was true about vampires right out the window. And believe me when I say that this comparison is not a bad thing! Ms.
Feb 23, 2011 Abbey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
It was OK I think they should of made it into a bigger book. (The plot was rushed.) It was about this young girl/cheerleader being attacked by a vampire who makes her a vampire and then throws her into a ravine. She then recovers 3 days later as a vampire. Or so she thought................... but then she realizes that she is undead (or a half-blood vampire) not a fully blooded vampire. (she realizes that when a full vampire tells her. I can't really tell u WHY she is A HALF BLOOD NOT A FULL BLO ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
There is something about cheerleaders crossing over to the dark side that just gets me. This book was exciting! I loved reading about Colby and loved her attitude. She acted just as I thought she would and I enjoyed every minute of it.

The one thing about this book was that is was a fun, easy, quick, read. The plot and drama was good and nothing was overrated. Her maker I was definitely interested in. He was very intriguing. Also, I like how Colby was feeling attracted to the vamp counsel dude. T
It was wonderful. Epic and funny. Just what I needed.
I guess I needed a funny YA Vampire book these days. The last epic vamp book that I've enjoyed was Vampire Kisses Novel. I've starved myself long enough and I need a break from serious angsty adult vampires. Thank God I found this.

The story was short and a wee bit weird. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it. It's different and very amusing. Never thought vampires, especially fangless half-blood cheer leaders could be so cool. I totally LOLed at the fang
Sep 30, 2013 Daemon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly I'd give them book a 6 out of 10. It was a pretty good book. I wouldn't reread it though. The book had some interesting things in it, like half-blood vampires. The main character starts off as human and gets turned into a half-blood vampire. How someone can only be half vampire to me doesn't make sense. However she can walk in the sunlight and can function during all hours of the day or night, but she still has to sleep. I really don't have a lot to say about the book, because I don't wa ...more
May 12, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colby has everything anybody her age could want. Captain of her squad, a 4.0 GPA, popularity, and having Aiden as her boyfriend would complete it all. But when she is attacked in the woods and comes home two days later her life turns upside down. Her skin is pale and her eyes are golden. Goth girl Piper the least likely person checks up on her regularly. Her two best friends hadn't called about her. Aiden blows her off and acts like she doesn't exist. Her family tells her she's a half vampire. W ...more
Lauren Chai
Jun 09, 2011 Lauren Chai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a perfect teenage girl named Colby who suddenly decided to walk the short way home. Now she is a half blood, not a vampire yet, she didn't get her license yet. Her life is basically ruined. She don't know who she can trust and she is lost and confused what she should do. Vampires' mission is to get rid of all half-bloods, but when Colby falls in love with one, she don't know what to do.
My favorite character is Colby because she does things her own way and doesn't count on othe
Jenna Lyday
I read this as part of an ebook box set. A friend posted about it on her timeline, and so I decided to give it a go for 99 cents. It was okay. Colby Blanchard is a vapid, self-centered girl who gets attacked and turned into a half-blood vampire. It's an interesting twist.

I think this book suffered from the fact that I was reading it just after reading a really excellent YA series. It also suffered from the fact that she was describing the place where she lives, which is almost (but not quite) t
I really liked reading Braced 2 Bite. It was a light, entertaining read that had some humour.
I quite liked the story line it was different to other storylines I usually come across. The ending was a satisfactory one too.
The characters were all pretty cool. I felt sorry for Colby and the predicament she was in. I also really liked Piper. Together, the two of them made for a very interesting book.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Braced 2 Bite, it was light and fun. I loved that it included humour. I'
Jul 11, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pre-teens and teens.
Recommended to Emily by: The guy who ran the outlet store we stopped into...
Funny and amusing, this book offers a unique look at the situation a girl gets herself into when she's been changed into a dhampyr - a mongrel among the Vampiric society. With a prom to plan, an old best-friend to become reacquainted with, a hottie Vampire (who may just have to kill her), college interviews to attend, homework to do, and a sire that won't give up on stalking her, there's just not a lot of time to get through everything.

It's another relaxing read that doesn't take much thought -
I really didn't like this author's take on the vampire world. I've read a lot of different books with vampire characters, and these just weren't as entertaining. Licenses, and tribunals, and half-bloods, etc? I certainly wouldn't want to be a vampire or Undead in that world.

I also thought it was a bit ridiculous how Colby, and her family and friends were so accepting of the fact that she was a vampire. Where is the shock? The disbelief? I think if I came home and told my parents *I* was a vampir
Toria Bedell
Jan 21, 2016 Toria Bedell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, it was funny to see her fight her case against the vampires.
This is going to be a light read.I love the fact she is a vampire with no fangs.....I really enjoyed this book.Colby is refreshing. She starts out as a little self centered but after she is turned you soon discover how smart and quick witted she really is.In the end it saves her life when she goes up in front of the panel of vampires.Thomas is an enforcer who takes care possible troubled vampires but when he meets Colby he is unsure how took take her.He is not use to her wit and smart mouth but ...more
Apr 11, 2011 Blerta rated it it was amazing
Colby Blanched is the typical 16 year old, interested in boys, clothing and staying head cheerleader. Then she is attacked by a a man and put an in old ravine. When she wakes up and returns home she has been missing for 48 hours. The Vampire Tribunal comes over to serve her with a summons because she is a half blood vampire because. The half blood vampires have different abilities and the tribunal says anybody who is a half blood vampire must be destroyed. She has to make a case on why she has t ...more
Aug 11, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
Funny,fresh take on the whole vampire genre. Think Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer becoming a vampire and I think you have a good idea of Colby the MC of Braced to Bite. She's a cheerleader and slightly shallow but can also stand up and fight when she has to. The "braced" comes from Colby having her canines removed as a child so she doesn;t have fangs as a vampire. Her dad - an orthodontist makes her a set for
This isn't a dark broody type of YA vampire series. It's
Aug 04, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Colby Blanchard- popular, head cheerleader gets attacked on her way home from a football game.. She finds out she is a half- blooded vamp and could be staked soon by a vampire community who is against half-bloods.. So she sets out to prove herself...

I thought this book was fun, light read..The characters were ok.They didnt really seem shell-shocked on the vampire issue though-which was odd... Some parts of the book was a little cheesy but overall i liked the book-they would be good for anyone an
Feb 11, 2014 A'lina rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was cute, funny and a little silly and predictable but a fast enjoyable read. There are a few flaws but I was in a just-go-with-it mood so I found it to be a good book for when you just want to pass some time with a light non-serious read that will make you giggle a little (like the whole fangs issue). I don't feel like running out to get the next one but if I come across the rest of the series I'd be happy to read them.

Big Thank You to Serena Robar and Goodreads First-Reads for the chance
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