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Wuthering Bites

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  525 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
When a young orphan named Heathcliff is brought to Wuthering Heights by the manor's owner, Mr. Earnshaw, rumors abound. Yet the truth is more complicated than anyone could guess. Heathcliff's mother was a member of a gypsy band that roamed the English countryside, slaying vampires o keep citizens safe. But his father was a vampire.
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Kensington Books
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from the back cover (boldface mine):

when a young orphan named heathcliff is brought to wuthering heights by the manor's owner, mr. earnshaw, rumors abound. yet the truth is more complicated than anyone could guess. heathcliff's mother was a member of a gypsy band that roamed the english countryside, slaying vampires to keep citizens safe. but his father was a vampire. now, even as heathcliff gallantly fights the monsters who roam the moors in order to protect beautiful, spirited catherine earnsh
Sep 02, 2010 Misfit marked it as will-never-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: monster-mash
Sep 17, 2011 Raina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, READ WUTHERING HEIGHTS. If you have not read it in a while or you have never read it, it is pretty much a prerequisite to this story since the two are so closely intertwined.

That said. This book really surprised me. I was really more drawn in by the clever title than anything else, but in all honesty I was really quite shocked at how much I actually enjoyed it. Wuthering Heights, is a beautiful, dark, haunting tale full of Gothic torment and mystery...quite clearly the perfect setting fo
Apr 07, 2011 Stacey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is terrible. After reading the blurb I thought this would be an interesting adaptation of the original text. What it doesn't tell you is that most of this book consists of the original, with a few new paragraphs from the author, and some small edits that refer to vampires. On top of this, the vampires are treated as humorous rather than Gothic monsters. Rather than seeing Heathcliff as a fearsome monster, I was greeted with a 'beastie', what the society calls a vampire. It all felt lik ...more
Kristi Lynn
Oct 21, 2011 Kristi Lynn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read Wuthering Heights. I enjoyed it. So beings I like Vampires, I figured with this book I'd get the best of both worlds wrong! I was bored! I MADE myself finish this book. If you read the original, then you most likely had the same ideas as to where this book could have gone, but it didn't! Read the real Wuthering Heights, it's better.
**re-read December 2016**

----original review 2010

Where do I begin? This book rather surprised me. I was shocked at how much I actually enjoyed it in the end. "Wuthering Heights" is probably one of my favorite novels of all time.. one of the best classics of all time, in my opinion. It is a beautiful, dark, haunting tale in itself.

"Wuthering Bites"- while I honestly thought the title was a bit cheesy, and I'm sure the title was given as a marketing ploy and in order to try and stay as closely ma
Kristen Haynie
Oct 10, 2011 Kristen Haynie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Erin O'Riordan
I didn't enjoy this mash-up as much I liked Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic with a Blood-Sucking Twist, which I also recently read. It was a fun read, but the vampire elements could have been incorporated in a more thorough way. Some of them, especially toward the end, felt very tacked-on. In a really good mash-up, we don't see the seams.
Angie Rhodes
Oct 18, 2015 Angie Rhodes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Hmmm not bad, but not great. This is virtually word for word Wuthering Heights, only with Vampires thrown in.
Heathcliff is part Vampire, because of his mother,
There;s not much to say, apart from, if you want to read it, borrow it from the library,, glad I did
Jennifer Warnix
Jun 17, 2011 Jennifer Warnix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this version better than the original. I guess because the characters in the original were so obtuse. The vampire twist made more sense to the characters once added into their overall personalities. I really enjoyed this version and laughed out loud on occasion.
Georgiana 1792
I mash-up? Letto uno, letti tutti!

L’esperienza (non del tutto negativa, direi, anzi!) fatta con Pride and Prejudice and Zombies mi ha portata a voler leggere altri mash-up per verificare a che punto i contaminatori si fossero spinti ad insozzare i capolavori della letteratura.
Seth Grahame-Smith prevedeva che dopo il suo primo tentativo collagistico altri avrebbero intrapreso la sua proficua strada. Ed infatti così è stato.
Devo dire che Pride and Prejudice and Zombies mi aveva gradevolmente sor
The mash-up genre, for better or worse (or much, much worse) is obviously here to stay. So seeing yet another entry into it no longer provokes a reflexive winch of pain from classic purists. This one, on the whole, isn’t so objectionable, perhaps because Brontë’s original work leaned so heavily towards melodrama that the addition of supernatural creatures doesn’t make it any more ludicrous.

Consider this: we are meant to accept that a well-born gentleman brings home a ruffian child of uncertain p
I really wanted to love this but sadly I didn't. The original Wuthering Heights is one of my all-time favourite books and being a big fan of the vampire genre, I had high hopes for Wuthering Bites. In theory, it's a story that should work well as a vampire novel but for me, it fell somewhat flat. It started off ok but after about 80 or so pages I was really starting to struggle and the story was on something of a downward spiral by then. What I found surprising is that the book actually consists ...more

I’ll say that I enjoyed the overall story and I’m not sure how much of it was the original piece and how much was added. I know Catherine senior probably wasn’t bitten by a vampire in the original, but I’m not sure if Nelly was really shut up in Wuthering Heights for days. Part of the enjoyment of this novel was ruined for me because I kept thinking about this. I remember thinking Heathcliff was overdramatic and Cathy was a pain in the rear. It almost makes more sense to think of th
Jul 26, 2011 Darkpandora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, own
Not bad, not great.
It's a little dangerous to pick the amazing story of Wuthering Heights to base one's novel on it.
The darkness of Emily Brontë's characters is probably one of the reasons why it was picked to make them into vampires in a new story. However, Brontë's writing skills are so high that when you want to use her story, you have to try and reach her excellence... which was not the case in this vampire story.
I would say it was enjoyable enough as a casual reading, but loving the origina
Nov 04, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first mistake was not reading Wuthering Heights first. So, right off the bat I didn't know how closely this story was following the other. What can I say, I like vampires and I was intrigued. It was different than what I was expecting, but once I got passed that I started to enjoy it. There didn't seem to be one decent character among the lot except perhaps the narrator and house keeper and even they had their own prejudices. I guess like father like son like adopted son like daughter like co ...more
Mar 31, 2011 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read Wuthering Heights so I decided to give this book a try. To be honest Wuthering Heights was pretty hard for me to make it through and stay interested in so I was unsure of how this book would go. The addition of vampires is amusing but unnecessary. It is the slightly modernized terminology that is used that made this version easier for me to read.
I kept a copy of the original Wuthering Heights on hand and compared and contrasted the two as I read. All in all I liked it but doubt i'll p
I probably would have started enjoying this book sooner if I had any idea what went on in Wuthering Heights. I think part of me intended to read Wuthering Heights first, but then I wrote my dry-erase board list and my OCD took over, so... Anyway, once I used Wikipedia to figure out if the story was the same, I found myself devouring this book. A little too far on the tragic side for my taste, but certainly enjoyable to read!
Though... the addition of vampires really didn't make it any different t
Mckenzie Richardson
For a mash up, this one was actually pretty good.I'll admit it has been a few years since I read Wuthering Heights and there are some parts that I only vaguely remember, but Gray does a decent job of seamlessly inserting vampires into the original text. At times I found myself questioning what the actual version was because the mash up story fit so well together. I would recommend not reading the back cover of the book before starting it, because it contains a huge spoiler that really isn't rev ...more
Oct 22, 2010 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I, surprisingly, really liked this book. At first I wasn't sure, but it kept my interest. It only received 4 stars from me due to the lack of vampires. I was hoping for a MUCH bigger vampire presence, but they seemed to only be in the background. I admit that I remember nothing of reading Wuthering Heights while in High School. So, I cannot comment of whether this story kept "true" to the original. But, it did make me rather curious about considering re-reading the original. Once the story was c ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Els rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I'd give this a one star but it was actually better than its parody counterparts (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer, Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters etc)so I'll give it a two.

As far as how well I liked it... meh. Turning Heathcliff into a vampire did jack for the plot. It was the same story but with just enough tweaks to make Heathcliff a vampire. And of course there were large sections taken out to make the book a little more readable for the casual reader. I
Lillian Madson
I was really unhappy with this retelling or Wuthering Heights. The author altered the text inexpertly and in some scenes (like the scene where we first met Heathcliff) she felt it necessary to just simplify the text.
Also, it seemed she could only think of two words that the English of the mid 1800's would use to refer to vampires- 'vampires' and 'beasties.' The latter that preferred name. After reading the word 'beastie' about 15 times on one page I decided this really wasn't worth my time.
Sep 19, 2010 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 25, 2013 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Before you think me completely insane for picking this one up, I must defend myself. I was taking a last minute car trip and needed a book! Also, it made Wuthering HEIGHTS (which i am currently reading) much easier to read. Somehow knowing the story (minus vampires of course) makes it easier to understand the language. I will say the story is almost exactly the same; it just explains away Heathcliff's annoying meanness but crazy love for Catherine much better than in the original. I still haven' ...more
So before reading this my knowledge of Wuthering Heights was limited to the Kate Bush song but from what I can gather from Wikipedia the story lends itself quite well to the addition of vampires. However the ending in particular seems to have differences from the original. I liked this book but maybe would have enjoyed it more having more knowledge of the novel. I struggled with it at some points but that's possibly because I was reading it before bed and the language required a bit more concent ...more
Oct 29, 2010 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
This book took me forever to read... I don't know why it was so hard for me to get into and read... It definately had a great storyline... Only at the last 6 or so chapters did it start to grab at my attention... I wish I could give it more stars, but the characters were so crazy and the way the story felt jumbled around was hard for me to stick to it... Only when i had no other books to read did I actually read this... Sad but true... Maybe someone else would have better luck than me...
Aug 26, 2011 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took me a really really long time to finish this book. I just couldn't get into it. Even though I love Wuthering Heights, this just didn't get interesting until a little over half way through. It has been my in between book for a long time. Read a chapter while I wait for another book to come along. But, I'm done.
I don't recommend it.
Mar 10, 2012 Jnyama rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Probably an above-average attempt at the classic-horror-mashup genre...but the effect is marred by a complete change in tone at the ending. It almost seemed as if it was trying to piggy-back onto the original success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by adopting a similar air which really didn't jibe with all the preceding chapters.
Heather (Let's-Go-Pens-We're-Gonna-Take-This-One)
I think I only really liked this book for the Wuthering Heights aspect. The vampires weren't really much in the way of extra excitement for me.

I still don't like Heathcliff much and don't really have any sympathy for his "tortured soul" business.

I love the story though and am glad I kept up on reading this adaptation.
Amanda Pratt
I have a soft spot for these twists on the classics, and when I saw this book, I was so excited! Wuthering Heights is one of my favourite books, and I love I figured it would be a winner. Maybe I just set myself up too high, but it really wasn't that great. There were a lot of draggy parts, and it took a LONG time for the story to get rolling, and then it was over quickly.
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