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4.51  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  25 reviews

Tonight is the Midwinter Solstice Ball, the most important night in the Daemonic Court's calendar.

This is the night when new disciples are chosen, when demons come out to play, and all bets are off.

As it happens, tonight is also the night I become Queen.

When the sweet scent reaches me I know I have found what I'm looking for.

My hands reach o
ebook, First Edition, 122 pages
Published March 26th 2012 by Bitten Fruit Books (first published March 25th 2012)
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Isabella Favilli
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy fiction and fangs lovers
I am a very fussy vampire story lover, not anything goes for me: too sappy and I lose interest, too cruel and I think the author has never really researched what a vampire really is.

Ninfa Hayes has had me hooked on her book from start to finish because her characters feel real, you actually hate them or love them, or you itch to slap them or shout at them, and ultimately you cry for them or rejoice... until you finish the book and realize that it was just an incredible piece of well written fict
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For the short version: I love this book! I love the way the characters are developed and the way the plots move forward. Great job Ninfa!

For the long version:
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is 2 short stories .
The first Last of the Blood , tells a truly heartfelt story from a Vampires point of view different ..not just the blood lust but the feelings of loneliness,hate and of course love ....
The second book Demonica ..
Tells a story of good vs evil ...the descriptions are fab ...
I truly do not want to give anything away ...
Go read

As a début novel this deserves a look ..and Demonica could well be the start to a series ....
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really loved these two short stories! There're well written with a fast development and oooooh the main characters are amazing! It is a MUST read in my opinion, and a good beginning for a new very talented author!
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm already a fan of this authors work being as she's my friend, writing partner and co-owner of the Facebook page for this blog so it might seem my review is a little biast, I am mentioned in the aknowledgements after all! But she knows I would tell her truthfully if I didn't like it because I pride myself on being a honest reviewer... so it's lucky i loved it! :p

The book is actually two short stories so I'll review them individually.


Although I found the multiple time changes i
Dianna Hardy
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First the DISCLAIMER: I published this book through my very tiny but growing small press, Bitten Fruit Books. So this is NOT a normal review. This is a review of why I chose to publish this book - it's a PUBLISHER'S REVIEW.

Ninfa has a style with imagery and words which captures the imagination. There's a beautiful "flow" to what she writes that made this read both easy and "deep" at the same time. Are you getting the words "flow" and "deep"? Does it conjure anything up for you? For me it's a riv
Wee Shubba's World
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ninfa is a very good facebook friend of mine and I am so excited for her to be published. When she asked to review her book I was of course excited and nervous. Excited because I was getting to read it and nervous because I had to review it. lol. However, I had a nothing to be nervous about because Ninfa is an amazing and talent upcoming author who completely seduced me with this wonderful and dark book.

Bites has two short stories. LAST OF THE BLOOD and DEMONICA. Last of the Blood follow Damon,
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How can I even begin to do these 2 short stories justice with this review?

Ninfa Hayes writing is the kind I hope to find whenever I start a story but so often dont. Her writing is descriptive but without using superfluous words. She builds her characters worlds well, quickly and thoroughly.

This probably sounds silly but there was not a grammatical error in sight!!

I want to wax lyrical about these 2 stories but I'm unable to describe succinctly just how amazing I found them. My mind is still c
Melanie Cusick-Jones
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
4.5* for me :)

Bites is a novella of two short stories: Demonica and Last of the Blood - one is a more traditional vampire story, the other a semi-demon crossover with a smattering of angelic backstory which I was hooked on by the end of the first page... Both stories read well and quickly - as short stories there is a limited amount of world building (obviously!) but they introduce interesting characters and concepts.

In Bites, Damon is a thoughtful vampire - with shades of Louis, perhaps Angel,
Russell Smith
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
As the name suggests, the book gives you a tantalising taste; two tales in which similar entities inhabit but their worlds differ immensely.

The first tale, 'Last of the Blood', might feel a familiar world to lovers of the Anne Rice ilk of vampire - but the speed and fluency with which Damon's long life and undeath is presented to us is done with some panache, let me tell you. It's a world of stylish, sexy vampires and a world-altering revolution. You'll want to get to the exciting conclusion of
Maria Frank
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down and I wish it was longer cos I finished it too fast :(

Write more books please!
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome,captivating. Can't wait to read more by this author
Dakota Banks
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

BITES consists of two dramatically different stories, each one a dark and atmospheric gem, a bite of pure reading enjoyment. Ninfa Hayes displays the strength of her writing skills by picking such diverse story lines and succeeding so brilliantly with both.

In "Last of the Blood," Damon Blackwood, born in London in 1896, lives a soulless childhood in an orphanage. Enlisting as a soldier in World War I, he experiences the horrors of war at an early age. One night is different: Damon is approached
Alicia Wright
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing

By Ninfa Hayes

Bites is a book consisting of two short stories about vampires.

The first, Last of the Blood, follows Damon, an orphan who becomes a soilder in World War I. His skills and his nature bring him to the attention of vampires, who invite him to join their covenant.
If you're one of those people who complains when vampires aren't dangerous or sexy, then you aren't going to be disappointed. The small covenant of vampires first start off having a grand old time(not so fun for the huma
Sandra "Jeanz"
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it

I saw this book mentioned on facebook, then looked it up on Amazon and had to buy it for two reasons, 1 to support a fellow blogger who is now also writing and 2 Ireally fancied it from the blurb!
Demonica is about Irina a young girl who lives in Eden, with the other children of Eden. Every year there is a Midwinter Solstice Ball and on that day either a "good" Angel comes to take you to their palace or a "bad" Demon comes to collect you and take you to their palace. So obviously Irina's
Claire Taylor
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ninfa Hayes

A debut anthology of two dark, YA paranormal fantasies. Suitable for older YA readers.

Last of the Blood & Demonica are both very well written, and I could easily see (and hope) Demonica becomes a prequel to a full length novel. The characters in both shorts draw you in, and the reader is easily lost in the plots.

Demonica in particular left me wanting more of the story, but this was a great introduction to the capabilities of the author.

I received a copy of this book from the a
Christine bonner
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
the first book is about a young man that is turned into a vampire, i feel for him as he lost his love of his life, the people that turn him turn someone else and that person is evil and he ends up hunting them,

the second one is good as well
A young girl turns 16 and every year the angels and the vampires come and get a person each

this is about a young girl that is taken by the bad
i loved reading this one and i hope that we hear more about them
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ninfa Hayes has managed to captivate me with in the first 10min of the book, I love her ability to draw you in so far that you feel you are sitting outside a window watching it all unfold. I had my doughs after all the vampire stories coming out these days but I really enjoyed reading it and I highly recommend it to all the fiction lovers out there...
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book in return for an honest review.

Although both stories were short they were both exceptionally well written from start to finish.
Both stories left me wanting to read more about the character's. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future
Cynthia Cene
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review coming this week
Amanda Williams
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good immersive read, just not my cup of tea personally but I rated this as 4 stars because the quality is worthy of 4 stars. Just not my taste that's all.
Lucia  The Loyal Book
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here: (Scroll down for Italian)

Bites is a collection of two short stories with paranormal elements. The first, Last of the Blood, feature vampires and the protagonist is a young man turned into one, Damon Blackwood. After staying with his his acquired 'family' for years, he decided to leave when his Maker Gabriel fell madly in love with a human girl, Natalya, sensual and dangerous. He turned her into a vampire but Natalya, wanting power,
Elizabeth Morgan
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Last of the Blood

I enjoyed that this story was taking place at pivotal moments in Damon's life, turning, and existence in general. The story didn't drag, it hit on major points and situations that were present in the world and his life and we got to see the outcomes of each of the choice made in the last chapters. It's always interesting reading from a Vampires POV especially one as young and down-to-earth as Damon is, and despite his eternal youth, you did see his growth and age through ea
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book contains two short stories about vampires that suck you right in! What does a vampire do when he realizes his kind are monsters that are destroying humankind? WaAR
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Ninfa lives in Manchester, UK with husband Gareth, daughter Cassandra and two gorgeous kitties, Jemima and Shelley.
Originally from Italy, she's half Spanish, half Italian and British by choice and marriage.
She loves books and is a total bookaholic! Reading and writing have always been a big part of her life and for this she thanks both her parents for passing down the literary gene and the passi

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