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Teeth: The First Bite

(Teeth #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  56 reviews
“We cannot be merely carnivores. We must be cannibals.”

Medical student Thomas wakes up in a blood-drenched basement room, with no memory of how or why he got there.

Spencer has the answers, and now he must train Thomas to follow the rules of being a vampire – under the watchful gaze of his own mentor.

But how will Thomas practice medicine when the smell of blood turns him in
Paperback, 1, 208 pages
Published January 8th 2015 by Chele Cooke
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Erin Dunn
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it

Thank you to Story Cartel for providing an ebook copy of Teeth: The First Bite By: Chele Cooke in exchange for an honest review!

I saw Teeth mentioned by Kristen on her blog Metaphors and Moonlight and I just had to read it too! Since I love vampire stories I wanted to give this novella a try, even though I'm not really a novella fan.

Teeth is a dark novella, this is not a story about romanticized emo vampires. I really like how the story st
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Move over fluffy vamps who sparkle, step back dark denizens of the night, Chele Cooke is out to make her “mark” in the paranormal world with Teeth. Remember back in the day, when you woke up after partying a little too hardy? Did you find yourself in a strange bed? (Hey, I’m not going to tell.) That is exactly what happened to one medical student/party boy, but what he woke up to made his worst nightmare seem like a trip to Disney. Blood, b
Ashley H.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
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I received a pre-release digital copy of Teeth in exchange for an honest review. This review will come in two parts, spoiler-free and with spoilers!


Chele Cooke has a clean and fresh writing style that I enjoyed, so this was a fun and fast read.

I liked all the characters and the ways they interacted. These are modern, sarcastic vampires, and I love that. In a way, there are two protagonists to the story, though by the end I felt more drawn to one over the other. In the beginning that
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley

Apparently I am majorly in the minority here, but I was just bored out of my mind while reading this. It was well written and edited [which is why it gets 2 stars] but I found all the characters to be incredibly two-dimensional and the plot was just the same old cliched vampire stuff we've all read a thousand times before. I was looking forward to seeing how the main character would handle being a vampire and a med student but that wasn't really
Mummy's Naughty Corner
This is another darker take on vampires. The characters worked well together and you got a good sense of the world. I like the way that you have the serious vampires (the laws are there for a reason) and those that break the rules, some on purpose some by accident. The first chapter or so was very unique and although you don't really get any back story or build up it grabs your attention. ...more
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars

*I received a free ecopy of this book via Story Cartel. This has not influenced my review.*

First of all, the blurb as of the date I’m writing this really doesn’t do a good job of describing this book. There was like one sentence about Thomas being in med school, and there was nothing about him becoming prey. Actually, this book wasn’t even really about Thomas period. It was about the inner struggles of three vampires with the most focus on Spencer and his feelings for August and
Melissa Noël
Note: I received this book as a free ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I've never received a free ARC before, so I found the challenge of reading a book for reviewing (and not my usual "Full review to come" shenanigans) to be fun. Chele Cooke's writing is clever, fast-paced, and sophisticated without being rigidly dull. There were some parts where I stumbled a little due to the quick pace and the time crunch of the narrative, but any sort of questions that I had about Cooke's
Chelley Toy
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Wow! I love a good vampire book but Chele Cooke took the whole idea of vampires and their world to another level! I really enjoyed Teeth so much!

Teeth begins with intern Thomas, a medical intern, waking up in a mysterious room in rather horrific circumstances which includes a lot of blood! This opening really sets the pace and tone of what is to come for the rest of the book. Why is he there? What has happened to him? What follows is w
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: want-a-copy
Received an advance epub copy from Chele Cooke, in exchange for an honest review.

I actually really liked this book.

It had all the things I was expecting: sexy vampires, insatiable hunger for blood, and anxious new vamps.

There were also quite a few things that I didn't expect, but I wouldn't want to ruin the book for anyone so I'll keep those things a secret ;)

This book starts off very nicely, I was easily hooked in. But, for some reason, the writing style tripped me up a bit once I got towards t
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a 3.5 star read.

This was a great vampire read with just enough variance to keep it fresh and interesting. I love how the story is told from the three perspectives of Thomas, Spencer and August and it was quite surprising that the author did a magnificent job of dealing with the vagaries of living in a modern world for vampires.
Yep! They need jobs to pay the bills, they have to deal with "family planning", you have to go to vampire "school" and, of course, politics pervades most things. I
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Teeth: The First Bite, is the first book in Chele Cooke's urban paranormal/fantasy series about vampires. The book is written in third-person and is from multiple characters points-of-view; namely newly turned vampire Thomas, an older cunning vampire named August, and the young vampire assigned to help Thomas learn how to be a vampire, Spencer. The book is well-written and the change in point-of-view is never jarring and only happens with changes in chapters. The flow of the story is such that i ...more
Mysti Kay Lamb
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short review

A friend of mine shows this book for us to read together. I really ended up enjoying this book. I enjoyed it so much that the minute I was done I mediately bought the second one totally worth the read.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Felt no connection to the characters and some of the POV shifts were confusing at first. After failing to draw me in, I was just mostly bored. Only reason I finished it was because it was short. But even as I sat there with only one chapter to go, I didn't feel compelled to know what happened next. I actually went up to go do something else with less than 10 pages remaining. (OK, well that was because my break was over. But even at my next chance, I'm contemplating starting something else instea ...more
Anna Piskur
I received an e-version of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was very excited for this novel cause 1) Thomas is a medical student (so am I), 2) the novel’s title is Teeth (and I’m dental student), 3) who does’t love a good vampire story?
So I went to this book expecting all of this (though author did say there would be much more vampires and less medical-things). At first I thought I was too creepy (I would be scared in this situation). Imagine you wake up not in you r
Alyce Hunt
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Throughout 'Teeth', we follow three perspectives: Thomas, Spencer and August. Thomas is a newbie vampire, turned just before the start of the novel and learning to come to terms with his new paranormal life and what it means for his career as a medical intern. Spencer is a slightly older vampire, helping Thomas through the transformation and teaching him how to be a good vampire, and August is the oldest of the three of them, thought of as the leader of their coven, taking orders and reporting b ...more
Eliza Green
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The book started out with a gruesome first scene to affirm that it is not another Twilight book. Thank you Chele Cooke! A refreshing change from the usual offerings out there.

Medical intern Thomas wakes up in a room to find a woman bleeding to death. As a newly turned vampire, he is to feed on her. He isn’t sure he can. Spencer must protect Thomas in his first few days as a vampire, to teach him how to live without sunlight. Augu
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teeth is the first instalment in a new paranormal series which focuses on vampires.

Following the freshly turned Thomas, the reader is introduced to the author's version of a world where vampires exist. These vampires kill their prey in order to survive, and they have one ultimate rule: they must never turn new vampires or they will be punished with ultimate death. The book contains some very bloody scenes, one right at the beginning, but it does not rely on them as the main ingredient. Instead,
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story took me a little bit to get into, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. Please be aware that there is a cliffhanger and I am excited to see what happens next.

Thomas wakes up after a night of drinking where he is in a room with a woman who is tied up and blood is everywhere. Thomas is now a vampire and Cleo, the woman who turned him, must be killed. No one can be turned without permission and if you do, you will be destroyed. August is the one in charge of this task.
We also meet Spen
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Four Stars Out of Five - from UNDERGROUND BOOK REVIEW

Cooke has a deft hand with realistic dialogue that serves her well here. Her most graphic scenes are slightly spartan in their description; side stepping any concerns of a gore fest. In fact, the most violent scenes are tastefully skipped over right to their blood drenched aftermath. Occasionally, she may linger over a throat closing scene or two. But some of us do find trying not to choke a bit sexy. *cough*...

-- Read the Complete Review at U
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was not what I expected and I'm glad. I was a big fan of the Twilight series but anything can be over done. I liked this book because it was fresh and different. If you like to read about vampires and what something different, you should check this book out. * This book was given to me from the author in exchange for an honest review* ...more
What prompted my interest in this book: “We cannot be merely carnivores, we must be cannibals.” Fang-tastic new look at vampires with not a sparkle in sight. This blurb!

I need some time to compose myself. Review to come soon.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm going to copy/paste the description here so that if the author changes it, my review still makes sense.

Medical student Thomas wakes up in a blood-drenched basement room, with no memory of how or why he got there.

Spencer has the answers, and now he must train Thomas to follow the rules of being a vampire – under the watchful gaze of his own mentor.

But how will Thomas practice medicine when the smell of blood turns him into a vicious killer?

Can Spencer teach Thomas to master his new powers, be
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an e-version of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Teeth was intriguing from the get-go. Thomas is an interesting character and I saw an entire story spanning out from the first few chapters. I enjoyed watching his experience and was excited for what was to come. My interest was piqued when another character, Spencer, came in to play and was developing an interesting plot. However, the story really ends up being about vampire politics. Things come too easily,
John-Torleif  Harris
I was confused a lot, and found too many questions for it to be satisfying

I thought that this book was a bit underwhelming; I expected a much more captivating read from the blurb. We never got an explanation on why the sire bond was considered to be so dangerous. There was some blathering about the loyalty that it inspired, but why did that matter? Why didn't Chloe just leave the city if she found the restrictions so confining? Why did August and Chloe choose to settle here anyway? How did Chloe
Lisa Eiff
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark, vampires, paranormal
I enjoyed this book. It's not romanticized like so many other popular ya novel paranormal romances of the current's much realer...and a lot bloodier. If you choose to read this darker experience with the vamp culture, just remember I warned you.

That being said, the writing is good with this story. It was actually a fairly short read all in all, but it took me much longer than usual since I've had some traumatic life experiences these last few weeks. I recommend this book for fans of mat
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and its take on vampirism and vampires among us. It was nice to have a relationship and romance between two of the vampires, and not the cliche of the normal human falling for the angsty, but beguiling vampire. I only wish the book had been longer, so it could have delved more into Thomas coming to terms with his change and entry into the household, August and Spencer's relationship, the other vampires in the house and how they continue living and earning money and dealing wi ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a different take on vampires, and I just love Vampires. I was confused at the beginning of the story for a while, but then later it started clicking (I'm just slow, I guess) for me. The characters were entertaining, however, I was hoping for a bit more depth with them, and background. William was actually one of my favorites, in a macabre kind of way, he was humorous sometimes. Ultimately, I did enjoy this read, and what it's like to be turned or sired by a vampire :) ...more
Charles Miske
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting take on the vampire legends. Interesting society of vampires. Interesting sets of relationships. Hints of another paranormal element early in the book, pans out near the end, leading to book 2.

Was fun to see the progression of some of the characters over the course of the book. Not sure if it's worth going forward with the series. I'll see how I feel when I get that far.

Note: some LGBT action, for those who care, but it should have been obvious from the description.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. 
Thomas woke up to a woman hanging over him, only to find out she turned him in to a vampire. Life so far is not so glamous as the undead. Spencer is teaching him all he needs to know only Spencer is finding out things aren't what he had thought for his little cluster of vampires was all about. This book is an adventure of the world of the undead kind. Making or in making of their little haven they call home.
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My novel length fictions are Sci-Fi and Fantasy, but I also have a collection of short stories of multiple genres available for free via my website

As a reader, I'm rather eclectic. The Harry Potter series was a big influence in my desire to become a writer, and I regularly stay up all night reading books I love.

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