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Bite Me

(Demon Underground #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  3,405 ratings  ·  357 reviews
An edgy book for teens that spans the gap between YA and adult fiction.

Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon.

Val Shapiro is just your ordinary, part-demon, teenaged vampire hunter with a Texas drawl. And a pet hellhound named Fang. Soon enough she finds herself deep in the underbelly of the city, discovering the secrets

Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Bell Bridge Books
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Kat Kennedy
Hi! My name is Val and I'm a kickarse Vampire hunter with a heart of gold. I protect the people I love even though they often hurt me.

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Excuse the terribly hideous picture, I haven't put my lip gloss on yet!

My nickname against the Vamps is The Slayer. I work for the police. My partner is an honourable, nice guy (kind of like he was corn fed in Iowa or something) who struggles with my supernatural side.

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He also resembles the only love interest in Buffy that people universa
May 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal romance
Val Shapiro is on vampire stake-out. Killing vampires is not only a public service, but the violence gives her temporary respite from her internal sex-demon, Lola. Which is weird, because I call mine 'Lola' too, only my Lola is a sugar-demon. Lola is is the reason Val is strong and super-fast and able to kill vampires. I realized this is what my English teacher termed an ALLEGORY, and now I'm sucked into reading a book about a young woman discovering her sexuality, and I can see we are already o ...more
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Val Shapiro is a part-demon vampire slayer. And she has a snarky dog named Fang who thinks at her in all caps.

Bite Me, the first book in the Underground series, surprised me with its butt-kicking heroine, deadpan humor, and an interesting set-up. I really liked Val and Fang, whose relationship is the most compelling one in the book. There are also some great fight scenes and some intriguing secondary characters, including Shade, Micah, Ramirez, and Tessa, and the whole thing is well-w
Nicole Peterson
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Paranormal fans
Recommended to Nicole by: NetGallery
The book starts out with Val's sneaky ass little sister stowing away in her car while she goes out to hunt some vamps. She is approached by an officer of the SCU (special crimes unit) and he, Dan, lets her know that they know about the vamps and that he had been watching her. He gives her his card and tells her to give him a call if she ever wants to share her secrets on fighting vamps. When Val and her sister Jennifer get home Val gets in trouble from her mom and step-dad for it. What is her pu ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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Straight off the top, I have to disagree with my little blurb copy and pasted above. I don't agree that this is a novel that "spans the gap between young-adult and adult fiction" - I think this is a solid but not spectacular series opener for a definitely young-adult series. Bite Me more than delivers on the rest of the promise hinted at above: it is edgy, it is fun, and Val and Fang are a comedic duo with flair and timing. I can understand the appeal f
Sarah Maddaford
Although it was an overall enjoyable, quick read, I had a couple issues with this book. Why do recent strong evil fighting girls feel the need to reference Buffy? It wouldn't be a crime to mention the connection only once and leave it at that, but we keep hearing the title Slayer and really 40 isn't high enough to justify continued harping on it. Also, how old is Dan supposed to be again? Is he a detective or a beat cop? Maybe he should feel uncomfortable with his feelings for Val, who just turn ...more
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a brilliant book! Full of action, humour and love. I absolutely LOVE Fang - I want a dog like him! Val is a great character and I can't wait to read the next 2 books in this series. ...more
Bite Me was free on Kindle so not expecting too much I downloaded it about lunchtime onto my Kindle and before 9 pm that night had read this quirky tale!
I thought that I would like the book from the synopsis and since it was set in Texas it was doubly intriguing to me as I live 2 hours from the location of San Antonio!

I could not put it down, loved the fact that the main character Val Shapiro was a half human/half lust demon or since a female half succubus! Val is not beautiful, not the most po
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bite Me, is the first release in the Demon Underground series featuring 18 year old Val (Valetine) Shapiro. This is a crossover between being a Young Adult and Adult Urban Fantasy. Set in the city of San Antonio, Texas, Val is a part succubus (lust demon) vampire slayer. Only, don't call her Buffy, she's a different breed all her own. Val's alter ego is fittingly named Lola. When Lola comes out to play, Val's eyes turn purple, like black light. Val also has a human half sister (they only share a ...more
Unabridged Bookshelf
Val Shapiro is a vampire slayer with a unique gift in the form of Lola. Lola being what Val likes to use to refer to her demon side. Val Shapiro is teenager trying to learn to deal with her inner succubus, making it hard to connect with anyone. The opening of the books jumps right into the action with Val fighting with a vampire. Val uses the hunting and killing of vampires to quench the thirst of the lust demon part of her. This avoids the need to use her powers to seduce men and have Lola feed ...more
Bite Me was an engaging, tough not very original, read. I have to admit that after the first quarter of the book, which was pretty rushed and introduced me to the witty (and big-headed) half-demoness Val, I was hooked to the point I finished the book in one day and immediately attacked the second installment in the Demon Underground series.

Although Val's family situation seemed absurd to me, I enjoyed following her first steps in her "adult life" and I really like both her involvement with the S
Nadine X
Dec 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I don't like to be overly critical or mean. I believe it takes courage to write and share it with the world. But I have to say that this book was terrible!

Within a page, I knew this was the author's first attempt at writing. Perhaps even it was a first or second draft. The language and style of narrative is so juvenile and awkward that it actually made my mouth drop open. It reads like a story written by a young teenager who hasn't read a lot, but watches a lot of Twilight and Supernatural. From
This book was a great start to a series. People are right to say that it's reminiscent of Buffy. She's actually name checked a few times. But it was all in good fun. Besides, who says there can only be one 'slayer'? It's not too similar though, so no need to fear a cheap rip off version of an old favorite.

It was a fun and quick read, and one that I had trouble putting down. It even made me tear up a bit during some of the more emotional family scenes (don't worry- I'm a notorious crier). But mo
Diane ~Firefly~
Val has a not so great 18th birthday that leads to a new life. I might check out the next book, but if so mostly for Fang.

What I enjoyed:
* Fang. Love the part hell-hound in a terrier body.
* The idea of a demon underground was interesting.

What could have been better:
* The romance was unrealistic.
* Her mother was a horror. I have a hard time believing she was able to live there all that time.
* Alejandro seemed a bit too accommodating.
* The mystery kind of had a cop out, easy way to find out with n
Ho… this book. Thoughts. Let’s just…

First off, what was the author THINKING? With the title? I mean, yeah. It’s a good title for a vampire book, I guess… if you’re in MIDDLE SCHOOL. It’s so juvenile. Ugh.

Plot: 3.5
There was a good plot here. There was suspense and action and a central motive and all good things plot’s require. Unfortunately… other factors clouded these elements and sort of took over. Bad characterization. Stiff writing. And also, though the BASIC plot was good, the way the author
Kate Bond
I'm trying the sequel to this now, because I really, really WANT to like this series. I just...don't, quite.

Val gets kicked out of her house on her 18th birthday (for being 1/8 succubus, which is 100% her crazy mother's fault because she's the one who fucked a demon, but I think there may be more going on with her mom than we've been told so far) and immediately walks into a job as a San Antonio police officer. So that's problem number one. She did not have to attend cop school. She did not, ap
Apr 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Aliaa El-Nashar
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I had requested this book from NetGalley for two reasons. One, the cover was amazing. Two, I loved the title. Sure, the synopsis was good, but it was mainly the other two that had me interested in reading some more about it.

Val Shapiro has a tough life. She hunts vampires, she's home-schooled and has no friends, her parents prefer her younger sister to her... oh and she's part demon. To satisfy her inner succubus, Val needs to hunt a vampire every now and then, which happens to help calm down sa
Chapter by Chapter
Everything about Bite Me was honestly just great and while I came across it by accident, it's actually one of my favorite ebooks to date. In short it's about a teenage vampire hunter/ half- demoness named Val. What's not to love? While I did think that the start felt a bit rushed into introducing all of the great and original characters (and the wise-cracking hell hound Fang), the rest of the novel kept up at a mysterious and great pace. I was constantly trying to figure out what happens next, e ...more
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is one of those kick-ass vampire slaying heroine books, and I honestly wasn't expecting to like it much. Most books in this genre have protagonists that don't make sense to me, and I always end up not really liking the heroine much because the motivations seem forced and her personality unrealistic; she tends to be super attractive to everyone around her, even though she gives everyone such a bad attitude. I never get that.

But I ended up really liking the heroine in this novel. The circumst
May 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Bite Me is one of those books I feel kind of bad bashing on. It has a good concept, a promising world, and characters that could be awesome. You can see what the author was going for, and there's a good book in here, somewhere. Unfortunately, Bite Me also turned out to be one of those novels that is done in by bad writing.

To be fair, it's not, say, rage-inducing, how-did-this-shit-get-published, Once in a Full Moon-bad writing. It's better than that. But Parker Blue suffers badly from an inabili
Peace Love and Reviews
Valentine Shapiro is no ordinary 18 year old. She is half-succubus and a vampire slayer, yes like Buffy but minus the friends and school part. The eve of her 18th birthday her mother and step dad, somewhat kicked her out of the house, not only that they fired her at the bookstore (which they owned). They think her kid sister Jennifer is obsessed on what she can do and therefore branded as a bad influence so they ordered her to keep a distance for her safety. Hurt and feeling betrayed she decided ...more
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bite Me made my emotions range from angry to sad, happy, and then laughing myself crazy. THIS BOOK WAS GREAT! Val is a strong, sassy, tough kick your butt vampire slayer. And she doesn’t like to be called Buffy. Val, at 18 years old, is told she has to move out. More like her mom throws her out. Needless to say, Val's mom has some serious issues. One, she needs to take responsibility for her own actions instead of using Val as her scapegoat. Val packs up, sucks it up, though, and heads out into ...more
I was debating between 3 and 4 stars. When I think of other books I gave 4 stars to, I feel like a lot of them may have been slightly better written, or had better world-building or character development... but I can't help it, something about this just grabbed me. None of the characters are perfect, they have real faults but work to be good people. And no one was inherently 'evil-villain', which to me always makes a book more realistic and relateable. The real world doesn't tend to be black and ...more
Jennifer Moody
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review for Bite me by Parker Blue
I was so excited to get this book to read. I mean come on the tittle was Bite Me you knew it would be good. I started this book and automatically fell in love with it. It only took me 3 days to read this book, thats how much I loved it.
Val Sharpio is only 18 year old half human half demon who hunts vampires. On her birthday, her 18th birthday her parents kicked her out for being a bad influence on her younger half sister as well as putting her family in danger ac
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An edgy book for teens that spans the gap between YA and adult fiction. Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Val Shapiro is just your ordinary, part-demon, teenaged vampire hunter with a Texas drawl. And a pet hellhound named Fang. Soon enough she finds herself deep in the underbelly of the city, discovering the secrets of the Demon Underground and fighting to save those she loves. Whether they love her back or not.

I've had this book on my
Apr 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
This was part of a Free Advanced Copy from Net Galley.

This will be a short review as I just didn't get into the book, this is mainly due to the writing style. For me the story was predictable. The protagonist Val Shapiro is typical teen nothing about her stood as memorable. This is o.k. for a childrens book. I found problems with the text and writing style, mainly I felt it was a bit jumpy, sentences could have been shortened or unnecessary words taken out. It needs punch at times and for me it
May 12, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, unfinished
Got about two chapters into Parker Blue's "Bite Me," got bored, wandered away, came back to scroll through it, decided it wasn't worth it, got rid of it, the end.

Longcat version: I picked this book up because it was free for the Kindle app I had just installed on my netbook. I am happy about the ease of scrolling through the book to decide if it was worth the time I'd invest in reading it; after the first two chapters I was wondering if it would get better. I voted "no" after the scroll-through
I loved this book! It had a wonderful story, fabulous characters, and proved nearly impossible to put down! I started it the morning of August 20th, but then had to stop reading about 20% into it to take care of family concerns. :( It was so hard waiting for bedtime and my quiet reading time! Once I got back to it, I finished it in one sitting!

Val is an incredibly likable protagonist. I hated how her mother treated her. Val deserved better! She loved her family despite their treatment of her, th
Week 16

This was the first book I read on my brand new Kindle. I have to admit that one of the main reasons I decided to read it was because I could get it for free. Yep, I didn't want to pull the trigger and buy something for my first book. On to my review of the book.

How are cotton candy and Bite Me the same? They are both addictive and devoid of any real nutrients. The story was predictable, the characters were flat, and there were a lot of typos. But what would you expect from a free book in
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Who is Parker Blue? Well, I live in Colorado Springs with my dog, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Val's part-hellhound mutt, Fang.

I hate writing bios so that's all you're gonna get. Okay, okay. Instead of more boring bio stuff, how about some of my likes and dislikes?

Stuff I love, in no particular order:

- The color red—a bright, orange-red just makes me happy.
- Shiny things. I must have bee

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Demon Underground (6 books)
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  • Fang Me (Demon Underground, #3)
  • Make Me (Demon Underground, #4)
  • Dare Me (Demon Underground, #5)
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