Boys That Bite (Blood Coven 1) by Mari Mancusi & Cantrip Blog Tour/Giveaway

“Okay, I’ll wear the Bite Me shirt, It’ll be my standard response to any­one who tries to hit on me.” I giggle. “Someone can come up and be like ‘Hey babe, what’s your sign?’ and I’ll just point to my shirt.”

Rayne laughs appreciatively and tosses me the tank top. “Of course they might think you’re pointing to your boobs in a ‘have at ’em, big boy’ kind of way.”

Published April 4, 2006 by Berkley Trade.

Rating: 5 stars!

Two sisters—as different as the sun and the rain. For one, getting into the Blood Coven is to die for. But for the other, getting out could be lethal…

When Sunny McDonald gets dragged to Club Fang by her twin sister Rayne, she doesn’t expect to find anything besides a bunch of Goth kids playing at being vampires. But when some guy mistakes Sunny for her dark-side-loving sister and bites her on the neck, she finds out that his fangs are real—and deadly.

Now, Sunny has less than a week to figure out how to reverse the bite, or else she’s going to end up as the perpetually undead. And not only will she be a vampire, she’ll also be bonded to Magnus—the bloodsucker who bit her—forever. And forever is a really long time…

My Review:

This was a very enjoyable read! I know, I am acting surprised, but after reading a lot of reviews on this book, I was a little skeptacle.

The book starts off with Rayne convincing Sunny to come with her to Club Fang. This is not really Sunny’s usual hang out since her sister is the goth one and she is the good girl. But, she agrees to go. A bad case of mistaken identity at the club and now Sunny is fighting to keep the life that she had and only has a week to do so!

I must say that I LOVED Sunny! She is hilarious! Always throwing in her two cents even when it is not asked for and really doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. I felt bad for Magnus too! He made a huge mistake and he did seem very apologetic.

I enjoyed the ending of this book and was just as conflicted as Sunny as to what decision she should make on her life? That is why I have created my top 5 reasons why I would want to be a vamp…..

1. Great skin! All vamps have that beautiful translucent skin and NEVER have a blemish!

2. Skinny! Have you ever heard of a fat vamp? They can basically eat whatever they want and never gain any weight!

3. Immortality! Can you imagine living forever and going through decades and decades? I would love to see what the future will bring for our planet, the technology can only get better!

4. The whole healing yourself thing! Got a papercut? Don’t worry, you will never even know in an hour!

5. The swoonworthy guys! Almost all vamp guys are gorgeous! Think about it..Edward? Need I say more?

I can’t wait to dive into the next book! This was a fun lighthearted read all the way through to the end. Highly Suggested!

“I can sue you? Cool.” I rummage around in my purse for a pen, wanting to write this down. “Under what? Medical malpractice? Assault with a deadly fang?” I look up. “How much you think the courts would award me for that?”

Rayne frowns. “Sunny, stop being a bitch. Can’t you see poor Magnus is freaking out here?”

“I need to stop being a bitch? For Magnus’s sake?” I stare at her, unbelieving. “Uh, hello? He’s the guy who walked up and bit me for absolutely no reason whatsoever.”

Cantrip Blog Tour:

Published November 22, 2011

She spent the summer in The Refuge.
Now, she’s come home.
Within days she realizes:

She wants back in.

Only two things stand in her way. The sister Narissa has protected for years can’t decide if she wants to go with her. And, of course, Narissa has no idea how to return to the splinter reality.

Complicating matters, Narissa discovers she can no longer avoid the problems her unexpected trip allowed her to escape.

Through it all, there’s one thing that keeps her going. She’s not the only person to have left The Refuge.

Author Interview with Rebecca McKinnon:

How did you come up with the title of the book?

The title was killer. I was pretty sure I wanted to have a single word, like the first book in the trilogy, but that was about as far as I’d thought. Eventually I stumbled across cantrip and thought it was really a cool word. I tried it out on a few people, and while no one knew what it meant (a witch’s trick), that didn’t bother me. I latched on to the word and refused to consider anything else.

 What were the challenges to getting the book published?

There weren’t many challenges this time around. I already knew I wanted to self-publish, and I knew what I wanted the cover to look like. I’d been through the process before, so it was actually fairly easy. My biggest problem was in proof reading. I found so many things to change. Eventually I had to call it good. I could tweak and refine for the rest of my life if I let myself!

 What book are you reading right now?

I’m actually reading a few books right now, but Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson, and Seers by Heather Frost are on the top of my pile.

 When did you write your first book and how old were you?

Good question! I actually have a lot of unfinished books that I’ve written over the years. The first one I completed was Annexed, which is the first installment of The Refuge Trilogy. I’d just turned 32.

 Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t stop. The more you write, the better you get. Keep working on refining your skills. Then, when you finally put a book out there, you’d better toughen your skin. You’ll have devoted fans, but you’ll also have people rip you apart. Be prepared!

 What are you currently working on?

I’ve got a few things going. My biggest priority is to finish revising and editing the third book of The Refuge Trilogy. Then I’ve got a book based on an old, obscure fairytale. I’m also working on a book that is epic in my mind—I just hope my writing can live up to the story.

 Speed Round:

 Favorite Book? Graceling by Kristen Cashore

Favorite Author? Ack! I have so many. Um . . . Susan Cooper, Colleen Houck, Tamora Pierce.

Favorite place to read? Everywhere! I almost always have a book within reach.

Favorite Genre? Young Adult

 Last fun one:

If you could choose to be a character from any book, who would it be and why?

The title character from Heidi. I wouldn’t want to go through everything she went through, but I’ve always wanted to live in her grandfather’s house!

The first book in the series, Annexed can be found at Smashwords for free:

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Ms. McKinnon has agreed to giveaway an ebook copy to one lucky winner.

1. Fill out the form below.

2. Must be a follower to enter, email or Twitter.

3. International…YAY!!!

4. Winner will be selected using on December 9, 2011.




  1. This sounds like a great book. I hate it when you read reviews and they are half and half and you almost feel bad that you like something that others don’t. Example Tris and Izzie.

    Thanks for the chance and your review!



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