stake that! by mari mancusi

Written by Darlyn At Monday, August 16, 2010
Title: Stake That! (Blood Coven #2)
Author: Mari Mancusi
Pages: 130 (e-Book, pdf)
Rating: 3/5

Summary (Goodreads):

Rayne McDonald had it all figured out. Get turned into a vampire, become the mate of the Blood Coven leader, and live the high-life for all eternity. Too bad the head vamp took a bite out of her twin sister by mistake. Now, not only is Rayne still not a vampire, but she learns she's a slayer instead—destined to destroy vamps gone bad.

After being recruited by a secret organization, Rayne is given her first mission: infiltrate a seedy bar downtown and expose its vampire owner, Maverick, for purposely spreading a nasty blood virus. Luckily the Blood Coven sends some help—in the form of sexy vampire Jareth. Will vampire and slayer be able to settle their differences and work together to bring down the evil Maverick? Or will they find their own hearts on the line?

My Say:

Hmm..I know, it's not a good way to start a review. I have a mix feeling about the book and I really don't know if I like it. I did enjoy reading the book and have to admit that it has a lot of humor in it which is okay. The story continues exactly at the part where Rayne is been told that she's actually born as a vampire slayer. Note that she actually dying to be a creature of the night but her twin got so lucky, even became the Queen of the Blood Coven.

The second book focus on Rayne's perspectives. Rayne's character is developed this time and the whole part of the slayer mission kind of make her cool and more like Buffy-ish. Having Jareth, a new character as a Blood Coven General really makes the story more interesting. In fact, his character as a quite cold and mystery guy shakes Rayne's world and yes, he's so hot in a bad boy way that we all like.

The only thing that quite bothering me is the way the story is written. It is written in blog writing entries (even with comments from her friends, Sunny and also anonymous), so many OMG-style, and war video games conservations. It is kind of different and quit risky but yes, worth to try since it has interesting plot which outcomes the flaw. It is light and easy read, fun and enjoyable, but I wont recommend you to buy it. Read a borrowed copy from library or friend. I'm hoping the next installment would be better.


  1. haha!! more vampire series..
    this is not my coffee n crackers... but, it's good to hear that you enjoy it (despite the flaws). yeah, sometime we do picked up I don't want to say, a wrong book, but maybe i can say a not-so-cool-yet-i-have-to-finish-it book. haha!! btw, have a nice day Darlyn!!

  2. If your like me then you will like the third book. I have to say out of the four it's the best.

  3. Great and honest review. I don't know if my library has them, probably not, but thank you anyway for the recommendation to borrow it. ;)
    I don't know how I feel about the writing style, there are a few books coming out that have been written this way. I do like the cover!

  4. What is the chronological order for Mari Mancusi's blood coven vampire novels?

  5. @ cj: well, it happens quite sometime to me picking the quite not my type of book. but i'm okay with it.

    @ ginger: i do hope the 3rd is better. and thanks for the recommendations =)

    @ nina: i like the cover too and yes, the writing style is quite bothering and i kind of don't like it a little bit.

    @ wedding dance: i think 1) boys that bite, 2) stakes that, 3) girls that growl, 4) bad blood. and there will the 5th. night school i think.

  6. I think I'll take your advice and borrow these. Thanks for your honesty :-)

  7. Such an honest review. I always feel so frustrated when I come to the end of a book not knowing if I liked it or not. Worth a second reading or not?

  8. @ Teddyree: Thanks to you too!

    @ Petty Witter: I don't know. If it is the right time, maybe it is worth a second time reading =)

  9. I have never heard of her but I don't think I would like the format (blog type entries). Great honest review.

  10. Your comment regarding the book style of writing makes me wonder if the first installment is being written in quite the same way?

  11. I have 2 hurry up and start this series lol. It looks soo good :D

  12. I hate when I've invested time in a book and I come away feeling like that.

  13. sounds interesting, thanks for the honest review! i just read a book that was all emails and i actually enjoyed it!

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