One Bite Stand
Nina Bangs
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East meets West across time and tradition as three young American women and their Indian immigrant mothers take first steps toward true sisterhood, shattering secrets and sharing joy and tears in Nina Bangs
One Bite Stand (MacKenzie Vampires, Book 4)

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One Bite Stand (MacKenzie Vampires, Book 4)
Nina Bangs
321 pages
January 2008
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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When a female Harpy takes a job as a hotel manager, she doesn't realize all that she's letting herself in for. Daria has never felt like a very successful harpy - she isn't ugly enough. Her time at the hotel is part of her test to see if she's a proper harpy: she has to carry someone off to Hades to pass the test. Unfortunately, Daria is worried about her test; she likes people too much to carry them off to Hades and finds herself getting involved with some of the odd supernatural creatures at the Woo Woo Inn.

One of these creatures is Declan, a vampire who has sworn off emotional entanglements with women. He's a one-night stand kind of guy and keeps himself to himself. He finds himself drawn to Daria, and they both start investigating strange goings-on at a ruined church on the grounds of the Inn. Soon they discover that there is a very nasty creature bound to the church grounds, but it is attempting to escape - and destroy the world. Daria and Declan, along with a supporting cast of strange creatures at the Inn, need to work together to defeat Fenrir, the creature at the church, and the forces of evil, as well as keeping Daria safe from Hades' wrath when she doesn't pass her test.

One Bite Stand is an enjoyable enough read with a varied cast of creatures. Although it isn't always easy to understand quite what Ganymede the Cat's powers are, and some of the side-plots about the wager between Daria and Sparkle seem a little spurious, the overall plot works well. Characterization is a bit patchy in that Daria seems well-drawn but Declan is a bit obscure. The pacing occasionally drags, and the final fight scene is over too quickly, but all in all this is a reasonable read with some nice touches of humor and an unusual take on the need for personal beauty - or personal ugliness - with the harpy heroine.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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