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Midnight Secrets

The Vampire Legacy, Book 1
Narrated by: Rebekah Nemethy
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Three things about Justin Roberts:

  1. He’s a bully.
  2. Our relationship is toxic. 
  3. He’s the only one who knows my secret.

A year ago, I woke in the morgue with a note in my hand telling me that I’m a vampire. I need blood or I’ll start killing people. Lucky for me, Justin has been sneaking into my bedroom and feeding me blood for a year, and the only price I have to pay for it is putting up with his cruel snipes and my unwanted feelings for him.

I just can’t figure out why he keeps coming back.

But all that changes when I’m offered a full-ride scholarship to Justin’s mysterious school, the elite Blackburn Academy, where I might finally learn about vampires. About myself. All I have to do is pass the grueling entrance trials, and the scholarship will be mine. Problem is, Justin doesn’t want me anywhere near his elite school and rich friends. He’s vowed to sabotage me.

Justin may have been feeding me blood for a year, but he doesn’t know who he’s up against.

But, Blackburn Academy is more than it seems. I’ll be facing more than what Justin Roberts alone can dish out.

Will competing in the trials be the new beginning I’m hoping for, or will it end my undead existence?

This book was previously published under the title: A Bite at the Cherry (Bite Me Series) Blackburn Academy: Entrance Trials. Recommended for 16 and up.  

©2019 Rita Stradling (P)2019 Rita Stradling

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Enthralling story

I loved this first audiobook in the Bite Me series. You soon find yourself immersed in the struggles and intrigue that is January’s life. From living in a condemned house with an alcoholic, drug addicted mother, to getting hit by a truck and waking up a vampire; she takes on all challenges thrown at her and makes the best she can of the situations she finds herself in. Justin is a complex character, one that at times you both love and hate. He is caught in a life that to outsiders seems to be idiotically privileged but mysteries and secrets surround his life. Their relationship, like their lives, is convoluted and filled with surprises. The Bad Boys Club are a great set of characters that add a sense of humour to the story and you can not help but like them. The mystery of the Academy will keep you wondering and the intrigue, twists, threats and romance will keep you pinned to the pages. The narrator of the audiobook does a great job of bringing the story to life and giving the characters individual voices. Her pace is just right and she brings out the tension and emotion in the story well. This is an enthralling audiobook that leaves you wanting the next in the series.

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Addicting story with incredible characters

There were times throughout this book where I literally wished I could punch a character in the face and also times where I wanted to comfort others. Excellent writing style and relatable characters that made this fantastical story seem almost realistic. It’s a definite must read and I sincerely cannot wait until the next book in the series.

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Paranormal Private School Prep

A young woman wakes up to find a note in her hand explaining that she's a vampire and providing a phone number she should call to obtain blood, but before she can meet her hook up, a young man convinces her she should feed off him instead.
This story is a weird cross between a classic competition/rite of passage story and a mean kids vs the poor kids school drama. Although it's always there in the background, there's very little fangs and blood sucking involved - and no garlic, stakes or fear of running water. It's also a series, so if you prefer your books neatly tied up in a bow at the end, you're going to be very disappointed. Although a lot of questions get tied up at the end, there are some ENORMOUS questions left to be answered in the next volume. Kind of like the end of a season in your favourite teen angst TV series.
Having said that, I liked this one. The entrance competition coaching crew are kind of fun and the plot moves along at a reasonable pace. The characters, even the hot, necessary and very obnoxious Justin, are interesting and complex and there are enough secrets to keep you working to unravel the truth - well into the next book and beyond.
If you're a fan of YA stories about paranormal teens facing normal teen drama, this is an enjoyable one.

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fun fast listen

*I received this audio book free for my honest review*

If you are a fan of House of Night or Vampire Academy you'll truly enjoy this one.

I got the pleasure of listening to this book through the audible app. The narrator was very clear, and enjoyable to listen to, enough so that I started the book yesterday afternoon and finished it first thing this morning.

The story line is exciting, and engaging. It has a familiar feel of other YA academy books, without feeling like you are just reading a copy of a something else, and there is a good flow throughout the entire book. I never felt like the book was dragging, or found any sections I wanted to skip, which honestly surprises me because there wasn't a whole lot of action, and very little romantic spark. Yet Rita did an amazing job and ensuring you weren't getting bored.

So far January, despite being a "typical" YA teenager, hasn't fallen into that annoying helpless girl trait we tend to see in a lot of YA books. I'm truly enjoying the characters, and hope that at some point Justin is able to get back in with The Bad Boys Club, even if he can't explain his past decisions.

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So, so good! I was bummed when I realized there’s only 1 book available!

Absolutely love this book. I love everything about it. The narrator was great, the character development was great, the little “not yet love” story between January and Justin, etc etc etc. It is definitely a must listen if you like vampire-related books. Highly recommend it!

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MUST READ!!!!

I absolutely loved this book!! This book reeled me in from the start and I couldn't stop listening. I am loving January and Justin. I thought he was a jerk to begin with but still couldn't stop myself from liking him. I was happy to realize that I was wrong about him. I was surprised to find out what January really is and how much Justin was doing to protect her. All the twist and turns and miscommunication keep it very interesting . I love that she found a group of friends that she fit right in with, I cannot wait to get my hands on book two and see what happens!!
Rebekah Nemethy did an amazing job at bringing these character to life!

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Great book, bad title

I was hesitant listening to this story based on the title. There are so many hidden meanings that it could be trying to convey. Luckily, I saw that the Kindle version was renamed so I decided to give it a shot. I really enjoyed the book. It starts off as a kind of bully romance, but the MC acknowledges it and works to break their relationship. As you go through the book, you start to understand the reasons behind the bullying. As the MC learns more about the boy she can't seem to separate herself from, she begins to find a lot of good in him and begins to fall for him more and more and the relationship becomes less toxic. In the end, I was happy they were together and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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Love this book!!

I read the book before listening to the audio book and loved it! The narrator is great and definitely added something to the story. The storyline is unique and the characters witty and fun.

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A tantalizing start

This audiobook really captured my attention with the incredible narration and the fresh take on vampire lore. The lead girl January is a high school senior and vampire who's ended up in a toxic relationship with Justin, a boy who's been supplying her blood for the past year. When she moves to a fancy neighborhood and gets offered a scholarship to an elite boarding school, things seem to be looking up. Until Justin tries to sabotage it all. It's a mystery throughout the book why Justin acts the way he does, but it gets explained in the end. However, the explanation only opens more questions about January's past, which will hopefully be answered in future books in the series. The narration is wonderfully done with lots of different character voices and emotion. It's easy to tell who's talking and when as narrator Rebekah Nemethy makes each character voice distinct and notable.

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Good Beginning Of Series

Bite Me does it's job at being first in series - it gives the reader enough information to suck them in but also leaves them wanting more. I like that this is not your typical Vampire story. There are other "creatures" and powers (abilities) but alot of that is kept secret and I am sure more will be revealed as the series progresses. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing the characters and story to life. The characters are in depth and the world building on point as is usual from this author - I look forward to Book 2