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This Totally Bites! PDF, ePub eBook Poison Apple Books: Thrilling. Bone-chilling. These books have bite! Twelve-year-old Emma-Rose Paley has always felt different from her bubbly, outgoing parents. Unlike them, Emma-Rose has pale skin and jet-black hair, is quiet and moody, and prefers gray weather to sunshine. She also hates the taste of garlic, has very sharp incisors, and loves rare burgers. When Emma-Rose Poison Apple Books: Thrilling. Bone-chilling. These books have bite! Twelve-year-old Emma-Rose Paley has always felt different from her bubbly, outgoing parents. Unlike them, Emma-Rose has pale skin and jet-black hair, is quiet and moody, and prefers gray weather to sunshine. She also hates the taste of garlic, has very sharp incisors, and loves rare burgers. When Emma-Rose uncovers a dark family secret, she has a sudden revelation. Could Emma-Rose be a real, live vampire?

30 review for This Totally Bites!

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    This totally Bites, written by Ruth Ames. This Poison Apple Book is the second in the series. This book follows young Emma-Rosa as she discovers her family heritage and why it is she is so different from her fun loving parents. She doesn’t want to wear pastels, like her mother wants her to. Emma-Rose is more comfortable in her dark colored cloths and her moody attitude. As always, the Poison Apple series has a great way of keeping the reader hooked on the story and wanting more. This story is pe This totally Bites, written by Ruth Ames. This Poison Apple Book is the second in the series. This book follows young Emma-Rosa as she discovers her family heritage and why it is she is so different from her fun loving parents. She doesn’t want to wear pastels, like her mother wants her to. Emma-Rose is more comfortable in her dark colored cloths and her moody attitude. As always, the Poison Apple series has a great way of keeping the reader hooked on the story and wanting more. This story is perfect for children ages 8 to 12 who prefer a little darkness in their reading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    When I saw the cover for this book I thought, "cool, a book that kids who feel different can relate to!" I was in grade 7 at the time, when it first came out, and I immediately bugged my parents until they bought me a copy. Unfortunately it was a big disappointment. :( Emma-Rose Paley ('cuz she's pale, get it? ...Yeah, another lame joke that authors think they conceal so well in names). At first she seemed like a unique and original character, but by page four she just got on my nerves. And the au When I saw the cover for this book I thought, "cool, a book that kids who feel different can relate to!" I was in grade 7 at the time, when it first came out, and I immediately bugged my parents until they bought me a copy. Unfortunately it was a big disappointment. :( Emma-Rose Paley ('cuz she's pale, get it? ...Yeah, another lame joke that authors think they conceal so well in names). At first she seemed like a unique and original character, but by page four she just got on my nerves. And the author was trying way too hard to appeal to lazy Generation Y kids, bringing I-Phones and a Wii gaming system and such into the story which just seemed out of place. The novel is predictable, dull, unoriginal and the characters come across as just spoiled, apathetic and annoying. Again, this is an example of what happens when Scholastic tries to publish gothy-style books, and hire someone who writes like a school psychologist for the job. It also seems to correspond with the Twilight fad and vampire romance trend that was sweeping the world at the time. So it was probably trying to offer middle-grade readers a chance to experience what their older brothers and sisters were all excited about. Unfortunately this book is just pathetic, and it's sad that the cover is better than the book itself.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Monster

    Emma-Rose Paley is dark-haired, navy-eyed, pale-skinned and just saw her great-aunt turn into a bat. Now, on top of the upcoming school Halloween Dance (which her friend Gabby has pushed her to help plan), and her parents working hard on a major gala for the museum, Emma-Rose wonders if she could be a vampire too. This Totally Bites! is an ultramodern middle-grade scary tale that brings the popularity of the paranormal into a kid-friendly book. Emma-Rose faces realistic kid-sized problems, some o Emma-Rose Paley is dark-haired, navy-eyed, pale-skinned and just saw her great-aunt turn into a bat. Now, on top of the upcoming school Halloween Dance (which her friend Gabby has pushed her to help plan), and her parents working hard on a major gala for the museum, Emma-Rose wonders if she could be a vampire too. This Totally Bites! is an ultramodern middle-grade scary tale that brings the popularity of the paranormal into a kid-friendly book. Emma-Rose faces realistic kid-sized problems, some of which are even scarier than possibly being a vampire. Cell phones and the internet factor in a lot, which is good because many times such things are ignored by writers, but when they are missing it’s noticed by readers. While this book does have the potential to be a little too scary for sensitive kids (my daughter insisted on sleeping with a bulb of garlic on her table after we read the scene where Aunt Margo turns into a bat) it doesn't touch on any truly uncomfortable situations (for kids or parents). For kids who are trying to edge in on their parents' love of urban fantasy or paranormal romance, or who just love Buffy reruns, this is book, part of the Poison Apple series, is perfect. Recommended for public collections. Contains: creepiness Reviewed by: Michele Lee

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This is the last of the Poison Apple books that my niece checked out from the library and I *ahem* stole from her to read. Cute with the message that things (and people) aren't always as they seem, it's a quick read with a funky main character. My niece pointed out within the first few pages that the 12 year old main character dresses the same way I do. I don't know if I should be flattered that she noticed or disturbed that I dress like a tween. Anyway. These books are written to be very accessi This is the last of the Poison Apple books that my niece checked out from the library and I *ahem* stole from her to read. Cute with the message that things (and people) aren't always as they seem, it's a quick read with a funky main character. My niece pointed out within the first few pages that the 12 year old main character dresses the same way I do. I don't know if I should be flattered that she noticed or disturbed that I dress like a tween. Anyway. These books are written to be very accessible to the middle grade readers. I like that they celebrate diversity of self (the main characters usually have offbeat hobbies and aren't afraid to enjoy being different) and that without fail they sneak the point home that you shouldn't judge someone until you know all the facts. Fast and fun, these books will appeal to younger readers who enjoy a touch of the supernatural without the scare factor. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kenzie A

    This book is about this twelev year old girl named Emma Rose is trying to find a mystery about her family.Emma Rose's Great Aunt Margo comes to vist hre famliy, Emma Rose findsnt something weird about her great aunt margo.Emma Rose went to bed one night and something bang on her wall.She got up with her heart pounding as a fast lighting bolt opened her door looked in the hallway, she saw nothing. She went back to her room lad back down in bed and again she herd the same noise,she jumped out of be This book is about this twelev year old girl named Emma Rose is trying to find a mystery about her family.Emma Rose's Great Aunt Margo comes to vist hre famliy, Emma Rose findsnt something weird about her great aunt margo.Emma Rose went to bed one night and something bang on her wall.She got up with her heart pounding as a fast lighting bolt opened her door looked in the hallway, she saw nothing. She went back to her room lad back down in bed and again she herd the same noise,she jumped out of bed and ruched to her door.Emma saw that her great aunt Margo door was moving back and froth.When she looked in all she saw was the window open and the curtain moving.As she blinked she saw two red eyes glaring at her, she ran back to her room and slammed the door shut behind her and locked it.The next morning Emma went downstairs and told her mom what she saw ,but her mom didn't believe her.At the end Emma's great aunt Margo reveals that she is a vampire.And that is what my book is about.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Skye

    The book is great but the twist wasn't the best.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well, I was really disappointed that Emma Rose didn't turn out to be a vampire because it would have made the book much more interesting. I loved the plot and the idea of the story though.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Emma Rose's aunt is visiting right before Halloween for a Creatures of the Night exhibit her mom is hosting. Right around this time Emma Rose is assigned a genealogy assignment and after some odd occurrences paired with her research, Emma Rose is now convinced she is a...vampire. This book was okay, nothing particularly special in my opinion. I think this story could have been cute and sassy and engaging; however, I was irritated that two best friends getting into a huge fight is used as a plot d Emma Rose's aunt is visiting right before Halloween for a Creatures of the Night exhibit her mom is hosting. Right around this time Emma Rose is assigned a genealogy assignment and after some odd occurrences paired with her research, Emma Rose is now convinced she is a...vampire. This book was okay, nothing particularly special in my opinion. I think this story could have been cute and sassy and engaging; however, I was irritated that two best friends getting into a huge fight is used as a plot device (where they are both super immature). Along with the fact that her having a crush on a boy is another huge plot device, so this brought the book down for me. I do know that I am not the target audience for this book, I just wish books for our youth would be based more on friendship and loyalty versus petty fights and attracting a boys attention. I do think this was a cute book, and I think my niece will really like it, I just wished it showcased things slightly differently.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Card

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars. Seeing that this is the same book by the author of my other favorite in this series (At First Bite) I so want to read this but my library doesn’t have it. How funny. Very funny. However I did a review on another book in this series “At First Bite.” And “This Totally Bites” totally sucked. The follow up to it is much more better which is weird but kind of comforting. Ashlee has way more substance then Emily.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This Totally Bites! by Ruth Ames is a book in the Poison Apple series, a paranormal version of the Candy Apple series. Emma-Rose Paley is completely opposite from her family. She has black hair, loves rainy weather, and pale skin. Her dog, Bram, also hates her. Emma-Rose’s mother works at the American Museum of Natural History having a Creature of the Night exhibit that Margo has been a consultant on. When her great-aunt Margo comes to visit, she’s glad to see that she looks like her AND isn’t li This Totally Bites! by Ruth Ames is a book in the Poison Apple series, a paranormal version of the Candy Apple series. Emma-Rose Paley is completely opposite from her family. She has black hair, loves rainy weather, and pale skin. Her dog, Bram, also hates her. Emma-Rose’s mother works at the American Museum of Natural History having a Creature of the Night exhibit that Margo has been a consultant on. When her great-aunt Margo comes to visit, she’s glad to see that she looks like her AND isn’t liked by Bram either. At her middle school, she has a BFF, Gabby, and two other friends, Padma and Caitlyn. She’s on the student council with Gabby. Ashlee Lambert is the student council president, and one of the queen bees of West Side Prep. Henry Green is the student council vice-president and is constantly teasing Emma-Rose. When he calls attendance, he always calls her Pale Paley. If this isn’t enough, Emma-Rose discovers something terrifying. At night, she hears some noises, so she goes to Margo’s room to check it out. She realizes that Margo is a vampire. After doing some research, Emma-Rose quickly realizes that she is a vampire, too. Gabby isn’t on board with the theory. Is Emma-Rose a vampire or is it an overactive imagination? I really liked this book. There was a part of the ending that I didn’t see coming at all. Emma-Rose was quiet in the beginning of the story, but she ended up growing a backbone. I liked seeing her become more confident. I think kids will enjoy this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Ehlers

    Was originally posted on Paranormal Sisters: http://paranormalsisters.blogspot.com... Though every story in the Poison Apple series is different and follows different characters, I'm really sad I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the first one. This was kind of a let down, even though the story went the way a young person would think if they found out their great aunt was a vampire. Mainly the book was about Emma-Rose speculating that she's a vampire because she's just like her great aunt, wh Was originally posted on Paranormal Sisters: http://paranormalsisters.blogspot.com... Though every story in the Poison Apple series is different and follows different characters, I'm really sad I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the first one. This was kind of a let down, even though the story went the way a young person would think if they found out their great aunt was a vampire. Mainly the book was about Emma-Rose speculating that she's a vampire because she's just like her great aunt, who is a vampire. One night Emma-Rose saw her great aunt changing back into her human form after she flies through her bedroom window as a bat. From there Emma-Rose looked into what vampires were, she didn't need any other evidence. She knew without a doubt her great aunt was a vampire and I was sad that was the only vampire scene we got for most of the book. The story pretty much made it feel like it could have been one of her nightmares and that made me feel meh towards the story. Overall This Totally Bites! was just okay. I wasn't blown away like I was for the The Dead End like I thought I would be before I even picked up this book. I just wish the vampire aspect was stronger or if maybe at the end there would have been a deeper meaning for all of this.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ziying

    Emma-rose was always "different" than her parents.She feels left out in the family and has certain features that both her parent don't have.When her great-aunt Margo comes she starts feeling sort of suspicious of her.Henry her friend will go and find out the secret about Margo.On the way she still has some questions that needs to be answered. I've always been a fan of the poison apple and rotten apple books.The reason I got this book was because I went to visit a friend one day and I saw this boo Emma-rose was always "different" than her parents.She feels left out in the family and has certain features that both her parent don't have.When her great-aunt Margo comes she starts feeling sort of suspicious of her.Henry her friend will go and find out the secret about Margo.On the way she still has some questions that needs to be answered. I've always been a fan of the poison apple and rotten apple books.The reason I got this book was because I went to visit a friend one day and I saw this book on her table so I ask if I could read some of it.The minute I've read it I wanted to read it more.After that I decided to read it one more time. The reason I've finished this is because there were a lot of questions appearing in my head like, is her aunt actually a vampire?The book had a mystery to it so I couldn't help but finished the book. Betty will enjoy this book because the characters in this book aren't just humans but vampires.I think she likes things that have vampires in it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Pirir

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought this book was good. This book basicly talks about a girl named Emma-Rose Paley who feels like she doesnt belong with her family. She feels like she is different from her parents because she looks and acts different from them. What she doesnt know is that her family has a dark secret that she doesnt find out until one of her aunts come to visit and tells her all about it. Now she understands why she is different from them. When you are reading this book, at first it seems like your not I thought this book was good. This book basicly talks about a girl named Emma-Rose Paley who feels like she doesnt belong with her family. She feels like she is different from her parents because she looks and acts different from them. What she doesnt know is that her family has a dark secret that she doesnt find out until one of her aunts come to visit and tells her all about it. Now she understands why she is different from them. When you are reading this book, at first it seems like your not going to like it... but when you keep reading, you really get into it and you try to find what the dark secret is, and why it affects her and her social life. You wouldnt want to put the book down until you find that dark secret that everyone is hiding from her.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rosa

    This book was way less creepy then the first book in the series. Emma Rose thinks she might be a vampire when her Great Aunt visits from Transylvania (who clearly is a vampire) and Emma Rose see's the similarities between them. At the same time she is fighting with her best friend Gabby, which is making her sad. But her belief that she may be a vampire is giving her a ton of confidence. She's making new friends, in charge of decorating for the dance and talking to the boy she likes. I really lik This book was way less creepy then the first book in the series. Emma Rose thinks she might be a vampire when her Great Aunt visits from Transylvania (who clearly is a vampire) and Emma Rose see's the similarities between them. At the same time she is fighting with her best friend Gabby, which is making her sad. But her belief that she may be a vampire is giving her a ton of confidence. She's making new friends, in charge of decorating for the dance and talking to the boy she likes. I really liked this book. I love any book where you get to see a character come out of her shell. I also finally figured out that these books don't include the same characters or seem to really be connected other then being about paranormal characters.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Princess Marie

    This book is about Emma-Rose Paley. She feels different from her parents. Like,she loves dark and cold cloudy days while her parents prefer bright and sunny days. This book will tell how Emma-Rose Paley found out about her Aunt and the history of their Family and how this will affect of her way of living things. Anyhow, first you may think this book is a waste of time but if you keep reading it you will be taken ''in'' and you'll feel excitement of what's gonna happen next.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Candide

    I really enjoyed reading this book! It was great. I'm glad that Ruth Ames - the author - made sure that there were 'real' vampires, but I'm still pretty sad that she didn't turn Emma-Rose into one. I also loved the part where Emma-Rose and Henry were in the library, it was.....I dunno....maybe a little romantic?????

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liza

    You're probably thinking-why did she read this? I read it because I needed to get my neice focused on a book for her homework. It's slightly painful considering that the climax happens so quickly that you sit there and wonder what happened to it. It's okay if you need a book for a child to read-otherwise...read at your own risk. You could slip into PG land and never return.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Richard Cardenas

    fun, fun, and FUN! makes me think about how much I adore Middle Grade books & how much I FRACCCCKIN love writing them! might see a middle grade debut from me sometime soon :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    nishat

    cool book for kids; everyone's really getting into the vampire stufff :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Penny Maiken

    Spooky book, I stayed up all night reading it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Piper Henley

    This totally bites is a book about Emma, a girl who discovers more about her family's heritage, and, with time, discovers her family secrets. This book was one to read in elementary school. More often than not, young girls are the primary demographic for this story. Although, you are never too old for a story. If you want to hop into nostalgia and read a vampire novel aimed towards young girls, this is for you. The only bad thing I have to say about the book is the vampires are extremely stereot This totally bites is a book about Emma, a girl who discovers more about her family's heritage, and, with time, discovers her family secrets. This book was one to read in elementary school. More often than not, young girls are the primary demographic for this story. Although, you are never too old for a story. If you want to hop into nostalgia and read a vampire novel aimed towards young girls, this is for you. The only bad thing I have to say about the book is the vampires are extremely stereotypical. I don't want to give away too much, but think of every older vampire story ever told, and there you go. This isn't always a bad thing per say, but it's nice to have some variation and not just the same old traits all the time (ex: Twilight, the Ouroboros Cycle series). Other than that, it's an innocent book about vampires that kids can enjoy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I read this book in the fourth or fifth grade and it set me on the road to vampire and other supernatural creatures that go bump in the night. This book was really good when I was younger and I would love to reread it to see what I think of it now. If you or your kid loves dark stuff this book is for them.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Madylynn Wright

    Sweet and adventurous I loved this book so much. It is my new favorite book series. I will binge read them when I get the chance. I would recommend this book to any of my friends! Ruth Ames, you are awesome!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Patterson

    fun and quick reading

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Hamilton

    Loved it! But I was just as disappointed and happy as Emma-Rose was at the end.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    It was a brillant book with a great plot.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    I did not like this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Vicente

    Great story! Fun and interesting, I'm a bit bummed she doesn't end up being a vampire after all but I enjoyed the ride.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Collins

    read this book before you read book 8 At First Bite the author made the two books of series

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kari Hill

    I read this when I was 10 and remember loving it, after rereading it I've come to see how it influenced me a lot. I love it.

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