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Reality Bites: Tales of a Half-Vampire - Shaunda Kennedy Wenger ** originally posted at www.bunnycates.com **I actually hadn’t planned on reading this book yet. I just popped it open to see if it was signed, since the author sent it to me directly, and somehow…I got sucked in. Before I realized what I was doing I was on page 30. haha. (My reading updates on GOODREADS)This story follows Mackenzie, a seventh grader, who also happens to be half vampire. All she wants to do is be “normal” and go to her schools Halloween Ball. Unfortunately, her family has some strong traditions for Halloween, being as they are all vampires, werewolves, and MORE. =D We follow Mackenzie as she tries to scheme a way to get to her Halloween Ball in a Princess costume rather than something dead or some other scary thing.I enjoyed the characters, they were all very likeable. Reading from Mackenzie’s perspective actually brought back a lot of memories and feelings from my own school days. I think a lot of kids will relate to feeling like they don’t fit in or are “different”. Queen MV, the mom in this story and coincidently a vampire, was great. My favorite of the entire cast had to be Aunt Wilma, with her one snaggletoof. haha.Story wise, I thought this was a fun read. To me this book was like the Adams Family meets Dear Dumb Diary.In Conclusion:I enjoyed this book. It was a super quick read, and would definitely recommend to middle grade readers.*Just a note: the edition I read did contain a few typos, but the author is doing a revision. They should be taken care of by the time you read this post.