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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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loved it

wish I could get my hands on the rest of the books, I would buy them in a heartbeat

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 30-06-2019

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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  • Aurora Dawn
  • 18-08-2019

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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  • jess
  • 24-11-2019

loved it!

been years since I've read an supernatural book and this one did it for me i absultly loved it hoping the others get turned to audio.

i just could not stop listening this is the first book from this author ive listened to and wow she is awsome!

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  • Charlee Pina
  • 29-06-2019

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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  • Rolande😄
  • 28-09-2019

A nice surprise...

For a YA book, this book is surprisingly captivating. lately I have had absolutely zero patience with YA I use to love them when I was in high school less than 5 yrs ago, but somewhere along the line I completely lost interest in all the simpering teen anst, and I can't make it past the first couple of chapter, this book was a refreshing surprise not only did I not hate the heroines but I am also eagerly waiting for book two.

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  • JH & DDDH
  • 12-07-2019

Good start to a series

Mixed feelings here as high schoolers act more like more college-age characters. However, it is engaging and sets up a storyline that I suspect will really get going in subsequent books. The Narrator is good with most character voices. Our main protagonist does a lot of inner dialogs, and it's sometimes confusing when listening to determine "is she thinking or speaking out loud?" Definitely worth a listen...

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  • Douglas
  • 08-12-2020

Slow start changing into a good story

It takes patience to listen to a story for almost half the book just to begin to get interesting. I consider the first part a lot of fluff.

That said, once you get to the middle, the story starts to catch on. By the end of book one, you're ready to start the next book.

Let's hope the 2nd book leaves the fluff elsewhere.

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  • Jen2also
  • 20-11-2020

Unusually striking thoughts, of the other side.

I liked it! It was well read. The story line interesting. When life interfered with my "reading", I hated to turn it off.

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  • David Witherspoon
  • 20-10-2020

Solid start to series involving the supernatural.

What surprised me most about the narrative was the teen drama was mostly understated. Characters had perplexing feelings and that often made then put up a walls because the did not want to be vulnerable.

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  • vallarie
  • 20-10-2020

Great story line

First it’s a great story, but the narration leaves a lot to be desired. The narrator reads every line like a statement it doesn’t flow

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 09-11-2020

Decent story, not quite fully realised.

This was... fine. I think the characters were aged up due to the sexual freedom as everything else seems very high school - cliques, uniforms, classes. A lot of the themes feel quite juvenile for the supposed maturity of the characters.

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  • KL Robinson
  • 27-08-2020

Intriguing and paced

Midnight Secrets developed and revealed itself well, the perception of how Rita Stradling chose to bring her characters to spotlight, was done well.

There was not the plot twist of a typical plot twist, but rather an unveiling.
The reveal and reaction of January being a dhampir rather than a vampire had me like “Wha…?” and realised, aah; yeah, I did not see that coming, and I have read a lot, I mean a lot of supernatural books based on vampires and other supernaturals. But as the story of January unravelled, I forgot about the books I read.

A lovely and original story, and look forward to the next adventures in book 2.

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  • Lotty
  • 29-05-2020

Wonderfully original story

This is a brilliant start to a new series with lots of unexpected twists. It captured my attention from the start and I couldn't stop listening. The narration is beautifully performed.

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  • Mack
  • 24-05-2020

Amazing

I listened to this book in one sitting. The story had me hooked within the first 10 minutes and I couldn't put it down.

I loved January's character and the tension she had with Justin. I'm looking forward to learning more about this world and how January fits into it once she's actually at the academy.

Definitely check this book out.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 21-05-2020

Vampires don't sparkle!

This was the beginning of a new vampire series in the academy setting, it was a different approach from what I'm used to, but incredibly good, with very versatile narration. January, is just trying to survive being a new vampire, Justin offers to help, despite being a jerk. January is being hunted, but it seems Justin is trying to protect her and sabotage her attempts to enter Blackwood Academy. This was an amazing read/listen ,i was hooked from page 1, I can't wait to start book 2.
I received this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

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  • S. Cole
  • 09-10-2019

What a Cliffhanger

This book has a lot of twist and turns. It has lite bullying in it. But I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read book two. I like academy feel it has.

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  • Karisma
  • 06-10-2019

Fresh take on vampires

While the first chapter or so took me awhile to get into, this book quickly progressed into one that I didn’t want to end. The take on vampires and powerful societies is fresh and enjoyable.

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  • Vix
  • 05-10-2019

Unexpected.

Great narration which is always a big win with audiobooks.
Good story excited for next book. xxxx

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  • Layla
  • 01-10-2019

Midnight Secrets

The book was slow to start of with but once it gets interesting it pick up.
The book is not what I expected and am looking forward to the next one in the series since it ends on a cliffhanger.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-09-2019

Loved it!

Listening to this book, I felt as though I was getting multiple layers of stories. January's own life; school life with its usual politics - with a scholarship challenge to win. Then there's Justin....

I really enjoyed it and I will look for book 2.

The narrator's voice was great for all voices. Really important for an audiobook.

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