Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1)
By Chloe Neill
Published April 7th, 2009
About the book:
They killed me. They healed me. They changed me.
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world-and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker… and this one decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.
Turns out my savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now I’ve traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four hundred year old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude-and servitude. Right…
But my burgeoning powers (all of a sudden, I’m surprisingly handy with some serious weaponry), an inconvenient sunlight allergy, and Ethan’s attitude are the least of my concerns. Someone’s still out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches?
My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war-and there will be blood…
Urban fantasy is where my addiction to reading all began. The genre is sentimental to me like that. And the series, Chicagoland Vampire, is exactly the type of story where my allegiances lie. It has vampires. Lots of them.
If you don’t like vampires, don’t even bother; you won’t like this series. Me? I’m a total sucker for vamps… wolves, fae, and witches too… but vamps I adore because they’re dark, brooding, and most of the time hot as sin!
But Ms. Neill has taken those dark, brooding, hot as sin vamps and wrote into their world a character with a wicked sense of humor, a propensity to find trouble, and a moral compass that points true north. It really sucked for Merit the day she died got turned into a vampire. But then I wouldn’t have such a great world to get lost in and her humor to guide me through it.
Story / Tempo / World
Merit is a 27 year old grad student living in Chicago and sharing a brownstone with her best friend, Mallory. Her life was pretty good, so she thought, until she was attacked one night and it leads to her being changed into a vampire. Vampires have recently outed themselves to the humans. Unfortunately for them, some vampire has been going around attacking girls and killing them – not exactly the kind of attention the vampire community wants right now.
For a first book in a series, we get two stories: we get the backstory on how Merit assimilates into vampire-dom (not exactly well, in my opinion) and the mystery of what vampire is attacking girls and leaving them for dead. Both are very strong but of course it’s the world building that wins out over the plot. But looking back, it’s pretty cool that the mystery/plot of the first book actually leads to part of the world building that will continue throughout the series. No, it’s not just because Merit died, duh! It’s the reason why, the big picture of it all. Do I have you intrigued? I am! I have almost the whole series to date sitting on my desk waiting for me.
As I said earlier, this series is a winner for the fact it has a strong protagonist and voice (Merit is the POV; first person if you want to be technical). But this book has a great balance of action and dialogue and it’s the dialogue between Merit and her supporting characters that really has me speeding through this series. I’d actually be done with this series if I didn’t have other books needing to be read.
Merit’s best friend, Mallory is probably one of my two favorite characters right now. Okay, revise that: one of three. Anyways, Mallory is a totally different person from Merit but she is so much like her that they are perfect best friends. I got completely wrapped up in their relationship like I was friends with them. When I started the book, I really thought Mallory was going to be left behind in Merit’s “old” world. Yeah, not so much 😀
My other two favorite characters so far are Merit’s grandfather and Catcher. Although, Catcher’s character hasn’t panned out at all like I was expecting, but I think that’s why I love him so much!!! It’s the unexpected that gets you everytime, I think.
If only I’d known… I would have read this totally awesome, unexpected life sucking (as in can’t put down and do anything else!) of a series sooner…
About the Author:
Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.
She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)
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