Thursday, February 7, 2013

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
2009, NAL Trade
Series: Book 1 of Chicagoland Vampires

Synopsis: Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was Merit's. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker-and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.

Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she's traded sweating over her 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 her gratitude- and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan's attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone's still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago's nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war-and there will be blood.

Why read: Heard good things about the series

What impressed me: I loved Merit, her internal struggle with her new vampirism as well as her relationships with the other characters. I loved the way Neill shaped the world for this series, sort of forcing vampires to belong to covens that puts them in constant contact with each other, yet have to do it while the humans know about them. And I loved the dialogue. It felt almost like Buffy, which I couldn't help but be impressed by as many authors have tried and failed while attempting to reach that tone.

What disappointed me: I feel a love triangle coming on. Blah. And there were some way too conveniently placed powerful people in Merit's life. All of which she didn't know about (except the father she dislikes) until she was made into a vampire. How is that even possible?

Recommended: Yes. A witty vampire series starter that never feels like it's trying too hard.

Continue series: Absolutely. I definitely got the feel this is going to be a great series.

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