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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Book Review: Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill

Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires
Number in Series: 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: April 07, 2009
Pages: 341
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy/Mystery

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Synopsis from Goodreads

First in a brand new series about a Chicago graduate student's introduction into a society of vampires.

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.

     Some Girls Bite is about a young graduate student named Merit. One night when she made the silly mistake of walking on campus alone she was attacked by a vampire. But that vampire was scared off by another vampire who has different plans for Merit. Starting by making sure she doesn't die. Now she has to pledge allegiance to the Cadogan House. All vampires have different houses and she is now attached to one due to its sexy and somewhat overbearing leader, Ethan, who saved her life. For better or worse, Merit isn't sure yet. So having the vampire life thrust on her and a new job, it is up to her to also find out who is draining women and leaving them for the Houses to find. Or else it will be war.

      Yes, this is the same book I read back in January apart of the Some Girls Bite Book Discussion. I told you my life is really out of whack. Nonetheless, I remember this book vividly. What a blast this was. The characters were incredible. I really loved Merit. She was strong and even though her life has been stripped from her, she didn't let that weigh her down. I think that  was partially due to the people she surrounded herself with. Her best friend Mallory was the greatest best friend ever. Instead of being scared and leaving Merit alone, she had her back at every step.

       We also had Catcher, Jeff, Ethan, and Morgan. All sexy and intriguing men in their own right. Ethan is the Master of Cadogan House.  Him and Merit definitely have chemistry. But both of them are incredibly stubborn and were fighting their feelings for each other. It did get annoying at times and I wanted to slap them both. But I liked the tension. Jeff was the geek and probably my favorite. He was adorable as hell and a shapeshifter. Catcher is a sorcerer  and was super sexy. Him and Mallory definitely had a huge thing in this book and I hope to see more of it in he future. Morgan was a vampire but he belongs to the Navarre House, the Cadogan's rival. I am still on the fence about him, but him and Merit had chemistry and didn't fight each much.

      I loved the plot. It was a really good mystery. Someone is trying to blame one or all the houses for the deaths of these girls who all have striking similarities to Merit. It definitely kept me guessing. Even after we find out the who is behind it all, it is things are more complex than they seem specifically with one character in particular. I hope to find out more in book 2.

       A couple of complaints though. The mystery is great, but does go on the backburner a little in the middle. I love the tension between Merit and Ethan, but it does get annoying at times as I have said. I don't think I have liked two people so much, but still have the urge to slap some sense into them. But I like that this also puts us in the amazing world Neill has created for us. Not only are vampires known, but they have lives and careers. They even eat food which makes for some pretty entertaining scenes in this book. I still can't get over that mega sandwich. I think Scooby and Shaggy will have a run for their money.

      Definitely start this series now if you haven't. The characters are so lovable and have so much energy. Merit's world is definitely worth diving into especially given her new job. If you are looking for a sexy, action packed, mysterious ride, grab a copy of Some Girls Bite right now.


*This book belongs to the following challenges*
BCC's Speculative Romance Reading Challenge 2012

1 comment:

  1. To remember it that well says great things about the book. :) And that you really enjoyed it. I do have this series on my want list. One of these days... ;) Thank you!!


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