Title: Some Girls Bite
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires, #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: NAL (Imprint of Penguin)
Date Published: April 7th, 2009
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 takes place in a world sort of like Sookie or Anita Blake, where the humans know about vampires and they live alongside them. The only difference is that vampires coming out of the closet has just happened very recently so it’s still very new and at this point the world (and Chicago specifically) is sort of dealing with the aftermath of that revelation.
Meanwhile Merit has been turned into a vampire as a means of saving her life after she was attacked and nearly killed by a rogue vampire. As a new vampire, her life is about to change in many ways, and Some Girls Bite revolves a lot around her working through these changes. This book also has a lot of world building, character introductions, and potential love interests. None of this is a bad thing, but the small plot we did get was sort of pushed into the background because of all that. This is pretty typical of a lot of first-in-series books though so I wasn’t too disappointed by that.
Merit is a sarcastic, witty, and strong-willed twenty-seven year old — my kind of lady. She’s got a really good balance between wanting to stand on her own, and being able to ask for help when it’s warranted. I loved that about her. Sometimes strong-willed heroine can equal annoyingly too-good-for-anyone heroine and Merit is definitely not that. I really, really liked her. She could potentially make it to my favorite heroine’s list very quickly.
The one thing I’m not sure how to feel about at this point is that there is clearly going to be a love triangle going on. I’m sort of used to them at this point given that I read a lot of YA, but they’re not as prominent in adult novels (although still there here and there). I’m not sure how I feel about this. We’ll see where it goes though.
Overall this was a really fun read and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I laughed out loud many times, I love Merit, and I really liked the world and secondary characters as well. I can already tell that this series is going to be a lot of fun to dive into.
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