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.
It is always difficult for a writer to impress me with a new twist on the old vampire mythology. Vampires have been done so often (especially lately) that I sometimes find myself waning in my love for them. Thankfully, I have great books like Some Girls Bite to remind me why I adore those little blood-drinkers so much. Neill's worldbuilding, writing style, and unforgettable characters make this a series that I am anxious to keep reading.
In this series, vampires have recently revealed themselves to the world of humans and now are dealing with the reactions of that revelation. The main character is Merit, a graduate student who is unwillingly turned into a vampire in order to save her life. The book is told from her point of view so readers learn about the world of vampires as she grows in experience. What makes Merit's transformation different from others is that she is aware of the existence of vampires, but, despite this, she realizes she has a lot to learn about vampires and vampire society.
Merit is an interesting, urban fantasy heroine. There really isn't anything special about her life until she is transformed. She then gains all the perks of being a vampire as well as the eventual realization that there is something intriguing about even amongst other vampires. As a character, Merit is fairly tough and deals with her unfortunate situation pretty well. She did get a little whiny about being changed, but I can handle that early on. I liked the fact that she was not perfect and showed some definite areas where she needed to grow throughout the series.
There are many characters that Merit meets along the way in this first installment. I enjoyed how these people were introduced in a way that grabbed your attention and still had you wanting to know more about them. Ethan Sullivan, head of Cadogan House and Merit's sire, comes off as an alpha jerk, but shows signs of vulnerabilities by the end. He reminded me of Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice with his unwilling attraction to Merit and his overbearing personality. There is some definite sexual tension between Ethan and Merit and I am eager to see it progress farther. Some of my other favorite side characters were Mallory, the best friend and budding sorceress, Catcher, Mallory's love interest and Merit's personal trainer, and Morgan, the second in command of the rival Navarre House who had an obvious crush on Merit.
The worldbuilding was fascinating and worked well for a first book in a series. I still have many questions about the supernatural world, but I strongly believe these answers are coming soon. Neill's vampire mythology is not extremely original until you get to the House system and its almost feudal society. This is an intriguing tidbit that I can see will cause alot of friction throughout the series.
All in all, this was an enjoyable read that definitely got me interested. I really like Chloe Neill's writing style and the way that she depicted Merit and her side characters. Can't wait to check out Friday Night Bites!!
"He's twenty-nine. And what did you think he was going to look like?"
She shrugged, "You know-old. Grizzled. Long white beard. Scruffy robes. Loveable, smart, a little absent minded."
I bit back a grin, " I said 'sorcerer,' not 'Dumbledore.' So he's hot. It could be worse."
1. Some Girls Bite
2. Friday Night Bites
3. Twice Bitten
4. Hard Bitten
5. Drink Deep
6. Biting Cold (To Be Released 2012)
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