Title: Some Girls Bite
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Paranormal fantasy, Vampires
Publisher: New American Library
5th sentence, 74th page: And it scared me that my normally chatty roommate was avoiding the discussion.
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 got only 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 dissertation for learning to fit in at a Kenwood 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.
I read this book in one night, which is always a great sign of its ability to hold my attention and fascination. This story has a good, easy pace with just the right amount of intrigue within the story. It is also based around a university student who is working towards her postgrad – the realm of study and no money one that I am all too familiar with.
I love that this isn’t a sappy teenage vampire fantasy. I have steered clear of any and all vampire stories since the Twilight saga, so it was really refreshing to read one such tale that doesn’t ridiculously idolise vampirism. Although vampirism isn’t as dark in this book (or series) as some of the other fantasy books that I delve into.
Merit’s inability to conform to social conventions made her one of my favourite protagonists. She is forced into a new scenario (and she is a little whiny to begin with), but no matter what happens, she chooses to do it in her own way. Her independence and willingness to forge her own path in a life that she never chose made me admire her characterisation.