Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Review: "Some Girls Bite" by Chloe Neill

Title: Some Girls Bite

Author: Chloe Neill

Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Series: 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
Overall Review: GOOD BAD UGLY
I love adult urban fantasy series's that have a heroine who is around my age, late 20's to early 30's. Often times I feel like some books are written for women in their late forties and who have been unhappily married for years and has kids. Since none of that applies to me yet, I have only been married four years all of which have been relatively happy, I find it difficult to enjoy those types of books. I think this is partly the reason I revert back to YA fiction. That being said, when I find a protagonist like Merit, with whom I can relate, I am ecstatic. She is a single, twenty six year old graduate student, turned vampire. She lives with her best friend and has a pretty much non-existent social life....all things I could relate to until about six years ago when I met my hubby. Merit is a great character, full of spunk and quips. We are drawn to her plight and enjoy the intense sexual tension between she and Ethan. Ethan....hmmmm! Unfortunately, he is a fairly unoriginal character. Long hair, green eyes, egotistical, vamp. However, readers will be struggle between their desire for he and Merit to get together, and their severe dislike of the guy. He does some pretty crappy things, but hey, he is the 400 year old walking undead, not Edward Cullen, so really we shouldn't be surprised by his jerkish ways. Character problems aside, the milieu created by Neill IS original and very interesting. The series is set in a world where vampire existence is no longer a secret. And every vamp belongs to a certain House (a little like a fraternity) This the social structure of the houses is inventive, but also realistic. I enjoyed the action sequences, Merit is a real badass. Yeah Girl Power! Fans of Faythe Sanders (The Shifters series by Rachel Vincent) and Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead) will love Merit! I recommend this book for adults and older teens. I cannot wait to read the next two books in this series.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! Fellow GA Girl here :o)
    Found ya on the book blog



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