Book Review

by Chloe Neill

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

RT Rating

There's a new talent in town, and if this debut is any indication, she's here to stay! Not only does Neill introduce an indomitable and funny heroine, her secondary characters are enormously intriguing and make terrific foils. While the tone of this first-person Chicagoland Vampire series starter is generally light, there is an undercurrent of danger. Truly excellent!

Grad student Merit's life shifts radically when she's attacked. A vampire rips at her throat, but she's saved and turned by master vampire Ethan Sullivan
of the Cadogan house. Chicago vampires have only recently announced their existence, and the populace is still adjusting. Not thrilled that she had no say in her turning, Merit is certainly not one to bow and scrape, which explains why she inadvertently challenges Ethan. A mystery vampire killing girls spells big trouble for the vampire world. Then Merit receives a death threat. (NAL, Apr., 352 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: NAL

Published: April 2009

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Some Girls Bite

Submitted by Robin in PA on September 3, 2014 - 8:41pm.

Merit is a grad student whose life as just changed drastically. While walking across campus, Merit's throat is ripped out by a rogue vampire. Fortunately, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan is there to scare off her attacker and save her by turning her into a vampire. Now she is expected to pledge allegiance to Ethan and the vampires of Cadogan House, something she is hesitant to do since she didn't volunteer to become a vamp. Merit may hate Ethan for turning her without permission, but that doesn't stop her from lusting after him too. She also has to help him discover which vampire is attacking women on campus and leaving them for dead.

This is a wonderful beginning to a new series. The book takes place shortly after Vampires have come out to the public. Merit is a strong woman who has to learn a new way of life. The story is told in first-person, so the reader learns the new rules right along with her. I love Merit's snarky attitude, but it sometimes gets her in trouble.

Merit is lucky that she has friends to help her through this change in her life. Her roommate, Mallory, has an interest in the occult and gives Merit some tips. Mallory also discovers that she has some strong magic powers. Merit's grandfather is a cop who runs a special branch of the police force dealing with vampires, faeries, and other supernaturals. He employs a shape-shifter and a sorcerer who help Merit learn self-defense skills and keep her apprised of vampire politics. Ethan is still an enigma to me. He is a 400 year old vampire with some old world views. And, he is certainly attracted to Merit, even if he doesn't want to be. Overall, I loved the characters and the world building and can't wait to dive into the next one. My rating: 5 Stars.