27 May 2013

Blast from the Past Review: Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) Chloe Neill

Blast from the past reviews...
What they say: 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.
What I say: For all my love of vampire books I have not read any of the Chicagoland series, until now! BIG mistake on my part!! Some Girls Bite takes the fairly unheard of prospect in fantasy books - that of the heroine being a reluctant vampire. The recently fanged (her words not mine), Merit did not chose to become a vampire and as such she's not particularly happy about her life change.
We often read books where the heroine meets a hot guy and blindly follows him into vampirism - This is most definitely not the case here! The book starts after Merit has been turned and follows her struggle to accept her new life and understand (and ignore) the new rules she faces. Merit is my kind of heroine because she doesn't simply accept the vampire hierarchy and system she's forced into, she instead challenges the leaders and mourns her old life.
There's an instant connection between Merit and the Master vampire Ethan 'Darth' Sullivan, which she refuses to give in to (see vampire code book on servicing your Lord). Ethan expects gratitude and obedience from his vampires and finds Merit's attitude frustrating and strange. Ethan may be HOT but he's also egotistical and infuriating (I wanted to thump him when I read the consort scene)!
I also liked how Ethan isn't instantly Merit's only love interest - there's Morgan (a vampire from a rival house) amongst others! It's good to see a girl have options!
The vampires have 'come out' to the world (think how the Sookie Stackhouse books do the same thing) although humans are unaware of other sups (supernaturals), including Jeff the shifter and Sorcerer Catcher Bell (all I could think of was Currer Bell and Charlotte Bronte). The vampires are on the brink of a war which Merit is about to be pulled into!
Also Merit's retired Gramps is not as retired as she imagined, and don't get me started on her horrible father! I loved Mallory, Merit's best friend, who fulfilled the bestie requirement of providing some great one liners!
I can already tell I'm going to be hooked on this series, I just hope Merit stays as sassy as she is in Some Girls Bite and remembers Ethan's hurtful actions. I really don't want her to become to too dependent and go all Bella Swan on us!

4 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • "And you're not going to tell Darth Sullivan you reject his fascist assumption of authority?"
  • "FYI, your eyes are silver. I'll just add 'horny' to the list of reasons that happens."
  • "Asking about someone's animal is the shifter equivalent of pulling a ruler and asking a guy to whip it out."
  • His gaze intensified, his irises now a deeper green-like cold, dark seawater. "I want the other Houses to know that you're mine."

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