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Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill ~ Book Review

Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill ~ Book ReviewAuthor: Chloe Neill
Title: Friday Night Bites
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #2
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 352
Release Date: October 6th 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
The story of a young heiress's initiation into the dark society of the Chicagoland Vampires continues...Ten months after vampires revealed their existence to the mortals of Chicago, they're enjoying a celebrity status usually reserved for the Hollywood elite. But should people learn about the Raves--mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle--the citizens will start sharpening their stakes.So now it's up to the new vampire Merit to reconnect with her upper class family and act as liaison between humans and bloodsuckers, and keep the more unsavory aspects of the vampire lifestyle out of the media. But someone doesn't want peace between them--someone with an ancient grudge...
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Some Girls Bite, The Veil, Twice Bitten
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Friday Night Bites is the second book in the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill.

The book starts with sufficient backstory to jump into the series without reading the first book, Some Girls Bite. I like this series because it has a different take on vampires. On the other hand, I am unsure about continuing this series because this book was slow getting to the point. The stakes are too low for the characters.

Yes, the raves they needed to investigate were a threat to human-vampire relations, but it didn’t affect the main characters personally. There was also the need to investigate a potentially damaging press article. Again, there wasn’t much at stake for the main characters. In chapter nine, I finally got interested in the story because Nick threatens Merit. At that point, it became personal, and I cared about what was going on.

There’s a lot of talking and not a lot of action in this book, until you get to the very end. I kept thinking, what’s the point of carrying a sword or a dagger if you aren’t going to use it? That’s not to say that there wasn’t any conflict. Some of the best moments of conflict were when Merit had to see her father. Also, Nick brought conflict to the story.

Another negative about Friday Night Bites is that there is still a strange incongruity between Merit and Mallory’s age and their mannerisms and speech. They seem much younger than twenty-eight years old. As I mentioned when reviewing Some Girls Bite, it feels like the book was originally written for teens and then later Merit and Mallory’s age was changed.

A good example of this appears on page 209: “Do you think Judy Blume made a book about adolescent vampires? Are you There God, It’s Me, Merit?” I was like, what?!?! Merit isn’t an adolescent! So, how is this comment that Mallory makes even relevant or funny? Merit was twenty-seven when she became a vampire. That’s nowhere near adolescence.

While I am unsure if I want to continue the series, I will admit that the end of the book had a good surprise and a little cliffhanger that tempted me to read the next book.

I know a lot of people love the Chicagoland Vampires series. If you haven’t read it, you should give it a try. You may not have the same complaints that I have about the books. At the very least, it is worth reading for the sexual tension between Ethan and Merit. Also, I did enjoy Merit’s unique situation as a vampire, not being able to merge her humanity with the vampire inside her.

About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil’s Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she’s not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

(bio from Goodreads)


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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