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Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill ~ Book Review

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill ~ Book ReviewAuthor: Chloe Neill
Title: Some Girls Bite
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #1
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 341
Release Date: April 7, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
First in a brand new series about a Chicago graduate student's introduction into a society of vampires. 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.
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Friday Night Bites, The Veil, Twice Bitten
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four-stars

Some Girls Bite is the first book in the Chicagoland Vampires urban fantasy series by Chloe Neill. The story is told from Merit’s first-person point-of-view, detailing her experiences with becoming a vampire, adjusting to vampire society, and her attraction to Ethan, the vampire who turned her. Some Girls Bite¬†also has some mystery regarding a serial killer who is framing the vampire Houses. If Ethan hadn’t intervened, Merit would have been one of the killer’s victims.

I enjoyed reading this story, but I was surprised by the immaturity of the female characters who were supposed to be in their late twenties. They spoke like teenagers. Also, it is said that the wizards like Mallory come into their powers during puberty, as an explanation for why Mallory hadn’t learned about her powers earlier. But, Mallory is way past puberty, so that doesn’t make any sense.

It seems like the book was originally written with Merit and Mallory being teenagers, then their ages were later changed to twenty-seven or twenty-eight. I don’t know if that’s true, but that’s what it seems like, especially since Merit and Mallory never refer to the fierce warriors as men. They always call them “boys,” which I thought was a little ridiculous considering these are big, hot, and sometimes terrifying adult men.

I was also surprised by the lack of action in this urban fantasy story. Merit is supposedly amazing at combat, but there’s only one scene in the entire book where she actually fights someone, and even that scene is played down because she’s fighting Ethan and he pulls his punches.

Despite these complaints, I did like Some Girls Bite. I will continue to read the series. The world is interesting and the characters capture your imagination.

 

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)

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