Title: Some Girls Bite Series: Chicagoland Vampires #1
Release Date: April 7, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Also by this author: Friday Night Bites, The Veil, Twice Bitten
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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.