Title: Some Girls Bite
Author: Chloe Neill
Publisher: New American Library
Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library
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.
The novel takes place over a two week span of time. Merit is attacked while on campus one evening and wakes up different. At first she thinks her grubby, comfortable grad school clothes have been swapped for a mani-pedi and designer clothes. It doesn’t take long for her new situation to be explained to her.
Most of the novel has Merit coming to terms with a feudal style vampire system of honor versus her independent, modern woman lifestyle. She’s headstrong and makes some blunders because she doesn’t read the all important vampire canon given to all newly turned vampires. Vampires have been out in the open for a short time but none of the other supernatural beings are which gives Merit a lot to catch up on.
In addition to Ethan Sullivan, the vampire who makes her blood boil and leaves her googly-eyed, the cast of characters includes Merit’s family (parents and grandfather), her roommate (Mallory), a handsome vampire (Morgan) from another house and some other supernatural characters I can’t say anything more about because I don’t want to give any spoilers.
I rather liked Merit. She’s one of the few characters I’ve come across who has a sense of who she is. Sure, she’s been thrust into a situation not of her choosing, but it’s a lot better than being dead.
Neill creates characters who come to life. Merit and Mallory have the banter of longtime friends. The attitude of Merit’s father fits a man who wants to hoard money and power. It’s a marked contrast to her grandfather. It’s all convincing. Because of that, I’m able to overlook the Corgi misspelling I found.
This took me a day to read and I’m already looking forward to the next in the series. There are lots of plots hinted at in the first novel which will take several books to play out. The sixth novel in the Chicagoland Vampires series was released last month and the seventh is scheduled to come out in August 2013.