Review: Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #1)
April 7 2009
Kick Ass Chick – Merit
“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.”
Are you team Ethan, team Morgan or team Catcher? I’ve come across this question many times while perusing reading group discussions. I never really understood the question’s implications because I had not read the ‘Chicagoland Vampires’ series by Chloe Neill. But just from that query alone, I came to the conclusion that this Merit chick seemed to be a little busy with a threesome of boys bidding for her attention. After finally having read the first book in the series, I now understand that my assumption about Merit and her extra-curricular activities was wrong. And I totally get why there is so much debate about the men in this series.
“Some Girls Bite” is a wonderful start to Chloe’s supernatural series. Although the series focuses on the recently outed vampire population of Chicago, you still meet some shifters and sorcerers. The story is told from Merit’s point of view (no last name since, unless you are a Master, vampires give up their last name upon their turning). Merit is a wonderful character. She’s smart, witty and sassy. Ethan, her Master vampire, is captivating. He’s over 400 years old, and it shows in his mannerisms. You really want to like him, but then he says something to Merit that makes you smack your forehead with the heel of your hand – and makes you want to smack Ethan’s forehead the same way, only harder. And instead of using the heel of your hand, you want to use a rolling pin (because everyone has one of those handy while they’re reading, right?!…). There is no denying the heat brewing between Merit and Ethan! Their chemistry is undeniable, even when you think there might just be another vampire who is better suited for her.
Enter the supporting cast. The secondary characters in this series are superb! Morgan (the aforementioned vampire) is yummy and funny. Catcher (a sorcerer) is just delicious. Jeff (a shifter) is a hoot. And Mallory (Merit’s roommate, best friend and newly discovered sorceress) is awesome. Her interactions with Merit and their dialogue together is so well written, you feel as though you’ve grown up with these two. Mallory’s humor is infectious and her relationship with Catcher is just right – they make a fantastic couple.
The story is strong, the world building is very smooth and not at all cumbersome and the ending leaves you open to endless possibilities. I now know and completely understand why so many of my bloggy friends are so invested in this series.
Now, to answer the question of whose ‘team’ I’m on… Firstly, after asking a few people I now understand that the teams do not consist of who you think Merit should end up with but of whom you think is the yummiest male character in the series. After reading “Some Girls Bite”, I’ll tell you this: Morgan is great, Ethan is intriguing, but it’s Catcher that drew me in the most. He is funny, sexy and yummy. So it looks like I’m on team Catcher…for now. I’ll re-evaluate after I finish “Friday Night Bites”, the second book in the ‘Chicagoland Vampires’ series.
Giggle worthy quotes
“’Asking about someone’s animal is the shifter equivalent of pulling a ruler and asking a guy to whip it out,’ Catcher said.
And down went my toast into my trachea.”
“’Now that we’re done the tea party,’ Luc said, pushing back the notepad and settling into his chair, ‘it’s time for out annual review of Rules You Disrespectful Bastards Never Follow.’”