REVIEW: Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

Title: Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1)
Author: Chloe Neill
Format: paperback, 341 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: library
Published: April 2009 by NAL Trade

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.

Why I Read this Book: I saw all kinds of conflicting reactions to the 4th book in this series (Hard Bitten) that I decided to start reading this series myself to see what all the hoopla was about.

What I Liked: As the first book in the series, Some Girls Bite sets the foundation for the series. I was pulled into the world of these Chicago vampires.

The secondary characters were fun to read. Carter’s smart, good looking but then became unavailable. Ethan seemed likeable at first but now I’m not so sure anymore. I think he’s hiding something. But I love the romantic tension between him and Merit. Morgan seems like a good guy but he too seems like he could be hiding something. Not exactly trustworthy prospects but they both have my attention. Jeff is hot and I definitely want to get to know more of his character. I love how he flirts with Merit so blatantly. We don’t learn much about him in this book but I hope he gets more page time in upcoming books. And I loved Mallory, Merit’s BFF. She’s a loyal and fun friend.

What I Didn’t Like: I discovered I have a new reading pet peeve: I absolutely hate it when a character agrees to a favor without setting any stipulations in place. It’s like walking into a snake pit blind folded. It’s stupid and you know there’s going to be one helluva price to pay for that agreement. And Merit did just that. Angry smile

I like strong, kick-ass heroines and unfortunately Merit doesn’t fit the bill for me. She’s training and learning but I’m not getting the ‘tough chick’ vibe from her. It weakened the story for me a bit. She’s tough vocally but I need a little more. Maybe she’ll toughen up in the next book.

Why don’t we know Merit’s first name? Why does she go by her last name, a name that she doesn’t like being affiliated with because she despises her father? It made no sense and I wasn’t given a reason to it. Ms. Neill, you have some s’plaining to do (says me in my Ricky Ricardo voice).

Overall Impression: Even with its faults, Some Girls Bite was a good read. It set the stage for the series and got me interested in Ethan and Merit. And although Merit isn’t my favorite heroine, it was still a fun read. 


The Book Vixen’s Rating:

3 Frogs

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  1. Glad you liked it! Haven't read the first book in awhile, so my memory is sketchy at best! But they do get really good and intense! Hope you like the books to come as well!

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    Jessica@a GREAT read

  2. I have this one waiting for my in my TBR pile. It sounds like a good series. Nice review!

  3. I made the library get it *g* And right now it's on my shelf waiting to be read

  4. Paranormal Haven - I'm not in love with the series but it's still good. I rec for UF fans :)

    Blodeuedd - That's awesome!

  5. I thought you've read this already?
    Only 3 huh? I swear you are going to love it as the series progress. The latest book was heartbreaking. get crackin on it. lol

    Miss you <3
    let's go to another book signing soon. hehe

  6. and OOHHHHH1 you pregger?!!! :)
    Me too, 12 weeks today, baby #2.

  7. Pat - Nope, haven't read this book until now. I've read books 2 and 3 (reviews coming soon). I can't wait to get my hands on the 4th book!!

    You're pregnant too?!!! Congrats!!

  8. Sounds good in spite of the flaws. Perhaps the rest of the series gets better!

  9. It is a good read, and the books get better as the series goes on. Nice review! (By the way, your book pet peeve...good one!)

  10. Julie I agree; the books do get better as the series progresses. Twice Bitten is my fave so far. (Reviews on books 2 and 3 to come soon.)

  11. I love this series and have purchased the 4th one, but have not read it yet because of the afore mentioned hoopla. I'm trying to gear myself up for it. :)

  12. I haven't started this series yet but I got the first two books last week so I'll hopefully get to them soon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    Tasha @ A Trillian Books xoxo

  13. Jennifer - OMG, I don't know how you have the 4th book in your possession and have the will power to not read it yet! I don't have a copy yet but as soon as I do, I'm reading that sucker! I need to know what all the hoopla is about. LOL

  14. I want to give this series a try. I love vampires!


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