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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Review: Chicagoland Vampire 1 - Some Girl Bite by Chloe Neill


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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.

I bought the book the moment I read the back cover, it was one of those afternoon after work where I just decided that I'll surf Borders again and see if I will find something interesting that has not given that much attention that it deserve. I love the underdogs I look for new authors and titles that are not on the mainstream yet. I love recommending books to friends and my book clubs. At parties, I know I sometimes sound like a I am getting paid to talk about it (I wish!), but who cares, if someone asks me what's good? I answer. Then they recommend it to their friends then their friend's friend and so on... I mean yeah I know a lot of poeple do that, but you know just hearing that they loved it and that their friend love it too and I recommended it is such a nice feeling. (dork much? yes)

Sorry for the little segue, let's get back to the book. As I was saying I am in the constant look out for books that are not given much attention, and this is one of them. Merit's Chicagoland Vampires did their "world revelation" thing too. I groaned when I read that part, was this a wanna be Southern Vampire Mysteries? In a way yes but I did not snicker, snort or think that this was ridiculous. Nope. Chicagoland Vampires are freakin interesting.

Merit (our protagonist) was turned into a vampire without her consent by Ethan Sullivan- Number one love interest, our main vampire and Head of House of Cadogan. Yes, I said house, the vampires in this book belongs in a house kind of like a fraternity / organization that you swore fealty and give your loyalty.
In Chicago there are three of them. (twelve total in U.S alone) The Navarre, Cadogan and Grey.
At the beginning Merit seems to be the stereotype. Whiny, stubborn and inlove with her maker.
But when she challenged her Leige (maker) into a sparring match that showed that she can potentially kick some ass, my initial impression about her changed.
Merit was reluctant to join the house at first. There was that usual newly "turned" drama -she can never go out in the sun anymore, she will have to drink blood, she never going to finish her masters now since the University does not accept vampires, she will never beome a teacher that will teach Tristan &; Isolde, King Arthur, etc.,  not to mention she was one stubborn character too. It wasn't annoying, it actually turned out to be her best trait. But towards the end she finally agreed.

She violates most rules in their "Vampire Canon" - a fancy word for rule book, this bowing down to Ethan was the most appaling thing and I was very impressed by controlling her sexual urges towards him.
The Commendation and the position given to her wasn't a shock, it was pretty obvious that she will get a big role. The small role of magic courtsey of Catcher and Mallory, a vampire named Morgan from the Navarre house, jealous vampire bitches, introduction of a few other supe characters and their hunt for the vampire(s) that killed innocent brunnette almost got Merit killed was more than enough to place this book on the shelf of series that I am religiously following. Highly recommended if you are a fan of anything vampires and heroine who rocks.

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1. Obviously the issues of social status and class are used in this story, do you feel Merit is above the simplistic ideology in this book, or is she the typical character: shuns away from the idea of being better than others but loves her status, in both the vampire and human worlds?

  • Yes a lot of families have their game face on and it's either strictly political or just downright insane that one mistake and they shun you out of protecting the family reputaion. In Merit family that is clearly happening. I don't see that she think's herself better than the other but it is she just being stubborn or will she eventually play their game? - Now that she's vampire and all, and given a high postion in her house.
2. What motivations do you believe pushed Amber to behave the way she did? Her cattiness seemed rather shallow, but could it only be cattiness that had her acting the way she did in the end?

  • I think she was downright insecure and selfish and the typical stupid. She look teritorrial and hostile towards Merit but I was really surprise that she would have participated in the plot of killing Ethan.
    That was kind of fuzzy, maybe Celina had big bad powers that resulted to this unanswered confusion?
3. Do you see a House of her own in Merit's future?

  • No doubt. Yes, she does possess the making of a good leader.
4. Which vamp are you hoping Merit ends up with?
  • I am all about team Ethan. *wink*


Faye said...

I'll check this series out. The cover makes me curious...

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Moonsanity said...

I read a little excerpt and I've wanted to pick this up since then. Now I HAVE to get it after reading your review. Thanks!

Caitlin said...

I just finished Friday Night Bites. I stayed up way too late reading it! I'm paying for it now, but it was so worth it. I think this is going to be one of my fave series!

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