Friday, October 28, 2011

Book Review: Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #1
Published: April 7th, 2009
Publisher: NAL Trade
341 pages (paperback)
Genre: Paranormal romance/urban fantasy
Acquired this book: From the library
Warning: may include spoilers
Synopsis: 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.

My thoughts on Some Girls Bite:

After reading mostly YA books for the last several months, this book was a nice change. As much as I love YA (and I really do, it’s an addiction), sometimes it’s nice to read about people my own age (literally – Merit was 27, about to turn 28, and so am I).

I’m always happy to find a book where there’s a twist on vampires. The vampire House concept was really neat, and I liked how there was a bit of traditional vampire lore (like aversion to sunlight) mixed in with some new ideas.

The characters in this book are fantastic. I love Merit, Mallory, Catcher, Jeff, Ethan, Morgan, Merit's grandfather - all of them. Merit is full of strength and sass, fearless but with a vulnerable side, and she’s just an overall terrific character. I liked her from the beginning, and just continued to like her more and more as the story went on. We get to watch her grow, change, struggle, and discover her abilities, and because of those things, despite the fact that she's a vampire, she's very relatable.

I loved the friendship between Merit and Mallory. They’re loyal to each other and their personalities compliment each other nicely. They’re definitely two girls I’d like to have as friends! I also loved watching Mallory and Catcher develop a relationship – it was almost instant, despite the fact that Mallory went into it kind of begrudgingly, especially when she learns of her powers.

Ethan and Morgan are both sexy, smooth vampires. Because they’re from rival houses, and Merit is clearly attracted to both of them, I think they’re going to present an interesting (and tense) love triangle as the series continues. I know that just from this first book, I couldn't pick between them!

Overall, Some Girls Bite is a fantastic book. It jumps right in, and has something for everyone – action, romance, suspense, sexual tension, humour, friendship. I can’t wait to read the next book, Friday Night Bites!


  1. love the review. I love to read all genres..just to spice things up...and um I am 45 and like some YA...although I gotta tell ya YA not the teen books I read at that age..haha.

  2. :D WE're the same age and I love YA as well but I agree sometimes you need a good adult book. I really enjoyed the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning I really recommend you read it if you haven't already! I'll have to check this one out it sounds great as well!

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  3. I'm definitely adding this one to the TBR. I totally understand what you mean about the YA thing.

  4. A great review Marie! Chicagoland Vampires is one of my all time fave series - the books only get better and better! I am anxiously awaiting Drink Deep now.

    x Sharon

  5. Awesome review! You highlighted some great things about the book and made me want to read it moreso than I do now. :)


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