Some Girls Bite
|Series||Chicagoland Vampires #1|
|Tags||shapeshifters, urban fantasy, vampires, witches|
They killed me. They healed me. They changed me.
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world - and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker ... and this one decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.
Turns out my savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now I've traded sweating over my 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 my gratitude - and servitude. Right ...
But my burgeoning powers (all of a sudden, I'm surprisingly handy with some serious weaponry), an inconvenient sunlight allergy, and Ethan's attitude are the least of my concerns. Someone's still out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches?
My initiation into Chicago's nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war-and there will be blood ...
Review & Comments
I passed over this book several times before I picked it up because, based on the description, I thought it was a typical 'whoops-I-was-turned-into-a-vampire' romp where the heroine has to 'adjust' to luxury and glamour and the love of an incredibly powerful, incredibly hot vampire.
Instead we get Merit, a perfectly normal person whose entire life is ruined by the vampire who saved her - and to whom she now owes fealty. Merit doesn't want to be a vampire, not for any sticky moral reasons but because she was almost done with her dissertation, damnit. And now all of that is gone - and yeah, she's a little angry about that.
And yes, there's an incredibly powerful, incredibly hot vampire involved. She hates his guts for turning her while he finds her vaguely distasteful.
My favorite thing about this book, though, is the skillful way that the author manages to convey the very real (or at least presumably realistic) way that the change in her life affects Merit - walking the fine edge of whiny neuroses without ever making her a whiny pain to read. The action and angst were perfectly balanced so that I felt Merit's grief over losing her life without ever wishing that she would just get on with it already.
On the downside, I did find the ending a little weak at first. The action in this first book focuses more on Merit than on the mystery going on around her and sets up a truly interesting overarching plot for the series as a whole. This is understandable, but not as satisfying as it could have been.
But that minor weakness is easily solved by immediately starting the second book ...