Friday Night Bites
|Series||Chicagoland Vampires #2|
|Tags||shapeshifters, urban fantasy, vampires, witches|
Vamps in Chicago!
You'd think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against us bloodsucking fiends. Instead, ten months later, we're enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite - fending off paparazzi only slightly less dangerous than cross and stake-wielding slayers. Don't get me wrong, Joe Public isn't exactly thrilled to be living side-by-side with the undead, but at least they haven't stormed the castle yet.
But all that will change once they learn about the Raves - mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly. Most civilized vampires frown on this behavior, putting mere mortals at ease with their policy of asking a person's consent before taking a big gulp of the red stuff. However, that doesn't make good copy for a first time reporter looking to impress his high society family.
So now my "master," the centuries old, yet gorgeously well-preserved Ethan Sullivan, wants me to reconnect with my own upper class family and act as liaison between humans and vampires - and keep the more unsavory aspects of our existence out of the media. But someone doesn't want people and vamps to play nicey-nice - someone with an ancient grudge.
Review & Comments
In the second installment in the Chicagoland Vampires, Merit loses some of her newbie deer-in-the-headlights appeal ... but not very much of it. She may be coming to terms with her situation as a vampire, but she's becoming more and more aware that she hasn't come to terms with herself as a vampire. Or, in fact, with herself at all.
As in the first book, this could be a recipe for whiny and annoying. As in the first book, it's not. The author walks that edge with panache.
That small loss of the old Merit is more than made up for by an escalation in her personal relationships - romantic, friendly, and familial - and by an action plot that starts immediately and coheres through the entire book.
(And just to be absolutely clear, her romantic relationships heat up a lot in this book. Love the tension!)
The overarching story doesn't quite come together yet - or rather, you think it has and think that it may be a little weak - until some intruiguing hints in the last pages.
But I have to admit that I'd love this series even if it involved the characters hosting weekly Bingo, because the characters and their interactions are just so good. (And anyway Bingo has plenty of chances for tense politics and bloodshed.)