Ed. note: Just a reminder that we’ll be discussing this novel — the December group read — over at The Spinecracker tomorrow, Jan. 2. Join us to talk Merit, vampires and Ethan/Morgan/Catcher.
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Merit has a chance to reinvent herself, and that would be great if she’d had a choice in the matter.
She’s fought her entire life to remain independent, to avoid being used as a political pawn. She’s one of the Chicago Merits. Her father is wealthy, powerful, buddies with the mayor and overall far more concern with collecting capitol and clout than the happiness of his youngest daughter. Her desire to spend her days in grad school working on a lit dissertation make her the scourge of the family. She doesn’t bother with the money, and lives her own life as apart from that realm as possible.
Until she’s attacked on campus by a vampire. Another swoops in and changes her. He saved her life, but she had never wanted to be a vampire. She was supposed to get to choose. That’s what they said when they’ve come out of the figurative coffin. Now she has seven days to decide if she’s going to swear her allegiance and submit to the Master vampire of one of the vampire Houses. (Think feudal England.)
Ethan is gorgeous, but egotistical and expects full loyalty and subservience from all his vampires. He and Merit clearly have chemistry — which both of them can’t understand and fight as much as possible. She’s already much stronger than many other vampires, and she has the power to resist his pull. Except for the overwhelming attraction.
Chloe Neill has crafted a stable of engaging characters in Some Girls Bite. Merit’s strong-willed, cerebral nature make her easy to root for as a heroine, but we also loved the biting dialogue between her and her best friend and roommate Mallory. Add in a cocky sorcerer named Catcher (one of my favorites in the novel), a seasoned cop grandfather, a sexy alt rock vampire suitor from another House and a young shifter, and you’ve got an ensemble fans of Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series can appreciate.
Merit spends this first Chicagoland Vampires novel coming to terms with being a vampire, developing her new skills, trying to decide if she can swear an oath to Ethan and trying to figure out why she’s attracted to such an asshole.
Some Girls Bite is a fun, often laugh-out-loud funny opener to what’s sure to be a great urban fantasy series. It’s a must for fans for Jeaniene Frost and Kim Harrison. Expect a well thought out world that flows easily, smooth prose, characters to care about and enough sexy boys to make you consider moving to Chicago.