Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

October 9th, 2015 Kimberly Review 62 Comments

9th Oct
Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
Some Girls Bite
by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #1
Published by: Tantor
Narrator: Cynthia Holloway
Length: 11 hours and 11 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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 that 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

After reading and enjoying the Veil, I decided it was time to begin the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. Some Girls Bite is first in the series and I chose audio with Cynthia Holloway as the narrator. Some Girls Bite was a solid start to the series. Light, action-packed and filled with humor.

Set in Chicago, we meet college student Merit as a rogue vampire is attacking her. Seconds later Ethan Sullivan, Master of the Cadogan House of Vampires, saves her. In Neill’s world, vampires have announced their existence to the world.

Merit is a hoot. She is clearly unhappy about the change but does not complain, instead she shares her opinion with sarcastic one-liners and a cocky attitude. From the start, it is clear Merit is unique and will evolve into one badass vampire. She is smart, an awkward dresser and independent making her well-rounded. One of the things I enjoyed most about Some Girls Bite was that the author took us through all the awkward steps of her transition, from her first taste of blood to accepting the radical change her life has undergone.

A little haters’ relationship begins between Merit and Master Ethan and it is laced with sexual tension. Ethan secretes sexiness but also remains a mystery. I loved their back and forth conversations, and wicked, edgy banter. Neill just teases us with it as we see no real development but she has me hoping!

Secondary characters round out the story. Mallory is Merit’s best friend and totally supports her. I enjoyed Mallory, a girl needs a friend who has her six. Catcher is swoon-worthy but seems to have eyes only for Mallory. We spend some time with Merit’s Grandpa the Ombudsman. I love how supportive he is of Merit. He even has her friends over for dinner. Jeff is a computer nerd and shifter and is so freaking adorable I want to keep him. We also meet Merit’s father, Joshua and I am very curious about what role he will have as we progress in the series. Other vamps and characters added interest and have me curious.

The world is simplistic and I quickly became caught up in Some Girls Bite. I thought Holloway did a great job as narrator even with the male voices. Neill has taken a different approach with the supernatural creatures which was refreshing. While a lot happens, the story was not rushed and we get a strong sense of the world. Neill delivered plenty of action but also gave the tale an adventurous tone laced with humor that kept things light. I am looking forward to grabbing the next audio.

Quotes

“Asking someone’s animal is the shifter equivalent of pulling a ruler and asking a guy to whip it out.”

“even if you can’t be what you want, making the most of what you can be isn’t a bad second choice.”

“As we left the kitchen, I asked, “Can I hold your sword today?”
Catcher glanced back over his shoulder and lifted a brow.
“The sword,” I corrected. “The sword.”
We’ll see.”

“You have to call Darth Sullivan your ‘Liege’?”
I grinned. “Only if I expect him to answer.”

You can listen to a sample here: Some Girls Bite Audible Sample

About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil’s Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she’s not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

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62 Responses to “Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill”

  1. Melliane

    I heard so many great things about this author but I haven’t tried this series yet and well I have the 3 first books for years in French but I know I need to do it one day.

  2. Silvia

    I’ve always been curious about this series and action-packed / filled with humor are a couple of elements that I truly enjoy in my reads, so I guess I’ll have no choice but to try the book myself 😉

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  3. Kristin

    I read started this series when I needed a simple world (I was knee deep in Hollows drama). I love this series and I need to get back to it. THANK YOU for reminding me how much I miss Merit’s snark!!! I think you’ll like the direction the series takes next. Oh, there’s some romance coming…. 😉

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  4. Jenny

    YAY! I so love this series Kim, I’m glad your giving it a try. The antagonistic relationship between Merit and Ethan just makes me happy:) Glad you enjoyed it overall and I can’t wait to see what you think of book 2!

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  5. Bookworm Brandee

    I can’t tell you how long I’ve had this book on my shelf, Kimberly. Maybe I’ll pick it up this month… I love your description of Merit – an awkward dresser…*ha* I think I might identify with her. 😉 And I’m eager to see this fresh take on supernatural creatures. I’m glad you enjoyed your intro to Chicagoland. 😀

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  6. Judith

    This has been a great series in audio format. My biggest complaint? Not knowing the spellings of certain names/places for the review. I do want to warn you not to completely fall in love with Cynthia Halloway’s narration, because in book 6 it switches to Sophie Eastlake. She does a great job, but it took a book or two to relearn all the characters voices.

  7. Ramona

    Lot of people seem to love this series and I’ve been thinking about giving it a try too. The dialogue sounds snappy and flows beautifully – always a good sign! Have a great weekend 🙂

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  8. Kay

    I am glad you enjoyed Some Girls Bite. I am getting ready to start book 4! So far the first one is my least favorite. I still enjoyed it a lot but it was definitely and introductory type book into the series. Merit is a hoot and I like to keep reading about her. I am also a fan of Ethan. 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

      There are quite a few of them…it will take me all year..LOL As for NOS4A2 i could have it on kindle…I didn’t even think of that

  9. Christy

    I need to reread this. It’s been too long and I can’t remember a lot of it, but I want to continue the series. Glad you liked it. Maybe I’ll just switch to audio. I noticed it switches narrators part way into the series, though. I wonder how that goes.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      No worries..It is Sunday and I am only now replying, although I visited everyone yesterday. I haven’t even commented on SP today..but I am not feeling myself.

  10. Mary Kirkland

    I’ve heard so many good things about this series. I don’t know why I haven’t started reading it yet. Going to have to do something about that because these books sound like a series I would like. Thanks for the review.

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  11. Olivia

    Those quotes sound pretty cool to me! I have yet to read The Veil but it is on my TBR and I am going to. I am glad you liked this book and hope the series only gets better from here! I like the sound of it going through all the motions of her vampiric transition as well as the main character being so sarcastic and funny. I like the sound of her already!