by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #1
Narrator: Cynthia Holloway
Length: 11 hours and 11 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.
“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.”
“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
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!
Thanks Olivia, I am happy I added this author to my reading list 🙂
I really enjoyed this series in the early days then I have ‘meh’ feelings about the middle but I think it’s coming back around for me. I never could get into the audios though.
Good to know it comes back around. I did hear that it switches narrators as well.
Tyler H Jolley
Those quotes are awesome! lol, thanks for sharing those. 🙂
LOL, it showcase the books tone 🙂
Sharon - Obsession with Books
This is a series that gets better and better but at one point (I can’t remember the book #) I was put off and haven’t managed to catch up, hopefully soon.
A great review! Sharon – Obsession with Books
Ooo no, well at least I know to look out for it 🙂
I bought this book about a year ago I think, and just haven’t read it yet. Now you have just moved it up the list. Great review!
I am glad. I have the next audio 🙂
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.
Thanks Mary, I hope you try them
I was recommended this series years ago, and still haven’t started it. I’d love to try this one on audio. I’ll have to listen next time I’m in the mood for a vampire read!
aaaand that is why I started them..LOL
I’ve heard about this series but haven’t managed to read it yet, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! The audio sample sounds like the narration would be easy to listen to 🙂
Yes, I found it very easy to listen
thanks Kim, this looks good and I’ve been looking for a new paranormal series to well sink my teeth in 🙂
Sorry I wasn’t around yesterday but had a small family emergency
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.
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.
Friends say the transition was good and by the 2nd audio they were fine.
The Bibliophile Babe
I wound up not finishing this one during a reading slump. Perhaps I’ll have better luck with the audio version! Great review. 🙂
I enjoyed the audio version UF works well on audio
I listened to several books in this series, but I got behind. I should really get caught back up with it. Great review.
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
One of these days I’ll start this series, too. Your description of her transition, the other characters, and the world make it clear I’m missing out.
I have the next audio and look forward to listening.
I read this right after I started blogging for a read along and I enjoyed it. I especially liked Catcher. I have been meaning to continue but never gotten around to it….
#BookAddict problem 🙂
Melissa (Books and Things)
I enjoyed this one on audio as well. I loved your quotes and remember those! LOL
Yay, glad you liked it and yes these were fun quotes
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
I haven’t read this author but this sounds like a great start to a series. Merit sounds great!
I am curious to see how she develops
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. 😉
That often happens with series books, so I never judge solely by book one.
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 🙂
The dialogue was fun Ramona
I had no idea you hadn’t started this series yet Kim! I remember loving it but sadly, I think I stopped at book three or four for some reason. Now I’m waaaay behind! I should pick it up again though!
It was fun, and I picked up the next audio
ahah the quotes, this looks like so much fun. I need
It is such fun!!!
Great cover and I love the title.
I do too Sherry
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.
thanks for warning me. I think I will be ok..if it were the Kate Daniels series I would die.
This is the only other Chloe Neill book I have read and I liked it more than Veil…lol. I have the second one on audio but just not gotten around to it.
I liked both..I do have a soft spot for NOLA
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. 😀
Yes…add it Brandee!
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!
I am excited to begin book two
I have the first two books–they’ve been in my TBR pile for ages. I think I really need to read them now.
Yes..dig them out 🙂
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…. 😉
Happy to nudge you 🙂
I loved this series! Chloe Neill takes you on quite a ride and you can really fall in love with the characters. The Ombudsman crew are awesome!
I am excited to read the next..glad you love it Tanya
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 😉
It is fun Silvia.
I can’t remember if I have read this one =-=
That cannot be a good sign.
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.
Bwahaha..you sound like me I have series like that where I own books and haven’t started them #bookaddictproblem