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Some Girls Bite: A Chicagoland Vampires Novella

Some Girls Bite: A Chicagoland Vampires Novella

Written by Chloe Neill

Narrated by Cynthia Holloway


Some Girls Bite: A Chicagoland Vampires Novella

Written by Chloe Neill

Narrated by Cynthia Holloway

ratings:
4/5 (85 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Dec 24, 2010
ISBN:
9781400189366
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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.
Publisher:
Released:
Dec 24, 2010
ISBN:
9781400189366
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series, including Dark Debt, Blood Games, and Wild Things. When not transcribing Merit’s adventures, 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 photographer husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

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  • (3/5)
    So I give this a 3.5 I figured out the "villains" early on and don't like Ethan at all. Morgan on the other hand.... if only our star girl would jump on board
  • (3/5)
    3 stars and a half

    I came upon that book while looking for a series similar to Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels and that one was mentioned several times so I decided to give it a go.

    I think the characters are one of the strongest suits of the series. They still need some serious developing, but they started out pretty well. I especially like Merit and Mallory, but also Jeff (how is he only 21?). They're not there yet, though. The author clearly attemps to make them multi-layered and it's working, but there is something missing, I think. It's a really good start, though, and the dialogue, either external or inside Merit's head, made me laugh quite a few times. Snarky comments and replies surely helped me like this book way more than I anticipated.

    Indeed, I found the beginning a bit long, and almost dnf the book a handful of times, as I don't have the patience of keeping up with series I know I won't continue these days, after too many bad books I tried. But you can't say that the world we got a glimpse into doesn't make you at least a bit curious, and that's also what got me going. There isn't that much happening plot-wise, though. Or it might be too diluted with the rest, I don't know. In spite of all of that, it's still only the first book of the series, so I'm hoping what that one was lacking in some serious action will be compensated in the following volumes.

    I can't bring myself to rate this book higher at the moment, but at least it got me intrigued enough to continue. I cannot say if I would recommend it due to all of this, reading will only tell. It wasn't as strong of a start as the first from the Kate Daniels series, but since I got more and more into the KD series with each new book, I'm not willing the abandon Chicagoland Vampires just yet. Who knows? I might fall in love with it after all.

    Edit: after reading the beginning of the second book, I can say with some certitude that I won't be falling in love with the series after all. I gave it up after 2 chapters and a half, tbh.
  • (5/5)
    1st in the Chicagoland Vampire series. Merit is a 27 year old grad student who suddenly finds herself changed into a vampire. There are three houses of vampires that have recently come out to normal society in Chicago. She belongs to the 2nd oldest. She also is very strong or so the book keeps eluding to. The book also reads like a mystery. There are a series of murders that have happened recently that have clues leading back to the vampire houses. Should prove to be an interesting series. But does seem to borrow from a number of other vampire series; different houses, various different supernatural species, vampires "coming out." Good overall she's certainly creating a world of her own.
  • (3/5)
    I'm always curious to see how the new writers take a hold of the myth that are vampires and makes it their own. I'll say this much, some of what this book offers is the usual politics, back stabbing, infighting, etc, that one comes to expect from the eternally undead. Other bits, add more fun. I find it disappointing when the writer can't do just one supernatural in books like this and they HAVE to work all the others into it. Ah well.It was a bit frustrating listening to this book, in that the narrator didn't really change her voice much for the various characters. It all came out pretty much the same. So unless I was following closely, I missed who was speaking at times. This may also have to do with the text itself.And maybe it's me, but the whole romance thing... overdone in vampire novels. At least in this instance, the scene of passion was a part of moving the plot forward. It was an interesting text and I'm curious to check out the second book, if only to see where she goes with the series. But I don't hold high hopes for the series as a whole.
  • (3/5)
    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I'm not a huge fan of the vampire books these days but I still read them (because they are wonderfully prevalent in so many of the stories that I want to read). And I do keep my mind open on them. And this one was pleasant and fun. The main character and her best friend have a terrific relationship and are super sarcastic and funny. I also liked Merit a lot. She reacts the way I think I would react to a lot of situations. Now, I will admit that the whole set up was very familiar and that it worked with a number of vampire tropes that were just a little too unoriginal but I will definitely be picking up the next books in the series. I'm curious and definitely want to know if Merit ends up a Master vampire. And, maybe just a little curious to see if she ends up with Ethan. ;)
  • (5/5)
    What an excellent book 1 of the Chicago vampire series. Well it’s started with a bang, consuming me completely. I couldn’t tear myself away if I’d wanted to. Full of excellent characters that connect with each other wonderfully, they’re interesting and passionate. Friendships have easy strong relationships, the story is unpredictable. I love that I couldn’t guess what was going to happen each step of the way.

    There are different vampire houses throughout the world, with (if I remember correctly 3 in Chicago). One of the vampires from a Chicago house hates humans, loves attention and wants to be THE vampire. This vampire hates humans and has 2 killed, with one failed attempt. All to try to make it look like one of the other hoses did it, wanting to eventually go to war.

    There is much unrest in the supernatural world among different types of creatures.

    I hope that makes sense, I don’t want to give anything away and am hurrying to get to book two.
  • (5/5)
    This is one of the beat badass supernatural book series!
  • (4/5)
    There are certain series or books that become fairly popular to that in most books conversations of the genre they belong to, they get mentioned. One (mostly me) wonders if said book or series is really good as people say, or if it's just hype. Then the cards fall on the table and you end up with a copy in your hands. Then it happens, after reading the book you become obsessed (hook, line and sinker) to the point that you wonder why on earth I didn't started this earlier. That was the process I went through with Some Girls Bite.

    I've heard so much great about this series that I have to try. Thanks author Michelle Scott I got the chance to do it. Now, well, now I’m a believer!

    Merit is a soon to be 28-year-old college student writing her dissertation when she in turned into a vampire. Creatures that have recently come out of the coffin, sort of speak, to live amongst humans. With her life turn completely upside down, Merit must learn to accept her new future and adapt to her new situations. If only she didn't felt so attracted to "Lord O’ the Manor” Sullivan, master vampire who turned her, things would be a little easier.

    Merit spends most of the book at the reluctant vampire who at one point (and then another) acts like a petulant child. It's easy to sympathize with her, simply because she was turned against her will at everyone around expect her to just turn the page and move on. To her whole process she discovers that vampires are only the tip of the iceberg of the supernatural community. Creating, as she goes, relationships with very unlikely allies. This story might focus on vampires, but the universe is by no means limited; and Merit is not the only strong character.

    Although she gains new friends Merit’s thorn remains to be none other than her maker.

    I really loved the story, Merit is a strong female that will not compromise her belief simply because she is expected to act a certain way or because people want to typecast her into a certain role. This is definitively a series that I’ll continue to read.

    For this and more reviews visit my blog: Journey with Words
  • (3/5)
    I decided to give this one a try since the series is finished and I have been reading another series by this writer that is in a different story setting. Merit is a grad student who is attacked by a rogue vampire and saved the final death by being turned by the vampire hunting the rogue. Vampires had just come out in the open but some things are denied to them. Merit is barred from grad school and learn to work in the house system the vampires have. She is also dealing with finding out her retired policeman grandfather isn’t so retired and her father reminds her not to embarrass the family. Lots of worldbuilding in this book and it helps that Merit doesn’t know much about vampires besides the usual so it doesn’t feel like an info dump. A good beginning to the series and I’ll pick them up at some point. I did listen to the audio version instead of reading it and didn’t find myself lost or confused since I had to pick it up and down all the time.
  • (5/5)
    When I started this series I didn't have that much confidence that it was going to be all that people were talking about. Boy, was I wrong! In spite of the only being the series opener, I LOVED it! It had a great plot, the author gave a awesome twist to the vampire world that we are all so used to seeing out there, Merit was absolutelly pure awesomeness and kick ass, not even going to start with Catcher and Mal - cute as hell and sexy too -, the book had amazing dialogues that made me spent half the time that I was reading it with a smile plastered on my face..oh, and the UST between Merit and Ethan was to die for and just made me want to jump right to the second book.
  • (3/5)
    More of a 2, but the writing wasn't bad & the world was interesting. It's also the first of a series & holds out some hope of promise. The new, bad girl on the block was over done & too quickly - an English lit grad student with some dance experience becomes the toughest new vamp in town, able to stand up to those centuries old in days. Not only that, but she saves the day with mere weeks of training with a sword. Please! I don't read this sort of thing for realism, but my suspension of belief was battered to its knees.

    The next book might be better, but I don't know when or if I'll get around to reading it. There isn't enough difference in this world from any of the dozens of others out there.
  • (4/5)
    I didn't think I'd like this book at first, it felt a bit darker than I usually like. My concerns were completely off-base. Fabulous, witty dialogue, great snarky characters and I want Mallory as my friend! I can't wait to read more about these people in future books. The plot line of this one was really solid, even if it sort of took a back seat to the process of Merit accepting being a vampire. I didn't see the end coming and I was surprised by the reveal of the bad guys.

    My only trepidation is the very end of the book - comments that Merit makes that make me think future books might *be* darker and sad. But only one way to find out!
  • (2/5)
    Everyone raves about this one but I just don't get what the fuss is about.

    It was well written but nothing really happened. The first few chapters were interesting and the last couple tried hard to entice me back in but the chapters in between were a bit drawn out and lacked action.

    It obviously has fans out there but I'm afraid it wasn't for me.
  • (4/5)
    I loved this book, in fact I am currently re-reading it because I got it from the library (won't pay the $12.99 the publisher wants for the Kindle version) and know that I won't have it in my library to re-read. I would actually have given this 4 1/2 stars if that were possible. There were a couple of inconsistencies that I noticed when reading it that makes it impossible for me to give it 5 stars but if the stars were based on the story only it would be 5 stars. This book has a bit of everything I enjoy in a good read and on top of it there are numerous references to my beloved Chicago (from someone that knows of what they write). I'm dying to continue with this series & eventually I will probably break down and buy it because it was just that re-readable for me.

    So, if you're up for a lot of vamp, a little magic & just the beginnings of some shifters and fey encompassed in a great fast-paced story that will keep you wanting to read the next in the series then check this book out, you will be very glad you did!
  • (1/5)
    I'm sorry to say that I was very unimpressed with this book.

    I read it on the recommendation of a friend, and it felt like an absolute chore just to bring myself to open it at the page I last read. But my friend told me "stick it out, it gets better!" and it did - probably about 5 pages from the end of the book.

    The characters quite bland and boring. The heroine was trying to be fun (and funny), but ended up being an unlikeable whiner. I felt that we were supposed to sympathise with her, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

    Will probably read the rest of the series at a MUCH later date in the hopes that it improves, but I'm definitely not holding my breath.
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this book and cant wait to read the next to find out what happens next...
  • (4/5)
    Listening to audiobook. I love Cythia Holloway.

    I'm not so sure why it took me so long to start this series. I really enjoy it. I really like Merit and Mallory. Catcher and Jeff are great too. I'm still on the fence for both Ethan and Morgan. It also good to see that Merit is making the change to vampirism with Lindsay to help her. I think that they will become friends and Merit will need a good vampire friend.

    I've already started the second book and purchased the available books in the series. Can't wait to see where this series goes.
  • (2/5)
    Merit is attacked one night, and a vampire saves her life by turning her. Now, instead of writing her dissertation, Merit has to deal with a whole new identity and a whole new set of problems.

    This book should totally satisfy my id. Merit and I are both grad students living in the same neighborhood, with best friends with colored hair and a penchant for Buffy. She becomes the bestest vampire ever, all the boys want her, and all the girls are either her bestest friend or are jealous and evil. Her family is super rich but they don't understaaaaand her. She runs around in a black leather bustier carrying a magical katana, for goodness sake! It really does not get much more obviously focused on wish-fullfillment than this. Perhaps if I were fifteen, I'd have been able to dive straight in. But as it was, I just could not suspend my disbelief. Merit is supposedly super smart and loves English lit, but when she's forced to drop out of UofC (no vamp can attend), she just takes it. She doesn't petition the school, doesn't meet with her advisor, doesn't continue writing her diss...She's introduced to people who lived hundreds of years ago, and is too busy cataloguing their clothes (why do all vampires wear designer labels in all-black?) to wonder if they saw a play at the original Globe, or how they feel about language shifts, or what songs or folk legends they know that have been lost to history. I just plain don't buy her as someone who cares about literature (putting aside her absurdly vague claim that her focus is on "Arthurian legends"). I don't buy her as a character. And I don't buy her surroundings, either. Merit supposedly lives in Chicago, but there's no mention of public transportation, of the terrifying potholes, of the great and cheap Thai food, elotes on every corner...The majority of people who live in Chicago are non-white (and the neighborhood Merit lives in is actually mostly Mexican and Puerto Rican), yet every single character we meet in this book is white. Every single one. I think one of the vamps might be an Asian lady (based on her "uptilted eyes"), but that's it. And naturally, no one is queer.

    And the vampires. Oh ye gods, the vampires. They live in what is basically a dorm. They even have a cafeteria. The hottest boy--er, vampire--has a crush on Merit, for no reason except that they have an instant "connection." They all speak modern English, complete with our current slang, even the ones who are over a thousand years old. They are all the most beautifulest things ever (their eye color, hair color, and clothes are described ad nauseum). They revealed themselves to the public a mere 8 months ago, but apparently this didn't shake up human society at all. The existence of supernaturals is accepted without protest or disbelief. No one seems to care. All sorts of supernatural creatures exist, from sorcerers to nymphs, but nobody *does* anything. Sometimes one vamp will pyschic message another, but that's about it. We meet nymphs of the Chicago River at one point, and they spend several pages catfighting over a boyfriend before making up over promises of pedicures. The big vamp betrayal is revealed when the evil vamp monologues for a number of pages about her Evil Plans. It's all so banal.

    This book seems to have been churned out as quickly as possible to capitalize on the paranormal romance trend. Unfortunately for Neill, her book isn't good at providing paranormal adventure or romance.
  • (5/5)
    I am now hooked on this series! I blame it all on Rachel at Fiktshun. It's all her fault. :P I kept hearing so many things about Chloe Neill's books, and I had to check it out for myself.

    This story is fast paced, and there is a ton of sarcastic humor. I know, I'm a sucker for sarcasm. But it is part of my daily conversation. ;) There was never a dull moment. I was actually surprised at who caused all the trouble. That doesn't happen often anymore.

    The characters were awesome! I love Mallory. She is every girl's dram BFF. Jeff is the pervy guy friend in the bunch, but he seriously has me laughing throughout the book. Merit, our MC, is strong and determined. When she decides to do something, it's whole-hearted. I love when the main character is a kick-ass chick. I can't wait to see what she's up against in the sequel. And Ethan..... I'm not sure how I feel about him. He has serious trust issues, and he's a little too arrogant for my taste, but we'll see how things go.

    I didn't care for the narrator much. Her parts for Merit were fine, but the male voices were a bit off, and started to sound the same.

    If you are a fan of The Hollows by Kim Harrison, you'll enjoy this series. There are many of the same elements.
  • (3/5)
    An enjoyable take on the vampires-come-out-to-the-public type of urban fantasy. Not grim and over-heavy on conspiracy/politic end of the humans becoming aware of and dealing with the existence of supernaturals. I liked the main heroine (reader friends warned me she was whine-y and irritating but I don't agree); plot flowed very quickly and mostly plausibly once you accepted the basic world building.

    I will (once they come down in price from the ridiculous $12.99 wanted for digital editions) be reading more in the series.

    All the accolades I just wrote aside, there were three issues I did have with the book.

    (1) the couple of graphics with the handwritten notes were a pain in the ass to read on my eInk kindle, even zoomed larger.

    (2) the centuries old vampires did not ring true to their age (almost everyone in the book with possible exception of her grandfather came across as mostly-privileged twenty-somethings). Ethan, the master vampire who turned her, came close because author kept him mostly the strong dark silent type (and then did some very wimpy and some very hokey moments peppered in that ruined it. Gee, a vampire in Chicago quietly assimilated into human lifestyle for decades who never encountered a hot dog?). Another vampire, Lyndsay (may not be remembering name correctly), several centuries old meets Merit twice and then is taking her advice on whether or not to date this newly turned vampire like a giggly teenager with a crush (come on, and Merit a single newly turned possibly untrustworthy vamp who is single, has not a serious relationship and a more than a year dating slump ... right...that's plausible).

    (3) About 72% thru the book, it morphed into a completely different book and character entirely. All of a sudden the heroine was a kickass soldier in basic training and perfectly adjusted to military life. Everyone all worried about potential "wars" breaking out. And she's the bodyguard for the master vampire (okay, hey, every English lit grad student who never did anything more physical than childhood ballet lessons goes that route).

    An interesting heroine and worldbuilding for the first 70 % of the book; if second book continues like that will be a series I will follow. If next book is like last quarter of this one, will drop the series.
  • (4/5)
    Enjoyable paranormal mystery, first in the Chicagoland Vampires series. Reminded me most of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.
  • (4/5)
    Gritty independent female character who doesn't take crap from anybody, not even the handsome master vamp she's reluctantly attracted to.
  • (5/5)
    The only thing I am thinking right now (I just finished 'Some Girls Bite' literaly a minute ago) is why in the heck didn't I read this series before, and why haven't I already purchased the sequels. I am head over heels in love with Merit and super yummy Catcher. I loved the plot, the fact that the vamps were out in the open, the delicious mix if Supernaturally gifted creatures. I loved it all. I just want to go into more detail about every little think I loved about this books, but I don't want to give everything away. I loved the vocabulary skills of Chloe Neill, her expert use of sarcasm, her knowledge of Tristan and Isolde...I could go on, but you would all get bored. I truly loved everything about this book. NEXT PLEASE!
  • (5/5)
    I'm not sure why it took me so long to get to this series. I've had books 1-3 sitting on my shelf for almost a year. I finally picked it up the other day and couldn't put it down. I love this world and I fell in love with Merit, her roommate Mallory and the host of other beautiful and crazy characters. The hole that was left by the ending of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series has now been filled with Chicagoland vampires. This world is filled with political maneuvering from Merit's ambitious father, as well as the new vampire world she finds herself in. While Merit was a bit of a geek as a human she is a very talented vampire. Caught between hatred and love with the vampire who made her to save her life and now rules her house and is ultimately her boss, Merit often finds herself walking a thin line and having to play catch up to the vampire politics that have been around for centuries. The characters all have multiple layers and are developed nicely. The politics are fascinating and I can only see it getting more complex and intriguing. This is a great start to a series and it definitely sucks you in (pun intended). I expect that we will start to meet more species in the supernatural spectrum as the series goes on.
  • (4/5)
    4 stars - very cute! good storytelling, great characters and an interesting storyline. Plus it's based in Chicago, though she got the pizza wrong. what can I say...no one's perfect.
  • (4/5)
    Interesting story and character. I enjoyed the world and how everyone interacted with each. Was surprised in the end. Nice lead into the next book
  • (3/5)
    You know... I really didn't think I would like this. I did. I read the series straight through until I felt like the characters were getting cardboard and forgettable and dropped it. Took a number of books for it to get there.

    Not bad.
  • (4/5)
    A highly interesting read. One of the better vampire books that I've read in the past few years. And the good news is that it's book one.
  • (4/5)
    I don't know why I thought that Chicagoland Vampires series is young adult. Because it definitely is not. Maybe I would have tried it out sooner. Although I don't know if that would have changed my rating or impression.

    This book is example of good writing. It is not boring. Characterization of main heroine Merit is wonderfully done. I will definitely read more books written by Chloe Neill.

    My only complain is that whole premise for the book is not very original. The main heroine Merit is turned into a vampire. This first book is all about her coming to terms with that big change in her life. And that's about it. This whole book is one big introduction to the world and characters.
  • (5/5)
    Picked this book up a while back and only just got around to reading it.

    The story of merit and how she comes to terms with being a vampire.

    One night while walking through campus, Merit is attacked by a rogue vampire, this vampire gets scared off and another vampire (who turns out to be Ethan, Lord of Cadogan house one of the vampire houses in Chicago) saves her, but by doing this has to turn her into a vampire.

    Merit starts a job working with the vampires while also learning the rules.

    Who was it who initially attacked Merit and who has been murdering other people?