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.
Bite into another Chicagoland Vampires novel.
©2009 Chloe Neill (P)2010 Tantor
Cynthia Holloway has one voice for women, one voice for men, and her own voice - but they all sound the same. It was sometimes difficult to follow conversations because it was hard to tell who was speaking. She also said "sup" as in "sup dude?" And this was frequently in sentences that used "supernatural" shortly after. I think most audiences of para-romance know by now that "sup" in this context is pronounced "supe." Yes that is something to nitpick on because it was jarring every single time.
The story seemed a lot like sorority rush. If you are into that, you might like this book. Being a recovering sorority girl, it seemed a little shallow to me. A big ceremony to initiate the new members of the house? Ugh. It might be closer to young adult than anything else. There was very little romance involved.
No. She did nothing for the book.
I really hate giving bad reviews, but I found this book difficult to finish. The main character spends a good chunk of the book whining that her life was saved (because she was made into a vampire, rather than left to die), and most of the male characters sound like William Shatner, due to the odd pauses in their speech inflections. If it were just one character, I might think it was a neat way to distinguish them apart, but more than one was a little over the top.
Also, I know that vampire stories require a certain suspension of disbelief, but there were so many spectacular skills attributed to the two main women in the story -- one was a spectactularly gifted vampire while the other was a level-4 witch, even though she didn't know it. I love larger-than-life characters, but somehow this just didn't ring authentic to me. I also found little sympathy for the main character, who just happened to be a tall, beautiful, trust-fund baby, who prior to becoming a vampire was a perpetual student without any apparent real-life challenges, aside from angst against her overly successful parents. She wasn't a scrappy underdog, that's for sure.
From reading the other reviews, I know I'm in the minority, so it's probably simply a matter of taste. There was nothing technically wrong with the book. Maybe it simply wasn't my cup of tea.
I live to ride my bike.
The variety of paranormals and their relationships with humans is handled in a structured hierarchy. Watching Merit navigate the pecking order of Chicagoland residents offers excitement. You see Merit, a graduate student turned vampire struggle through her new life and powers. Intelligent thought she is, happy about being a vamp she is not. So a new vamp is given a sword and when she talks all vamps listen. As a reader, you are left wondering why everyone feels she has such potential. Read this just to get to book 2.
People who can accept less than adequate writing and a horrible rushed plot.
The beginning of the book is horribly rushed and you don't get to truly meet the main character. Also the writing was a MAJOR let down. Bad writing can distract away from even the best of stories.
I would not have scrapped anything but in the beginning I would have added scenes of before she was turned into a vampire so you could actually get to know the character.
To be honest I couldn't get past chapter 6 I was so disappointed, I just couldn't read anymore and the writing was so juvenile sounding it was torture. It is a shame I couldn't return this because I would, what a waste of a credit!
The characters are unlikable and less than interesting. The story line is scattered at best.
The whole thing.
No. Terrible reading.
All and start over.
I could not finish this book.
There is actually a storyline.... a "little bit" of sex but not too graphic... a lot of people don't like the Narrator but I think she does a good job... She doesn't have a huge variety of voices but you have no trouble knowing whose speaking. The story line isn't too young with most of the characters being in their late twenties early thirties .... I liked all the series and recommend them all.
Combine the dialog and values of a social climbing, boy crazy, fashion conscious middle school girl (who is constantly denying is she is social climbing, boy crazy, and fashion conscious) with fantasies about being a bad-ass 27 year old vampire who wears big girl tight pants; add some pink cupcakes; and voila...you have this story. I got through it, but have no desire to follow the series.
This is a great series. So far i've listened to them all. Chloe neil does a good job with the character development. There is some romance but it's not graphic which is a nice change. Cynthia Holloway is a good narator. I enjoyed it.
This is a great story with a dynamic plot. The author, however, is the queen of adverbs sometimes sprinkling two or three in one sentence. This is sometimes distracting and seems to me to be sophmoric in writing mecahnics. The narrator - what can I say? If Thurston Howell III and Lovey from Gilligan's Island has a daughter - it would be this narrator. Her inflections are highbrow and wrong. She also mis-pronouces words from time to time.
I've never had to give up on an audiobook until this one. The narrarator is terrible. Seriously, couldn't follow it. It was so bad. She was very monotone.
So sad, because the book is good. The story is fun and funny.
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