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
The entire book was listening to a whiney sorority girl. The only interesting part was the last ten minutes.
The woman who narrates the Kim Harrison Rachel Morgan series would have made this less painful to listen to.
The story had so much potential, but didn't go anywhere. The main characters had potential but did nothing with it.
Say something about yourself!
yes. This book has it all. It funny and has lots of action.
The Merci Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
I think i would miss out on the emotions from each character.
It made me laugh and laugh. Marette is so funny. She seems to always be in trouble.
I have never read any of Chloe Neils books before but i will be reading more. I love the Merci Thompson books and this series reminds me a lot of that series. She gets turned into a vampire and then challenges the master of the house without even realizing it. Trouble seems to follow Marette around. I recommend this book .
Say something about yourself!
This is a new series for me! We have vampires along with other supernatural beings. Which I hope she will touch more on as I get into the series. This first book takes us through how Merritt becomes a vamp and what her roll will be within the vampire world. This takes up most of the book however there is an underline mystery to solve which affects Merritt very personally. I was unable to predict the ending although looking back I prob should have. It was fun and kept me entertained. I would have liked to see more romance. There is a bit of sexual tension but I am one who likes the full show.
It also helps that I recognize the area that the book is base. Being from IL makes the story a bit more "real".
If you like vampires and a light read. This is for you! However if you really want the romance perhaps a different series is more for you. I plan on reading the next couple books. See if anything comes of that tension.
I liked the book. The premise was interesting with a few changes from the regular 'vampire' mythos and I liked the characters. I would have enjoyed seeing a little more of the material Merit was studying as a grad student but that's just personal preference. I didn't guess who the bad guy was until the very end and I'm looking forward to listening to the next book. I always enjoy listening to Cynthia Holloway as a narrator.
So it's chick lit vampire style, but I am a 50 year old conservative guy who got hooked on a pretty good series with these novels.
I laughed a place or two. But a 50 year old gentlemans perspective on some of this humor is different than the target audience's!
Long live Merit...
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 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.
This is mediocre in several ways. The majority of this novel is spent on world-building (and it is not a complex world, nothing like in the Kate Daniels series) and the introduction of major players. There is no cohesive story or conflict or mystery, so the novel really meanders around with no arc. The writing is colorful and accented with verbs and adverbs, which is sometimes nice, and sometimes overly flowery.
I agree with the other reviewers who said that the narrator is... problematic. I can't tell the difference between characters in dialogue, and she is a bit Shatner-esque. And yes, her pronunciation is strange. She says the word "coiffed" as "COYffed," and the word "contemplative" as "contem-PLAY-tive." It's like she went through the dictionary and picked out the most obscure, but still correct, pronunciations. It's frustrating.
I couldn't get into this audio book. The plot seemed like just a rehash of a story that's been told over and over again. Not horrible, but definitely not engaging enough to make me continue on with the series. I have to admit a bias against the narrator. I agree with comments made by another reviewer; the transitions between characters were difficult to follow and lacked emotional context.
This book is smart enough to be entertaining, but there are a lot of parts that are mostly exposition and don't advance the plot much, so it drags a bit at times. I might listen to the rest of the series if I decide I can stomach the narrator. It's very rare that I find a narrator so bad that I am distracted from the story, but if I had realized that this is the same narrator who made me abandon the Morganville Vampires series, I probably wouldn't have downloaded it in the first place. I had assumed that she would never narrate anything but YA books due to the high pitch and nasal quality of her voice. None of the character voices are even tolerably good. Also, she needs to learn how to pronounce words like "mirror" (hint: phonetically).
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