fiendishlybookish's montage

Revelations
Masquerade
Blue Bloods
The Golden Bough. A Study in Magic and Religion: Volume 1
Immortal
Undying
Eternal
Get Lucky
Prince Joe
Buying Trouble
Taken
The Wicked West
Wolf Signs
Start Me Up
Talk Me Down
Blue-Eyed Devil
Saddled
At Grave's End
One Foot in the Grave
Halfway to the Grave


favorite books »
This form does not yet contain any fields.
    In Other Spaces and Places

      (     

      

    Proud Member of the Downside Army

    Last FM

     

    2011 Reading Challenge

    Fiendishly Bookish has read 3 books toward her goal of 250 books.
    hide
    Loading..

     


     


    Add This Blog to the JacketFlap Blog Reader
    Powered by JacketFlap.com
    Log In

    « New Juicy Review: Marked by Elisabeth Naughton | Main | "Soulless" by Gail Carriger »
    Friday
    Feb122010

    Juicy Review of Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires: Go Team Ethan! 

    Book:              Some Girls Bite & Friday Night Bites

    Author:           Chloe Neill

    Publisher:       NAL

    ISBN/ASIN:   0451226259 (SGB), 045122793X (FNB)

    Rating:          Five Stars

     

    Well thank you very much Chloe Neill for breakin’ my insomniac barrier! It’s all your fault and Ethan’s that I for the first time EVER read straight through the night. I’ve read to 3, even 4 am, but never all the way through. I blinked once when I realized that that alarm clock had gone off at 5am, and I hadn’t slept a wink, and my Kindle was glued to my hand.

     

    See…I was up late trawling through Kindle reads last night, ignoring my review pile next to me (happens a lot) and I noticed Some Girls Bite flash up as a recommendation and wondered out loud to no one in particular, “Hey, why haven’t I read Chloe Neill yet”? (Roxy Le Kat raised her head at that question, looked at me as if to say Well, why haven’t you?) and promptly returned to her feline dreams. This epiphany occurs now and again with authors I am just discovering…and I just surrender. Little did I know that I would be a fully immersed in Neill’s world with nary a complaint. And yes, right after Some Girls Bite, I devoured Friday Night Bites whole.

     

    The Chicagoland Vampires have all the hallmarks of a great read, and you won’t be disappointed, guaranteed. The adventure won’t end once you pick up the book, its one of those stories that sticks with you. Sometimes you don’t know what exactly you are getting when you pick up a book. Readers will feel they know the characters, all of them. We have become intimately acquainted with Luc, Catcher, Jeff, and the rest of the Ombud team, have laughed at the banter between Mallory and Merit, and have come to know Morgan and Ethan. This is the type of story that I look for, crave for, with all the elements of believable world building, infused with hot action, thrilling scenes, and sensual play between quite a few incredibly smokin’ characters. Some Girls Bite, and Friday Night Bites are all that and more.

     

    Neill is a “dangler”, taunting us with a hot romance between Ethan and Merit with a lure that even the best of soap opera writers would be envious of. Morgan, as the other man always peripherally there will definitely keep us guessing what really lies in Merit’s heart.

     

    While readers like myself, will definitely read on to find out if “it happens” between Merit and Ethan, or even with Morgan, we are also willing tourists in her world exploring her secondary characters, the plots, the conflict, and what motivates them all in this rich paranormal romance soup. I loved the vampire house hierarchy, the rules of the Canon; and the political intrigue. Chicagoland and its characters have a solid foundation.

     

    Even Neill has made the great “revealing” believable noting that there were difficulties in the beginning, when vampires first emerged into society. This is one of my sore points in paranormal romance and urban fantasy…some authors describe this transition into human society as a mere footnote, a whitewashed event that just happens. A reader is supposed to just accept it. Not! Some fictional events, no matter how well crafted, need to be rooted in some kind of reality. Personally, I have always believed that if a great revealing were to have occurred, it would be as Missy Jane described it in They Call Me Death, i.e. a full-scale war with a clear line of demarcation between humans and Supernaturals.

     

    And yes, Neill is alluding to something wicked coming their way. War is in the air, and sides will be chosen. I have my spot reserved on the Good Ship Cadogan and look forward to July’s release, Twice Bitten to see how our warriors and lovers fare in the impending battle!

     

    Go Team Ethan!

     

     

     

     

     

    References (2)

    References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
    • Response
      Response: g8i
      x4v
    • Response
      wait-for-you-de-juatin-bieber

    Reader Comments

    There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

    PostPost a New Comment

    Enter your information below to add a new comment.

    My response is on my own website »
    Author Email (optional):
    Author URL (optional):
    Post:
     
    All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.