Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1)
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Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1)

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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 I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world. When a rogue vampire attacked me, I was lucky he only got a sip. Another bloodsucker scared him off and decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

Paperback, 341 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by NAL Trade
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Kat Kennedy
Aug 18, 2010 Kat Kennedy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Kate Daniels and similar books.
Okay, so I've changed this review as a series overview.

I have a list of favourite series and this one has easily pushed its way on there with Darkfever, Bittenand Magic Bites.

What I really enjoy about this series:

Merit does not choose to be a vampire but she lives with the changes made in her life and adjusts with as much dignity as she can.

She deals intelligently and confidently at all times. She does not stupidly talk out of her ass. *cough* Rose, Vampire Academy*cough*

It's actually quite re...more
"That's All" Ash
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I’d been made one. Vampire. Predator. Initiate into one of the oldest of the twelve vampire Houses in the United States. And I wasn’t just one of them.

I was one of the best.

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This is the series I’ve been waiting for. The kind of series I can sink my teeth into (no pun intended). With a glittering ensemble of characters, a rapid storyline, and enough suspense and overall sexiness that’ll teach you all about white-knuck...more
OMG! How could I forgot how freaking awesome this series was. Really, I had, So I´m happy I made this re-read. This is the first time I make one, I always thought it was wasting precious time you had to read other new books. But that was until now, because reading your fav books is totally worth it. And this is certainly a Fav!

This book has everything a first book in a new series must have. It´s entertaining, smart, sexy and delightful. I couldn´t put it down, but not just that, I wanted to run...more
Okaaaaay. So on io9 a few months back, someone actually accused my Goodreads account of being manufactured by my "people" to "cull with the fan base" because I rate everything 4 or 5 stars and series tend to get the same score across the bar. I think its the most insulting comment I've gotten on the internet, haha. And referring to my "people" is like, so hilarious, because I'm a poor web series producer, and I have one agent and that's it and I do everything else myself and, well, whatever.

Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

It’s flat out HILARIOUS! Each page is riddled with snarky remarks and laugh-out loud jokes.

The World – Neill takes a different approach to the whole vamp thing. The vamps are out in the public eye and belong to frat-like Houses. The politics involved in this is intricate and so interesting!

BFFS – Merit and Mallory. I just love it when there’s such a strong friendship between the heroine of the book and her side kick. Sure, having a love interest is important bu...more
Sep 01, 2010 Tatiana rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hardcore UF fans who can't get enough of it
After plowing through 50 pages of it, I don't see anything remotely interesting about this book. It simply seems like every other write-by-numbers UF novel. I feel like I've read it a million times before. It is written a little better than Halfway to the Grave, but there is not even sex (yet) and spunky dialog in a sea of uninspired prose and world-building to keep me engaged.

Truly, there is no point to read any UF series written in last 2-3 years, they draw too heavily on existing works of be...more
I read this for the sake of procrastination, works well to pass the time I guess, though there are better books out there.

Another book about vampires. Such an overused topic now. This book doesn't portray it much better than most others.

What I liked:
They showed us a world in which humans know vampires exist. They don't get accepted immediately, and are still not allowed the same freedom given to humans, but seem to be working on it.

...yeah, I think that's it. Not much I found I liked in this.

Emily May

Well, I didn't hate it. But I don't have much else to offer. I find it suprising just how far downhill Urban Fantasy has gone in the last few years, with the exception of the awesomely fantastical (why are you not reading?!) Fever series. Chloe Neill is not a bad writer and she uses most of what you'd expect to find in the genre: strong heroine, hot vampires, bit of mystery thrown in for good measure... and I just feel like it's the same story churned out by numerous authors looking to break int...more
It's tragic that I feel better equipped to review books I don't like than the ones I do. Which is why I'm still sitting on my review of the Fever series, while the words are just pouring out for this one!

I liked Chloe Neill's YA book better than the first book in her Chicagoland Vampires series. I started this book a while ago, and then got pulled into something else, so I finally came back to it now, after Firespell with Great Expectations. Not such a great idea, it turns out. Some Girls Bite...more
I'm not going to say this book is awesome, it wasn't, but it was exactly what I was in the mood to read at the moment.

Here is the plot of a distressingly large portion of paranormal romance books (including this one):

Oops! I've been turned into a (insert supernatural being). I'm pissed! I'm going to buck the system and gallivant around giving attitude to anyone who crosses my path. No worries though, because the king (or equivalent) of the (insert supernatural being) will find me weirdly attrac...more
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...more
This book was sooooo good. I had originally checked it out from the library, read about 40 pages and knew I had to buy it immediately. I waited patiently until the sequel came out, knowing I didn't want to read it until I would be able to read the second book right after finishing the first one.

One of my favorite parts of Urban Fantasy is a snarky heroine who is kick-ass and can hold her own with any arrogant alpha-type male that comes along. Merit fits this mold perfectly, and I adore her chara...more
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**2.75 stars**

This book was firmly in the "just okay" end of the spectrum for me. I had pretty high expectations for this one and it really didn't deliver. I have been on the hunt for another UF series to rank up there with my tops (the Night Huntress Series, the Fever series, and the Kate Daniels series). This book didn't even come close.

I'll do a quick recap of the positives. Part of me liked that it was a fun, lighthearted read. It was not at all what I was expecting, which was something muc...more
Wendy Darling
Anyone who is a fan of Vampire Academy will love the sarcastic, meat-loving, ass-kicking Merit. This is a fun series that follows a typical "newly formed vamp" story, but is also filled with lots of great action and excellent training sequences. The power plays between the different covens is well done, Merit's relationships with her friends is strong and true, and there are some super cute guys in it. A fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining start to the series.
What a great start to a series! I've heard from so many people how wonderful these were and i'm happy to FINALLY say that i now know what they've all been going on about!! A lot of times the first book in a series is a little bit slow going because of the introduction of all of the characters and all of the world building..but that was not the case with this was such a fun, easy and very quick paced enjoyable with such great characters!! Mallory, Merit's BFF...hilarious!!..Catc...more
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SOME GIRLS BITE makes me think of the TV show Alias in a way. Sydney was a Grad student when she was recruited by the fake CIA, just as Merit was a Grad student when she was bitten and recruited by the Cadogan House of vampires. Now granted Merit didn’t get a choice, but still. Both showed amazing skill and aptitude in their new role and underwent extensive training in order to excel in their new life.

But where Sydney displayed great strength...more
Some Girls Bite
3 Stars

Listened to this following Magic Bites and it is difficult not to find it lacking in comparison to the first Kate Daniels book.

The narration is only so-so. Cynthia Holloway sounds wooden with no emotional inflection, and there is no real variation in the different voices - men and women, old and young, all sound alike.

The pacing is slow and there is very little plot development. Nothing much happens beyond Merit being changed into a vampire and being introduced to a host o...more
The Flooze
Apr 28, 2010 The Flooze rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to The Flooze by: new_user
**3.75, to be nitpicky about it**

Some Girls Bite is an admirable debut. Neill establishes herself as a more than competent writer with great skill at world-building and story-telling. The plot moves along at a brisk pace as both the main character and the reader acclimate to Merit’s change and her status in the world of Chicago’s vampires. There’s also a great deal of humor and snappy dialogue, which had me chuckling or widening my eyes several times throughout.

As with most first novels, there...more
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Usta vampiri ne biliyim bir Jean-Claude gibi bir Eric Northman gibi bir herif bekliyordum. Ama Ethan onlar gibi değildi. Espri kabiliyeti vardı ama tam bir vampir gibi değildi. Mesela Jean-Claude veya Eric asla bir şey hissetmezler ya da düşüncelerini suratından anlayamazsınız. Ama bizimki diğerlerine göre baya romantik bir çocuk. Yüzünde her şey var. Reddedilmişlik, şüphe, umut vs. Açıkçası 400 yaşındaki bir adama yakıştıramadım bunu :D

Hands down, this is one of the best urban fantasy/paranormal romance novels that I've ever read. What makes this even more remarkable is that this is not only the first in a series, and therefore has to spend more time on laying the groundwork, but it's also a debut novel for author Neill. As far as heroines go, Merit is very well-flushed out. She's intelligent, down-to-earth, emotionally and physically strong, as well as driven. Unlike too many females who befall similar circumstances in other...more
I'm sure this has probably happened to you before. You pick up a book because of all the rave reviews and end up wondering what the hell they read, because it couldn't have possibly been the same one you just did? Hello, Some Girls Bite. My reaction to this book seems to be the polar opposite to most people here on Goodreads, so for those of you who loved this one (and that's all of my GR friends who've read it so far), please look away now.

I absolutely did not see the appeal. I think it might h...more
Wow, loved this much more than I ever expected!

In this book we get to meet Merit, her BFF Mallory and some H.O.T Vamps, Shifters and Magical Men!

Firstly, the sexual tension in this book was fantastic, loved it!. Secondly, there are some really funny moments, especially between Merit and her BFF Mallory, the relationship is just wonderful and everyone should have a BFF like Mallory.

This was a really quick, easy and fun read and a great introduction to this series, so much so I'm starting the 2nd...more
I was hooked right from the first page:

At first I wondered if it was karmic punishment. I'd sneered at the fancy vampires, and as some kind of cosmic retribution, I'd been made one.

I literally did not put this book down all day long.

Some Girls Biteis a great story. Chloe Neill develops a good cast of characters. There is humor, there is action, there is betrayal. It is not your usual vampire book with the angsty teens. There is substance to this story and it draws you in.

I really enjoyed this b...more
I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be fast paced, filled with action and humor. I liked Chloe Neill's take on vampires it was simple and easy to follow.

Merit was a kick ass character and witty character and probably what made the book for me. I liked her instantly. There was also great supporting characters and of course a interesting love triangle. I'm not sure who's team I'm on Morgan's or Ethan's yet.

Overall good start to the series and fans of vampire stories should enjoy this. I look...more
Some Girls Bite is the first novel in the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. I can honestly say, this is my new favorite series. I was drawn in from page one, and could NOT put it down until I finished it.

The characters in Chicagoland Vampires are spot on. Witty, good looking, tough immortal and very likable, there's nothing bad I can say about the characters in this book. Yes, there are the "bad guys" in the novels,but even those are written so well that you like them, or...more
Four stars: An engaging, witty intro to a fun new series featuring the ever present vampires.

Merit scurries across the University campus. It is late and dark but she usually feels safe on the campus grounds. All that changes in an instant when an unknown assailant attacks from the dark shadows. A vampire nearly rips out her throat. It is her lucky day (well unluckiest and then luckiest), a master vampire comes upon the scene in time to save the fading Merit. The attacker flees into the dark, whi...more
Sep 21, 2012 Maggie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maggie by: Noelle
Shelves: 2012
Hot vampires? Check.
That's pretty much all I require.

This was fluffy and fun. I kind of wish it was funnier because the chapter titles made it seem like it was headed down the Hold Me Closer Necromancer fun pun path. The writing wasn't as sharp as Lish McBride's, but the story moved quickly and every time there was a lull, another hot guy entered the picture. What's not to like?

I don't know what's wrong with my brain because even though Ethan is described as being hotter than David Beckham, my m...more
I got a shipment of books in last night and this was one of them. I really didn't plan to read any of them right away, but I picked up this one to read a chapter or two to make sure I liked the style of writing. In theory that would have worked, but I ended getting way too into the book and had to read it all. Very catchy and attention grabbing.

I loved the snappy dialogue and humor in this book. A lot of the time I feel that the supporting characters are just there to show us that the protagonis...more
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Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest—just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia's to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’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 husband (also her favorite landsc...more
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“He's twenty-nine. And what did you think he was going to look like?"
She shrugged.
"You know-old. Grizzled. Long white beard. Scruffy robes. Loveable, smart, a little absent minded."
I bit back a grin.
" I said 'sorcerer,' not 'Dumbledore.' So he's hot. It could be worse.”
“Well, what?” I waved a hand at the room.
“Start genuflecting. Let’s see some knee action.”
“You’re serious.” I lifted my brows.
He responded in kind, but finally nodded his head, then walked between the couches. He dropped to one knee, then held out his hands.

“I’m monumentally sorry for the pain and humiliation that I caused you and your—”
“Both knees.”
“I’d prefer to see both knees on the ground. I mean, if you’re going to grovel, be the best groveler you can, right?”
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