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Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  39,441 ratings  ·  2,419 reviews
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
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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
"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.

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-knuckling that pretty kindle of yours; this
OMG! How could I forgot how freaking awesome this series was. Really, I had, So Im 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. Its entertaining, smart, sexy and delightful. I couldnt put it down, but not just that, I wanted to run to
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.

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
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
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
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
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
Sh3lly ♛ Queen of Dragons and Wandering Crustaceans ♛
Here is a favorite book of mine I rated when I first joined, but never wrote a review for. This is a series that I am not up to date on, but have read the first six or so of. Sometimes it has annoyed me, sometimes it has given me a lot of lovely book feels. Ethan Sullivan is one of my favorite UF book boyfriends. But I never wrote a proper review for this, so I thought I'd let my awesome Goodreads buddy, oOSarahOo speak for me, since she says it perfectly. Check out her review! You the shizz, gi ...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
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
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
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.
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
4.5 Stars

Until then, I'll bury the anger, the betrayal.
I'll smile.
I'll tap the pommel of my sword.
I'll hop up the steps of Cadogan House, and close the door behind me, and do my job.
I'm very, very good at it.

Why the hearts, you ask? Well, I'll tell you why. In some weird, twisted way, I just know this series is going to be a favorite of mine. Maybe not every book will wow or stick with me, seeing as there are literally a million books in the series, but I can just feel that at least a few of t
4,5 stars

Did I love this book?

Well, damn.

Merit blew my fucking world out of its hinges.

Having been robbed of her humanity after a vicious vampire attack, Merit, grad student and daughter of a mediatic figure in the Chicago scene, is rescued by Ethan Sullivan, who makes her a vampire. And so she is suddenly required to join the ranks of House Cadogan, one of the North American vampire affiliations, and obey a quite rigid feudal-like system.

Needless to say, in a matter of three days, Merit finds
Alienor ☠ is stuck on the Jellicoe Road ☠
4.5 Bite me stars

Don't say it. Don't suggest it. Don't even think it. I've told you before" - I grinned up at him evilly - "I don't do fang.

Let's face it : sometimes we don't really know why we love a book. Or maybe that's just me? No, I can't believe it.

The fact is, I enjoyed that book in a way I didn't expect : is it because of Merit's smart-ass personality? Is it the way she's portrayed, neither overly confident nor let's whining on myself? Is it the unexpected hotness of a blond guy? Who
♡♥Ang ♥♡
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oOSarahOo ☼Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans☼
Okay, so I’ve never been a vampire kind of girl. Frankly, the whole vampire thing has always pretty much bored me to death. I only bought Some Girls Bite because so many of my friends had loved it that I thought I should give it a try. I didn’t expect much from it. Worse, I expected some Twilight nonsense. Then Merit happened.

I loved Merit from the very beginning and she grew on me a bit more with every turn of page. What was really interesting here is the way Neill portrayed the struggles Meri
Dana S
This book was recced to me by soooo many people. I had extremely high expectations for it, and was excited to start a new urban fantasy series. What I got was boring, banal, middle of the road dreck.

It took me forever to finish this book. The plot had no urgency to it, the characters irritated me, the action cheesy, and the romance had me rolling my eyes. The writing itself was ok, not horrible, and there were some funny moments, but not nearly enough to overcome the other failings of the book.
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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Wow, what a fun book this was to read! I was pleasantly surprised and wondered why I waited so long to try this series out. Oh wait, I'm not really surprised. The cheesy cover and title really threw me off. Let's just say that judging a book by its cover is not always the smartest thing to do.

Our heroine finds herself unwillingly made a vampire to prevent her own death, shortly after she's been attacked by another rogue vampire. Once she finds out what has happened to her, she tries to continue
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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
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
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
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
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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
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  • Queen of Shadows (Shadow World, #1)
  • At Grave's End (Night Huntress, #3)
  • Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)
  • Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)
  • Death's Mistress (Dorina Basarab, #2)
  • Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts, #4)
  • The Renfield Syndrome (Rhiannon's Law, #2)
  • The Mage in Black (Sabina Kane, #2)
  • One More Bite (Jaz Parks, #5)
  • Head Rush (The Disillusionists Trilogy, #3)
Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil's Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she's not writing, 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--h ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Chicagoland Vampires (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2)
  • Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #3)
  • Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4)
  • Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5)
  • Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires, #6)
  • House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires, #7)
  • Biting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires, #8)
  • Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires, #9)
  • Blood Games (Chicagoland Vampires, #10)
  • Dark Debt (Chicagoland Vampires, #11)
Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #3) Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2) Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5) Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires, #6)

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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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