I actually liked this until towards the end. In order to explain what took this from a four-star rating for me to a two-star one, I have to mention aI actually liked this until towards the end. In order to explain what took this from a four-star rating for me to a two-star one, I have to mention a few spoilers, so please proceed with caution.
(view spoiler)[I get that the crimes of murder and rape are central to this story, but four murders with rape and forced sodomy, with a fifth rape where the victim survives was a lot. Add in a video in which the perpetrator videotapes himself in act, and then on top of that a scene where the video is played and character narrates it while watching. . . I hit a wall. I wouldn't call it a wall of revulsion, but it was definitely a feeling of, "Okay, this is way, way too much." I guess that last thing just made me want to stop, and I basically skimmed to the end after that.
I know the series I'm reading - sexual crimes are going to be a part of it, at least in background, considering Eve's history, but this one had it everywhere - I simply shut down after a bit. (hide spoiler)] So, yes, that brought it down to two stars for me.
I'll keep on reading, though. Love this series, but if I run into this much of a certain thing again, I likely will skip to the next book.
Erg. My least favorite of all the dragon novels. I used to love these things. Perhaps my tasted have changed, but this one and its predecessor were reErg. My least favorite of all the dragon novels. I used to love these things. Perhaps my tasted have changed, but this one and its predecessor were really boring. A shame since I L-O-V-E-D the first one. They've just gotten very dull and repetitive. Cyrene is the Jar Jar Binks of the books. She was an interesting foible in May & Gabe's books, but now I just want her to go away. At this point, I really feel like I am simply reading the same characters over and over put into different plot lines. Very dissatisfying....more
I'm nervous for this. I didn't enjoy 10&11 as much as the others. The series simply worked better when Eric was a conniving badass and trying to sI'm nervous for this. I didn't enjoy 10&11 as much as the others. The series simply worked better when Eric was a conniving badass and trying to seduce Sookie. I don't feel like the last two had very tight plots at all. Here's hoping that 12 brings some of the excitement back. . .
UPDATE: liked it better than the last two. Here are some key thoughts/questions: - WTF Claude? - Eric, you're back to being an asshole without having the bonus of truly being loved by Sookie. She says she does, but I say naaaaaah. No trust, no love. You lose. -Bill, I knew I always liked you. -Sam, ditto....more
Okay, bear with me. I find it difficult to review urban fantasy and paranormal romance with as much detail as I do YA fiction, but here's trying.3.5/5
Okay, bear with me. I find it difficult to review urban fantasy and paranormal romance with as much detail as I do YA fiction, but here's trying. Some Girls Bite was gratuitous escapism. SEXY, FUN and FUNNY gratuitous escapism. Upon finishing book one, I immediately sought out books two and three. Hey, I like me a good dose of escapist fun.
I mean, c'mon. Let's be honest. If you read fang lit, then it's highly likely that you daydream (okay, fantasize) about one of two things:
1) You want to become a vampire (or other supe) -OR- 2)You wouldn't mind being seduced by one
Our heroine, Merit (aka that lucky bitch), just got BOTH options fulfilled, and does she appreciate them? Um, hell no! Master Vamp Ethan (hummina-hummina) finds Mer bleeding from a bad-vamp inflicted neck wound. Rather than let the 27-year old die, he changes her. She whineswhineswhines about how her 'life' as a Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago specializing in medieval lit is over since fanged ones are not allowed to study at universities. She feels her unjustified changing at Ethan's hands most grievously. Mer, sweetheart, I'd like to quote a line here from Good Will Hunting:
". . . you're gonna come up with the fact that there are two certaintees in life. One, don't do that. And two, you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a fuckin education you coulda got for a dollah fifty in late chahges at the public library."
Seriously, Merit. You have the rest of your immortal life to study medieval lit - you don't need to go to university to do that. And the market for professors in that area blows. AND you just got permanent vamp protection and employment FOR-EH-VER! Suck it up. Things could be worse. You could be dead.
Mer's little tirades on this matter aside, she's a fun quirky character who moans and makes the best of her initiation into the supernatural world in equal parts. Her reluctant acceptance is both amusing and exasperating, but with the addition of other fun characters, Some Girls Bite makes for an enjoyable read. Neill shines with her dialogue, and the banter between Merit and her BFF, Mallory, is very funny and fast-paced. Catcher and Ethan are MAN CANDY, and I'm not talking supermarket aisle candy - this is the good stuff. We're talking Godiva. Particularly Catcher (nom nom nom). Between the quirk and sexy, this a a read that I think fans of Gilmore Girls will enjoy.
This is definitely UF-light, and by that, I mean the book simply doesn't read as seriously as a book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Fever or Midnight Breeders series. There are nods here and there to other series through references and characters with the same names or backgrounds. It's decent, fun writing, although I occasionally found myself rewriting sentences so they read better. Merit lacks the maturity I'd expect from someone her age, but the mix of fun characters, funny exchanges and the building romantic tension between Merit and Ethan (and Morgan - teeheehee) means I started on book two fairly soon after finishing this one (I'm a sucker for UF series). While this book isn't gourmet, it is a good, sexy break from my ordinary fare. Kind of like a pan of Chicago deep dish. ...more