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Some Girls Bite

(Chicagoland Vampires #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  61,266 ratings  ·  3,545 reviews
They killed me. They healed me. They changed me.

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker–and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.

Turns out her savior was the mas
Paperback, 341 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Berkley Books
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Kat Kennedy
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.

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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
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.

May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent book 1 of the Chicago vampire series. Well it’s started with a bang, consuming me completely. I couldn’t tear myself away if I’d wanted to. Full of excellent characters that connect with each other wonderfully, they’re interesting and passionate. Friendships have easy strong relationships, the story is unpredictable. I love that I couldn’t guess what was going to happen each step of the way.

There are different vampire houses throughout the world, with (if I remember correctly
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Jul 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: hardcore UF fans who can't get enough of it
Shelves: dnf, urban-fantasy
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
Emily May
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, pnr, paranormal-uf

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
Oct 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.


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
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*I was so nervous*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Re-read: 28.01.2018
(This second reading review is mostly a review where I mention the characters) I can't even begin to tell how nervous and scared I was to re-read this book. Why, you ask? Well, when I read this book (and series) for the first time I loved it. So damn much. In fact, it was one of my favorite series. So reading it now scared the living hell out of me. I mean, what if I don't love it anymore? It's been years since I've read. 4 years in f
Naomi 🐨
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars ❤️ This was a hilarious, quick read and it's been ages since I've read a good vampire book ;-) ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
This was lots of fun! Merritt is going about her grad school life, minding her own business when suddenly she’s changed into one of the undead. Bummer. Her roommate, fortunately, is obsessed with all things occult, so helps her get adjusted to the fangs and annoying urge to drink blood. There’s also the weird attraction/annoyance thing going on with Ethan, the head of her vampire house (in Chicago, in this world, vampires are split into houses, kind of like Harry Potter.)

Unfortunately, someone
DNF at 40%...
Why? Because I had the gut feeling to skim read the story for any of my pet peeves. And what would you know...there's a sex scene (quite descriptive one at that) between Ethan (that's supposed to be the hero of this story - and series) and his mistress. And that's not the worst. It just so conveniently happens, that Merit sees it all, even gets feelings of lust. Shocker! And, I'm not done yet, ha!, while he's having sex with that bitch, Ethan sees Merit, wishes and hopes she came to
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

3.5 Stars

Before I started reading this book, I was absolutely positive that I was going to go crazy over this series like some kind of deranged teenager. I actually bought the book on sale a couple of years ago and had been waiting for just the right moment to savor it. When a group of friends decided to buddy read this book on Goodreads, I knew that I had discovered the perfect moment to read it. I had a hunch that I would become obsessed wi
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
“It is better to be hated for what you are,
than to be loved for what you are not.”

It’s been eight months since vampires have outed their existence to the humans. Vampires doesn’t really interest grad student Merit, who would rather focus on her studies. Until she’s attacked by a rogue vampire, and in order to save Merit’s life, Master vampire Ethan Sullivan, turns her.

Now suddenly Merit has to come to terms with her new life as a vampire, saying goodbye to her studies and the life she tho

Duchess Nicole
I'm a little bit gobsmacked at how much I loved this book. I listened to the audio, and that tends to downrate a book for me, for some reason. Aside from a few narrators, I tend to want different inflection than what I get. This narrator was perfect for the part. I ended up trying to find things to clean just so I could keep listening. Love when that happens!!

I love a slow burning romance, and that is what is happening between Ethan and Merit. Rrrrreallllllly slow, from what I hear, but sometime
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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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 much grittier. I
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
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. ...more
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
First books in the Urban Fantasy series genre are a little rough sometimes. With the whole setting-up-the-world thingy, and giving us characters that we will love enough to read book after book about. It actually took me a couple of books to fall in love with Kate Daniels. And, I'm her total fan-girl now. I was the same way with Mercedes Thompson and Harry Dresden. I read all of these series, but I warm-up to them a little slowly - usually.

But, I am happy to say that I liked the main character
Dana S
Apr 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former 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
Under the Covers Book Blog
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Merit never asked to be changed into a vampire, however, when she is attacked on her college campus that's exactly what happens. Her sudden change in circumstances throws her life in chaos as she struggles to come to terms with being, unwillingly, morphed into one of the undead. Especially when she is confronted with head of the house of vampires to which she now must pledge her loyalty, the gorgeous Ethan Sullivan. Both Ethan and Merit resent their unwilling chemistry towards one another, b ...more
Rating 4 1/2 stars

Sometimes I sat in my car snickering while I listened to this novel. It was fun, interesting, and entertaining. Lots of male eye candy. Hot cars and chic houses. Loads of cool clothes. Mouthwatering food. Creative world building. Supernatural beings.

And swords. My favorite weapon of choice. Did I mention the swords are katanas? I hope that was not a spoiler.

Now to the good parts-

A rebellious, quirky, scholarly & newly turned vamp I could relate to. Merit (who refuses to tell
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
I can't remember why I fell behind with this series. Whatever it was, it couldn't have been that big of a deal b/c I kept ordering the books. I have like 4 or 5 at the top of my stack that I haven't read yet which makes me alternately giddy and disgusted (with myself).

So yeah, it's been a couple of years since I've had any quality time with Merit and Ethan, and I would just like to take a moment and smack my own head b/c Merit and Ethan are AH-mazing. I love Merit when she curtsies, when she beg
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 fin
I LOVE Merit - she's a really cool heroine (funny, badass, practical, not too stupid). Ethan seems like kind of a pussy though, and totally not good enough for her. First book though, so maybe I'll start liking him more later in the series?

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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
✯✯✯✯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
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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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