by Chloe Neill
Released: April 7th 2009
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #1
Published by Berkley
“Neill brought … tired old elements together and created something that was a lot of fun to read.”
~ Under the Covers
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, but must learn to trust each other as a plot to endanger the house reveals itself as more girls are attacked by supposedly rogue vampires.
I picked this book as part of my TBR jar read, the first actual book in the series- rather than an ebook – has been lingering on my shelf for a few years doing a fabulous job collecting dust. But, I dusted it off, took it on holiday with me and read it and read it in pretty much one sitting. Many of you have probably read this book by now and be having a “well duh” moment, after all this series has been going strong and has been popular for a few years now. And you’re right, I should have started this series ages ago! But at least I now have plenty of books to look forward to.
I don’t necessarily think the books was perfect, it definitely lacked a bit of polish and it isn’t exactly original, you could probably find the assembled parts of this book in most UFs you lay your hands on. It had the snarky, misfit heroine, the gorgeous and polished hero and then a small cast of likeable secondary characters. However, Neill brought these tired old elements together and created something that was a lot of fun to read. Merit’s snarky humour may not be original, but it made me laugh and I liked her, Ethan may not quite make my mouth water like other similar UF heroes (then again, no one will ever beat Curran from the Kate Daniels series or Bones from the Night Huntress series…so I may be bias!) but, that doesn’t mean I am not intrigued about how the Ethan and Merit situation will proceed.
The world the Neill has created was interesting, vampires are split into different houses and each house works on a feudal system with one vampire being the boss and then tiers of vampires below him. It seems archaic but it is necessary to control younger members of the vamp community. Vampires are also political animals and I expect that will come into play more and more as the series progresses.
This was a solid start to a UF series and I will definitely be continuing to read it. If like me, you haven’t read the Chicagoland Vampires series and you want an UF to delve into then I recommend you give it a go.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?