Book #1 in the Chicagoland Vampires series
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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.
Now I’ve traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed,
four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude—and servitude. Right…
But someone’s out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches?
My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.
Started this book on vacation and didn’t have a real chance to get into it until I got home. So the first 100 pages took forever. I’m thinking it was mainly due to being busy and not a reflection on the story, although I did go back and forth on that in the beginning too. This story reminds me of several other author’s writing that I adore: Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, D.B. Reynolds, Patricia Briggs to name a few. If you enjoyed books by any of these authors I think you will like this series too.
So like I said in the beginning I wasn’t so sure what to think. I’m mentioned in blog posts before that one of my biggest pet peeves is a lead character that doesn’t like themselves. Merit had a little of that going for her, but it wasn’t so much that she didn’t like herself, she did’t like what had been done to her. She didn’t want to be a vampire and the choice had not been granted to her over her change. She spent much of the book struggling to come to terms with this new life. I appreciated the approach this author took to the situation and actually enjoyed the struggle that Merit was working through. In this case I found it interesting and was glad I stuck with it.
Like Merit, I am unsure of what to make of the two love interests that have been set up for the love triangle in this series. I kinda like and hate both men and am going to need another book or two before I can pick a team to root for. They are both so deliciously complex that I wish we could have gotten to know both of them better in this book.
I also liked how Merit was pretty much as in the dark to this new supernatural world and its rules as we were. I enjoy when a story plays out this way because we get to learn the ropes along with the lead character.
So what didn’t work for me. Some of the dialog and some cases of showing not telling. Other typical first book stuff as the author works out a new series, its world and struggles to find their voice. By the end of the book though most of the rough edges had been smoothed over and I was so into the story that I went ahead and added the complete series to my to-read list. Now I’m ruing all the Galley books I need to get through and review before I can continue this series. Damn you over active request impulse for free books… Anyway, great start to this series and I really can’t wait to read more!