Book Banter: Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

Title: Some Girls Bite6663839
Author: Chloe Neill
Genre: Urban fantasy
Length: 341 pages
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From:  Oshkosh Public Library
Plot Basics: Merit is turned to vampire without her consent. Along with the new look, power, and fangs, she also is dealing with the hows and whys of her initiation into the vampire world. Unlike her roomie Mallory, Merit isn’t a fan of the newly announced subculture. She just wants to finish her thesis.

Banter Points: I really like how urban fantasy is building into the worlds the idea that supernaturals can no longer hide and they must come out of hiding and figure out there place in the world, coexisting with humans. Merit adjusts surprisingly well to the new world she finds herself in. The coming out of the vamps helps, but she is very practical and open minded too. She thinks logically, not emotionally through most things. This trait is something that I’m interested in seeing more of as she learns about the world of vamps.

More interesting to me was the roommate, Mallory. She is part of the subculture too, as a witch. Her acceptance and go with the flow attitude made me wonder what’s really going on there. Is she really that okay with everything? Or is she covering up some knowledge that will come out later on?

Bummer Points: I found the book and the characters engaging, however, I also found several scenes that didn’t move the story forward. The book was published in 2009, with title #13 expected in 2016. I’m guessing that the slow start is due in part to the industry at the time as there was more tolerance for building scenes then, and in part to early writing skills.

Even though I didn’t find the scenes to benefit the story, they were well-written, and are potentially good set-up for future story lines. I liked reading them, but was left wondering what is going to be used. At 341 pages, I’m guessing she could have trimmed about about 40 or 50 pages, and stopped with 300-ish pages without altering the story.

Stacie’s Recommendation: I liked the characters and series well enough that I’ve got books two and three on reserve at the library.  There’s enough here that I’m curious how the next couple of books will be.


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