Title: Friday Night Bites
Author: Chloe Neill
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 357 pages
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From: Oshkosh Public Library
Plot Basics: Merit continues in her role as sentinel looking into who is behind the Vampire Raves, also known as feeding parties. Luc is positive that rogue vampires are behind it, and Merit must prove that before her House is pulled into suspicion.
Banter Points: Merit continues to be a fun, likable character in this second entry into the Chicagoland Vampires. Morgan continues to be more impressed with her friend’s abilities than exploring her own abilities. Even when she is ordered to attend a training class, Morgan finds away around the instructions she was told to follow, preferring to stay in the Chicago area rather than traveling to Detroit. As a side-kick, Morgan is loyal and fierce. As a character, I have to say, I’m really hoping that the shenanigans she pulls are part of something big later on.
Merit is growing into her role. Her confidence and charisma gets her into places, or her family name does. Other than the already identified bad guy – Selina – Merit wins over many of the other people in the story. Her relationship with her father and mother are part of the story, and provides an insight into the type of person Merit would have been if she had stayed in Society, instead of joining academia (prior to her vampire conversion, of course).
Bummer Points: I hate to say it, but a lot of the story falls apart if you start to think critically about any of the pieces. It is enjoyable to listen to, and I get why there’s a following, but this is purely brainless story. The characters have similar voices and concerns. The obstacles are tangible, but overcome because someone always has the right skill set, and time to achieve.
But, I do like listening to the novel as I putter around the house cleaning or otherwise. I like that I am along for the ride, without the emotional investment of say, Harry Dresden (seriously, folks, he is the gold standard by which all urban fantasy will be measured.) It’s fun, just like action movies and the latest rom-com are fun.
Stacie’s Recommendation: Fun reading, light on thinking. If you need that kind of night (or week), this is perfect.