Book pick: Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series rocks! February 7, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Reviews/summaries.
Tags: Chicagoland Vampires, Chloe Neill
Here’s the latest book pick from Dot — a regular contributor to this blog! (Thanks Dot!) You can also see what Dot and other paranormal romance fans are reading by going to the “What are you reading” tab at the top right side of this page or CLICK HERE! (Scroll to bottom for latest comments!) And now onto Dot’s pick!
It’s still very cold here in New York but who cares when I can curl up with a hot cup of tea and an all engrossing vampire series. Yes, I do stray from the vamps now and then but something always pulls me back and ‘sucks’ me in. Well, isn’t it terrific when we find a new series that keeps us wanting more?
In 2009 Chloe Neill came on the Paranormal Romance scene with two wonderful books in her Chicagoland Vampire Series. The first was SOME GIRLS BITE and the second is FRIDAY NIGHT BITES. The story is about Merit, a grad student in the Windy City who is attacked late at night on campus by a vampire who is chased off by another vampire. Merit is so near death that the second vampire, the vampire master of Cadogen House, chooses to save her by turning her. Merit is a reluctant vampire at first but soon sees that her fate lies with the vampire house that sired her. Once again we have the heroine we love, strong willed, kick ass yet vulnerable. Pit her against her vampire master Ethan and we have clashes of will and strong sexual tension. Throw in a rival vampire master, Morgan, and we have a love triangle. There are supporting characters that lend even more interest to the story. Mallory is Merit’s roommate and has some secrets of her own that are just being discovered. Catcher is Merit’s trainer in weaponry. Merit’s grandfather has even more secrets. Neill peels the layers back for us bit by bit, and we can’t wait to discover what is next. Luckily we don’t have to wait long for TWICE BITTEN, book #3 in the series due July 6. (Neill has posted a “sneak peek” chapter from TWICE BITTEN on her Web site HERE!) This is an adult read with some sensuality and implied sex.
Neill also has just published FIRESPELL, the first book in her Young Adult DARK ELITE SERIES. It tells the story of Lily Parker in a fancy all girl’s boarding school in Chicago. Lily doesn’t want to be there but has no choice and she befriends Scout, who has some strange secrets. In Lily’s pursuit of Scout’s secrets she encounters some very dangerous paranormals in some very dangerous encounters. This is definitely a teen read. As much as I liked the Chicagoland Vampire series, I found this first book of the Dark Elite series to be very slow going.
Dot’s Note: In 2009 Chloe Neill and D.B. Reynolds (RAPHAEL, JABRIL) both stormed on the scene as new authors in the Paranormal Vampire genre. I strongly recommend both of these authors for page turning, can’t put it down, up all night reads.book