Series: Chicagoland Vampires #1
Published by Roc on April 7th 2009
Number of Pages: 341
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban
Purchase: At Amazon
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.
I liked that the book started with Merit’s change from human to vampire. We got to learn about vampires in this world, right along with Merit. We also got some info on werewolves, magic-users, and nymphs. I like the idea of vampires living in Houses. Which are basically their family, they’re all sisters and brothers once they’ve been accepted into a House and turned into a vampire. And each House polices it’s own, but also works in concert with the other Houses to hunt down Rogues.
There was also politics, both vampire and human. We learn why vampires and werewolves don’t get along, (and I love that it’s not an issue of being different, but an actual ISSUE.) And even though there is a love triangle, it didn’t bother me as much as usual. Ethan wants her, but only because he’s attracted to her physically, he doesn’t seem to care about her emotionally. And doesn’t hesitate to use her in the chess-match that is vampire politics. And while Merit is also attracted to HIM for the same reason, she knows it’s not enough. Then there’s Morgan who wants to get to know Merit and actually date her.
I loved how Merit reacted to being turned into a vampire against her will. Even though it was to save her life. I especially loved the part where she and Mallory kick out the vampire sent to explain things to her. There are a lot of funny and snarky moments in this book, and I can hardly wait to see what the next book has in store.