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I'm a total bookworm and a romantic at heart. I'm also a little bit of a paranormal nerd so I absolutely love books that are about creatures of the night and allow me to submerge myself into a world of fantasy.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Synopsis:

You'd think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against us bloodsucking fiends. Instead, ten months later, we're enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite—fending off paparazzi only slightly less dangerous than cross and stake-wielding slayers. Don't get me wrong, Joe Public isn't exactly thrilled to be living side-by-side with the undead, but at least they haven't stormed the castle yet.

You'd think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against us bloodsucking fiends. Instead, ten months later, we're enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite—fending off paparazzi only slightly less dangerous than cross and stake-wielding slayers. Don't get me wrong, Joe Public isn't exactly thrilled to be living side-by-side with the undead, but at least they haven't stormed the castle yet.

But all that will change once they learn about the Raves—mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly. Most civilized vampires frown on this behavior, putting mere mortals at ease with their policy of asking a person's consent before taking a big gulp of the red stuff. However, that doesn't make good copy for a first time reporter looking to impress his high society family.

So now my "master," the centuries old, yet gorgeously well-preserved Ethan Sullivan, wants me to reconnect with my own upper class family and act as liaison between humans and vampires—and keep the more unsavory aspects of our existence out of the media. But someone doesn't want people and vamps to play nicey-nice—someone with an ancient grudge.

Review:

Friday Night Bites was a very enjoyable and wonderfully detailed book. I loved that I could almost see the story playing out in my head, as if the characters and world we real lol. The only issue I had was that I felt that the pace of the fist half of the book could have been faster.


It was so interesting to see how Merit evolved from the beginning of the first book, Some Girls Bite, thru the second. Going from Grad student to vampire to Sentinel of the house couldn't have been easy. I really appreciated that Neill didn't make it seem like a walk in the park, which I thought made Merit easier to relate too. Merit really struggles with her new life and new responsibilities throughout Some Girls Bites and continues learning how to deal in book two. Merit seems to be fighting a whirlwind of emotions in Friday Night Bites. She is forced to return to a family she doesn't consider herself to be apart of, trying to remain somewhat human, and above all doing everything that she can to ignore her feeling for her master, Ethan. Except disdain.

Merit and Ethan's relationship runs very hot and cold one minute they can barley tolerate being in the same room, almost to the point of convincing the reader that perhaps they really do loath one another, and then the next scene it's hot an steamy. There were many times in the book where I became more than a little frustrated with Merit for deluding herself that she doesn't care for Ethan while at the same time shes alienating everyone that cares for her to make Ethan happy. It'll be very interesting to see how their "relationship" will play out in the third book Twice Bitten.

Neill's writing style does a great job of keeping me turning the page. The world that she has created as well as her portrayal of vampires is a wonderfully new and creative outlook and I can't wait to read book three as her series of the Chicagoland Vampires continues.

Cover: 3.5

Plot: 4

Characters: 3.8

Writing: 4.5

Overall: 4

4 Comments:

  1. Cecile said...
    I have this book in the mountain of a TBR pile. Great review. I might just have to dig it out of there and put it next on the list!
    Hope all is well!
    Eli said...
    I kind of really want to get in this series. I own Firespell, her YA series. Maybe if I end up really liking it, I could start this one next? Great review.
    Mandi said...
    Nice review - the tension is building in this series between Merit and Ethan ;)
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