by Chloe Neill
How have I missed this series? I only recently heard about it because of all the fantastic reviewers on goodreads.com. I feel like I live in a backwoods outpost with only a few survival books helicoptered in once in a while! Anyway, what a great start to a new (to me) series!
Merit was almost killed by a rogue vampire, but turned in time by a master vampire who was in the right place at the right time. She didn’t choose this life, but once she accepts it, she moves forward to do what is right for her and her house.
Our reluctant vampire heroine only whines about her predicament for a little bit until she realizes that she needs to make the most out of what life has handed her. “I’m not happy to be a vampire. It’s not the life that I’d have picked. But it’s mine now, and I’ll honor that.” (pg 275)
The side characters are hilarious, annoying, enjoyable and completely interesting. Merit is stronger than most newbie vamps and kicks ass. I am hoping she doesn’t get all the good abilities and become uber-vamp, but will instead need the help from her quirky and talented sidekicks and crew. She is completely attracted to her maker, but mad at him. He likes her too, but pulls a Mr. Darcy and explains why he shouldn’t like her while asking her out. Makes for entertaining stuff.
The hmmm – the bad guy monologues at the end, for a reason, but still. Also, the end wraps up really quickly! I had maybe 10 pages left and still didn’t know “who did it.”
But those hmmms are fairly minor. I really enjoyed this first novel and am excited to dig into Friday Night Bites to see what Merit gets into next! A new series I am super excited about – yay!! 4 stars.