Summary (book cover)
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world – and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he got only a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker… and this one decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.
Turns out my saviour was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now I’ve traded sweating over my dissertation for learning to git in a Kenwood 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 expect my gratitude – and servitude. Right…
But my burgeoning powers (all of a sudden, i’m surprising ly handy with some serious weaponry), an inconvenient allergy, and Ethan’s attitude are the least of my concerns. Someone’s still 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… an there will be blood.
This is the first book in a new series by Chloe Neill and I absolutely loved it!
I think this is a fresh new voice in the world of Urban Fantasy. It is well written and witty and I was pulled into Merit’s world from the first few pages. If I didn’t have so many distractions I would have read this book all in one go, it is that good.
The main character, Merit, was an ordinary college student but is now a newly turned vamp. The story begins with Merit having gone through ‘the Change’ and how she deals with it. I love the combination of innocence and naivety with the kick-arse chick saves the day persona. It is also refreshing to read about ‘the change’ from human to vampire, as this part is usually skipped as we are plonked directly in the middle of the story without knowing the beginning and how it all started.
It is great to see Merit grow into her new role as Sentinel ,and I can’t wait to find out how her relationships with Morgan, a vamp from a rival House, and Ethan, her boss and Master, develop. Both male characters are hot and very likable, and at this point I have no idea who I want her to be with. Merit is sassy and down to earth with a little bit of sexiness thrown in.
I love all the characters in this book and I especially enjoyed the fact that Merit has a best friend, Mallory, who she can confide in and gossip with, as usually with this genre the female protagonist is a loner and doesn’t like friendships as they come under ‘too much baggage’. So, this is really refreshing and I hope it continues throughout the series. I’m also intrigued to find out how Mallory deals with her own predicament of newly discovered powers.
This is a great start to a new series and I really can’t wait for the next installment. I absolutely recommend it!
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Thank you to Chloe for sending me this book for review.