Friday, December 18, 2009
posted by Tina at Tinasbookreviews
Merit at first seemed to be the stereotypical girl next door and I have to admit during the first few chapters I really wasn’t looking for the “written about a thousand times” butt kicking heroine. I must say once I got sucked into the storyline I was surprisingly impressed. This was my first Chloe Neill book, and I loved it! Think Underworld with lots of humor and spicier romance. The writing was suburb and the plot was fast paced and full of everything that makes a story great!
The story opens with Merit awaking to her new life as a vampire; she was changed against her will and has a hard time through the duration of the book coming to terms with the loss of her human life. Slowly and well done, Neill begins to peel back layer after layer of Merit, who by far is one of my favorite characters in a vampire series. Merit comes from a prestigious family, known for its money and stature. She isn’t close with any of them expect for her grandfather who winds up being a fun sidekick to the story. Mallory, Merits best friend- is perfect; she’s funny and supportive and brings so much humor to the story. I loved the banter that flowed between the characters and the various laugh out loud moments. The humor gives the book a break from the serious undertone of Vampire wars and steamy romance. The lightly sprinkled makings of a hot tensioned filled romance begin with Ethan Sullivan, the vampire who turned her. He also happens to be the head of the Cadogan House in Chicago. Ethan is arrogant and wears his confidence and power like a chest of armor. At first with Ethan I was leaning towards the sleaze ball but I kind of like him…………Im unsure of Morgan, the second piece of a potential love twist but it will be interesting to see how Neill plays this love triangle out.
By the end of the book we know Merit is stronger and smarter than the average vampire, one of my favorite parts in the book was reading through her training sessions with Catcher, who discovers Merit’s weapon of choice: A Katana Sword. There’s a lot of background information I think this author has coming, I’m still wondering what happened in Catcher’s past, why was Merit targeted for death in the first place? Why is she so powerful, why is her father such a butt, and why is it that Merit gets to eat like a pig and not gain a pound!!!
Favorite book lines: Merit: I'm just warning you, Im probably going to be a total hard-a** vamp. Mallory snorted and walked out of the kitchen, calling out, "Yeah, well, you've got a purple marshmallow on your chin, hard-a** vamp!!
I can't wait to get started on Friday Night Bites and see how everything evolves. Vampire and paranormal lovers will love this book and if that doesn't grab you...all the characters have really cool names!!
BWB Rating 4/4
BWB Discussion Questions
1.Obviously the issues of social status and class are used in this story, do you feel Merit is above the simplistic ideology in this book, or is she the typical character: shuns away from the idea of being better than others but loves her status, in both the vampire and human worlds? I think Merit does truly shun away from the whole Im better than you thing....she doesn't like the way her father flaunts his status and she wants to be known for her smarts not her money! Merit has confidence in herself yet she doesnt look down on others. I think she was really happy with her life and thats why she stuggles with the vamp girl who at some point is going to come out more and more. Thats why I loved Merit, she seems real and like a best friend Id want, so I guess that tells me I think Id really love hangin out with Chloe Neill....(lol)
2.What motivations do you believe pushed Amber to behave the way she did? Her cattiness seemed rather shallow, but could it only be cattiness that had her acting the way she did in the end? I think she was just playing a game.....she was so background that I really didnt think about her behavior, I can tell you I hated the scene with Ethan, Amber and um Merit watching in his apartment.....(ewww)
3.Do you see a House of her own in Merit's future? YES.....I think Merit is going to be a kick-butt master.....maybe with some shifters and other sups thrown in!!!
4.Which vamp are you hoping Merit ends up with? Im probably going against the popular vote....but as of now I want Ethan to break out of his Master shell and be a giddy man in love!! I might change my mind later after I get to know Morgan better.
Posted by Tina at 9:54 PM