Oh my gosh, if you love urban fantasy and if you aren’t reading Chloe Neill, you should be! Friday Night Bites is the second installment of the Chicagoland Vampire series.
In a very short amount of time, Merit’s life has taken a very different path than what she had intended. She went from a graduate student to vampire and Sentinel of Cadogan House. She now has to adjust to moving into Cadogan House and leaving her roommate Mallory who is going through some changes of her own. She is sorta dating the new Master of Navarre House on the orders of Ethan. Ethan, the Master of the House and Merit’s boss has mixed feelings for her as does she for him. When she moves into her new room, she also is given the assignment to investigate raves; mass feeding parties where vampires gorge themselves on humans. This is not the kind of image that vampires want to portray. The problem is that the press is very interested in anything that vampires do. If it gets leaked to the press about the raves, vampires would suffer in the public opinion and that could have long reaching consequences. They receive a tip that an old friend of Merit’s from her childhood is investigating the raves, ready to air the vampires’ dirty laundry. So Ethan orders Merit to reach out to her parents and reclaim her place in high society in order to glean information. Too bad that Merit would rather take a walk at sunrise then have anything to do with that world, especially her parents. It quickly becomes clear that someone is trying to stir up trouble for the vampires. Can Merit discover what is going on before things get completely out of hand?
I thought Some Girls Bite was great but Friday Night Bites is FANTASTIC! I could hardly put it down. Merit is doing the best she can to adjust to this new “life”. But she feels like she is split in two. As she investigates, her control over the two parts of her self becomes tenuous. Seeing her parents, entering the world of high society that held little appeal when she was alive and even less now, forces Merit to spend more time with Ethan. I really enjoy how Ms. Neill handles their relationship. I find it refreshing that although they are attracted to one another, they aren’t happy about it at all. Her tenuous relationship with Morgan the Master of Navarre adds another dimension to her feelings for Ethan and for her new life. I am firmly on Team Jeff in the area of Merit’s love life. There is so much going on between Merit and everyone in her life. You really feel how overwhelmed Merit is. Ms. Neill juggles a lot of plot threads and never drops a single one. Ms. Neill has created the perfect vampire series and I am seriously, hopelessly addicted! I can’t wait for the next book, Twice Bitten, which is hitting stores in July of 2010 as well as her YA book Firespell coming in January 2010.