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They Killed Me They Healed Me They Changed MeSure, The Life Of A Graduate Student Wasn T Exactly Glamorous, But It Was Merit S She Was Doing Fine Until A Rogue Vampire Attacked Her But He Only Got A Sip Before He Was Scared Away By Another Bloodsucker And This One Decided The Best Way To Save Her Life Was To Make Her The Walking UndeadTurns Out Her Savior Was The Master Vampire Of Cadogan House Now She S Traded Sweating Over Her Thesis For Learning To Fit In At A Hyde Park Mansion Full Of Vamps Loyal To Ethan Sullivan Of Course, As A Tall, Green Eyed, Four Hundred Year Old Vampire, He Has Centuries Worth Of Charm, But Unfortunately, He Expects Her Gratitude And ServitudeBut An Inconvenient Sunlight Allergy And Ethan S Attitude Are The Least Of Her Concerns Someone S Still Out To Get Her Her Initiation Into Chicago S Nightlife May Be The First Skirmish In A War And There Will Be Blood 4.5 Stars This was a hilarious, quick read and it s been ages since I ve read a good vampire book Okay, so I ve changed this review as a series overview.I have a list of favourite series and this one has easily pushed its way on there with Darkfever, Bittenand Magic Bites.What I really enjoy about this series Merit does not choose to be a vampire but she lives with the changes made in her life and adjusts with as much dignity as she can.She deals intelligently and confidently at all times She does not stupidly talk out of her ass cough Rose, Vampire Academy cough It s actually quite refreshing to read a character so mature and who holds herself up with dignity I enjoy Ethan s character because his relationship with Merit is not joyfully accepted by all of those around her He s a 400 year old vampire and not prone to easily accept emotions and humanity Merit constantly questions whether he is a good part of her life and how her relationship with him has changed her and whether she wants to change This kind of self reflection was an absolute delight for me when compared to other books where the heroine s thought processes were, OMG He s so hawt We arez ment to be 2gether 4EVA SCEWZ everyone else Cough Bella Twilight Cough Luce Fallen cough Nora Hush, Hush Cough The political manuevering between the supernaturals, humans, ombudsman etc is interesting to me and it actually is thoughtfully executed The last two books had endings that I hadn t predicted and a mystery that I didn t actually manage to figure out ahead of time which was VERY much appreciated Ethan is an ass but Merit gives back as good as she takes and even though they re supposed to be in a Master Servant relationship but they quickly end up as equal partners Her ideas are respected and novelty, she actually makes intelligent choices cough mostly cough There were strong, positive female relationships in this book It s nice to have a character who can be surrounded by other hot, confident women without issue So, overall, these books were fantastic for me I ve spent three almost sleepless nights reading the books because I simply couldn t put them down until finished For me, that s the mark of a great book PS Oh, and did I mention the sexiness Oh the sexiness Okay, now that I m done back to dancing Dances I d been made one Vampire Predator Initiate into one of the oldest of the twelve vampire Houses in the United States And I wasn t just one of them.I was one of the best. This is the series I ve been waiting for The kind of series I can sink my teeth into no pun intended With a glittering ensemble of characters, a rapid storyline, and enough suspense and overall sexiness that ll teach you all about white knuckling that pretty kindle of yours this is probably in the running of being my favorite series this year What I love about Chloe Neill is that she s one of the rare authors who knows how to really settle into her story She s not in a hurry and she doesn t force the story along she just lets it happen, but she still manages to light a wildfire of intensity within it And it s pretty damn kickass This book begins by throwing your right into the story with Merit, the heroine, being forced to become a vampire I use the term, forced , lightly because it s actually done to save her life A vampire attacks her on her Chicago college campus, and tries to kill her, but then is scared off when a stronger vampire approaches the scene.And that stronger vampire is none other than Ethan Sullivan I ll get to him later, but for now just know that he s the one that turns her into a vampire, thereby making him her Master Which Merit finds out later in the story, and she s not all that thrilled about itAfter Ethan saves her, Merit is delivered back to her home and has to go through three meticulous days of transitioning Luckily for Merit, she lives with Mallory her BFF and they have a copious stash of Chunky Munky After transitioning, Merit learns a LOT about the new world she lives in A Vampires do exist.B And she s now one of them.C Aaaaand she s a very powerful one.D The sexy and infuriatingly enigmatic Ethan Sullivan is her Master.E The majority of vampires actually belong to certain Houses think Harry Potter F She belongs to the one her Master resides in Cadogen G She has to swear complete allegiance and fealty to the sexy and infuriatingly enigmatic Ethan SullivanH She doesn t even know if she even likes Ethan, but she kind of wants to have his babies Because the man is god like gorgeous I Not only to vampires exist, but so do fairies nymphs werewolves shape shifters and everything else that belongs in a demented fairy tale.J Her best friend Mallory is a sorceress, and also didn t know she was oneK Oh yeah, and there s a vampire that s going around killing other vampires, framing her House, and it s up to her stop it.So that s the gist of the story Let s talk about the characters I loved Merit because she s just this down to earth person that s just been thrown one hell of a plot twist in her life She s a bookworm at heart, and now she s a kickass vampire And what I appreciated was that she s not annoying at all She s just a girl who s trying to find her way in her new life, and is trying not to fuck or kill Ethan Sullivan, her Master For all the tailored clothes and impeccable looks, his power was obvious He fairly hummed with it, and while his movements were crisp and elegant, they hinted at something darker, something menacing beneath the surface a shark arcing below deceptively smooth water. There are really only two words that can describe Ethan, and those two words are Hooooooly Shit One of the most powerful vampires He s also helluva sexy And a badass And a labyrinth of man, because he s so DAMN enigmatic seriously, I m already knee deep in book 2 of this series, and I still can t wrap my head around him Just when you think you re finally understanding him, he does something mindblowing And what s really awesome about he and Merit is that they have this HUGE wire of sexual tension between them Because on one hand, they want to tear each other apart but then on the other hand they want to just have wild, lurid, vampire sex with each other They re so attracted to each other, but none of them is willing submit to the other so it definitely gets interestingYes, I get that you don t want to be attracted to me, that you think I m beneath you And in case you haven t realized it, I m not thrilled about it either I don t want to like you, and I certainly don t want to be desired begrudgingly He stepped toward me with the grace of slinking panther And just as dangerous Then what do you want me to say His voice was low, thick with lambent power That I wanted you to taste me For all that you re stubborn, sarcastic, completely unable to take seriously my authority, and patently disrespectful, that I want you Do you think this is what I would choose My voice quiet, the sound oddly far away, I told him, I don t want anything from you Liar, he accused, and lowered his mouth to mineeyebrow waggle As the book begins Mallory Carmichael is just Merit s best friend And she s an awesome best friend because she s snarky and stubborn and HILARIOUS But soon she finds out that she s actually a sorceress Which is kind of badass, if I do say so myself Because I predict that within this series in general, we re going to see Merit and Mallory become this kickass duo.What I loved about Mallory s character is that like, Merit, she s just really a down to earth kind of girl who s just been completely thrown into this world of realistic fantasy And I love the way her character develops, because it s not like you know one day she s normal, and the next day she s this ultra powerful sorceress It doesn t happen like that Mallory s actually really scared of her magic, because she is so powerful And she s actually kind of reluctant to use it Which brings us to drum roll Catcher Bell is another yummy, sexy character He s a rebellious ass kicker of a guy He s also a sorcerer And unlike Mallory he completely owns it He s kind of like the Yoda Merlin of this series, because he s the one that teaches both Merit and Mallory how to become what they were meant to be He shows them the ropes, kicks their asses a little bit, and teaches them how to get back up from a fight Overall he s just flat out awesome If you re looking for an epic series, this is it, guys I m so glad I stumbled across this series because I have a feeling that it s going to be the kind that I ll never forget and will probably be placed on a shelf right up there with the Fever series, The Mortal Instruments , and Harry Potter.Chloe Neill, you re a fucking badass.That s all. Okaaaaay So on io9 a few months back, someone actually accused my Goodreads account of being manufactured by my people to cull with the fan base because I rate everything 4 or 5 stars and series tend to get the same score across the bar I think its the most insulting comment I ve gotten on the internet, haha And referring to my people is like, so hilarious, because I m a poor web series producer, and I have one agent and that s it and I do everything else myself and, well, whatever.Anyhoo, I m gonna be liberal about listing books that I read This book falls into the I dunno if I loved it but I KNOW there are people out there who will First the positive Really good dialogue For some reason I REALLY liked the main character, so it was easy to take the ride with her Lots of characters whose personality came through and were engaging despite the setups being familiar in the genre I enjoyed the plotting, there s nothing at all new about the vampire world, but the writing itself was strong enough that I wanted to read the whole thing and stayed up until 3am doing so Especially with all the requisite plot points Training to be a badass and having crazy powers you never knew about , love triangle with two requisite hotties, etc etc.Negative Er, there are several things I wanna call out First Mentioning Buffy in one of these vampire paranormal romance novels is ok ONCE, but three times REALLY Started to make me LOOK for similarities in plot setup, which isn t necessarily good.Second All the vampires live in one house like a sorority dorm, really I mean, the author even calls this out and makes fun of it a little, but at the same time she s totally using it for REAL, kinda can t make fun of it and embrace it at the same time, right And they re all dressed in black Armani, and attractive and broody etc etc I was giggling a few times because it was just too Vampire Diaries for my taste The author has a great sense of humor, but with the mechanics, the world is pretty much every vampire setup EVER I kinda felt at a few points this whole thing was aimed towards teenagers There isn t a lot of racy stuff so actually this would be a good choice for Twilights Third Why did all the guys hot guys have light green eyes I don t understand, seriously, that s just a detail that really bugged me Blue eyes and brown eyes can be sexy too, and differentiate between the hot guys in the love triangle I felt like I was in Big Trouble in Little China for a bit.Here s the upshot If you re looking for a fluffy romp through familiar urban fantasy territory you will like this And the second book BTW was better than the first, so I will totally read the third, coming out next week.