Chloe Neill

A Chicagoland Vampire Novel

Gollancz (2009)

ISBN: 978-0-575-09405-5

Reviewed by Mitenae

Merit is moving out and into House Cadogan but isn’t quite ready to give up her home completely, when her grandfather and ombudsman between humans and supernaturals asks her to pass on a level one package to Ethan, her Master.

Ethan has learned a journalist is planning an exposé on underworld vampire activities and asks Merit to help get him into the high society world Merit has tried to escape her whole life. Then the Greenwich Presidium releases Celina Desaulniers, the vampire who tried to make Merit her third victim, going against the deal Merit’s grandfather negotiated.

Celina is once again loose and chances are there is only one vampire she has her sights set on. Merit.

The characters and world are much like many other vampire novels I’ve read. This one has witches and shifters (shapeshifters) and for the moment has no werewolves. Although set in Chicago, it relies to some extent on readers’ familiarity with the layout of the city.

The writing has a smart, wisecrack edge to it that at times works well and at other times feels overdone and out of place.

Friday Night Bites is a vampire/paranormal novel much like the many out there that are currently gracing bookstore shelves. For me, as a long time reader, this offers nothing new or unusual to set it apart from the many other vampire novels I’ve read over the years.