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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review: Friday Night Bites

Title: Friday Night Bites
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #2
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Cynthia Holloway
Release Date: January 10, 2011
Length: Novel (372 pages/11.7 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Friday Night Bites is book two in the Chicagoland Vampires series. Caroline (Merit) Merit returns and is ready to kick more vampire butt if need be. She's the Sentinel of Cadogan house, which means she ensures the security of the house. I was happy to see more about the security side of things since Merit is taking her job seriously and protecting Ethan, the master of the house. This time around though she's trying to find out who's behind a threat to the weres which in turn affects the vampires. The situation is taking her back to her roots, and I knew this wasn't going to be pleasant for Merit.

There's so much conflict in this installment that my head was spinning. I was sad to see that there weren't many appearances from the secondary characters that I enjoyed in book one. There are bumps in the road for some of her former friendships and even love life. I got frustrated with our leading lady a few times. I know that Merit is still dealing with losing her humanity and her life being changed so drastically, but pick up the phone and talk to your BFF or something. Mallory (Merit's BFF) is also dealing with huge life changes (ie: her newly found magical abilities) and with Merit living at the Cadogan house their friendship is drifting a bit. I'm hoping to see more of those secondary characters in book three. All in all, this was a solid sequel, and I'm loving the series. I'll be grabbing book three via audio in the near future. I'd recommend this series if you're looking for an urban fantasy series with fighting and vampires.

The Narrator:
I was happy to see Cynthia Holloway return in book two as the narrator. She was a bit stiff in the first book, but I think she's got a good feel for the characters now.


18 comments:

  1. This is another series I was meant to read ages ago and yet, I still have to grab the first instalment :(

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    1. Not too much romance, it's mainly fighting and whodunit with a bit of sexual tension ;) I think you'll like it though!

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  2. I remember feeling so bad for Merit in this book. So many changes in her life. Glad you're enjoying them.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Uh huh, poor thing. Hoping in book three the conflicts are resolved fully.

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  3. I haven't read a good vampire fantasy in a long time. The ones I've read are mostly paranormal romance with lots of other creatures. This is definitely something I should check out later on

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    1. I think you'll enjoy the series, Braine! :D

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  4. This is a fun series. I lost touch with it after the 4th book but I need to get back in there. I remember really enjoying the story line and Neill's humor.

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    1. Yall have my curious, it seems quite a few people quit reading after a few books in.

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  5. I really want to start this series. I've had it on my to-read list for so long and I absolutely love a good urban fantasy. Glad to see that the sequel delivered :D Great review!

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    1. It was on my TBR forever, finally got around to it, and so far I've enjoyed both :D Need to grab the rest of the series soon.

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  6. Nice to see you are enjoying the series! And I like when the narrators return, and slip into the characters even better. :)

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    1. She was very stiff (or I wasn't used to her) in book one. She's gotten used to the characters a bit more this time around though the stiffness is still slightly there.

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  7. I liked this one better than the first, even though the lack of action sometimes makes my mind wonder. Looking forward to book 3!

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    1. Yeah, I think the lack of action is a bit odd since I really thought the series would be a lot of kick butt fighting lol

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  8. That's great the narrator started to settle in. The secondary characters I think do show up a good deal later on. Not always a good thing. lol

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    1. nooooo I was hoping they'll show up more in book 3!!

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  9. I have the first couple of books to read....*sigh* I swear, I will never catch up, lols. Great reviews Mel!

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    1. lol I was the same way, knocked book 1 & 2 out back to back via audios though ;) Hope you enjoy!

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