First in a brand new series about a Chicago graduate student’s introduction into a society of vampires.Sure, 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 undead. Turns 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 “Lord o’ the Manor” 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 servitude. But 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.
======================================= “Turns out my savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now I’ve traded sweating over my dissertation for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude - and servitude. Right…
“But my burgeoning powers (all of a sudden, I’m surprisingly handy with some serious weaponry), an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of my concerns. Someone’s still out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches?
“My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war… and there will be blood.”
My Thoughts I picked this one up while Audible was having a big sale, I can’t deny the $4.50 price tag had a lot to do with my decision to buy it although I was thinking, oh no!..Not another vampire book,… well let me just say, I’m very glad I did, this was a great listen, fast paced, good characterization, great plot, with plenty of sexual tension and most of all I loved the potential this book gives to the series. The world the author created doesn’t have only vampires: there are shifters, nymphs, sorcerers, angels. We’ll probably learn more about the interaction between the different creatures in the upcoming novels, this it's a book that makes you want to know more about what happens next and intriguing enough to have you come back for more. I loved Merit (the main protagonist) I instantly connected with her character and understood her struggles after being turned without her consent, I know... I know, it’s been done before, but I liked the way Merit handle the situation, no once I felt she acted immature, she's a strong, stubborn and determined character who always remains true to herself, in the other hand I not so sure how I feel about Ethan (the vampire that turned Merit), I don’t know if I hate him or love him, then again I have always loved an arrogant hero and Ethan is certainly that. It might be too early in the series to put him up there with: Jericho Barons, (Fever series) Curran (Kate Daniels) or Eric ( Sookie Stackhouse novels) but he definitely has the potential., Another reason why I can’t wait to get to the next book; which I would’ve done right away if not for the fact the Slave of Sensation and Dead Reckoning audiobooks were released in the same week I finished listening to this one, and of course I had to get to those right away. For those of you (much like myself) who enjoy a truly Urban Fantasy tale full of excitement and heat, this book is a must listen/read.
The book was narrated by Cynthia Holloway, she’s been a favorite of mine, she has read some of Anita Blake novels as well as the Morganville Vampire series, and I have always been satisfied with her narrations, but something was missing here, at times I felt her monotone, I wasn’t too happy with her male voices and occasionally I had a hard time telling the difference between the characters, let’s just say this wasn’t one of best performances, regardless I still managed to enjoy the book, and I’m still going to listen to the next one, sometimes a narrator can grow on you, and their voices become as familiar as the characters.
Other Listeners: 4.28 stars based on 142 ratings
By Jan I am a huge fan of this series and was delighted that I could now enjoy it as an audiobook. This is a great book that was almost a great audiobook. Although the narrator played secondary characters very well, her interpretation of Merit was, at times, way over the top. Switching 'voices' during dialogue was occasionally a problem, as well as missing inflection (if someone is condescending he should sound condescending). What's most frustrating is that this book isn't horrible, just inconsistent in it's performance. What I thought was going to be an auto-buy series has turned into a "should I or shouldn't I" situation for future purchases.
By Brad I wasn't sure I would like this series, but I liked the narrator and decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed, and I downloaded the following two books (I listend to all 3 withing 4 days). The only bad part is the 4th book doesn't come out until May 3rd, 2011.
I've decided i'm going to start rating the book covers, and my rating for this book is a C-. what do you think? ;)