Publication Order of Chicagoland Vampires Books
|Some Girls Bite||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Friday Night Bites||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Twice Bitten||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Hard Bitten||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Drink Deep||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Biting Cold||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|House Rules||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Biting Bad||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Howling for You||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Wild Things||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Blood Games||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Lucky Break||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dark Debt||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Midnight Marked||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Chicagoland vampires is an urban fantasy vampire romance book series; authored by Chloe Neil, the series is set within the city of Chicago and largely chronicles the life of Merit and the various changes the 28 year old English Literature PhD student undergoes upon her entrance into the dark and dangerous world of the undead.
Chicagoland vampires first saw light in 2009, following the publishing of Some Girls Bite, the first book in the fantasy romance series, by the New American Library.
Author of the equally successful Dark Elite series and mother of two, Chloe Neil has produced ten titles in the Chicagoland Vampires series to date, the latest, Blood Games, released in 2004.
The Chicagoland vampires World
The Chicagoland world is one that is populated by a vast array of supernatural creatures, most of whose existence is a well kept secret by the various governments of the world, with the vampires standing at the head as a widely recognized and accepted supernatural entity by the public.
-Each supernatural species largely stands apart, governed by its own unique and strict set of rules. The vampires follow a feudal system, with each vampire standing under the guidance of a house ruled by a single master whose will all must follow.
The vampire community in the United States operates under the auspices of 12 major houses, each with its own set of rules and creeds, with these houses along with those vampire elements in Western Europe organized under the governing body known as the Greenwich Presidium.
Along with those rogue vampires that stand apart from any house affiliation, the undead of Chicagoland vampires largely follow the structure of your typical vampire, this precluding a few details, such as their intense craving for food and the fact that they fall unconscious when the sun comes up.
Vampires enjoy a fairly cordial relationship (at least in the beginning) with shape shifters, those supernatural creatures with the natural ability change their shape, usually to one specific animals; possessing the largest numbers in the United States, shape shifters operate within the confines of packs.
Organized under the so called Order, a union constituting various chapters, those beings known as sorcerers and witches have the power to control the magic that all other supernatural creatures possess but cannot grasp, usually utilizing their gifts within the confines of four classes.
The nymphs are tiny creatures who can manipulate the will of men, while Angels take on the role of Messengers of peace, and Demons, Messengers of Justice.
Some girls Bite
The first book in the Chicagoland Vampires series quickly introduces Merit, the story’s protagonist; sweating under the weight of her education obligations, an attack from the undead turns the 28 year old’s life upside down.
Rescued from death by the mysterious Ethan Sullivan, only later learning of his status as Lord of the house of Cadogan later on, Merit must now take her place among the undead.
With life as a new vampire proving to be anything but simple, the thirst and allergic reaction to the sun are the least of her worries; someone’s out to get her and Merit must maneuver through political complications, unwanted attractions and shifting loyalties to root out friend from foe.
Some Girls Bite makes a strong case for the Chicagoland series, Chloe Neil bringing to life a well rounded protagonist in Merit alongside a cast of charming and equally interesting characters. And there is something to be said about the rather snappy dialogue and strength of character that shines through.
Friday Night Bites
The sequel to Some Girls Bite kicks off two weeks after the conclusion of the first novel. The story quickly thrusts Merit into deeper waters as she finds herself in new environments, facing challenging obstacles, both of natural and supernatural origins.
The revelation regarding the existence of the vampire community has brought to the undead great popularity, the species attracting fame and status equal to that of Hollywood elite. And with the public and the media quickly warming to their colder cousins, forces begin to shift beneath the surface.
Jamie Breckenridge, a Chicago World Weekly reporter, has caught wind of the infamous raves, bloody events in which masses of vampires round humans up like cattle and feed upon them. With the revelation of these barbaric occurrences threatening to attract hostilities towards man’s new best friends, it is up to Merit, under orders from Ethan, to return to her upper class family and utilize her connections to better relations between the species.
Determined to not only keep a lid of the unsavory facets of vampire life but also prepare for the oncoming storm that will result from her failure, Merit finds her efforts buffeted by an unknown foe, one determined to rock the boat of friendship between human and vampire.
The second novel in the Chicagoland Vampires series struck some bumps along the way, creating some rather contrived conflicts, slowing the pacing to a crawl in some areas and stalling the elements of action until the very end, but none the less proved to be a fun read to many a fan, especially with a marked improvement in Chloe Neil’s writing, a trend that continues throughout the series.
The characters of Chicagoland Vampires
Chicagoland vampires focuses primarily upon Caroline Evelyn Merit, a dark haired blue eyed 28 year old PhD student that stumbles upon and is eventually inducted into the world of the undead. Boasting wealth, wit and a strong will, Merit’s existence in the series revolves around her relationship with her master, Ethan, as well as her family.
Along the way she enters into a fairly antagonistic relationship with Mallory Carmichael, the dark haired witch proving herself quite the dark spark in the havoc she wreaks in the first few books, sometimes subtly.
The majority of the series’ cast falls largely within the supernatural realm, from Morgan Greer, second in command of the Navarre house, Catcher Bell, a former sorcerer that was thrown out of the order for unknown reasons and who currently enjoys a strenuous relationship with Mallory, the shape shifter Jeff Christopher, the psychic Lindsey, Johan, a member of Grey house and many more.Book Series In Order » Characters » Chicagoland Vampires