They killed me. They healed me. They changed me.
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world—and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker...and this one decided that the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.
Turns out my savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now I've traded sweating over my 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 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.
I went into this one with mixed feelings as I have had some people that love this series and some that didn’t. I decided to give it a try and go in with no feelings and see what I thought. I have to say I can see why people don’t like this series and I think this first book suffers from the whole annoying main character problem. We start this book by meeting Merit who we learn has just been turned into a vampire after being killed by someone. I think I didn’t like Merit because she was a bit of a whining hard headed heroine who seemed to do first and think about the consequences later. I could see that the author was trying to make her strong headed but she came across as stubborn and way too arrogant.
As the story continued we get to meet other people like Ethan who we find out is the head of the Cadogan House and the person that turned Merit. I am in a love hate relationship with Ethan also as I get he is the head vamp in charge but the way he treats people and talks to Merit would make me not care for him. I also am not liking the whole instalust thing that Merit and Ethan have going on. The narrator I will say does a pretty good job of changing up her style to make all the voices distinct and to keep me listening. I am interested in the next book in the series though as I have had my friends that like the series that stated you just have to get through the first book and it gets better. I can see the potential there so I will stick with it.