Today we're judging Twice Bitten: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel by Chloe Neill.
Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit, Chicago's newest vampire. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene-and to spy for the vamps while she's at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan's offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission. Unfortunately, someone is gunning for Gabriel, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She'll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals-not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries-old master vampire.
Obviously the whole mysterious warrior woman clad in black leather is nothing new. Beyond the promise of a couple bad ass chick fighting scenes, this depiction really does not sway my novel choices. Now the backdrop is another story. The full moon, the cityscape, the dark alley we are peering out of, and the soft green-yellow glow are all appealing. The shadows also add a sense of dimension. oOo and the promise of shapeshifters are all definitely promising elements. Nicely composed even though I could take or leave the cliche model.
[Lily is currently wrapped up in wedding plans. She will return to everything lovely and vampiric shortly :) ]