Major Spoilers in this review. I usually like to give spoiler free reviews, but with what went down in this book and how it affected me I need to vent and recover from the emotional turmoil I am currently experiencing. So you have been warned. Spoilers ahead.
Book #4 in the Chicagoland Vampires Series
I borrowed this book from my library
Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals—and they’re camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan, are tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.
Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn’t help that she can’t tell who’s on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who’s tall, dark, and part of an underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago’s supernatural society—a world full of vampires who seem to be ready to fulfill the protesting human’s worst fears, and a place where she’ll learn that you can’t be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands.
My Review: Last warning Spoilers…
OMG! I can not believe how this book ended, and why was I reading it at WORK (Yes work, I was reading at work. There was half an hour till close and nobody was in the library), I almost burst into tears right there at the circulation desk! What is this? You might ask, is this the same person who has spent the last three books complaining about how she didn’t know if she liked this series or not? Is this the same person that spent the last three reviews bitching about Ethan and Merit? Is this the same reviewer that just this week posted about how she was waffling about whether she should continue the series or not? Yes, I am. I have done a freaking 180 about this series and now heartsick over the events that took place in the last 20 pages of this book. Heartsick I tell you.
So what happen? Ethan died!!! She killed him off in the last 20 pages and I am stunned. This character death hit me hard. I am still in shock. Okay its been like an hour and a half, but still shocked. I really think this goes to the talent of the author, she created this world and characters that captivated me, despite my problems with the two lead characters. Strung me along, played with my emotions; making think of Ethan as a putz, then like Ethan, hate Ethan, then let him grow on me, made me see his soft underbelly and the potential of how good Merit and Ethan could be, and then she dusts him. This book turned me around, I grew to understand and appreciate Ethan more and more. I was looking forward to these two ending up together. I got on board and then she kills him. What the hell?!?! I could not believe my eyes. I had to re-read the scene. Surely she didn’t just do that, but she did, and despite the fact that I am now mourning the loss of Ethan, I think it was brilliant.
So much took place in this story beyond the big even at the end. We learn that Morgan is not to be trusted. We learn what an ass her father really is and we get to meet the big-wigs from Europe that holds the fate of all the houses in their hands. We also learn who has been pulling all the strings with all the events in the series leading up to this point. We are also seeing the world start to fall apart around the vampires as the humans give into their fear of all that goes bump in the night.
This book turned things around for me and I am SO glad I stuck with it. Now I have to wait to read the next one, damn you book buying ban, I ordered it and book 6 today and hope they are sent my way soon! I can not wait to see what happens next in this series. What will happen to Merit, to the houses, to Chicago? Where is this author going to lead us next, and please let there be someone at the end of the road for Merit.