Monday, April 17 – There’s This Book
Tuesday, April 18 – Vicarious Bookworm
Wednesday, April 19 – Bad Bird Reads | Francesca’s World
Thursday, April 20 – Read What I Like
Friday, April 21 – Snoopy Doo’s Book Reviews | The Book Nympho
Monday, April 24 – The Consummate Reader | Rantings of a Reading Addict
Tuesday, April 25 (Release Day) – Vampire Book Club | Literary Escapism | Saucy Wenches
Wednesday, April 26 – Cocktails & Books | Goldilocks & The Three Weres
Thursday, April 27 – Rabid Reads
Friday, April 28 – Tru Bookie’s Review
I am so excited to be a tour stop for the release of Blade Bound! To help launch the last release in this epic series, Chicagoland Vampires! I’m not one to sign up for many blog tours but when I saw Ms. Neill’s call for blogs to sign up I knew I had to take a shot. I entered, crossed my fingers and here we are! An official stop right there besides some truly amazing blogs, I am not missing a single stop on this tour and I hope you don’t either.
As to my turn to host the celebration of the release of Blade Bound I have altered my typical review post to include lots of fun stuff. We have links to all the official tour stops above. Next is my Spoiler Free review and links to where you can get your hands on a copy of Blade Bound. After my review, there is a totally cool mini-interview with Merit where I got the opportunity to ask her four questions. Last but not least at the very end you will find not one but two different giveaways! So be sure to check everything out.
Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Book Series: Chicagoland Vampires # 13
Released: 4/25/17 by Berkley Publishing Group
Pages: 384 Price: $15.00 Paperback
Links: Goodreads, Author’s Site
Buy The Book Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Books-A-Million | Indiebound
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees a sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it may usher in the fall of Cadogan House…
Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation to vampire, Merit’s stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She’s saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.
When the House in infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire seemingly under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have ever imagined. As a malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It’s her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.
I am sitting here wondering what to say… How to start this review… I mean just where does one begin? Do I start by saying unabashedly how much I loved this book, this series? Do I tease you with insight into the final chapter to this action-packed series? Do I plead with the author and publishers to please, please don’t let it end? Or do I sigh, shed a tear, and smile at all the joy this world has brought into my life and wish these two characters all the best as they finally move into their H.E.A.? I think that is where I will begin…
I did not start off loving Merit and Ethan, it took me about four books to actually warm up to these two. It was a rocky start after all with Merit not liking who she became and Ethan having an ego the size of the State of Illinois. I pushed on and eventually, the magic caught me. Ironically it took losing Ethan to make me see just how special this series was. There was so much to love; action, steam, quick-wit, drama, a fun supporting cast, and an amazing city for all their adventures to unfold in. This has become one of my favorite worlds to explore and now it is over. Merit and Ethan have earned their H.E.A and I wish them an eternity of joy together. I will think of them every time I visit Chicago.
I have to say as far as series finales go this is one of the best ones I’ve ever read. It had everything that made this series great and didn’t shove a forced farewell to all the characters that were no longer relevant to the current plot down our throats. Most of the plot threads were wrapped up nicely, only one that I can think of that felt unresolved but such is life. This book started off with a celebration which was an amazing way to honor this power couple that is leaving our lives. Of course, being Merit and Ethan chaos quickly broke things up and the vampires were tasked with saving the city once again.
I loved how this series brought everything full circle and ended with a set of characters now a fully functional team working to defend their home. We also get another tour of iconic locations in Chicago as the city is literally a central character to this story. I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to send off the Chicagoland Vampires series than this book. It was perfect.
I have heard that we will revisit this city again in a spin-off series and I for one am thrilled. Of course, it won’t be the same but knowing this author it should be one helluva ride! I can’t wait.
My Rating:5 Stars
Mini-Interview with Merit
When I found out I would get the opportunity to ask one of the characters of the series four questions I about had a fit. I rushed into my husband’s office to gush about this unique opportunity to interact with someone from a series I adore. It is almost like I get to truly become a part of their world for a brief moment. I was so excited. My husband, less so, but he humored my enthusiasm and listened to me babble for about 10 minutes before returning to YouTube. I left him in peace to work on my questions I hope you enjoy what I came up with.
Amy: Greetings Merit, I’m so excited to get this chance to ask you a few questions. I live in Iowa and visit Chicago about once a year, I always think of you, Ethan and the rest of Cadogan House during my visits. My first question is this. What are your favorite hidden corners of Chicago that the typical tourist might miss?
Merit: Interesting question! I think a visit to Washington library is a must for any reader. The Winter Garden is spectacular! I love the cake shakes at Portillo’s, the shopping in Wicker Park, and Hash House A-Go-Go on the Gold Coast.
Amy: Continuing with the tourist theme and knowing your love of Chicago’s cuisine what is one food or dish that every visitor to Chicago must try during their visit?
Merit: Most people would say Chicago-style pizza, but I’d recommend an Italian Hot Beef sandwich. Go to Al’s, and learn how to
Amy: Changing topics, Excluding anything connected to Ethan what is your favorite moment or aspect of your life after becoming a vampire?
Merit: Considering my answer above, probably the fact that I can eat whatever I want! On a more serious note, probably the fact that I can now handle a katana with some skill. I like being able to take care of myself and those I love.
Amy: Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions today. Lastly, as a librarian, I have always admired your love of books so my final question is what are you currently reading or what was your last great read?
Merit: You’re very welcome! Right now, I’m loving Deanna Raybourn’s novels!
But wait, don’t leave yet! There’s more…
How about a giveaway!!! Ms. Neill sent me some awesome swag to share with my awesome followers. Giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. Winners will be posted on my giveaway page once I receive confirmation from them.
The fun doesn’t stop here.
Want more chances to win? You can also enter the Blade Bound Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs April 17 through April 28 on Chloe’s web site.
What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?
- Engraved Cadogan House medal pendant
- Signed 11×16 Merit poster
- $50 Amazon gift card
- $50 Garrett Popcorn Gift Card (Chicago’s hometown favorite!)
- Tote bag containing Chicagoland Vampires and Devil’s Isle Swag
Thank you so much for joining me here at Read What I Like an official stop on the Blade Bound Blog Tour. It was my pleasure to have you all here and to review this book and the series (you can find my other reviews on the Review Index page). This is a spectacular series and if you have not tried it yet I envy you for I would love the chance to read it again for the first time! For those entering the giveaway, good luck!