Blog Tour: Blade Bound by Chloe Neill

Week One

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

Week Two

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 Review

 

Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13)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.

Book Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

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
lean in!

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!

Monday Morning Check-In: Blade Bound Blog Tour

Good Monday morning everyone!  I did not get much reading done over the weekend, again.  Husband had three days off so we were busy running around and managed to get some work done on the property. But.  I also have the next two days off and since I worked so hard to get everything done over the weekend I now have two free days, with a quiet house, to get some serious reading done!  I hope to read Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands or start one of the review books I signed up for.  I was a little naughty over the weekend and splurged big time on books at BAM.  I had to. One simply does not pass up a signed book by a favorite author when one comes across it.

This week also begins the Blade Bound Blog Tour of which Read What I Like is featured as a stop!!!  My big day is Thursday but there are two weeks of stops and tons of great blogs participating so be sure to check them all out. The links are below.  There will be two giveaways featured at each stop, one held by Ms. Neill and one by each blog hosting.  I almost have my post ready to go but in the meanwhile,  you can check out the other blogs and see what everyone has to say about the upcoming finally of the long run Chicagoland Vampire series!

 

Week One

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

Week Two

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

Happy Reading!

ARC Phantom Kiss by Chloe Neill

Book Review

 


Phantom Kiss (Chicagoland Vampires, #12.5)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction

Book Series: Chicagoland Vampires #12.5

Released: 1/17/17 by Berkley

Pages: 83 Price: $1.99 Ebook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Vampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer. So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.

But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that their being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster. A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl—and he won’t stop until he’s killed again…

My Review:

I like many fans of Chloe Neill are both sad and excited about the upcoming release that will close this long run series.  Soon it will be time to say goodbye to Merit and Ethan and let them move on to their H.E.A. They deserve the peace and quiet but I sure will miss reading about their adventures.

I didn’t realize Ms. Neill was working on a novella between the last release and the last release so this was a pleasant surprise and a fun read.  We start out with some wedding drama and I loved that first scene where Merit kicked ass, kinda…  You will see what I mean when you read it and for the awesome price of $1.99 (according to the book info page over at Net Galley) I hope you do go out and pick this one up.

I’m actually surprised that this book is coming out in January as the plot seems more fitting to Halloween.  A good old fashion ghost story seems like a better fit for that time of year.

We have the return of many of the series familiar faces as well as a fairly recent addition in the last book.  Bottom line this was a great read, a quick read and those of you who have stayed current with the series will not want to miss this novella.  It will deliver everything you love about the series.

My Rating: 4 Stars

ARC Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill

Book Review

 

Midnight Marked (Chicagoland Vampires, #12)

Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Book #12 in the Chicagoland Vampires series

Released: 3/1/16 by Berkley Publishing Group/ NAL Romance

Pages: 368  Price: $15.00 paperback

Links: Author’s Site, Goodreads

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis: 

As the Chicagoland Vampires series continues, Merit and Ethan find themselves in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, where winning may require the ultimate sacrifice…

A vampire’s grudges don’t stay dead long…

Merit is one of Chicago’s most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn’t scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won’t give up until he owns the Windy City.

With his last plan thwarted, he’s more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House’s vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting vampire against vampire…

In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death—and winning might mean sacrificing everything…

My Review:

I loved this book.  Loved, loved, LOVED it!  If you are a fan of the Chicagoland vampire series this is a MUST read contribution to the series.  I’m telling you do not miss this book.  Now to try to tell you why while remaining spoiler free… Man this is going to be tough.

This book is the one we have been waiting for when it comes to Ethan and Merit.  Okay this is not a total spoiler as this book does leave off with much more to come, but their relationship really shines in this release.  Theirs has not been an easy path, but we get to see everything that makes these two a great pair in Midnight Marked.  The chemistry, head-butting, ass-kicking, tastefully done sexy scenes, humor, mystery, drama, this book has everything I love about the series played out among the streets of Chicago.

Some of you may know that I’ve been in somewhat of a reading slump for the past year, this book reminded me of everything I love about reading.  I got lost in its pages.  I didn’t want to put it down and only did so last night because I could not keep my eyes open to read the last 40 pages.  I haven’t felt this way about a story in quite some time.  So for that reason alone thank you Ms. Neill for giving me a book I so desperately needed right now.

I finished this book up in tears and laughs with a smile on my face and wishing I didn’t have to wait to read the next.  This world has much more area to explore and issues to resolve for not only Ethan and Merit, but all the supernaturals that call Chicago home.  This was a great read and again if you are a fan of this series do not wait to read this one!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

Dark Debt by Chloe Neill

Dark Debt (Chicagoland Vampires, #11)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book # 11 in the Chicagoland Vampires series : Published 3/3/15

I received a copy of this book from the publishers through Net Galley for an honest review.

Author’s siteAmazonBarnes and Noble

Book Synopsis:

A vampire never gets old. But neither do his enemies. When a figure from Ethan’s dark past makes a splashy debut in Chicago, Merit and her Master don’t know whether he’s friend or foe. But they’ll have to figure out soon, because trouble is brewing in the Windy City.

At an exclusive society soiree attended by the upper echelons of the human and supernatural worlds, Merit and Ethan barely stop the assassination of a guest. When the target turns out to be a shady businessman with a criminal edge, Merit suspects a human vendetta. But the assassins have fangs….

The connections to Chicago’s Houses go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last….

My Review:

Oh boy, this series is just getting better!  This book might have taken a while for me to read, but that had nothing to do with its lacking,  life got in the way and I finally had to tell everyone to go away and let me finish my bleeping book!  There was so much development and reinvention in this addition to an established series I’m not sure what I want to talk about first.

Lets start with the setting.  I love how Ms. Neill has captured the city and portrays it almost as a character in its own right.  Sure there are some clichés that she leans on pretty heavily,  food-obsessed Merit references as an example. However, I always feel like I am there though be it a picnic in a small park, running around Navy Pier, or chasing down a bad guy on Michigan Ave while dodging tourists.  I can feel, smell and almost taste Chicago when I read this series.  Ms. Neill captures the essence of this city, its neighborhoods and people, and she does it right.  I also loved the nod to Chicago’s infamous organized crime history that was a major plot motivator in this book.

Moving on to Merit and Ethan:  for the love of God please put a ring on these two already.  I know they still have shit to work out, but please I want to see them commit to one another before I am old and gray!   Of course with how things ended with Mallory and Chatcher in this book we will probably have to wait another two books before this happens, but we all know they are headed down the aisle.  Enough teasing already.  I hope they elope.  Just send them to Vegas and be done with it and move on to the next topic I want to talk about.

The new bad guy!!!  Oh. My. Goodness!  I am so excited about this new development.  He is deliciously evil and rotten to the core.  This is going to freshen up and add some new life to this series.  It also explains some of what has been going on behind the scenes a bit, a look at who has been pulling the strings in regards to vampire business in the city.  He needs to go down and I am going to be sitting there with Garrett’s popcorn as we get to watch Merit and Ethan put this scumbag in his place.

There was serious development in regards to Merit’s family issues and what the heck is wrong with Navarre house.  There might have been serious closure in regard to Navarre and Morgan, but I think there is still a lot of drama left to work out with Merit’s father.

The only thing that held me back from giving it that fifth star was some of the running gags are getting a little old and referenced a bit too much in the book.  For example we were constantly being explained about how Luc always references corny movie and TV line.  We get it.  And Merit’s food habit doesn’t need to be leaned on so heavily.  It just distracted from this amazing plot that was unfolding.  Still this  was a great addition to the series and a must read for fans.  Looking forward to what happens next!

My Rating: 4 Stars

 

Blood Games by Chloe Neill

Blood Games (Chicagoland Vampires, #10)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #1o in the Chicagoland Vampires series: Published 08/05/14

I borrowed a copy of this book from my library.

Author’s Site,  Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Book Synopsis:

While Merit didn’t choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she’s managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet…

A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn’t been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options. Vampires and humans aren’t on great terms, but murder makes for strange bedfellows. Can Merit find the killer before she becomes a target?

My Review:

Ah, what a nice return to a series I’ve come to love.  I remember needing a break after the last book, but now I’m back in Chicago and thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns that Ms. Neill dealt us.  I’m so happy that I scored the next book to review so I don’t have to wait another six months to find out what happen.

This book was a little slow in the beginning, like the last book, but I think it picked up for me faster than its predecessor.  Again we have drama on multiple fronts; the GP, murders in Chicago, and Merit and Ethan’s relationship again.  The plot having to do with Darius and the GP was probably the most shocking turn of event for me.  I was expecting a totally different outcome for that plot line.  I wasn’t trilled with the direction I thought is was going, so I am thrilled with the direction Ms. Neill took instead.  This is the part that make me want to jump right into the next book.

Besides the drama between Merit and Ethan, even though we know they are destined to be together forever…, it is nice to see some speed bumps thrown in their path.  If things were too good for them it wouldn’t be interesting to read about.  Still I’m ready for Ethan to make an honest woman out of Merit, even if I thought the running gag he keeps pulling on her was hilarious in this book. Speaking of relationships there was also positive development between Mallory and pretty much everyone in this little band of friends.  I’m so happy about that, not that I didn’t think Mallory deserved a little time-out on the friendship front, but it is nice to see them as a team again.

Merit’s parents were noticeably absent, even to Merit, in this book.  Even her Grandfather had what amounted to almost just cameos in this installment.  I hope Ms. Neill takes some page time to deal with this aspect of Merit’s life soon.  I can sense a storm brewing and I look forward to watching the lightning.

Great read and addition to this world.  Chicago as always is almost like another character when I read this series.  It always makes me long to visit and scope out the locations mentioned.  This book was a turning point for this world and fans should not skip this one.  Of to start the next one  I gotta see what happens next!

My Rating: 4 Stars

 

Wild Things by Chloe Neill – 3 Stars

Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires, #9)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #9 in the Chicagoland Vampires series.

I borrowed this book from my library.

Book Synopsis:

Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.

My Review:

I’m thinking this is a good time to take a break from the series.  It seems to be headed in a new direction starting in the next book and this is a good stopping point for now.  I’m looking forward to seeing where the world goes next, but I need to read some other genres or authors for a few books.  This book was good, but the beginning didn’t grab me.  It wasn’t until halfway through that I was able to sit down and not become distracted enough to finish it.

This book introduced some new elements to the world and some potential problems or bumps in the road ahead for Merit and Ethan’s relationship.  Merit’s family takes a back burner role in this book and we have to deal with the drama the current Mayor is stirring up for the supernatural of Chicago.  The GP rears its ugly mean vindictive head again and I see hope that there will be changes coming for them in the near future.  Mallory and Catcher are back to their old selves and it appears Merit and Mallory’s relationship is going to come out stronger than ever.

Seth Tate comes back in this book and I like the direction that the author is taking with his character.  I look forward to seeing how he redeems himself.   One thing I love about Neill’s story telling style is that she is able to take a character we think we are done with and bring him back and make them even more interesting.  Her characters have great depth, you never really can tell what is going to come from them.  Keeps you guessing and makes the stories so enjoyable and plausible.

Like I said I’m looking forward to the next books, but after a little break.  It feels like I’ve been stuck in Chicago for a while now, time to explore some other worlds again.

 

 

Biting Bad by Chloe Neill – 4 Stars

Biting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires, #8)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #8 in the Chicagoland Vampires Series

I borrowed this book from my library

Book Synopsis:

Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.

Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.

Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

My Review:

Freaking cliffhangers.  Damn lucky I have the next one waiting for me at work, otherwise I would be one ticked off reader…  The book was a little slow for me to get into, but that was mainly due to outside influences rather than the book being bad.  This was actually an action packed contribution to this long-standing series.  I loved the movement in the McKetrick plot line, somehow I still think we probably haven’t seen the last of him.  We also had a lot of development with the GP and was thrilled to see one its members get what they deserved.

Was shocked about what happen with Merit’s Grandfather and am suspicious of her father, although the scene with Merit’s family including Ethan was a lot of fun.  I also have high hopes for Mallory’s future and he being a productive member of this society.  There is also some hints to Merit and Ethan’s relationship taking a next step.  Not sure how I feel about it.  I think they are fine how they are, no need to change what isn’t broke.  Then again a big marriage might be fun and a good setting for lots of vampire drama.

One more book and then I need to take a break from the series.  Think it is about time anyway,  I need to take a breather from this world for a while.  While I still enjoy the series, I’m not as excited as I was a few books ago.  This tells me it is time to read something else.

 

House Rules Chloe Neill – 4 Stars

House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires, #7)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #7 in the Chicagoland Vampires series.

I borrowed this book from my library!

Book Synopsis:

In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

At the tender age of twenty-seven, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal—tested like never before.

It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.

My Review:

Been a busy weekend/week so I couldn’t devour this addition to Ms. Neill’s series like I did the past few titles, but I did manage to finish the bulk of the book in less than 24 hours.  While I liked this book, it didn’t grab me like the others, which is possibly why I didn’t carve out time to read it.  I am enjoying how the author has finally decided to just let Merit and Ethan be together, she was still able to create some drama through the reintroduction of the Lacey character who continues to carry a torch for her former master, Ethan.  We also had some fun drama as Ethan discovers Merit’s secret and that she is now partnered with Jonah.  This led to one scene between Ethan and Jonah that was particularly fun.

Much of this book dealt with house drama as Cadogan house left the protection of the GP, and I say good riddance.  Of course the GP couldn’t just let them go and the Cadogan vamps had a pretty stressful few days as they fought to keep their home.  Much of that was dealt with behind the scenes and Merit spent much of her time trying to solve some vampire murders taking place in Chicago.  An old enemy is back as McKetrick has landed a perverted position for the city that Merit’s Grandfather used to hold.  GP’s ass was kicked to the curb, although I bet they will be back, and I so hope that Merit and Ethan tackle the problem of McKetrick and the psycho Mayor soon.

There was some interesting insight to Merit and her father’s history that came to light in this book and I hope we continue to get some back story on that front soon.  I am torn though as to if I want Merit to make up or forgive her father.  He is kinda an ass, but I have a feeling Ms Neill is going to find a way to redeem him eventually.  The character of Mallory progresses in this story as well and she is starting to sound more like her old self.  I hope that Merit and her are able to restore their relationship to what it once was.  Well off to start the next title.  Only going to be able to read the next two before I need to take a break from the series.  Will see through, if I am still hooked I might have to find a way to get book 10 before I can borrow it through the library (breaking my book buying ban…)

 

Biting Cold by Chloe Neill – 4 Stars

Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires, #6)Cover Art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #6 in the Chicagoland Vampires series

I borrowed this book from my library

Book Synopsis:

Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.

Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.

My Review:

Enjoyed this addition to the series that I am currently binge reading.  It was nice to finally get some answers and have some movement on the Ethan/Merit relationship drama, even if she did wait till practically the end of the book to bring them together.  If she went one more book with this pattern of bringing them together and then pulling them apart I was about ready to be done with the whole lot.  There is enough drama going on in this world we don’t need the tension between the two lead characters anymore to move the plot forward.  Enough.  Put them together and let them work as a team they are meant to be.  And no more love triangles please.  Sure everybody seems to be drawn to Merit, but enough.

Was pleased with the direction taken in regards to Mallory the BFF who majorly effed up in the last book.  I’m also please to see everyone seems ready to make her pay for her sins a little bit before welcoming her back into the fold.  That is one thing that I do like about this author, she writes realistic reactions for her characters.  Their actions feel authentic, even the bad guys.  I may not like Tate or the GP but I can see where they are coming from.  I get why they do the things they do, doesn’t mean I don’t want to see Merit put them in their place, but I love their complexity.

Lot of developments in this book, and a lot of threads tied up, or partially tied up.  Kind of a nice change of pace.  Hope to see some development with the batshit crazy mayor and her ultra right-wing agenda in the next book.  I also am going to enjoy seeing how the GP handles the events that took place at the very end of this book. The series keeps getting better, may have to look into more urban fantasy series to pick up.  Perhaps that is where my tastes are leaning these days now that I’m getting a little burned out on YA and Romance.  Feel free to share recommendations.