Monday Morning Check-In: Giveaway

Good morning everyone, I’m coming to you from a rainy Monday here in eastern Iowa.   The title isn’t click bait I do have a giveaway for you all but you will have to wait until the end of the post for more details.  Not a lot of reading going on last week because I was preoccupied with a new used car search and a trip to Chicago for a book signing.  We decided to combine these two activities and searched for cars out in Chicago.  It paid off because we ended up finding a wonderful new ride for an amazing price.  Several thousand dollars cheaper than we would have found here at home.  On Thursday we headed out with one car and came home Friday with a 2015 Toyota Rav4!  The car is practically brand new with only 21,000 miles on it and after 60 reasonable payments, it will be all ours.

The original purpose of our trip was to attend a book signing with author Chloe Neill of the Chicagoland Vampires series. This signing for the first book in her spin-off series The Heirs of Chicagoland, the first book being Wild Hunger (linked to review). She shared with us that she is under contract for two books but there could be more depending on sales!    It was a super fun evening listening to Ms. Neill answer questions about her books.  While I was there I decided to pick up an extra copy of Wild Hunger to giveaway on the blog.  I did share on Instagram that details would be in today’s post so here they are.

Giveaway!

To win the signed copy of Chloe Neill’s Wild Hunger, first in the Heirs of Chicagoland series, all you need to do is leave a comment sharing your favorite Chicago food.  If you’ve never been to Chicago no problem, simply share with which food you would love to try!

One comment/entry per person, US entries only (international shipping is outrageous! (and pesky international laws…)). Comments will be open for one week, Monday the 20th to Monday the 27th.  I will randomly select the winner on Tuesday the 28th and contact them.  If no reply I will randomly select another winner.

 

Good Luck!

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Monday Check-In: Feeling Down…

Hello everyone, happy Monday to you all.  Feeling a little depressed or melancholy today.  Probably from the stress last week or just a case of mid-summer blues.  I’ve survived vacation and the fair, summer reading is almost over, the garden is in full swing.  It’s not the first time I’ve been hit with a case of the blah’s this time of year.

I did manage to finish an audiobook last week as well as made some progress in an ARC that I really need to read before next month.  I’m excited about reading it but just don’t ever seem to make time for it.  I’m also going to be a lot more distracted as I’ve decided to buy myself a new computer game for my birthday tomorrow.

I do have some exciting news in the reading front. I’m going to head back to Chicago next month to attend a book signing by Chloe Neill!!!  She will be in Naperville signing her upcoming release of Wild Hunger her first book in the Heirs of Chicagoland spin-off series!  I can’t wait to meet her as she has been on my author bucket list for some time.  I’m toying with picking up a second copy of her books for a giveaway on the blog.  Comment below if that is something you all are interested in.  If nobody is then I’ll just grab myself a copy.

Have a great week everyone!

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.