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Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires #5)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  17,632 ratings  ·  1,494 reviews
Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city in turmoil and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet.
Paperback, 321 pages
Published 2011 by Gollancz Fiction
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Wendy Darling
*Spoiler-Free* Don't worry, Chicagoland fans. *pat pat* Everything will be okay.

4.5 starsIt's been two months since the nail-biting events of Hard Bitten, and Merit is still dealing with the fall-out from what occurred. As Cadogan House is investigated for mismanagement and blood rations keep everyone on edge, there's also trouble when Lake Michigan suddenly turns black and fingers are pointed at the vamps. Merit must work together with Jonah, the attractive captain of the guards at Grey House,
Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus
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Well. My one-book-brief love affair with this series has certainly come to an end.

Why Drink Deep is the greatest disappointment of 2011:

1. Story = Filler. Until the very last 2 chapters or so, most of the story is pretty much nonexistent and it's apparent that Neill tried (and failed, I might add) to build up the suspense about what will become of Ethan, and the "story" part of the book was simply added out of obligation. Really, NOTHING happens in Drink Deep. If you haven't yet read the book:
Mrs. Badass
Hey People? This Ranting Review may spoil the book for it at your own risk Okay? If you read it and it spoils something for you, don't come yelling at me

Badass Book Review

I'm out peeps. All done with Meritverse.

I'm not sure I can adequately express my irritation with the character directions that seem to come out of left field, so I'm not even going to try.

How can you spend four books cultivating relationships and then squander them away in the blink of an eye..or in the stake of a h
After the punch-you-in-the-face ending of Hard Bitten, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Drink Deep. I enjoyed it as much as the next addicted-to-this-series reader but here are some spoiler annoyances (and they ARE spoilers, so don’t click them if you are going to read this):
1. (view spoiler)
I personally don't think I can survive if 'you-know-who' (dont want to spoil hard bitten)doesn't come back.I think i speak for everybody when i say PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE bring him back!!
Kat Kennedy
Why can't Merit just bitch slap Catcher AND Mallory? They both treat her like shit and she just takes it. Especially Catcher.
Jen (Red Hot Books)
If you're a fan of the Chicagoland Vampires series and you haven't read this book yet, there's only one reason you are reading this review. You want to know if somehow... some way... Ethan comes back. Well, let me address this right off the bat. (view spoiler)

Without spoiling anything, I can tell you that I did alot of crying. Again. It's been two month since the events
Perhaps I was overly generous with my review of book 4 - I see no mention of Ethan in that synopsis...he better be in the book.
4.5/5 stars.

There are not that many books that are as massively and agonizingly awaited as Drink Deep. The only other one I can think of that kept me squirming and checking in my mail box this year was Shadowfever.
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I had been left very underwhelmed by Hard Bitten - well, final jaw-dropper aside obviously - and I was therefore suspicious of this new book, wondering how Neill would extric
Mandi Schreiner
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Amber I. (AwesomeSauce Book Club)
I am not going to give away any spoilers but I am afraid if you know me you will try and read between the lines. I don't think I give anything away but if you are close to me you may want to wait to read this.

Hard Bitten, hurt me. I was a mess from that ending. And when I was reading Drink Deep, I swear I am a crazy mess but out of no where I would picture those moments with Ethan and Merit. There was no reason for it but I was like seriously longing for it. I would be reading then I would get c
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3.5 stars

Warning - may contain mild spoilers....

OK. I had high hopes for this one. I mean, after the events of the last book, or rather the last agonizing 10 pages; the author had to give us something, right?

Well…it wasn’t enough. It really felt like something was lacking in the book. I couldn’t stay focused on the story. Many reviewers have said it and I’ll reiterate: Not enough Ethan!
Sure, Jonah steps in to fill the void. Jonah is great – he’s gorgeous, he’s smart, he’s an incredible guy. Ther
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
~~~ Before I start I should let you know that I made a little “explanation corner” at the bottom of my review. I think I’ll start using this more since I use funky words most people don’t understand. So if you see a “*” or something know what you should go to the bottom of the page blah blah blah you get it, you’re smart kids ~~~

I can’t express how happy I am right now. No no, calm down people, I’m not happy because this book is awesome. I’m happy because I’m finally done with it. My fire needs
DRINK DEEPis the book all Chicagoland Vampire fans need to read to feel comfort after the little incident where all hell breaks loose in Hard Bitten. I feel like everyone will get some comfort and feel calm and won't go throwing their books across the room a second time. I think fans will be very satisfied, some things are resolved, but not all things. Does Ethan come back? You'll have to read to find out because I'm not touching that topic.

DRINK DEEPwould have to be my least favorite in the Chi
The Flooze

Drink Deep is a hard book to review without issuing spoilers. Forgive me if this ends up on the vague side.

I bought the book at this week’s New York Comic Con, only realizing once I got home that I’d beat the general release by two weeks. Yay for publishers exhibiting at cons!

The last installment of Chicagoland Vamps left fans reeling. It was a game-changer, and although I wasn’t surprised by the events of that book, I was anxious to see how Neill would play things out.

The answer is…a lit
All Things Urban Fantasy
The ending of HARD BITTEN was a bit of a fox in the hen house for most fans of the Chicagoland Vampires series. I had started the book impressed with the risks Neill takes with her characters, and the ending in no way changed that for me. Still, DRINK DEEP is the book that many will look to, for vindication or reparations. For myself, I can only say Neill continues to balance the emotional development of her characters and the events of their world with a masterful hand. This is a series I love ...more
Gimme that can of nothing-happens! I'm not sure if Karen Marie Moning started the trend, but Chloe Neill continues the admirable streak of filler books. Watching reruns of Who's the Boss?, studying my teeth in the mirror-- I was so bored reading Drink Deep that I dragged my feet returning to the novel to watch plastic bags instead.

Deep's first three chapters act strictly as review while Merit regurgitates Lindsey's relationship to Luc, Mallory's hair dyeing habits, and every item from previous b
That's what I will never understand. Was it just me or books 1,2 and 3 were just totally A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.? So why change something that was working so fine? That's the question. I still adore Merit and I believe she is a great heroine with some interesting powers and unknown possibilities on her future. I will never get tired of reading about her life. I love all the rest of the characters as well and I can't wait to read more about them, even tho
Scary skinny ugly chick on cover... :/ huh? Why?
Please fix this "mistake" Mrs. Neill!!! :( I'm devastated
Nov 23, 2011 Faye rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, every readers looking for vampire themed book with a whole lot of drama and romance
June 30, 2011
I’ve read the first two chapters in Drink Deep from Chloe’s site. And yeah, it peak my curiosity up. I know I was nearly hysterical at the end of Hard Bitten and still think that the ending sucks but not in a bad way, I mean it was majorly bad but NOT because Neill became a lousy writer that her writing sucks so bad that you would like to throw the book as far away from you as possible. It was entirely a different kind of bad and I know that most of the fans of CV series would be a
Drink Deep
4 Stars

This installment is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the plot is predictable but it is nevertheless entertaining with some compelling symbolism and interesting character development. On the other hand, the juvenile dialogue and immature behavior still grates on the nerves and Merit really needs to be more kick-ass.

The story revolves around Merit's investigation into several supernatural disasters and the ultimate explanation, while obvious to anyone paying attention, is nonetheles
Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres*
If you have not read the previous four books in this series, hold off on reading this review.

How on earth am I going to write the review for this book? This will be a tricky review, so stay with me people.

"I stood in front of the double doors to his apartment for just a moment, before pressing my palm to the door and my forehead to the cool wood. God I missed him."

We all know that this series took a tumultuous turn in book three, Hard Bitten. And, unfortunately, I cannot give you the answers you
Chelsea [Vampire Book Club]
This review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.

Chloe Neill said to trust her about the ending of Hard Bitten. Every fan was floored (and many justly pissed off) when Ethan died. And she promised it would be OK. Within the first couple chapters of Drink Deep, Merit is having dreams with Ethan in them. They feel real. They also happen to be nightmares where he’s torn away from her in some cataclysmic event. This happens a few times in the book. Not often enough to ever feel like Ethan is a
The ending of HARD BITTEN was a bit of a fox in the hen house for most fans of the Chicagoland Vampires series. I had started the book impressed with the risks Neill takes with her characters, and the ending in no way changed that for me. Still, DRINK DEEP is the book that many will look to, for vindication or reparations. For myself, I can only say Neill continues to balance the emotional development of her characters and the events of their wold with a masterful hand, and I am as happy at the ...more
I was shocked at the end...looking forward to next in the series...maybe a HEA next time :) UPDATE: Now that you all have had a chance to get in there and mull around what I already knew...whadja think? I felt so frustrated through the whole book. Like the world was literally being torn apart. And THAT'S the sign of a good author. To FEEL the words, to SEE what she was attempting to impart. I wanted Merit to take that sword and lop off a couple of heads. But she was stronger than I would have be ...more
Meredith Barrons
It is almost impossible to review this one without giving spoilers. The first part of the book was slow moving but in the last 50 pages things picked up and a lot happened. I am not sure how I feel about the big villain reveal.... You'll have to read to see what I mean..... I loved Jonah in this book. We get a lot of him which was definitely nice. I am still team Ethan all the way though!
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Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil's Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she's not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys--h ...more
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Chicagoland Vampires (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2)
  • Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #3)
  • Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4)
  • Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires, #6)
  • House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires, #7)
  • Biting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires, #8)
  • Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires, #9)
  • Blood Games (Chicagoland Vampires, #10)
  • Dark Debt (Chicagoland Vampires, #11)
Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #3) Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2) Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires, #6)

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“I have been given a third chance at life, even if the circumstances are somewhat disconcerting. You are mine, and we both know it.” 80 likes
“There was a time,” he finally said, “when I would have acknowledged your reticence and given you time and space to reach your own decision.”
He tipped my head down again and slid his fingers to the back of my neck, sending shivers down my spine. Then he lowered his lips to my ear.
“This is not that time, Merit.”
And then his mouth was on mine, and he took my breath away again. He kissed me like a man possessed, like a man with nothing more on his mind but the taste and feel of me.
Like a man returned to life.”
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