“If you have a preferred god, Sentinel, I suggest you start praying. And soon.”
Pray that Neill will put this series out of its misery ASAP, that is.
This is the last chance I’m giving Chicagoland Vampires. Screw this up and I’m out. Hell, I’m actually expecting a screw-up, but maybe it’s for the best. I don’t really feel like continuing this series anymore. All of this because of how things evolved between Merit, Ethan and Mallory. Well, when you put it that way it’s almost e ...more
Oooh, sexy times commence!...Damn, that's horrible...I hate Mallory...Yay, they're finally getting it on!...Wait, what?...Please no more love triangles!...Oh, phew, false alert....EXCUSE ME, YOU DID NOT JUST GO THERE, ETHAN!!!...I'mma DNF it...Never mind, go, Merit!...Wow, this is so interesting...Maybe I'll finish it after all...Ugh, how predictable...But wait, that was awesome!...Best ending ever!
The slightly longer version:
Do not read this review if you haven’t read the other books! If you do you’ll be hopelessly spoiled! *lol* Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!! ;-P
What I liked:
- That Merit is so self-confident and kick-ass! *lol*
- Jeff’s cheekiness! That boy is my personal superhero!!! I love the nerds!! And that moment when Merit drove in the car? Priceless!
(view spoiler)[ ”Just say in play as my backup.”
I nearly swerved ...more
Expected something a bit different, but still enjoyed what I got immensely =)
But I'm rating it with 2 because I'm just so sick of being disappointed by this series...
WHY AM I SO ANNOYED?
First, because the book was so damn SLOW! 80% of the book was about nothing at all. Pages and pages of what? NOTHING! just nothing important or at least not predictable. I guess I was really hopping for a master piece, I just think I -we- deserved it after the HUGE FIASCO of the previous 2 books. And while I just know we deserved a lot more than what we got, the first 80% of the ...more
3 1/2 Stars!! Enjoyable enough, but I almost had to jump in the book and smack Ethan upside the head!! Jeez this is getting old!!
For the most part, we got a pretty good story, as the Mallory debacle resolves itself, she has a way to go though! Thank God for Gabriel and the shifters, I love their brand of justice and they breathed some life into this series. Overall, I was invested in the plot, and for the most part, it was original and exciting. However, I would think that the Merit and Ethan re ...more
(Note: If you did not read Drink Deep, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT read this review or you will be horribly spoiled.)
The universe should have given Merit at least a small break for a happy reunion after certain someone's miraculous return. But that just isn't in the cards as her somewhat former best friend's turn to the dark side stands in the way. Mallory is determined to steal a something that would unleash all evil unto the world, and Merit ...more
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Ethan and Gabriel; love*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱
Not a bad re-read. I mean, compare to my re-read of the previous books in the series, this one was better than all of them expect book one. Ethan and Merit is finally getting closer, and Merit is just getting stronger. I adore them together. I love Ethan's possessiveness and I adore his love for Merit. Let's continue the re-read then. Sad though, that this one used to be one of my favorite books... :/
“You are mine, Merit.”...more
After missing Ethan Sullivan, Cadogan House”s master vampire in Drink Deep, I let out a happy sigh!!!!...when he was brought back from life…or ashes!!!! He’s back and he’s just as cool, calm and controlling. And still as gorgeous!!
Merit has come to terms with being a vampire and taking control of her new life. I liked seeing that.
She’s strong, loyal and not afraid to take risks…..she trusts her ...more
Yay! I get to bring back an Eric/True Blood gif!
So, I admit that I almost skipped all of book 5, following the advice of almost everyone who read it. I skimmed it - I got it - I agreed. I'm not a big fan of those "filler books" in series. Everything that the person goes through means basically nothing because the horrible thing that happened to cause it gets erased.
I'm glad he's back, though. Just maybe, don't kill people off in ...more
So surprise, surprise but I actually liked this one.
I also found a perfect song to fit Ethan.
The song says absolutely everything that I thought about Ethan, practically word to word.
And though I liked this one better. I think I can safely drop the series here and not have any regrets. The end in this one gave me enough closure that I can easily move on to books that I'd much rather read.
To summarize my time so far reading this series, I must say it wasn't ridiculously disappointing but at the sa ...more
Dearest Inquisitive Reader:
If you haven’t yet read the previous book in the series, Drink Deep, I bid thee SHOO. Go on now, nothing to see here. Clear off.
Noooowww, to those of you who are left:
Drink Deep wasn’t stellar. I found it rife with pacing issues. I despaired at Merit’s choice of companions. I failed to be impressed at her investigatory skills. I thought the wrap-up was, well, a tad boring. In my review, I made t ...more
My keyboard must have stopped working for a second...hmm
I loved this. I have fifty-million quotes highlighted (Yes, LITERALLY fifty million, shut up) but this is a non-review. And I think the fact that I am STILL reading this series and it has kept my attention this long speaks fo ...more
One of the most compelling aspects of this story involved the former mayor, Seth Tate. A mythological element was introduced, which made things much more interesting.
Unfortunately, one of the more tiring devices of this series involves Ethan finding, yet again, one more r ...more
Chloe Neill sure knows how to breathe life back into a series. I am relieved to say that Chicagoland Vampires is back on track and that Biting Cold is just as good as the first three books.
The main plot continues from the previous book. Ethan and Merit are leaving Chicago to hunt down the person who wants to steal a very powerful book, the Maleficium, and unleash the evil magic imprisoned within. They are both personally invested and unsure whether they could, or even should, hurt this ...more
Nothing exciting, nothing interesting.
A little boring.
Very frustrating relationship.
What I like is that forgiveness does not come easy for Mallory for what she did.
The whole magic itch? I still don't get it.
She just changed over one book. That is so weird .
As for Tate?
Ok.. so we know who you are and why you are behaving so badly.
That showdown and the redemption? *yawn*
I will wait for you to screw up in the next book or what.
I can't forgive you. Seriously.
Merit? I ...more
Review to come.
Biting Cold begins immediately after Deep Drink, with an action packed beginning with Ethan and Merritt on a road trip to Nebraska. Yes Ethan is back!!! Yay! I’ll admit I was a bit apprehensive going into Biting Cold after the events of Deep Drink because I was fearful as to who or what exactly we were getting back, when we discovered a once dead now alive Ethan. Had he been a zombie I would have died. Luckily, ...more
Merit and Ethan head out of Chicago to find Mallory and the Maleficium - an ancient book of magic - a book that will allow Mallory to unleash evil into the world. They also have to face a newly released Tate who wants the Maleficium for his own reasons. Merit and Ethan get more than what they bargained for though when Mallory locates the Maleficium and casts a dangerous spell.
-Merit has become so boring, she's such a bland heroine that likes to lecture and judge, she acts lik ...more
He marched to the center of the room, interrupting a cadre of half a dozen vampire who were sparring on the tatami mats that covered the floor.
“Out,” he bellowed, and no one stopped to ask for clarification. Without a word, they gathered up their things and headed for the door.
“Lock it,” Ethan directed, and I closed and locked the door behind us, my heart thudding in anticipation.
When I turned around again, he was pulling his half-buttoned shirt over his head, and his shoes were gone. His Cadoga ...more
“Love is a familiar; Love is a devil.
There is no evil angel but Love.”
Biting Cold takes right off after the events in Drink Deep. Merit’s best friend, Mallory, brought Ethan Sullivan, master of Cadogan House, back to life, intent on making him a familiar and releasing an ancient evil Fortunately the spell was interrupted, but Mallory has escaped and is determined to get back the Maleficium and finish what she started.
Now Merit, together with Ethan has gone to stop Mall...more
Buddy read with Anzu and Dee.
I am so sorry. My bullshit-meter isn't this high, it just isn't. I don't know when the series went downhill for me but I have had enough.
On this note:
-hight challenged characters? Really? We resort to that?!
-Merit is stupid
-Ethan had a personality transplant
-the plot is.... uhm... winded
PS: 0.5* of the rating is for the cover. ...more
Full review to come closer to pub. date.
I approached the 6th installment in Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series with much trepidation because she's done some pretty crazy things to her characters in the last couple of books and I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I'm sad to say that my worries weren't entirely put to rest as she does fall back into some of her old, less desirable writing habits. Granted, the story does bounce back towards the end and, House Rules does look promising but I'm still not co ...more
This book begins right where the last one left off, with Ethan and Merit in pursuit of Mallory and the dark book she covets. There are a lot of longing looks and lingerin ...more
It’s more or less turning me into a nervous wreck but I love it all the same. I think what I love more about Chicagoland Vampires is that the series keeps surprising me. You never know what Chloe Neill will put her poor characters through (she really has no mercy on them!). Merit’s world is ever-expanding, with new sups making an entrance, some characters becoming more important and new characters being thrown into the story. Magi ...more
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“I love you,” he mouthed.
“I love you, too,” I mouthed back.
“And I’m nauseous,” Catcher grumbled. “Let’s get on with this. I am seriously in need of a beer and a Lifetime movie.”