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Review: Phantom Kiss by Chloe Neill

October 14th, 2017 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Kristie under Review Tags: , , , ,

Title: Phantom Kiss

Author: Chloe Neill

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Chicagoland Vampires (Book #12.5)

Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Format: eBook, 90 Pages

ASIN: B01LZM8426 (InterMix/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

In this all-new novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Midnight Marked, Merit, Ethan, and the rest of Cadogan House crew discover that not all undead creatures are kindred spirits…

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…

Quick & Dirty: A dark novella where the supernatural world of the Chicagoland vampires only gets stranger.

Opening Sentence: “There is no torture so sweet, no punishment so sublime, as the couple’s wedding shower.”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Phantom Kiss by Chloe Neill is a novella set in the Chicagoland Vampires series. This novella is a nice look into the ghostly aspect of this supernatural world. I really enjoyed having Annabelle, the necromancer, back for this spooky tale. I have been intrigued with her since she showed up in the last novel. I really want to know more about her and her powers.

Two months have passed since Merit and company went up against the Alchemist. It has also been two months since Ethan’s proposal. As the beginning of this novella, we get to see Merit and Ethan having a semi normal life even if it is hanging out with Merit’s family for their wedding shower. The night is going as well as it can until the moment Merit gets a phone call about something funny going on at a graveyard.

Annabelle informs Merit that someone has been grave robbing at a cemetery that she has been investigating. Alarmed by this news, Merit has to make sure that the Alchemist isn’t behind this new crop of horrors. The missing skull could be used for any dozens of horrible spells. Merit runs into a group of paranormal investigators who are also searching the cemetery for any unusual activity. It is a good thing that Merit ran into this group because a harmful ghost follows them home to Cadogan House. This ghost is very powerful, strong and can hurt people including vampires.

Phantom Kiss isn’t a must read but it is certainly a fun off the wall read. Merit continues to narrate. The supernatural world only gets stranger. After reading some of Blade Bound, I can say that events have been referenced several times but nothing that is pertinent to the main storyline.

Notable Scene:

The gate was closed and locked, bound to its post with a thick silver chain. Annabelle pulled a necklace over her head, inserted a key into the lock, and when it unsnapped with an audible click, pulled the chain free and pushed the gate open. Magic flowed liked water through the gap, perhaps released by the gate’s opening or drawn to Annabelle and her connection to the dead.

The energy of the deceased was unique among magicks, or at least those I’d experienced so far. It was thicker and, when it brushed against skin, felt tangible. But unlike the last time I’d been near a ghost, the magic was sharply cold—potent peppermint against the skin. It had been early spring then, the temperature already cold, so I probably hadn’t noticed the difference. Now it was midsummer, and the chill of magic was a shocking contrast to the warm night air.

Chicagoland Vampires:

1. Some Girls Bite

2. Friday Night Bites

3. Twice Bitten

4. Hard Bitten

5. Drink Deep

6. Biting Cold

7. House Rules

8. Biting Bad

8.5 Howling for You

9. Wild Things

10. Blood Games

10.5 Lucky Break

11. Dark Debt

12. Midnight Marked

12.5 Phantom Kiss

13. Blade Bound

FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of Phantom Kiss. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Giveaway: Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill

October 13th, 2017 @ 12:08 am
Posted by Kristie under Giveaway Tags: , , ,

We only have two days left of our review/giveaway of the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. Today we have Midnight Marked and it is the twelfth book in the highly entertaining urban fantasy series. Merit goes up against a powerful Alchemist in a very personal fight over the fate of Chicago. Please check out my review here.

Enter for your chance to win a copy of Midnight Marked at the end of this post. This giveaway is provided by NAL/Penguin! This contest is open to U.S. addresses only.

About Chloe:

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Devil’s Isle, Chicagoland Vampires, and Dark Elite series. She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest.  When not writing, she bakes, knits, Pins, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

Chloe is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Chloe is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

You can visit Chloe around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Want to read more from Chloe Neill?

Some Girls Bite Friday Night Bites Twice Bitten Hard Bitten Drink Deep Biting Cold House RulesBiting Bad (Chicagoland Vam...Howling For You (Chicagolan...Wild Things (Chicagoland Va...Blood Games (Chicagoland Va...Lucky Break (Chicagoland Va...Dark Debt (Chicagoland Vamp...Midnight Marked (Chicagolan...Phantom Kiss (Chicagoland V...Blade Bound (Chicagoland Va...Firespell Hexbound CharmfallThe Veil The Sight The Hunt

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This giveaway is provided by NAL/Penguin!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill!
(US only)

Available March 1, 2016 from NAL/Penguin

About this Book:

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…

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Review: Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill

October 13th, 2017 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Kristie under Review Tags: , , , ,

Title: Midnight Marked

Author: Chloe Neill

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Chicagoland Vampires (Book #12)

Publication Date: March 1, 2016

Format: Paperback, 361 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451472330 (NAL/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451472335 (NAL/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

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…

Quick & Dirty: In this action-packed installment of Chicagoland Vampires, Merit must go up against an Alchemist.

Opening Sentence: I stood at the corner of Clark and Addison in jeans and a Cubs T-shirt, my long hair pulled into a ponytail through a vintage Cubs cap.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Midnight Marked is the twelfth novel in the Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill. This novel is non-stop action as it is the penultimate book in the series and is beginning to wrap up some loose ends. It is all leading up to the prophecy that was declared back in book three. I really can’t wait to find out how this turns out.

Merit has officially been a vampire for over a year now and she’s hoping to finally attend her first Cubs game since turning but unfortunately her good time turns into finding a dead body. Merit, Ethan, Mallory and Catcher come across a vampire after he has killed a shifter. Merit tries to hunt him down because a vampire killing a shifter is no good for supernatural politics. Not too long after they find the body, they discover a bunch of alchemical runes spray painted on a pillar.

The supernaturals of Chicago must decide if they can play nice together, to work together, in order to face a threat to all of them. If they can’t, it may just be the downfall of the supernatural races. In a race against time, Merit and her friends must decipher the runes before Adrian Reed can enact whatever he is planning.

Merit is facing a pretty tough task this time around. Fortunately, she isn’t alone and has plenty of friends willing to help her. Merit even makes a new supernatural friend, which was a really cool aspect of the story. Adrian Reed also plays to the supernaturals’ insecurities pitting them against each other which doesn’t help Merit at all.

This novel was exciting and fast-paced and even though I figured out the Alchemist from the beginning, I still very much enjoyed this story and how everything played out. If you are a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist (which I am) you’ll have a good idea of what is happening but if you don’t know anything about that series than you may have more surprises in store with the storyline.

Overall, I have really enjoyed reviewing these novels with Roxanne. I didn’t really care for the best friends turned enemy storyline but after that I have really enjoyed this series. My other issue with that was Merit’s trusting other people’s judgements throughout the series. If someone said that someone else was okay, she would believe them even with the truth practically slapping her in the face. She seems to have gotten over that in the latter books thankfully.

Notable Scene:

“I love you, Ethan, and I love this city. And however much I fought it, I love this goddamn House. It’s part of me, and I’m part of it. I’m not going to stand here and watch a man tear down everything that you’ve built. I’m not. And if that means I have to chase another man who threatens this House, or apologize to you more than I like, so be it. I don’t want that, but I can live with it. Because I can’t live without you.”

Chicagoland Vampires:

1. Some Girls Bite

2. Friday Night Bites

3. Twice Bitten

4. Hard Bitten

5. Drink Deep

6. Biting Cold

7. House Rules

8. Biting Bad

8.5 Howling for You

9. Wild Things

10. Blood Games

10.5 Lucky Break

11. Dark Debt

12. Midnight Marked

12.5 Phantom Kiss

13. Blade Bound

FTC Advisory: NAL/Penguin provided me with a copy of Midnight Marked. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Giveaway: Dark Debt by Chloe Neill

October 12th, 2017 @ 12:08 am
Posted by Kristie under Giveaway Tags: , , ,

Deep, dark secrets and mysterious figures from the past emerge in Dark Debt by Chloe Neill. As the eleventh novel in the Chicagoland Vampires series, we start to get some answers about Ethan’s past. Please check out Roxanne’s review here!

Enter for your chance to win a copy of Dark Debt at the end of this post. This giveaway is provided by NAL/Penguin! This contest is open to U.S. addresses only.

About Chloe:

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Devil’s Isle, Chicagoland Vampires, and Dark Elite series. She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest.  When not writing, she bakes, knits, Pins, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

Chloe is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Chloe is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

You can visit Chloe around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Pinterest | Tumblr

Want to read more from Chloe Neill?

Some Girls Bite Friday Night Bites Twice Bitten Hard Bitten Drink Deep Biting Cold House RulesBiting Bad (Chicagoland Vam...Howling For You (Chicagolan...Wild Things (Chicagoland Va...Blood Games (Chicagoland Va...Lucky Break (Chicagoland Va...Dark Debt (Chicagoland Vamp...Midnight Marked (Chicagolan...Phantom Kiss (Chicagoland V...Blade Bound (Chicagoland Va...Firespell Hexbound CharmfallThe Veil The Sight The Hunt

______________________________________________________________________

This giveaway is provided by NAL/Penguin!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Dark Debt by Chloe Neill!
(US only)

Available March 3, 2015 from NAL/Penguin

About this Book:

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….

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Review: Dark Debt by Chloe Neill

October 12th, 2017 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Roxanne under Review Tags: , , , ,

Title: Dark Debt

Author: Chloe Neill

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Chicagoland Vampires (Book #11)

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451472322 (NAL/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451472328 (NAL/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

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….

Quick & Dirty: An old enemy is back and scores have to be settled.

Opening Sentence: There were two seasons in Chicago: winter and construction.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The GP has been disbanded and the new American version put in place. Ethan has been welcomed back into in the fold despite Nicole’s attempt to blackmail him about Balthasar. However, Ethan received a note from someone claiming to Balthasar, but he is quite sure he is dead. Until the news breaks and Balthasar shows up at Cagodan House. When the reunion isn’t what Balthasar wants he immediately forces Merit to do his will.

This scared Merit out as up until now she firmly believed she was immune to most vampire magic. Before Ethan and Merit can figure it out they end up stopping an assassination attempt at a party they are attending. When it is revealed the vampires attempting to carry out the assassination belong to Morgan they know something is up. Soon it’s revealed that Morgan has replaced his second with someone who was extremely fond of Celina.

The mystery deepens when Morgan reveals that because of Celina the house is deeply in debt to an organization called the Circle. When Merit begins digging into them, she finds that they are the ones funding Balthasar as well. Then the dreams begin and Merit knows that Balthasar is trying to hurt Ethan through her. Will she be able to find a way to withstand his power? Will she be able to keep Cagodan House out of reach from the Circle?

Just when you think you are done with Celina, she is like a bad disease that is always creeping back. I feel sort of bad for Morgan that he is forever having to deal with cleaning up her messes and now he has been outmaneuvered by a pro-Celina faction. He is totally losing control of his house, but like I said I sort of feel bad for him in this book. Balthasar is one creepy guy, and I can see why Ethan left him.

Sigh, Merit and Ethan as always are rock solid, for such a fairly new relationship they know where they stand with each other. It’s refreshing to see, I also am very happy that Catcher and Mallory are back in the most perfect way.  Ugh, just two more books…. Nooooo.

Notable Scene:

Every phone call put us on high alert, because a ghost-or someone pretending to be one-had staked a claim on our lives. That ghost was Balthasar, the vampire who, on a battlefield nearly four hundred years ago, had made Ehtan immortal and nearly turned him into a monster in his own image. Ethan had escaped his maker, made a new life for himself, and believed Balthasar had died. Shortly after he had escaped. Ethan hadn’t yet told me the details but he hadn’t indicated any doubts about Batlhasar’s death.

Chicagoland Vampires:

1. Some Girls Bite

2. Friday Night Bites

3. Twice Bitten

4. Hard Bitten

5. Drink Deep

6. Biting Cold

7. House Rules

8. Biting Bad

8.5 Howling for You

9. Wild Things

10. Blood Games

10.5 Lucky Break

11. Dark Debt

12. Midnight Marked

12.5 Phantom Kiss

13. Blade Bound

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FTC Advisory: NAL/Penguin provided me with a copy of Dark Debt. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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