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Review: Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill

October 13th, 2017 @ 12:02 am
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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

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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 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
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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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Review: Lucky Break by Chloe Neill

October 12th, 2017 @ 12:01 am
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Title: Lucky Break

Author: Chloe Neill

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Chicagoland Vampires (Book #10.5)

Publication Date: February 17, 2015

Format: eBook, 112 Pages

ASIN: B00NUMIPY8 (InterMix/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

In this thrilling new novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Blood Games, vampire Merit bites off more than she bargained for when a romantic trip to a secluded Colorado town turns deadly.

Merit and Ethan are in desperate need of some alone time, far from the worries of Cadogan House, but trouble tends to follow wherever they go. Their attempt at a romantic getaway is quickly interrupted when one of Ethan’s vampire friends shows up at their door–covered in blood and accused of killing her shifter husband.

Merit and her Master soon discover their vacation spot is far less idyllic than it appears. A centuries old quarrel between local vampires and shifters has made the town a perpetual supernatural battle zone, and this fresh blood has stirred the already volatile pot. Now, Merit and Ethan must put their passion on pause to figure out who’s really responsible for the murder before all hell breaks loose…

Quick & Dirty: Fun, entertaining novel that really doesn’t have much to do with Merit’s storyline. A portion of this story was a bit predictable.

Opening Sentence: The world below us was dark, cities glowing in orange grids like electrical circuits strewn across black canvas.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Lucky Break is a side novella set in the Chicagoland Vampire world by Chloe Neill. I decided that I wanted to read all the novellas that go with the series while I was doing the series read. I’m glad that I did because I thought it was fun to see the couple happy and actually working together. Merit is back to being sarcastic and funny. Gabe even makes an appearance.

Merit and Ethan are on a much-needed vacation. They travel to Colorado hoping to indulge in romantic couple time but as with all things Merit she manages to find trouble within minutes of settling down into her vacation “cabin”. The woman who is lending them the cabin comes running to them when she discovers that her husband is murdered. The only hitch is that she’s a vampire and her husband is a shifter.

The vampires and shifters in this area have been in a feud for over 100 years. Ethan and Merit get dragged into the feud and the only way Merit sees for the feud to end is for her to put an end to it once and for all. Merit must discover who murdered the shifter and then discover the real reason of why the feud began in the first place. In order to do that, Merit must enlist the help of Gabe to control the pack of unruly shifters.

The only thing that I found a bit of a stretch was how Merit solved the overall mystery, it was just too predictable and convenient. The novella is a fun and quick read but I really did like the fact that Merit and Ethan worked together to solve the feud instead of having some kind of conflict especially after Blood Games. I wouldn’t say that this story has a lot to do with all the main novels but it was still a fun read.

Notable Scene:

Damien turned, pushed a perfectly folded omelet onto a plate in front of Gabriel, then glanced at me. “You want ham or bacon in your omelet?”

It was the question of my dreams.

“Yes,” I said with a grin.

I can only hope you answer with the same conviction when I propose to you, Sentinel. Ethan had made his intentions abundantly clear, even if he hadn’t formally done the deed.

I reached out and patted his hand, smiled mysteriously. We won’t know until you stop fake-proposing and get to the point, will we?

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 Lucky Break. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Giveaway: Blood Games by Chloe Neill

October 11th, 2017 @ 12:08 am
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A serial killer is stalking Chicago in the tenth novel of the Chicagoland Vampire series. In, Blood Games by Chloe Neill, Merit must go up against her deadliest adversary yet, especially as close to home as this killer gets. This action-packed installment was creative and thrilling. Don’t forget to check out all our past posts for the CV series review/giveaways. Check out my review here.

Enter for your chance to win a copy of Blood Games 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 Blood Games by Chloe Neill!
(US only)

Available August 5, 2014 from NAL/Penguin

About this Book:

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?

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