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I Belong

Review: Biting Bad by Chloe Neill

Title: Biting Bad

Author: Chloe Neill

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Chicagoland Vampires (Book #8)

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

Format: Paperback, 350 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451415183 (NAL/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451415189 (NAL/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie


Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.

Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.

Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

Quick & Dirty: Strong, entertaining installment where vampires are once again the target by unfair government officials.

Opening Sentence: I stared at the sleek steel blade, its honed edge only inches from my cheek, and tried not to flinch.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Biting Bad is the eighth book in the Chicagoland Vampires series. It took me until the seventh book to thoroughly enjoy this series and really get behind it again. Since Roxanne and I are switching off the reviews I wasn’t able to talk about why I liked the last one but it helped remind me of why I love the paranormal and urban fantasy so much. I didn’t hate the others, I just didn’t like some of the directions that the books took. Although I have always liked how Merit is for everybody and she doesn’t fall for others shit. This book also hit pretty hard emotionally because of the targeting of government officials towards others, bullying, riots and prejudice that is really going on right now just in a different form.

Cadogan House is celebrating Valentine’s as a free house. They are no longer under the rule of the human-hating Greenwich Presidium. Life seems to be normalizing for the vampires even Merit is giving her relationship with Mallory another try. Then a group of humans start rioting and setting places on fire all in the name of getting rid of the vampires in the city of Chicago. Merit has her instincts about who is behind the rioting but everyone else has to have the solid evidence.

A powerful human-hating vampire attacks at Cadogan House letting them know that the Greenwich Presidium will not allow them to continue their free-thinking ways. The Greenwich Presidium proves once and for all that they are not done with Cadogan House or the rest of the Chicago vampires. And, just when you think everything is going okay or at least as okay as it can get, then the ending just packs another wallop. It is a bit of a cliffhanger but not like the previous cliffhanger this series had. The ending is more like what the reader will expect they will solve in the next book.

Ethan and Merit work well together in this novel. I like how they seem to be more in sync with each other and let the other do what they need to for the good of their vampires. The gang seems to be getting back together and I do appreciate the direction of Mallory and Merit’s relationship.

I always feel like something or someone is left out when the series gets this far along and this novel definitely felt that way even though there was a lot happening. One thing that drove me nuts, it wasn’t anything that overtly ruined the story because I really did like it, was the fact that the company that makes the blood for vampires is a human run company that has been around for many, many years. The vampires were only recently outed but the government knew about them. I’m just curious as to why these humans created this company because the vampires should have been outed a long time ago.

In the end, I think this series has gotten much more solid. It is what I think a true urban fantasy should be: first person (often wise-cracking) protagonist, dark, and paranormal.  This series has been quite entertaining and Biting Bad was no exception. I’m really looking forward to where this series goes next because that ending makes me fear for Ethan and Merit’s relationship.

Notable Scene:

“What the hell!” I said, my own emotions breaking through the faux-human barrier I’d erected. I squeezed my hands into fists to keep from throttling him, from attacking humans in the middle of a street surrounded by witnesses, and no matter the justification. “That’s my car!”

“Yeah? What the fuck are you going to do about it?” He hit the windshield, a crack spreading from side to side.

“Maybe it’s not her you need to worry about.”

We both looked at Mallory, who’d spoken those ominous words. She’d pulled off her knitted cap, and the tendrils of blue hair that had escaped her braid floated around her face in the cloud of magic. That cloud wasn’t visible, but I could feel it, as though I were standing inches away from high-voltage wires.

“You got something to say about it, blue hair?”

“As a matter of fact,” she said, “I do.”

She blinked . . . and so did a streetlight across the street. It flashed and crackled with light, loudly enough to make even the fearless rioters flinch. Another second of staring, and the light exploded—sending a shower of green and orange sparks into the air. Chaos erupted, and we took full advantage.

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

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