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Review: Blood Games by Chloe Neill

Title: Blood Games

Author: Chloe Neill

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Chicagoland Vampires (Book #10)

Publication Date: August 5, 2014

Format: Paperback, 350 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451415205 (NAL/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451415202 (NAL/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

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?

Quick & Dirty: Dark, enthralling story involved a Tarot card serial killer but Ethan’s stubbornness about past indiscretions is a bit annoying.

Opening Sentence: He stood beside me as cameras flashed, a man with a long and lean body, deeply green eyes, and golden hair.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Chicagoland Vampires series and Merit are still going strong with book number ten, Blood Games. I find this series entertaining and now I have no problem jumping into this world. I am really curious how this series will conclude, I just hope it doesn’t end like I think it will… Blood Games has action and intrigue but also a very frustrating Master vampire. Ethan is back to his infuriating, push-away behavior towards Merit again.

Merit has been a vampire for almost a year! Time has certainly moved slowly but the world hasn’t stopped for Merit, especially vampire politics. Trouble still abounds for the vampires after a serial killer crops up in Chicago and vampires are given the blame for the deaths. Merit gets drawn into the investigation in order to remove the vampires from the cops’ suspicions. Unfortunately, this serial killer hits close to home for Merit and the people in her life.

The Greenwich Presidium has finally revealed their play after Ethan declares for Darius’ position. The GP comes up with more games to play with Ethan, while someone from Ethan’s past decides to use Ethan’s history in a terrible case of blackmail. As a reader, I hated this blackmail angle. It was nice to hear Ethan’s past, I just didn’t like how he couldn’t own up to it. Yes, it was bad but choices were made at a much different time.

I was pleasantly surprised and a bit shocked by how the events play out for GP “Games” but I didn’t like how Ethan, once again, was pushing Merit away. I understand that Ethan is nervous about leading the GP. I get that he has some “baggage” aka blackmail that he doesn’t want Merit to learn about but in the end, I spent more time annoyed at Ethan’s bullishness than anything.

I did struggle a little bit with reading this one so I’m taking that I wasn’t quite as entertained as I usually am by this series but it was also a crazy busy week for me so I wasn’t able to dedicate the time to reading like I wanted. Although, I’m going to blame it on Ethan’s stubbornness as to why I struggled. By the way, where is Morgan? What the heck has the reclusive Morgan been up too?

Overall, the Chicagoland Vampires series has been an entertaining thrill ride for me. I haven’t enjoyed all the books like I thought I would but I have really enjoyed being a part of this world. I really like being immersed into a series set in Chicago with all the sights and sounds that it has to offer. I am excited to see where this story goes.

Notable Scene:

Arm work. Fast moves—in, out, arms above my head, hips moving in time. Footwork—shuffled steps, a spin with bent knees, then straight up again. Backward flip into a spin. I hit the floor on my knees, draped my torso over my legs, let my hands fall to the floor.

Applause lit through the room.

Shocked, I looked up, mopped my bangs from my face, and found two dozen vampires on the balcony, including a green-eyed devil—presently silver eyed—who stared down at me.

I hadn’t thought to lock the balcony door, and I’d been so completely involved in the stretch and flex of muscle that I hadn’t realized I wasn’t alone. Which, I guess, was exactly the point.

I had no idea what he was thinking or feeling—not just because he hadn’t talked to me about it, but because the look in his eyes was unfathomable. Pain, confusion, fear, love, pride or maybe all of them. I don’t know how long we stood there. Master and ballerina staring each other down, Ethan’s past between us again. This wasn’t the first time we’d locked horns over it, and I doubted it would be the last. Ethan had four hundred years of experience and memories packed into his brain, and all the issues that came with them. He was an enigma—probably the most frustrating enigma I’d ever met.

He blinked first, dropping his gaze, turning, and disappearing through the balcony door, still a mystery to me.

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

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