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Review: Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill

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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