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Review: Phantom Kiss by Chloe Neill

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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