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This review is from: Hard Bitten: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel (Chicagoland Vampires Series) (Paperback)
I am a huge fan of the Chicagoland Vampire series and was literally counting down the days till the release of this book. So I'm a little disappointed with what I got after the roller-coaster that was Twice Bitten.
The book starts off well enough with murder and mayhem caused by underground vampire raves which Merit is left to investigate after an ultimatum from the Mayor. Things get a little bit more complicated when the Greenwich Presidium roll into town and Merit has to conduct her investigation under the radar. To me the tone of the book is different from the others, this one had some 24-esque slash Buffy moments slash True Blood moments - not what I've come to expect from Chicagoland and to be honest I found the middle of the book kind of slow and boring. Also, the dialogue kind of bothered me - whereas before each character had their own unique tone here everyone was kind of samey and inconsistent.
There were some sweet Merit-Ethan moments, you get to know newer characters better (Jonah) and some classic Mallory dialogue.
This book is very much about Merit growing up and coming into her own, but there was just too much Merit (Shocker! How could there be too much of our fave heroine?) - I thought the book could have done with a sub plot to really flesh out the book.
The ending was a corker and the only reason I gave the book 3 stars rather than 2 stars. The last 15 - 20 pages were fast paced and had some shocking revelations - I might not agree with them all it certainly left me wanting more.
This book is definitely for Chicagoland fans and fingers crossed that Chloe Neill can rein it all back and not take it in a Buffy - Jack Bauer direction.