Biting Cold: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel (Chicagoland Vampires Series) Paperback – 9 Aug 2012
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Praise for the Chicagoland Vampire novels
"These books are wonderful entertainment."--#1 "New York Times "Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris
"A strong-minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake."--"Library Journal"
"A refreshing take on urban fantasy."--"Publishers Weekly"
"If you loved Nancy Drew but always wished she was an undead, sword-wielding badass, Merit is your kind of girl."--"Geek Monthly"
Praise for the Chicagoland Vampire novels
These books are wonderful entertainment. #1 "New York Times "Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris
A strong-minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris s Sookie Stackhouse series and Laurell K. Hamilton s Anita Blake. "Library Journal"
A refreshing take on urban fantasy. "Publishers Weekly"
If you loved Nancy Drew but always wished she was an undead, sword-wielding badass, Merit is your kind of girl. "Geek Monthly"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The sixth entry in Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, perfect for fans of Charlaine Harris and Kelley Armstrong.See all Product Description
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When I think about how much I love this series I'm amazed it has taken me so long to get around to reading Biting Cold. I don't even have a good excuse considering how thrilled I was by Ethan's return at the end of Drink Deep! I guess the good thing about putting it off is that I already have the next 2 books and a novella ready to start reading though, I hate the delay between series books so they should keep me going for a little while. Bearing in mind it had 2 years since I read Drink Deep I was surprised at how easily Chloe Neill was able to suck me back into her world, I was worried that I'd have forgotten what was going on but she was able to recap enough to remind me of the important things without bogging down the story with too much extra information. It was like catching up with old friends, you know the kind where you can go months without seeing each other but the moment you meet up it's like you were never apart?
Anyway, let's get back to my review! I wasn't too sure what to expect from this book since my friends all seem to either love or hate it but I'm happy to say I really enjoyed it.Read more ›
Instead, for me it all wound up being a bit of a damp squib. It's not by any means bad - Chloe Neill's style of writing is typically engaging - but it's not as good as some of the earlier entries in the series.
Certain plotlines just seemed to fizzle out altogether or to be overlooked. There's no Red Guard involvement at all. The road trip section is abruptly curtailed - leaving us back facing the ins and outs of vampire House politics. Where Cadogan is once again under investigation by the Greenwich Presidium. And so much for a joyous reunion between Ethan and Merit - whose relationship stutters for really quite contrived reasons throughout most of the book.
This isn't to say that there aren't opportunities for significant story progression in the next book: towards the end, there are a couple of potentially game-changing events...
For me, 3.5/5 (it does irk me that Amazon call anything below 4 stars 'unfavourable': I'm rating it better than average!Read more ›
Now to the down side. At the end of the last book, Ethan was brought back from the dead. Now I eagerly anticipated this book thinking that now that Ethan and Merit were together again, they would finally be able to get together, get it on and get on with the job of saving the world, but apparently not. Once again, Ethan puts a halt on their relationship and puts everything before him and Merit. I found this so infuriating as it is simply repetitive and lazy of the writer to go over this ground AGAIN!
Merit does her usual and the story chugs along well and the ending is well crafted and the book once again ties up a few loose ends and leaves the reader knowing that there will be another book in the series and with a rough idea of where the story is going, as per usual. But the down side to this is that I was left feeling that I had waited for another chapter in the book rather than a whole story or installment in a series as there was not enough story or character development for me in this book.
I will read the next in the series as I always wonder what will happen to Merit next but I truly hope that there will be some big character development and story arcs in the next as this one felt a bit like a bridge from the older books in the series to the new, rather than a story that could stand on its own.
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