Well, this is it, the last Series Spotlight-Chicagoland Vampires- post. I have saved the best for last this week, my review of Hard Bitten, book 4 in the Chicagoland Series. Stay tuned after the review for information on this Giveaway!
by Chloe Neill
Publisher: NAL/Penguin group
Publish Date: May 3, 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
Source: kindle ebook
My rating: ***** 5 of 5 stars
Blurb from publisher:
Chicago is beset by supernatural tensions, and Merit-vampire protector of a safe haven called Cadogan house-is worried that the humans will be reaching for their pitchforks any minute. It doesn’t help that yet another vampire rave is broken up by the mayor, and a new inhibition- reducing drug is circulating through the community.
It’s up to Merit to put her house in order-literally. And if that takes getting a little blood on her hands, so be it.
My *spoiler-free* Review:
I have taken my time with this review. I pre-ordered Hard Bitten and started reading the minute it hit my kindle. Hard-Bitten was fabulous, shocking, and the most emotional book in the series so far. To me, a great book is one that has quality writing, characters a reader can relate to, and a story that makes the reader feel that they are a part of something, able to go on the journey along with the characters. Hard Bitten meets these criteria, it is a great book, worthy of a 5 star rating.
Hard Bitten picks up with the Cadogen House Vampires putting their house in order after problems with shifters in book 3, Twice Bitten. Times have changed for vampires in Chicago. Instead of paparazzi, there are protesters. Instead of smooth political relations, there is betrayal, blackmail, and threats. Vampire political drama in Cadogen house really heats up in Hard Bitten, with a visit from the GP and more problems with a certain former house master vampire. Due to all the political problems, Merit is forced to act as more of a solitary Sentinel, without as much help from Ethan. When all of the problems hit the climax, the chaotic results are beyond astonishing.
Ethan is truly at his best in Hard Bitten. He spends the whole of the book doing his best to charm Merit into a romantic relationship, and it seems as though he is trying very hard to learn from past mistakes. Upon comparing Ethan from book 1 to Ethan in book 4, the vampire has come a long way. Merit has helped him remember humanity and sensitivity, and it looks good. Merit also continues to grow and adapt. She learns to be more independent and understanding of vampire politics. We also get to learn more about Jonas, I really like him, and can’t wait to see more of him in the future. Merit and Mallory are in a good place, they seem better able to deal with each other’s situations. There is a lot of action in Hard Bitten, and the crew continues to step in and shine.
Now, for the good stuff, the nitty gritty. The book ends in a shocking manner. It is completely unexpected, emotional, and thought provoking. I know a lot of people have said that they dislike a book because it didn’t end the way they wanted it to, or in the way they expected. I disagree with these people. The book ended, I re-read it, and I have absolutely no clue where Ms Chloe Neill is going here, but I love it. I love the anticipation, the expectation. There is a feeling of possibility, so much could happen, so many different possible story lines. Book number 5, Drink Deep, promises to be a different feel. As I have loved all the books in the series so far, I trust that Chloe Neill has a plan and purpose. If anything, after Hard Bitten, I am even more deeply hooked into this series than I was before. I can tell you for a definite fact, I will be devouring Drink Deep the minute I get my greedy, impatient hands on it!
If you have not read this series yet, don’t miss it. The writing is wonderful, the characters full of fun, life, danger, and of course, snark. I very highly recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy or paranormal romance, it is a MUST-READ!
On to the GIVEAWAY! 3 participants (international) will win 1 book of their choice of any of the 4 books of the Chicagoland Vampires series. Here are the choices:
*For every week you comment on a Series Spotlight post, you earn an entry in the contest
*Each series spotlight post is open for entries for 1 week, once my new post it up, only comments on the new post are counted for entries
*You do not have to follow to enter, but if you follow, you get an extra entry each week
*Leave a comment about this week’s post, or anything about the series. (let me know if you follow the blog)
*Extra Entry for tweeting about this giveaway, leave me a comment with a direct link.
*The contest ends Tuesday, May 31. Books will be sent via The Book Depository, so this is INTERNATIONAL