Review: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #5)
November 1 2011
Received from publisher
Kick Ass Chick - Merit
Yummy Man - I don't want to talk about it...
From Goodreads -
Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.
That's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.
Chicago's mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for vampires and humans alike.
This is the third time I have sat down to write this review. The first time the review made no sense. The second time it was more negative than it should have been. (Apparently it’s easy to get carried away when you are frustrated with a certain aspect of the book you just read lol). Now I know how to solve my review writing dilemma: I am going to write a review in point form. I think that is the only way I can write this without driving myself nuts.
The book I’m having trouble with is Drink Deep, the fifth book in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series. The first three books of this series were amazing. I recommended them to tons of people and was very excited when I saw someone was about to give them a try. Merit is a wonderful character – I love her to pieces. I actually enjoy my love hate relationship with Ethan. And let’s not forget Chapter 8 in Twice Bitten. Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series has Chapter 4, Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series has Chapter 32 and this series has Chapter 8. I enjoyed the last book in the series, Hard Bitten, a lot…until the very end. I was as shocked as the rest of those who read the book and I didn’t like where she brought the story. The author told us to trust her, so I did. I won’t tell you whether or not that particular part of the plot was taken care of this time around – you’ll have to read the book to find out – but I will say this: For me, when the author did what she did in book 4, it worried me. Not only because of whom she involved, but because I worried about where the series was ultimately going to have to go. The interactions between the characters, the overall feel of the series...everything was affected by her decision to do what she did. I don’t get the feeling that the author realized this. I sort of get the feeling that she thinks we were more concerned with that ONE part and not the whole series. This series was amazing. Fun, funny, smart with action and mystery and wonderful memorable characters. It had a real magic to it. And right now it almost feels like some of that magic is gone, replaced by anger and lots of ‘what does that have to do with anything’ and ‘can we see something a little different please’. But before I make it all sound too dire, let me tell you all I thought of Drink Deep.
What I loved about Drink Deep:
- I still absolutely LOVE Merit. She really has grown as a character in each book. She has matured and is now willing to do what she needs to do for her House and for the city she calls home. I really like where Chloe has brought Merit.
- Jonah! He is so cute! He is Merit’s partner and he is just adorable. I don’t see him as a love match for her, but as a friend and a fighting partner, I think he’s perfect. I am afraid though that if Merit doesn’t ultimately ‘pick’ him, he’s going to get angst-y and annoying. I hope that’s not the case. But if previous happenings are any indication, the odds are not good. You see, that’s exactly what happened with Morgan - now Morgan in a douche when there was a time I loved him more than Ethan. So hopefully Jonah’s character won’t become unbearable.
- The mystery of the red sky and the black water. The ‘who-done-it’ in this book was well done. Those parts of the books I read on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next and how it would all go down. Very neat.
- Catcher and Jeff. Not too much of them in this book but we saw a new side to Catcher and I liked seeing him a little more vulnerable. And Jeff is just a hoot. This tiny scene with the Nymphs was fun. I hope there’s more of him in the next book. He’s one of my favorite side characters.
- I really liked how Malik and Luc were in this book. I think Malik is great in his new position and I like how he ultimately handled Frank (see things I didn’t like for the continuation of this statement).
What I didn’t like about Drink Deep:
- Frank. What the f*ck is up this guys a**? Here he is, a guy from some organization that is supposed to be checking into Cadogan House and seeing why this House seems to be such a mess, making a huge cluster F of a mess himself. Really he’s just an a** hole. Yes, this guy deserves lots of cussing. The fact that I hated him so much shows that the author can write crazy characters well, but there was no clear reason for him being the way he was! He was sort of explained but it was all speculation and not really clear. He did horrible things to the poor vampires of Cadogan House and without real explanation it didn’t sit well. The whole organization that he apparently works for doesn’t make sense, which brings me to my next point…
- I am really getting annoyed with the “vampires suck and they all have their own agenda and they should all die except for those of us who want to take over the world and Cadogan House is where all the evil and stupidity is taking place.” The mayor is an idiot who hates supernaturals. The GD has its own agenda. McKetrick is in this book and is just annoying (again, no real explanation about this guy, he just wants all vampires to die apparently). And humans are idiots. Really, it’s all getting old and I hope it won’t play a major role in the next books.
- Mallory. Another What. The. F*ck. Personally, I am not a fan of authors taking long-time well-loved characters and changing their characters by a bunch. Or killing them off mid-series. She doesn’t kill Mallory off – don’t worry about that – but I’m not a fan of where she’s headed. Besides, unless she does get killed off in the next book, I think where she will end up is quite predictable. And one thing this series usually isn’t is predictable.
- Morgan. Again what the hell? I wanted to kick him between the legs. (Apparently this book has turned me a little ‘trucker’ lol)
- Why did Malik take so long to take care of Frank? If there was more explanation about Frank, maybe it would have made more sense. But as is, it just didn’t. If it was that easy, why not do it when he had vampires standing in the middle of the yard on poles?...
- I know that subsequent books in a series need a recap of previous events, but I am not a fan of the recap chapter. So for me, this book started out quite slow. Eventually the pace balanced out – not slow and not fast.
- And once again with extra feeling, Frank and the mayor! Why were they so prominent when really they just pissered people off? They didn’t really move the plot forward. They just made you want to spit!
It took me quite a while to figure out what to rate this book – and as you can see I wasn’t able to settle. The parts of the book that I liked were great and the parts that I didn’t like I really didn’t like. Overall, I was disappointed that I felt more frustrated than anything while reading this installment. And even though I am not a fan of who the new villain is, seeing how this book ended, the next book shows promise. But if I still feel more frustrated than not while reading Biting Cold, I will have to reconsider this series.
Giggle worthy quote –
“She fell back on the bed. ‘I’m tired, I’m overworked, I’m being forcibly underfed, I’m stressed, and I have a boyfriend – a boyfriend, Merit – with his own issues, and the only thing I want to do is gorge on ice cream. And let’s face it – the only problem that’s going to solve is the ‘hey, my pants are too loose!’ problem. And that’s not a problem I have right now.’”
‘About friggin’ time’ quote –
“Take that back to the GP, Mr. Cabot. And should the urge arise, feel free to tell them to fuck off.”