Aug 6, 2013

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Review: Biting Bad by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #8)

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Urban Fantasy
August 6 2013
Trade Paperback
368 pages
NAL Penguin

Kick Ass Chick – Merit

From Goodreads –
Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.

Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.

Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

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Biting Bad is the eighth installment in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series.  I have a love hate relationship with this series.  The storylines are not my most favorite lately but the characters…the characters are stellar and they keep sucking me back into these books even when I probably would have given up on another series by now.

One of the issues many have had lately, including me, is that these so well loved characters have been going through some pretty intense drama.  Yes, some drama is necessary to keep interest in the characters you have followed for book after book and will keep following for a few books to come, but there is drama…and there is drama.  Those who have read these books know what I am talking about and are probably nodding in agreement right about now.  Well I am glad to announce that there is no drama in this book.  In fact, the two main couples, if you will call them that, are working things out and happy and there is no ridiculous or unnecessary stress thrown in just to say there is conflict.  Catcher and Mallory are working things out as mature adults and Merit and Ethan, well they just deserve one big ol’ *HAPPY SIGH*

I always knew that when these two got their act together and decided to act like grownups that they would make one amazing couple and it seems my thinking was correct.  They are SO awesome together!  I am proud of Chloe for finally letting us witness Merit and Ethan at their best.

The story this time around is about humans who are attacking vampire related places while the mayor and McKetrick are blaming vampires for all things horrible and the GP being a douchebag towards Cadogan House.  Yes…again.  I was actually finding myself hoping a few ‘bad’ characters would find horrible and very permanent deaths by the end of this installment so we didn’t have to read about them, again, in the next book!  My wish did come true…mostly.  And I don’t mean the deaths.  Or do I?…  Unfortunatley, there are still signs that one of the annoying and overdone-in-my-opinion storylines is not dead yet.  I do look forward to the time it is done and the stories can go back to a new mystery per book and letting the characters be the continuing line in the series.  The series was at its best when it was written like that.

Chloe’s side characters are something special.  They are as, if not sometimes more, memorable than her main characters.  Lindsay, Luc and Jeff are three of my favorites and there is good news if they are some of your favorites too.  Lindsay and Luc are getting their own novella.  It will be featured in the Kicking It: These Boots Were Made for Stalking anthology due out in December 2013.  Jeff and his lady are also getting their own story.  Howling for You will is due out January 7th 2014 and will be available on its own through Penguin.  I am very excited about these stories.

Other than the plot feeling “same ol’, same ol’”, I thought this was a good installment.  By leaving the forced drama behind, Biting Bad felt like visiting an old friend instead of being forced to visit a smelly and frustrating great-uncle.  Now if only the storylines were fresher…  If that were taken care of I feel I would adore this series once again.  Because really, Ethan and Merit and crew are worth reading.  They are truly spectacular and worth getting to know.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quote –

“Ethan looked utterly flummoxed.  ‘Isn’t this good news?’

I wiped the tears away and smiles at him.  ‘It’s the best news.’

‘Then why are you crying?’

‘Because sometimes women cry when there’s good news.  Tears of relief.  You know, catharsis.’

His expression was utterly blank.

‘Haven’t you ever cried when you, I don’t know, you get a new batch of that fancy stationery you like with the watermarks on it?’

Her looked bewildered.  ‘That’s what you think I’d cry tears of relief about?’

‘You do like your office supplies.’

Ethan closed his eyes and shook his head.

Books in the Chicagoland Vampires series –
Some Girls Bite
Friday Night Bites
Twice Bitten
Hard Bitten
Drink Deep
Biting Cold
House Rules
Biting Bad
Wild Things (February 2014)
Blood Games (August 2014)

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  1. I’m reading it as we speak, so far loving it!

  2. Great review Julie I’m much more optimistic about carrying on with the series now, rather than revisit that smelly and frustrating old uncle!

  3. Another reviewer said the Ethan/Merit progress/relationship maturity was great in this book, so I’m really looking forward to that. I do have to ask, why wasn’t Ethan called out as the “Yummy Man” at the beginning of your post? 🙂

  4. I still have to start reading this series Julie, but I have already bought the first 2 books. Great review, and glad you got what you wanted 🙂

  5. I liked it(except the cliffhanger) but… why Merit goes from strong vamp to this weak little thing we see in the book? You cant start the series with a strong novitiate, sentinel, superguard and now show us this damsel in distress needing rescue every time she has to fight someone.

    I dont know, not looking forward for the next book and its not the first time, already left it in book 6 and came back now for 7 and 8.

  6. Diane – 🙂

    Lesley – Can’t stand the smelly old uncle 😉

    Lizzie – I didn’t mention Ethan because with all of the times that he and Merit get together/break up/get together/break up and so on, I didn’t want to assume they would be okay all the way through this book lol. I make my pages before I read the book and just never thought of changing it. Good question though lol.

    aurian – The first few books are excellent!

    Cass – Hmm… I didn’t see Merit as being a damsel in distress. I’ll have to see if I see it in the next book. 🙂

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