Feb 4, 2014

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Review: Wild Things by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #9)

wildthings4 star

Urban Fantasy
February 4 2014
Trade Paperback
368 pages
NAL Trade
Received from publisher US / Canada

Yummy Man – Ethan Sullivan
Kick Ass Chick – Merit

From Goodreads –
Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.

———-

Excuse me for one moment…

*jumps up and down*  I liked this book!  I really liked it!!!  *brushes herself off and goes back to typing*

Wild Things is the ninth book in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series and yes, I liked it.  I really liked it.

Why I am so excited about this fact is that I, like many, have had a very…tumultuous relationship with this series.  Let’s just say that I have not agreed with the direction this series has taken in every installment and I was close to losing interest in it entirely.  But the characters stopped me from giving up on the series and after reading this latest installment, I am glad I have stuck with it.  Wild Things, for me, had much of that magic that made me fall in love with this series in the very first book and, for the first time in a while, I didn’t feel like throwing this book across the room once while reading.  I like the direction the series seems to be taking and I hope it continues this way.

On that note, I think I’ll start by talking about the one beef I had.  Yes, I am talking about the same beef I have had with the last few installments and that is the “idiot humans vs vampires” plotlines.  This has been very prominent in past books and I get tired of it because it seems to be recycled in this series over and over and over.  Politicians who think they are doing the best thing for humanity by prosecuting vampires for crimes pretty much entirely committed by humans.  Gah…been done.  And when you think the idiot politician is leaving the picture…another one takes his place!  This plot is definitely present in this book but it’s not as important as the other plots.  And, unless I really misread it, it seems to be finding its way back even further onto the backburner by the end of this book.  I feel there is so much story to be told just in the issues surrounding vampires and its governing body and other supernaturals that we can leave the uneducated humans out of the main parts of this series from now on.  I hope that really is how this series is headed because that would make me, and many others I’m sure, 100% happy.

The main story this time around features supernaturals going missing.  Of course, one goes missing in werewolf territory while Ethan and Merit are there so, naturally, they are looked upon as suspects and must clear their names and find the culprit in order to restore peace.  I know, that has been done too in this series, but who cares because it’s so much fun when it happens!  I love the mysteries Chloe writes into these books.  They are always well done, with hints dropped at just the right time and everything coming to a head at a natural yet very exciting pace.  The twits and how this mystery ties into previous mysteries was cool and I am very interested to see how it plays out, if at all, in future books.

One of my favorite parts of this series is the dialogue.  All of the dialogue in these books is exceptional.  I may not agree with what is being said all the time (*grin*) but how it is written is so natural, you can’t help but feel as though you are in the room while everything is going on.  The serious talks, the teasing and jokes, the sad and heartbreaking moments, all of it said in perfect time and with great ease.  It is what helps make the characters in this series some of my favorite to read despite being disappointed in some of the plot directions.

Merit and Ethan are at their best here.  No silly teenager-type games.  We are witnessing two adults, in love, who want their relationship to thrive and who know that, through compromise and work, it will.  What a nice thing to witness!  These two are made for eachother so it was nice to see that they finally see it as strongly as we’ve seen it since book one.  Catcher and Mallory are two others who are great in this book.  I’d attach another ‘finally’ to those two.  Jeff is awesome, as usual, as are Luc and Lindsay and Jonah and Gabriel and pretty much everyone else.  Chloe did a fantastic job with everyone in this book.  We meet a new shifter character named Damien.  His is not a huge role but you will remember him, as you tend to remember most of Chloe’s side characters. You may also find yourself wondering where he has been all your life as there is just something about him…

Chloe has promised talk of the ‘prophecy’ in this book and she did not tell a lie.  There is much talk of it…and now we are left waiting to see when it happens and if it actually means what we all think it will mean.  *sigh*  Yes, more waiting.  But there isn’t too much waiting until the next book, at least.  Blood Games is due out August 5th 2014, a mere six months from now.

Overall, I was very pleased with Wild Things.  And for the first time in a while I am actually very much looking forward to the next installment.  This series is the perfect example of whether or not an author should really follow her heart while writing even though she knows many readers will not support her decisions.  Not everyone has stuck by this one but I’m happy to see that Chloe’s long term vision for Merit and Ethan and friends looks like a good one.  If Wild Things is any proof, this series is worth sticking with.

4.5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“Jeff and Catcher began discussing transportation options while Mallory slipped an arm through mine.  ‘Is this seriously what you guys do all night?  Make like Veronica Mars and solve crimes?’

I frowned, nodded.  ‘As it turns out, yeah.’

‘It’s fun.’  She pulled her hair back and into a ponytail, using an elastic she’d kept around her wrist.  ‘Although I feel like we need embroidered jackets.  Like the satin ones?  We could be just like the Pink Ladies.’

‘I’ll talk to the boss,’ I said.  My voice was sarcastic, but my heart thudded with excitement I’d never admit aloud.  I’d always wanted to be a Pink Lady.”

—–

“‘Your man has a lot of support,’ Jonah said.

‘The cause has support,’ I corrected, stopping short when two twentysomethings in coats and scarves bounded out of a cab and into the fray with neon posters demanding supernatural rights and Ethan’s release.  ‘I can’t believe how many of them know who Ethan is.’

‘He has fan sites, Merit.’

I stopped, looked at him, and found a bemused expression on his face.  ‘He does not.’

‘Next time you’re online, look up EthanSullivanIsMyMaster-dot-net.  It has fan fiction.  You’re not doing a very good job of keeping up with Ethan’s many admirers.’

‘There is no such place, and there is not such fan fiction.'”

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
Blood Games (August 2014)

  1. YAY! I haven’t started it yet (it delivered to my Kindle last night but I’m finishing up another book atm), but I know I’m going to love it now based on this review. Thanks, Julie!!!

  2. I waited to read your review until I read the book. And since I finished it today, I can say that I completely agree with you! I loved it! Like you, I’m totally sick of the mayor and her prejudices. While it was a part of the storyline, it was backseat enough for me.

    That Pink Lady quote was seriously one of my favorites, too! Another was “Tall, dark, and handsome was hot. Tall, dark, and handsome with nestled kitten? Atomic.

  3. Yes, I am so happy for you Julie! And for me, as I feel I can now safely start reading this series.

  4. As you know I gave up on this series after the … you know what I mean. This review is making me reconsider my decision, but I have a question, can I skip the books between the “resurrection” and this one? Or do you think I’ll be lost without reading previous books?

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