Aug 8, 2014

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Review: Blood Games by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #10)

bloodgames4 star

Urban Fantasy
August 5 2014
Trade Paperback
352 pages
NAL Trade
Received from publisher

Yummy Man- Ethan Sullivan
Kick Ass Chick – Merit

From Goodreads –
While Merit didn’t choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she’s managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet…

A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn’t been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options. Vampires and humans aren’t on great terms, but murder makes for strange bedfellows. Can Merit find the killer before she becomes a target?

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In my opinion, the blurb for the book is very deceptive. Yes, there are murders. But Merit is never even a target. Not even close. In fact, I don’t understand the point of these murders and what they had to do with much else. I didn’t find they advanced the series at all nor did they add much to this book.

But I’m getting ahead of myself…

Blood Games is the tenth book in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series.

Ok. With that out of the way, let’s get back to the murders. Don’t get me wrong – they did add a certain entertainment value to the book. They just were not the main focus of the book and they didn’t really have a whole lot to do with Merit which is why I am surprised that the blurb focuses mostly on that plotline.

The main story was *warning, spoiler for the last book* Ethan’s bid to lead the GP council and how that’s all playing out. There was a bit of a thing with Darius that was a bit odd and again, seeming a bit out of nowhere, but it all ultimately lead to there being challenges for Ethan in this book.

I loved the challenges. They were very interesting and had me on the edge of my seat reading. Really well done.

Merit is still a wonderful and strong character. Her loyalty and intelligence along with her humor make her one of my favorite characters ever. I can’t say there was much growth on her part in this book but that was not a focus here. Hard to believe that this entire series has taken place over less than a year! The things Merit has done and seen in just one year…insane. I love how her relationship with Mallory is working itself out and I love seeing her with Jonah. I never liked him as a romantic option for her but their friendship and banter are perfect and really fun to read.

Ethan is still yummy even though I am still trying to figure him out. And still trying to figure out one of the main characters after ten books isn’t my idea of great. I really do love Ethan but often don’t like him very much. Which brings me to my biggest beef with this book and this series…

The ‘been there, done that’. Many plotlines are often repeated in this series and a pretty frustrating one, one that we’ve seen quite a few times already in this series, comes out in this book. The ‘Ethan is hiding something and won’t share with Merit essentially shutting her out and hurting her in the process’ plotline. *sigh* I don’t know why the books are written this way, with so many ideas repeating themselves. Hopefully we’ll see only new ideas in the next book, Dark Debt, when it releases March 3rd 2015.

The way Blood Games ends is NOT what I expected. I am VERY curious to see how that plays into the next few books.

I know it’s hard to tell by my review but I really am enjoying this series. Now. I, like a few of you, didn’t find the love for a few books but it’s back and I look forward to new installments. I like how familiar the characters and the world are now. I like how easy it is to fall into a new book and I like how it feels like visiting old friends. I just wish a few things were done differently. But overall, a very entertaining series.

Blood Games was a good book and the ending leads the series and its readers into a new and interesting direction.

4 stars

Books in the Chicagoland Vampires series –
Some Girls Bites
Friday Night Bites
Twice Bitten
Hard Bitten
Drink Deep
Biting Cold
House Rules
Biting Bad
Wild Things
Blood Games
Dark Debt (March 2015)

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  1. I’m about 65% through this book and usually I wait to read one of your reviews on a book I’m reading (or planning to read) until I’m done. But I’ve been extremely frustrated with Ethan so far in this book, so I had to come see if he was frustrating you, too! He and Merit seem to take one step forward in one book and then two steps backward in the next. I hope that he wisens up by the end of this installment, because he’s being annoying! 🙂 Do you know how many books are planned for this series?

  2. Lizzie Dee – You are not alone in your frustration. Grr Ethan… As of now, there are 13 books contracted – so three more.

  3. Nice review Julie, I do wonder if I will ever start reading this series though, it grows so fast!

  4. Great review Julie! I just finished writing my review (waited to read any reviews until that was done) and I agree with you on a lot of points. I didn’t read the blurb recently so I hadn’t noticed the focus on the murders – but yeah, that’s definitely not the focus, which thrilled me because I find the mystery elements fairly repetitive and blah. But the Ethan Merit thing felt slightly different to me – I felt like they’re maturing as a couple and learning to deal with these things better. Yes, old patterns, but (thank goodness) slightly different approach IMO. I’m excited for how it ended – quite a twist!

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