I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #6
Published by NAL Penguin on August 7th 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.
Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.
As much as I love this series I had a bit of trouble getting into Biting Cold. I was over the Mallory story before it even got started. I was having Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) flashbacks but minus the fact that Mallory didn’t flay someone. But I’m sure had she been given the time she would have.
Another thing that put me off some was the fact that it took Merit and Ethan so long to have a true reunion. After all the heartache that Merit went through those months that Ethan was gone, and how he must have missed her. Yeah ok so they had an evil witch and ex-governor Tate on their hands but still. It took too long and every time something got in the way I was groaning.
And the whole Ethan back tracking again. About how the house and their jobs are more important than their feelings. Really?! The man died for her. She mourned him for months. I think if I was Merit I would have used my sword on him at some point.
Ok now that my rant about the 1st half of the book is over…..
I am happy to say that the second half of the book did pick up for me. Mallory got pushed to the side where she belongs and we started really focusing on the big bad. I found that storyline interesting and I’m glad that it wrapped up in this book instead of dragging on to the next book.
But to me the best part of the book was the lead up to what might happen in House Rules.
Simply put, Biting Cold left me feeling a little cold but I can’t wait to see what House Rules brings to the series. I really think it could turn things around and give us some of the Merit and Ethan’s bite back.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).