Series: Chicagoland Vampires

Phantom Kiss by Chloe Neill

Posted January 17, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Phantom Kiss by Chloe NeillPhantom Kiss by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #12.5
Published by Gollancz on January 17. 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 100
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars
two-flames

In this all-new novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Midnight Marked, Merit, Ethan, and the rest of Cadogan House crew discover that not all undead creatures are kindred spirits…

Vampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer. So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.

But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that their being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster. A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl—and he won’t stop until he’s killed again...

           

Anne’s Thoughts

Ethan IS a book boyfriend, but Merit is also a girl crush. They are a couple I have shipped throughout the Chicagoland Vampire series. Phantom Kiss is a sweet treat, the author’s gift to us, bringing them back into my mind and heart before the final book, Blade Boundis available April 25, 2017. Many favorite characters, good and bad, make an appearance.

If you don’t read the series, it won’t mean as much to you, because you won’t have the depth and love for the characters. It is a short, fun read. There doesn’t seem to be much towards the overall story arc, but it is a very pleasant visit to beloved people and their places.

 


Jennifer’s Thoughts

Phantom Kiss is a is nice little side adventure for the gang. Merit and Ethan is getting closer to the march down the isle and this mystery over a ghost haunting them was just the last little escapade they needed to take the pressure of wedding planning off their minds. References to the plot in the last full length novel, Midnight Marked was made so fans of the series will want to read this one afterwards.

Phantom Kiss was just enough to wet my appetite for the final book in the series, Blade Bound.

About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.

She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
three-stars
Dialogue
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Narration (Audio)
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

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Posted February 5, 2014 by Jennifer in Author Interview | 2 Comments

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