Sunday, 29 January 2012

Hard Bitten - Chloe Neill

Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4)Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires #4) - Chloe Neill
Grade: Adult - UF
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals-and they're camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan are...tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.

Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn't help that she can't tell who's on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who's tall, dark, and part of underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago's supernatural society-a world full of vampires who seem ready to fulfill the protesting human's worst fears, and a place where she'll learn that you can't be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands... (Description from Goodreads)

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I've been staring at a blank screen for quite a while trying to put my thoughts into words. 'Hard Bitten' definitely lives up to its name; it is a hard book to deal with, especially with the way it ended.

In terms of plot, this book has it all. Vampire drama has escalated with the announcement of the Shifters existence; and the humans have kicked up their protest against vampires in their city. Merit and Cadogan House find themselves to be the main focus in the new rise in protests. But to top it all off, this trouble is made worse by the fact that vampires are being plagued by drug and rave problems. Merit's investigating skills are tested again and, of course, she gets to show off her amazing fighting kills; so it is an action-packed novel.

I was, however, a little disappointed in 'Hard Bitten'. It lacked the same witty-banter and amazing dialogue that I've grown to love so much. I think that was partly because of the tone of the book. There was a sense of danger and darkness that wasn't in the previous books; a sense that Merit and her friends were walking on a ledge and one wrong step wound send them falling. I was also disappointed in the role Ethan had in this book. In the first three novels, I was so impressed with the way he was involved in everything, and in 'Hard Bitten'...nothing. That's not to say he wasn't there, but with all the vampire issues, they worked to keep him out of the thick of it all, which just isn't Ethan.

And the ending, oh wow, I'm still trying to process how that ending possibly happened and I'm not sure what I really think about it. I've been told everything will be alright if I have the next book, but we'll just have to wait and see.

4.5/5 stars

(Originally posted on Goodreads)


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