Friday, February 10, 2012


By: Chloe Neill
Published By: Orion, Hachette
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from l ibrary, 321 Pages


Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.

Chicago's mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for vampires and humans alike.
Blackbird singing in the dead of night,
Take these broken wings and learn to fly........


I love the Chicagoland Vampires series, it is a great Urban Fantasy read. I did miss Ethan in this book. I think anybody who loves this series will tell you that a gaping hole was left behind. Even the characters in this book are feeling it, big time.

This brings me to Jonah. He is no Ethan, but he is gorgeous and you can see how much he would like a relationship more than partnership with Merit. He is a tempting morsel.

I was having a little trouble totally feeling this instalment until we got past the half way mark, maybe because of that gaping hole that Ethan left behind, maybe something else?

Oh the GP dude, Frank. (looks around for my smelliest stinky dead fish, so I can slap that boy upside of silly) Chloe REALLY makes you loathe the guy.

I would have loved to have seen Gabriel and his pack in this instalment. Obviously they weren’t necessary. I think with Ethan making it into dreams, I needed big Gabriel to call Merit, ‘kitten’. I think I was just lost without Ethan. Jonah was like this putty filler, who filled in the cracks for me. Interesting to see where Chloe takes Jonah and Merit now she has signed on the dotted line.

Chloe has given us some wonderful twists in the latter part of the book, these got me back to feeling in the zone with this series. I’m hoping more Faerie influence may become a part of this series.

Jeff is still so adorable I could pack him up and take him home. He has such a way with the little ladies..hehe!

Oh Catcher, what are we going to do with you..........?

There is a scene in this book , hence my little Blackbird lyric intro, it was quite touching. Made me swallow a lump.

I enjoyed this instalment, and am looking forward to reading ‘Biting Cold’, there are some things left in the air at the end of this book and maybe some new beginnings?

I have a pet peeve, I am not digging the UK covers at all. The girl is so not Merit. No offence, just blagh! I don’t like the poses. These books have some grit and the covers aren’t Urban Fantasy....did I just say all that out aloud...oops!


   “You ever think about coaching baseball, that kinda thing, when you and Mallory have kids? You know , doing the whole soccer dad routine?”

   Catcher threw a pistachio in the air and caught it in his mouth. “While hoping they don’t fry the universe from day one? Yeah, that thought has occurred to me.” He sat up straight and looked at Jeff. “can you imagine some little girl with Mallory’s hair? The blond, I mean.”

   “Heart. Breaker,” Jeff said. “You’ll have to keep a shotgun by the front door just to ward off the players. Or I guess , you could have Mallory do it for you.”

   “I could,’ Catcher allowed, then --------- realizing I was in the room -----looked up and glared right at me. “ I’ll do that right after I have her kick Merit’s ass for spying.”

   I grinned and stepped inside , offering each a wave. “Hello, proud papas of children not yet conceived.”

   “You’re still alive.”

   “Last time I checked. And here’s a fact to add to your database----fairy blood turns vampires batshit crazy.”


Now the scene in the book, musically only ,sounded more like this..


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