Wednesday, April 17, 2013

BOOK REVIEW - HOUSE RULES by CHLOE NEILL - CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES # 7 - ORION BOOKS

By: Chloe Neill
Published By: Orion Books, Hachette
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from Library, 333 Pages

RATING: 4.5 NEW BEGINNINGS STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

At the tender age of 27, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal —tested like never before.

It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I just keep coming back for more in this series. I do enjoy the humour and all the dramas with Ethan and Merit , better known now as Methan. BAHahahaaa!! I did laugh out loud.


“You’re Methan.”

“We’re what?”

“Methan. Merit and Ethan. Methan.”

“Nobody calls us that.”

Every vampire in the room turned back to look at me, sardonic expressions on their faces. 


See what I mean. Chloe knows how to make us laugh, but she also knows how to make us gasp and go WT!!!

Merit is still one of my fave female protagonists. She stands up for what she believes in and she suits Ethan.  Mercedes ( Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs)  and Chess ( Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane)  are my other two female protagonists I love. They are very likable and can kick butt. 

Book # 7 is still going strong with story line and characters. I am a huge fan of Berna! I always have this bizarre accent in my head when I read Berna...hehe. I can't seem to shake it. No matter what book she is in, I have the same accent/voice for her dialogue.


“Hi, Berna. The food looks good.”

“You eat enough?” she asked in her heavy Eastern European accent.

“Always,” I assured her.

“You eat more,” she said, then poked Mallory. “You back to work.”

“I was just saying hello to Merit.”

Berna made a sarcastic noise and pinched my arm. “Still too thin,” she pronounced, then walked away.....” 

Jeff is just a hoot with his humor and lines. He has himself some hilarious Nymph time. I keep visualizing those scenes in my head and they make me laugh every time. He gets into some role playing.

“Merit. Have you finally decided to ditch the zero and get with the hero?”

Ethan cleared his throat -- loudly -- while I bit back a smile. I didn’t see anything wrong with reminding Ethan that I had other options. Even if they were slightly goofy options I’d never actually take advantage of.



“What’s all this?” I asked. “Diplomacy in action,” he quietly said. “The nymphs were giving Catcher fits, and Jeff thought they might be calmed by a show of virtual strength.”



“I can run them through a program that flags image manipulation. beep beep boop boop.”

Luc, Juliet Lindsey, and I looked around at one another.

I squinted at the phone. “I’m sorry, Jeff, did you just say ‘beep beep boop boop’?’

“Computer sound effects,” he said , as if I’d asked him to explain the most obvious conclusion in the world.



Lacey makes me think of nails screeching down a chalk board. She makes a very good thorn in Merit’s side.

Jonah, how I do love Jonah, very interesting events in this instalment.

Jonah and I had complementary magic -- magic that operated on a similar frequency . A supernatural kinship, of a sort.


Gabriel...he is another fave of mine.

He skipped the greeting, walked toward Gabriel, and offered a bear-sized hug, Gabriel slapped him on the back.

“All right, old man. Let’s not make Kitten jealous.”He glanced around Ethan and smiled at me. ‘Hello, Kitten.” 

Cadogan House is up for a fight of the legal kind and vampires are turning up dead. A scene is set. Going Rogue is never easy and Chloe is throwing a few things at Ethan and his house of vampires.

I really enjoy how Chloe juggles a lot of characters it keeps the story moving and we can bounce about with Merit as she tries to show Ethan that she can help in more ways than one.

I loved hearing more about Peter the Cadogan House founder. It gave me more of Ethan too.

The one thing I have noticed and this is just me, but Merit and Ethan used to be smexier together in earlier reads. Sometimes I find it hard pressed to stamp adult as the genre on some of the books
in the series, quite rightly with the more graphic sexual content in the earlier installments, but now it is a more mellow scene. Am I watching what happens when couples have been together for a time? I know there was still the silvering of the eyes and some hanky panky but, it is less spelled out. Not saying this is a bad thing, just what I have noticed. Ethan still has his smexi on...but......

Chloe serves up another installment on a silver platter in this very much loved series with her own brand of humor with her characters. Throw in a villain or two and some great sub characters like Berna and Gabriel and I am hanging for the next book. 

But best of all is Team Methan.

I'm going to say, that I really, so badly want to send the UK/Aussie covers packing. I just can't like them. I LOVE the US covers. When I buy this set I am getting the US covers. The chick is very Merit on the US covers and soooo not Merit on the UK covers. Gahhh! It is just a pet peeve of mine. What can I say?

Looking forward to Biting Bad...next cab off the rank.....6th August 2013 - Chicagoland Vampires # 8.

Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.

Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.

Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.



Michelle

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