Saturday, November 29, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - WILD THINGS by CHLOE NEILL - CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES # 9 - ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE - NAL - HACHETTE

By: Chloe Neill
Published By : NAL, Hachette
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from Library, 350 Pages

RATING: 3.75 STARS

Blurb: Goodreads 

Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

It seemed quite strange when I started reading Wild Things, which is book number nine and the story line is only ten months on from book number one.

I feel like I have settled into this series and it has literally been years, which in reality is true, waiting for the books to be released, but in Merit’s world, it’s only been ten months since we have met her and all the other characters.

So much has happened in this time to all the characters, love, heartache, giant gnome, magic has caused a lot of havoc, Berna has wanted to fatten up Merit... the list goes on.

Ethan is still a hunk of burning love.

And then there was Ethan.

He was built like an athlete—long and lean, with taut muscles and a body that fit perfectly into his trim black suit. His hair was straight, shoulder length, and golden, framing a face so gorgeous it might have been sculpted by a master artist. Straight nose, honed cheekbones, lush mouth, and eyes as sharp and green as flawless emeralds. Ethan was alpha as they come, protective and pretentious, intelligent and strategic, and stubborn enough to match me well.


Gabriel is a fave of mine. I could quite easily read a spin off series with him in it before he met Tanya and how they got together.

“Kitten,” said Gabriel Keene, the Apex of the North American Pack. He gave me an up-and-down perusal. “I trust I’m not interrupting anything?”

“Sleeping,” I managed, crossing my arms over my chest. “We were sleeping.”

Ethan stepped behind me, chest bare, buttoning jeans. “I’m fairly certain you know precisely what you were interrupting.” 


We are introduced to a gorgeous new character, Damien Garza. He sounds all sorts of humma, humma.

The shifter who stood in the doorway was tall and rangy, with black hair that reached his shoulders and a shadow’s worth of stubble. His skin was honeyed, and his eyes were chocolate brown and deep set, offsetting honed cheekbones and a generous mouth. He wore the NAC jacket over jeans and boots, and a series of tangled cords and wraps on his right wrist.

Now I am seeing a Damien Garza spin off in my head.
J

One thing in the story line had me cocking my head to the side like an inquisitive owl, the mention of Merit and personal items from the shop that had Jeff and Damien getting all guy embarrassed at what the possibilities of those personal items could be. The only way I could read that was the girlie monthly personal items and vampires, do they need these? I know it doesn’t ever get discussed in vampire books, but...

I do love this series and I keep coming back for more, and I will read it until its last page is written, but I’m in need of more from the plot. 


This book would be my least favorite and it truly pains me to say so, I was a little underwhelmed by it. I felt the characters had their moments, but there was a fair amount of not-a-lot-going-on. Things did happen, true, but there was a lot of down time that equated to being fairly boring.

I'm missing the real action and deeper connection with the characters I have grown to really love. Wild Things could have been a lot shorter if a lot of the less interesting stuff had been taken out or for me personally and more inviting with more energetic writing.

It doesn’t feel adult anymore, sure there are the glimpses of adult moments, but for such a long running series, I would be expecting the writing to be getting more exciting from an author that truly does know how to deliver.

I am left scratching my head at this installment as I did find it a slog at times to get through. I may sound harsh, but this is book number nine and I have been watching a few past books in the series lose their shine.

I am not the first to note this, so I feel that it’s alright to mention.

Yeah... this series needs a little shake up of story line and getting the characters back to the connection that once was, with the readership. 

Without a doubt I will be back for more and looking forward to reading Blood Games # 10, especially after that prophecy of Gabriel’s.


Michelle



1 comment:

  1. Hey Matey! How have you been?!

    Yet another UF series I need to try, tsk, too many books so little time. Sigh.

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