Book #6 of the Chicagoland Vampires Series
Publisher: New American Library (August 7, 2012)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback (337 pages)
Source: Review Request by Author/Pub (Thanks Chloe!)
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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)
Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.
Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.~Goodreads
At a Glance
I have to admit, the beginning dragged for me, but by one-third the way through I was hooked till the end. I love the progression of this series. The review below has references to events in past books in the series.
Here’s the Story…
Biting Cold starts where Drink Deep ends. Merit and Ethan are on their way to protect the Maleficium (a book full of evil) from getting into the hands of Merit’s former best friend, Mallory. Mallory, a witch turned bad, plans on unleashing evil upon the world. Merit won’t let that happen. But after the big confrontation, things only go down hill. Now there is another evil being to deal with. One that allows no mercy or forgiveness. One that is gunning after Merit. Now Merit and her fellow Cadogan vampires must figure out who and what this new threat is and how to stop him before he destroys everything Merit holds dear.
Merit has Merit…
Once this book got going, I was 100% in for the ride. I am a huge fan of the Chicagoland Vampires series, and I literally jump up and down in joy when each new book comes out. It’s not an action packed paranormal kind of series. Well, it has action, but the focus is Merit’s struggle with her new life. Being made into a vampire against her will and now having to follow the rules every vampire must. Becoming a protector of her new family while trying to figure out her crazy relationship the Master vampire of the house. In Biting Cold, Merit has just gotten Ethan back and now her best friend is pretty much evil. But Merit is a strong little vampire. She always takes things in stride and does her best to keep everyone around her safe. She has grown into her role as Sentinel and pretty much calls the shots most of the time. She is completely in charge of her life, even when her world is uncertain. Merit is my hero.
I was so happy to have Ethan back in the fray. I missed him. I even missed him and Merit constantly fighting each other over everything. I was sad to see his same insecurities and reservations about his relationship with Merit come to the forefront once again. But I guess Ethan wouldn’t be Ethan without his quirks.
Our Poor Mallory…
I was simply blown away with how far Neill took Mallory as a character. I wasn’t expecting it at all, and that makes me respect Neill even more. I like authors who have no limits with the lengths they will go to keep a great story fresh. I think Neill handled Mallory’s story very well. I like the direction she is taking her.
I am also impressed by how much the world is changing in this series. So many things happen in Biting Cold that will change the course of the series forever. People are growing, the supernaturals are both coming together and falling farther apart at the same time. And the decision made at the end of the novel has guaranteed that nothing will ever be the same. Hopefully for the better.
I Just Love this Series…
The action was really intense in this book because the opponents are people we know and somewhat care about. The mystery was well thought out and it took me a little while to really figure out the secrets. I also loved the bouts of humor during the dark times. Neill really has her dialogue skill down. I eagerly awaited the next conversation the whole way through this book. There are so many little side plots that I can’t wait until Neill fleshes them out.
The biggest problem was the beginning. I just could not get into the story. I kept putting the book down. But then we reached about one-third way into the book and it turned into pure freakin’ awesomeness. That’s what earned it four stars.
Ethan bugged me in this book. He was such a cry baby. He did get better, but for the most part he just irritated me.
Neill really made us wait for the big moment. I assume you have read the rest of the series, so you know that Ethan is back from the dead. I pretty much expected him to jump Merit’s bones without a second thought. Oh, but I was wrong. His brain got in the way once again by overthinking the situation. But don’t fret fellow fans, the big moment does come. And it is HOT!
I was a little saddened to watch Ethan screw up his and Merit’s relationship for the 100th time. I was hoping he had learned his lesson. But I do see the possibility of a normal, healthy relationship in the future.
Even though it took some time, Biting Cold blew my socks off. It had all the elements of a great book. It was fun to read, it was exciting, and I loved every character, even the evil ones. I can’t even wait for the next book. Highly recommended.
Chicagoland Vampires Series:
Book #1: Some Girls Bite
Book #2: Friday Night Bites
Book #3: Twice Bitten
Book #4: Hard Bitten
Book #5: Drink Deep
Book #6: Biting Cold
Book #7: House Rules (Feb. 2013)
- A complete set of Chicagoland Vampires audiobook CDs (generously provided by Tantor Audio)
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- Autographed copies of DRINK DEEP and CHARMFALL
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– CV bookmarks
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– “I survived Hard Bitten” button
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