Review, Interview & Giveaway: Wild Things by Chloe Neill (Offical Wild Things Blog Tour Stop)

Posted February 7th, 2014 in Author Interview, Blog Tour, book review, Giveaway / 64 comments



Chicagoland Vampires Series #9

by Chloe Neill

Publisher: NAL Trade (Feb 4, 2014)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Format: eARC (368 pages)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
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Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)

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. 

At A Glance
Wild Things was a fun and intense read. But I did find myself bored in many areas.

The Good
I loved getting to know more about the Pack and it’s dynamics in Wild Things. It was my favorite part. These shifters are so violent and angry, but there are those few who are so amazing and caring. Gabriel is one of my fav characters in this book. He is an amazing Pack leader and friend. He is so strong but gentle at the same time. Pretty much a perfect man.

Merit is really getting good at investigating. I actually felt proud of her for her deductions and original ideas when going about investigating the strange magic affecting the lives of supernaturals in Chicago. And her little ragtag team are so fun to watch as they dig up dirt and solve the mystery together.

A lot of trouble in Chicago in this book. The mayor is getting even crazier and anti-supernatural. The lengths she goes is unbelievable. Can anyone say psycho biotch? The new bad guy is a new player I would be interested in seeing again. Lots of back story with that one.

I liked how it all ended. With the new revelations in Wild Things, I think the next book is going to be amazing. Things are happening and things are changing, hopefully for the better.

The Bad
I feel like each book is getting a little repetitive. Same problems, mostly same bad guys. I want more variety, something new and exciting. And because of this repetitiveness, I found myself bored in many areas of the book.

The Snuggly
Holy Mind Blowing Sex, Batman! To tell you the truth, I always wanted a little more steam in this series, and boy did we get it. That effing sex scene! Wow. I have to admit, I read it twice. hehehe. I am loving the non-drama relationship Merit and Ethan have now. They are solid.

Final Thoughts
I enjoyed Wild Things, I just want to see fresher material. Something new and super exciting. But this was still a great mysterious and intense story overall. Recommended.

“This was the magic of feasting & f*cking, of savoring the blood of a kill & calling the Pack to dine.”  

“Merit,” he said, his voice ragged. “I need you. I love you.”
“I love you.”
Forever, he silently said. Regardless.
Forever, I said to him.

“You were propositioned by magic mist?”
“Don’t get kidnapped this time. Ethan gets very irritated when you’re kidnapped.”

Jennifer: Who or what has influenced you the most in writing the Chicagoland Vampires Series (or Wild Things)?

Chloe: I don’t think there’s anything in particular, but rather probably hundreds or thousands of things that have influenced me: interesting stories or pictures on the Internet; song lyrics; funny things my friends say; a movement that a stranger makes at a restaurant. I try to write scenes that I would enjoy reading–scenes that would make me laugh or cry or gasp. So there’s probably a little soap opera in there, too.

Jennifer: If you could be any kind of supernatural being, what would you like to be and why?

Chloe: Something that could fly. I would be a kickass flyer. Lots of dips and swirls. 😉

Jennifer: What has been your funniest (or weirdest) moment as an author so far?

Chloe: I met Patricia Briggs at Comic Con two years ago, and she said she loved my books. That was the first time I had a total fangirl experience, and it was a completely bizarre, completely awesome moment!

Enter the Giveaway below for a chance to win all this:
– Limited Edition Cadogan House Novitiate Luggage Tag
-Chicagoland Vampires Tote Bag
-An autographed print copy of House Rules
-Plenty o’ swag, including “I Survived Hard Bitten” buttons and Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks

Open Internationally.
 The email used for rafflecopter is the email used to contact you if you win.

Winner: Sandy F.
(Sorry, Rafflecopter is not cooperating with me today.)
The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter Chloe’s Wild Things Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs January 27  through February 7 on Chloe’s web site. 
What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?
A Kindle Paperwhite
A $50 Amazon gift card!
A complete set of Chicagoland Vampires Audiobook CDs (graciously provided by Tantor Audio)
An autographed Chicagoland Vampires or Dark Elite novel
Two Cadogan House Novitiate Luggage Tags
A Cadogan House lanyard and BITING BAD All Access Pass
Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks, pens, buttons, and swag!

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64 Responses to “Review, Interview & Giveaway: Wild Things by Chloe Neill (Offical Wild Things Blog Tour Stop)”

  1. Kristia

    Love the series! Like you said in your review it does become somewhat repetitive but that happens with all the long series. Can’t wait to read this one 🙂

  2. sherry fundin

    I love kickass female protagonists. When Chloe talks about flying I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. Thanks for sharing your thoughts guys. Have a great weekend.

  3. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    I LOVE this series! Although I am getting worried about the repetitiveness. But, still I love Ethan and Merit. I’m glad that these last few books aren’t ending in cliffies anymore. I don’t think I could take it after Hard Bitten. Yes! Finally more action between them! I just bought the audiobook last night 🙂

    • Jennifer Bielman

      LOL, we are on the same page. I still love each book no matter what bit the repetitiveness is getting tiresome. I yeah, no more cliffhangers, thank god. My heart couldn’t take it.

  4. BookLady

    Love this series! Great interview. I enjoy learning about the author. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  5. Jess L

    Loved the review. I am worried about it getting repetitive too, but I will continue reading without fail. Merit is too good of a lead character for me to give up!

  6. Bobbi Kinion

    What did you think of the interview or review? Any questions/comments for the author? Loved the interview and review. Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. Krista

    Honestly, I didn’t read your post as I am only at book 4 and I am desperately avoiding spoilers. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Giselle

    In a lot of series when it gets to book 7-8-9 I find I start losing interest. It happened with the Sookie series which is one of my favs but I haven’t read past book 9 I felt like it was just being dragged out. But anyways this series sounds like it’s a lot of fun, though, and now I really want to read it for this sex scene you have me so curious! haha

    • Jennifer Bielman

      OMG, same here with Sookie Stackhouse, though I read that until book 11 and it was torture. Have you heard that the series ended very badly for a lot of fans? So sad.

  9. Teresa Bergan

    I love Chloe and she can keep on writing whatever story she wants and hopes she will expand beyond the Chicagoland Vampires. great interview and cannot wait to read the book!

  10. Anonymous

    Loved the interview! Disagree with review but I appreciate your honesty and thoughtfulness.

  11. Laura Thomas

    I understand how you feel about repetitiveness. At book #9 it must be hard to come up with something new. Still sounds like a great read though:)

  12. miki

    Thank you lot for this international giveaway!!
    i’m still a little behind in the series but so far i enjoy it though i can understand how repetitive can get boring however your interview was far from boring i loved the interesting question and i could imagine the fangirl moment with paricia briggs^^

  13. Jaclyn Canada

    I hear that this series is one that gets a little repetitive and boring as it goes and really that’s the only thing stopping me from diving into it since I’ve also heard such wonderful things about Merit. I love that you said you read the sex scene twice. Ha! Obviously that part wasn’t boring LMAO. Great review! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

  14. Missdevora

    Fantastic review Jennifer, LOL on the snuggly (did you relly read that scene twice?).
    Thanks so much for this oportunity…I’m a bit behind in the series, but love Merit and the interview you did was funny 🙂

  15. Samantha Stambaugh

    Another great giveaway, Jennifer! And I’m putting my effort forth because I need to start this series. Gotta love a good sex scene, but since she’s a new author to me, I am hoping I can love it! Here’s to great writers, awesome stories, and amazing giveaways!

  16. Steph F.

    I’ve been excited for this book because it features the Pack and I love Gabriel. I really want to learn more about the visions. I always wanted the books to be steamier to so excited this one is but I agree that they have been getting a little repetitive.

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