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“This series has such great potential and most of the books even manage to live up to it. Unfortunately, Biting Bad is not one of them.
The political correctness hinted at in earlier books with Seth’s redemption and Mallory’s rehabilitation (this plot point is exceedingly tiresome) is front and center with the vampires coming across as weak and powerless. What happened to vampires being invulnerable? They behave exactly like humans who just happen to be immortal and drink blood. They are just as easily wounded, get tired, can be poisoned, go to hospital, etc.
What happened to Merit being a kick-ass heroine? She is constantly tripping, falling and needing to be rescued. There are one or two truly excellent scenes in which Ethan finally demonstrates exactly why he is the master of Cadogen House but these are eventually undermined by the lack of any decisive action or resolution.
The mystery revolving around the riots against vampire targets is interesting enough but the culprit is way too obvious and the investigation amounts to little more than a series of summary conversations between Merit and various others (Catcher, Jonah, Jeff, Luke, Ethan etc.) The revelations concerning McKettrick’s past are not all that surprising and the climax is lackluster.
Ethan and Merit’s relationship is one of the book’s only saving graces. Although it can me cheesy at times, their romance is sweet and passionate, and their banter is as amusing as ever.
In sum, Biting Bad does not live up to the hype. It seems that in Neill’s CLV series, enemies are not vanquished for good but merely removed temporarily until they can be redeemed or return to wreck more havoc. Hoping that Wild Things will be better. ”
“This is all good, but but but .. the cake! There's cake. Don't leave the cake uneaten guys!”LiquidLucidity wrote this review Wednesday, October 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Merit never imagined a pizza dinner with Mallory would end up in the middle of a anti-vampire riot. The target was a Blood4You production centers. But this is only the beginning, anti-vampire riots start hitting randomly all over the city. It’s a race against the clock to find the common thread in these attacks before the powder keg of anti-supernatural prejudice explodes… or is there something much more sinister behind these attacks.
While traversing the Chicago anti-vampire politics, the GP starts to play their games once again. When another GP house is attacked, Merit and friends run to their rescue but accepting help from the “rogue” house is considering treason. As you can imagine this creates and even greater divide between the Chicago and European vampires.
During this story, we experience a good amount of character growth in Merit. She is still working on coming to terms with this new life that was involuntarily forced upon her. She must also face many difficult and possibly life altering decisions. I was pleased with her choices and appreciated her strength in making the hard but right options priority.
I completely adore Ethan’s and Merit’s relationship. Surrounded by Valentine’s Day fair, their romantic plans get shot to hell…but the sweet thoughtfulness abounds causing swoon worthy moments.
Biting Bad is a purely impressive, action packed read. I’m unsure where the story will be heading next, but I hope there are more shifter involved. No matter the direction, this loyal Chicagoland Vampire fan will be there anxiously absorbing Neill’s next imaginative adventure.
Written by: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires
Sequence in Series: Book 8
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Age Recommendation: 17+”
“Biting Bad was reminiscent of the earlier Chicagoland Vampires novels and I for one couldn’t be happier! The first three installments are what hooked me on this series and this latest one has ensured that I’ll continue reading these books for a long time to come, especially with all of the promising new novellas that are already in the pipeline. This novel is Ethan/Merit drama free which was a huge relief because readers can now actually focus on Chloe Neill’s phenomenal writing style and storytelling skills instead of their relationship woes.
The first thing that stood out for me about this book were the recaps; Neill does an excellent job of filling in any memory blanks readers may have while still weaving in new plot threads at the same time. After the first chapter I was able to easily get my bearings in Chicagoland which allowed me to seamlessly reenter this world as though no time had elapsed between installments. I was also so thankful that Neill established within the first one hundred pages that Ethan and Merit were not going to be at odds in this story. This made it feel as though a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders because in the last few books I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop; both of these elements allowed me to just sit back and enjoy the ride worry-free.
I loved how much attention Neill paid to the characters’ surroundings in this book; she knows both Chicago and its winters well, and it shows. I live in Canada and I’m pretty used to the cold but even I got sympathy chills while reading about the city’s frigid temperatures. This novel has a lot of little extras like that and I do like an author with a keen eye for details! Merit’s socialite status is becoming ever more important as this series progresses and I enjoyed how in this installment she has designers vying for her attention in an attempt to be THE fashion designer of choice for vamps. Our Sentinel isn’t usually overly fond of pretty things but even she liked the custom dress. I also had to Google what a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL looks like because of the fun back-and-forth between Ethan and Gabe. Now I understand why Mr. Sullivan had car envy!
Ethan and Merit are great in this installment; they have finally reached a happy place in their relationship and I couldn’t help but breathe a huge sigh of relief. In the midst of the city going to Hell they are still trying to have a “normal” Valentine’s Day and I LOVED THAT! Catcher and Mallory are on the mends as well; I’m so happy that the Chicagoland Vampires are becoming one big happy family again. They have enough drama in their lives without having to take it from each other as well. The bad guy was obvious but Neill still makes you work for it in a roundabout way and no installment in this series would be complete without… you guessed it, a cliffhanger! But it’s nowhere near as bad as some of Chloe’s previous ones have been so you can rest easy.
I don’t have one single complaint where Biting Bad is concerned. I absolutely loved this book from start to finish; this is the installment that I have been waiting for. Chloe Neill is back on top and her Chicagoland Vampires are better than ever!”
“really lost interest in this series.this is the last one i will read.”shannon t wrote this review Monday, September 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Even though Merit's tenure as one of the undead has been for a relatively small amount of time, she's been through an incredible amount in that short time. Despite their best efforts to live in harmony with the living citizens of their beloved Chicago, not everyone is happy to have them in their city. So, it's not much of a surprise when vampire hating riots start popping up and destroying vamp friendly areas one location at a time. So, Merit and the rest of the Cadogan house are stuck in a scramble to find out who is organizing these strikes before all of Chicago burns, humans and vamps alike.
Something I've really grown to love about this story is that each book has it's own plot and current "mess" for the vampires going on. However, there also is the larger overall plot with the GP going on as well, which I think really ties the series together strongly. Most of the book is taken up by that main plot, in this case, the vampire riots, but interwoven into things is the political problems with the GP. And boy let me tell you, this time they ended on a doozey, that will surely make things rather interesting in the next installment, I'm sure. But getting back to BITING BAD's main plot of the riots, I was impressed with the pacing of this issue. In some of the previous installments it did feel like the plot/investigations dragged at times, but this time around, the wild goose chase seemed to be greatly lessened, which made for a much smoother and evenly paced read.
If you've read my reviews of the previous books in this series, then you know that I am 100% Team Merit and Ethan. In fact, Hard Bitten was one of the hardest books I've ever read due to the devastation. So, even though Ethan came back four installments ago, I'm honestly still waiting for Chloe Neill to pull the rug out from under us again. Granted, it doesn't do good things for my nerves, but I will admit that it keeps me more on my toes, and makes the danger feel more real. However, that being said, I don't think I could handle another devastation like that, so I'm just going to hope my worry is unfounded and enjoy the time between the two of them. And let me tell you, the time between them is absolutely amazing in BITING BAD. They've passed that new couple stage, and now are becoming more comfortable around each other and starting to think about the long haul. I'll admit that the beginning of love is exhilarating, but my favorite fictional romances are the ones we get to see mature over time, and that is exactly the case here. Of course, it does help that Ethan is completely swoon worthy and now has no problem showing his affection for Merit. In fact I cannot count the number of times Merit and myself let out a sigh of swooning over this vampire. There's very few paranormal characters that I would brave their worlds for and Ethan is one of them.
Considering this is the 8th book in the series, I find it rather impressive that things have not gotten stale at all. In fact, almost the opposite is true as each new installment, once finished leaves me incredibly desperate to get my hands on the next book. BITING BAD is no exception. It was a fast paced read that kept me thoroughly engrossed from the very start. Between the high stakes, the intense romance, and the fabulous cast of characters, I cannot recommend this book any higher! Run, do not walk, to snatch this puppy up. Trust me, you won't regret it.”
“Just as Merit is trying to have a normal dinner at her favorite pizza place with Mallory, all hell breaks loose. Humans are rioting against vampires and have thrown Molotov cocktails at a business that makes Blood4You. Unfortunately, they don't stop there.
I know I've said it before...and I'll just have to keep saying it ~ I just love Ethan and Merit. They never get old, boring or dull for me. Heck, the whole book could be just about them eating and sleeping and I would LOVE it. Well, okay...maybe I would need a little more than that but you get the picture.
That being said, this book is a bit tamer than some of the recent ones and I was very happy. I needed to read about Ethan and Merit doing normal, everyday things. That doesn't mean that they got to sit around! CN would never allow anything that frivolous!
Ethan and Merit are thrown right into the drama of the humans that want a "Clean Chicago". Merit has a hard time directing her thoughts away from the evil John McKetrick and towards the responsible parties. There was some good drama and some bad but I did enjoy the whole spin that unfolded. I think it gave Merit some peace.
It's always great reading a series where all the other characters are just as interesting as the main ones. And I think just about everyone is involved...and necessary in some capacity. Ethan and Merit even get the pleasure of having dinner at Merit Manor!
Have I mentioned I love Ethan and Merit? ;) I love all their little interactions, the Valentine Day theme, the Sentinel and Liege relationship, "moneypenny", roses in the snow, chocolate torte, new leathers, and the future together...always. ~sigh~
A lot of things clicked back into place in this book. It felt like the quiet before the storm. I have a slight idea where things are going but I can't wait to see what CN will come up with next. The blurb for Wild Things sounds really intriguing. I'm sooo ready for more shifters but first I'm looking forward to the short about Lindsey in Kicking It and of course, MORE Jeff in Howling For You.
♦ “Little help,” I said to Catcher.
“Vampire fail,” he muttered."
♥ “Sometimes you make me swoon.”
“If it’s only sometimes, I’m not doing my job adequately.”
♥ “I’m rarely good, Merit. But I’m often spectacular.”
♥ “I have eternal life,” he said. “But you are my undying passion.” ♥”
“Not the most "edge of your seat", but still a good story.”Corryn V wrote this review Wednesday, August 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think this book in the series was better than the last two. So much action and adventure and romance in it. Lot's of drama all leading up to what i'm sure will be a heck of a show down!”Heather P wrote this review Wednesday, August 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No