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Drink Deep

by Chloe Neil
Kindle EditionRead  June 3, 2015

Original Release Date: November 1, 2011

Length: 352 pages

Official Description: (This is book #5 of the Chicagoland Vampires series)

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and Merit the vampire can’t tell if this is the darkness before the dawn, or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times have never been more precarious for the vampires. If only they could lay low for a bit…

Then magic rears its ugly head when Lake Michigan turns black. The mayor insists it’s nothing to worry about, but Merit knows a panic is coming. She’ll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who’s behind this, and stop them before it’s too late for both the vampires and humans..

My Take:

It has been TWO years since I read the last book, which made me really confused for a bit, because I blocked out the death of Ethan. I did mention in the last review (See links below) that I was hoping this book would go in a new direction. It does, kind of, it pits Merit against the world. Cadogan house is being investigated, Ethan is gone, Mallory is doing her witch trial stuff and is unavailable, and Chicago is in chaos. Of course the human population blames the vamps for the chaos that is happening, a lot of creepy ‘natural’ occurrences, the lake turning black, and other events that I won’t spoil for you. Merit is comforted by Jonah, who honestly I only vaguely remember. Then we have brief appearances of the ex who is apparently a bit of the spiteful ex. Overall, I liked this version of Merit, she is lost, mourning, and she still has to move on, she is still expected to save the day. She has been having dreams of Ethan, her best friend isn’t around so she is having a hard time dealing. Unfortunately, like the last book, the ending is a bit rushed. We have all this build up, some parts unneccessary to the story, and the good part, the part we’ve all been hoping for. AND….we just rush through the end…it’s like a blink and you missed it kind of ending. Honestly, I thought Merit and Ethan were meant to be together, but they were never That close. They always seemed to miss their chance. Oh, well, it is all still entertaining.

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“I’m working from the assumption it’s going to go horribly wrong. If we get out of here with limbs intact and no aspen slivers in uncomfortable places, we’re calling it a win.”

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City of Ashes

by Cassandra Clare
Paperback EditionRead  August 24, 2013

Original Release Date: March 25, 2008

Length: 496 pages

Official Description: (This is book 2 of the Mortal Instruments series)

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won’t let her go–especially her handsome, infuriating newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil–and also her father. When the second of the Mortal Instruments os stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

My Take:

I read this book on my recent vacation while stuck in the Miami Airport waiting for my plane while also listening to my child read his books and my husband complaining that our plane was taking forever. Hey, we were there for six hours after all. This is a lead up which may have affected my ability to get into this book, but I don’t really think that was entirely the problem. I have just have a huge problem with the romantic interest between Jace & Clary, because that is just gross, I mean, really, really gross. I have a very strong suspicion that it will be revealed in the future that they aren’t really related, at least I hope that they aren’t because incest is just not fun. Other than the fact that Jace and Clary are still pining after one another, the beginning of the book starts off really pretty good and intense. There is this feel that there is going to be some major action forthcoming, then everything kind of fizzles out for a while. The Second Act (the middle of the book) was not all that captivating, we have a bunch of teenagers running around being angsty and trying to figure stuff out. Then we have the romance between Simon and Clary and Jace and Clary, we never really hear much about Clary’s mom, though that’s in the background, and nothing seems too dire. The last part of the book was really good though, couldn’t put it down. I loved it when we finally get to see Clary starting to become the shadowhunter she was born to be, don’t get me wrong it’s not much, but it’s pretty cool. I loved the action scenes they were really well written.

My favorite character in all of this book has to be Magnus Bane, he just was written so much better than even the main characters. He has tons of charisma, depth, and mystery and you just want to know him. I love where they went with him this go around as well. Overall the book was merely ok. I didn’t have that spark that kept me interested the whole time, plus there was the ick factor of brother/sister love, then we had the fun parts which made the book go from mind numbing to ok. I know this series has a huge following, and I am going to keep with it just because it seems like it could get better, plus I love the covers.

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“I’ll just have them change the entry in the demonology textbook from ‘almost extinct’ to ‘not extinct enough for Alec. He prefers his monsters really, really extinct.’ Will that make you happy?”

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Hard Bitten

by Chloe Neil
Paperback EditionRead  April 7, 2013

Original Release Date: May 3, 2011

Length: 368 pages

Official Description: (This is book #4 of the Chicagoland Vampires series)

Chicago is beset by supernatural tensions, and Merit-vampire protector of a safe haven called Cadogan house-is worried that the humans will be reaching for their pitchforks any minute. It doesn’t help that yet another vampire rave is broken up by the mayor, and a new inhibition- reducing drug is circulating through the community.

It’s up to Merit to put her house in order-literally. And if that takes getting a little blood on her hands, so be it.

My Take:

It took me awhile to finish this one, not because I don’t love this series, I do, it’s just the pacing was so slow. Plus I don’t know if I can really believe what’s going on with that ending. Oh how I hate that. This book of course, starts off sometime (not exactly how long) after the ending of Twice Bitten, Cadogan is in the midst of repair, and of course chaos looms around every corner, and Merit is thrown in the middle. Throw in a bit of Ethan/Merit tension and you have every other book, just with a new crime going on. I didn’t know if I wanted to continue with this series until about 3/4 of the way through the book, the action picked up and EVERYTHING changed. The dynamic of book #5 will be interesting, but the ending seemed rushed, hard to believe and I haven’t decided how I feel about it yet. The writing is on par with every other book in this series, let’s hope we go somewhere new in the next book, otherwise all that change will have been for nothing and it feels like we’re just toeing the water of potential.

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“You can run. You can keep running to the ends of the earth. But I won’t be far behind you.”

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Forever Frost

by Kailin Gow
Kindle Edition- Read March 26, 2013

Cost: $2.99 (As of This Post)

Length: 260 pages

Official Description: (This is book #2 in the Bitter Frost series)

All her life, Breena had always dreamed about fairies as though she lived among them…beautiful fairies living among mortals and living in Feyland. In her dreams, he was always there the breathtakingly handsome but dangerous Winter Prince, Kian, who is her intended. When Breena turns sixteen, she begins seeing fairies and other creatures mortals don t see. Her best friend Logan, suddenly acts very protective. Then she sees Kian, who seems intent on finding her and carrying her off to Feyland. That’s fine and all, but for the fact that humans rarely survive a trip to Feyland, a kiss from a fairy generally means death to the human unless that human has fairy blood in them or is very strong, and although Kian seemed to be her intended, he seems to hate her and wants her dead.

My Take:

SO, I remember really liking book #1 in this series, Bitter Frost, back in 2011. I had to think about it though because I’ve read many a similar story since then, and the big one came out after this series was released, but it was most recent in my mind. Forever Frost is a very simple story of that classic star-crossed lovers tale. Winter and Summer plus a wolf thrown in for fun so you kind of have an idea of where this story is going. I thought book 2 went a little too slow for my liking, we didn’t get very far in story progress, I mean we did, but it didn’t truly feel like it. Breena does not speak like a modern teen, throw it up to being half fae if you will but she grew up in ‘our’ world, so that classical feel just seems weird to me. I really was irritated between the love triangle I mean we don’t really see much of Kian in this story, but Bree just really kept getting on my nerves, “I love him, no I love him but I love him more.”  Also she felt things all the way to her soul…a lot…she feels things way more deeply than you’re atypical 16-year-old girl. But also yea for calling perv on someone! The last few chapters upped the star rating on this book because it has action, suspense and a heck of a twist that I would have liked to see earlier on. So the writing is alright again if it were a bit more fluid, and less, I want to have a romantic feel, it would be better, it just lacks a natural flow.

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Dark Memories

by Kailin Gow
Kindle Edition – Read  September 4, 2012

Cost: $4.99 (As of This Post)

Length: 270 pages

Official Description(This is book 2 of The Phantom Diaries series)

A terrible fate has turned Annette’s life upside down, leaving Eric and everyone she loves in turmoil. Before she is lost forever, before her past claims her, can the Phantom fight his demons hard enough to save her from a fate worse than death?

My Take:

This book is really short. It says that it’s 270 pages but the first (small chunk) is praise for the series and about other books….so the reading of this went by really quickly. I don’t know what I was expecting from this book, but it didn’t feel as ‘magical’ as the first one, in fact I found my self more irritated reading this one than the book 1, but it was still an ok read. We start off in Eric’s perspective as he is trying to deal with the whole Kristen being in Annette’s body thing. Everything is really predictable, and it gets dealt with really quickly, I was hoping for more drama. Also I was kind of glad that things went down with Annette’s parent the way they did, but I don’t know what I feel about the whole New Orleans thing that authors do that makes everyone seem like they’re magically savvy.  Mostly I was disappointing in Annette, I understand she’s 18 years old. I get that’s a young age to have all these great guys throwing themselves at her BUT I would think that she’d have some common sense when it came to dating. EVEN though she’s not experienced at dating you’d think she’d know not to run from one bed to another…to another. It’s confusing for her but unfair for all the guys she’s stringing along that seem to like her indecisiveness. Eric is also indecisive and he’s super old! Geez stay or go that doesn’t help Annette any. I don’t know what to think about Aaron yet, and all this stuff about the history between the trio of these three characters families is becoming a little outlandish, but I’m assuming that everything will get tied up in book 3. I did like the story but there were just several aspects that got under my skin.

 

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