by Chloe Neil
Kindle Edition – Read 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..
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.
“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.”