By: Chloe Neil
Release Date: August 8, 2013
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #8
Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.
Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.
Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.
Oh how I wish I lived in Chicago with all the vampire houses and these amazing characters that Chloe Neil has bought into my world. They are so funny, interesting, good looking (described that way) and just an eclectic bunch that I would love to fit right in there, probably with the wolf pack though lol.
Quick recap - we are back in the Cadogan House, who have separated themselves from the GP, Mallory is still with the wolf pack trying to learn to harness her magic, the Omnibuds are still working on their own since the new mayor is very anti super naturals, and McKentrick is now working for the government as well. Other than this everything is peachy keen, at least that's what they think. You know how things just always seem to happen here in Chicago with all these vampires and sups running around.
Bring in the riots! Yes, you heard me riots, but what could people possibly be rioting about, you've guessed it the getting rid of our lovely friends the Vampires. Or is that what it's really about. Merit and her friends are on a mission to find out what is going on, they always seem to be the center of everything. I think Ethan and Merit might need a little vacation, just for a little bit at least. Throughout this book of course their relationship is stronger, Mallory is starting to come into her own I think. Even though she definitely has a lot to make up for. The Cadogan house is blacklisted by the GP and anyone who associates with them will pay the consequences. More bureaucratic bull poo poo from the people who think they rule all vampires.
There is so much tension and drama in this book that you just have to read it. It keeps you guessing throughout the whole thing who could be against vampires and infighting this riots? Who is it that's doing this to them and why aren't they trying to take out the most obvious of targets? It's a fun adventure that I love taking every time one of these books comes out. Mallory is present in this book a little more than usual and her abilities are starting to be understood by herself and maybe, just maybe someone will give her a chance and she can leave the pack behind to become one with her magic in a good way though. No more taking over the world for her, at least we hope not!
There's also the bit of romance that is always thrown in for good measure and seeing the relationship between Merit and her Liege is always such a beautiful thing, but there's a bit of Jonah thrown in here. I know I can't really root for him because Merit belongs with Ethan but I still like Jonah and I hope he finds someone worthwhile that will make him happy. Rooting for him all the way!
With regards to the riots there are some dire revelations and some incidents that occur, let's just say it bought tears to my eyes. Chloe Neil's writing is amazing and I'm so invested in these characters. Amazing continuation to the story and the series. I can't wait to find out what happens next!
Last note - Can I just say how much I love these covers and Merit is one bad ass female role model!
I received this book from Berkley/NAL, Penguin Group USA, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!