Biting Cold by Chloe NeillChicagoland Vampires #6
Published on August 7, 2012 by NAL Trade
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.
Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.
Wow. Book six. Still going strong.
Well, sort of.
Compared to the past five books, I wouldn’t say this one quite lived up to my expectations. Still good, just… boring at times. Biting Cold picks up pretty directly after the end of book 5 which is great since a LOT happened that needed to be resolved. This was a bit of a redemption story for Mallory and I think she really grew as a character while the others remained pretty stationary.
For a series that’s going on like this, that’s a problem for me. That’s like watching Supernatural where Sam and Dean basically do the same thing every few episodes and nothing really changes other than the monsters. By the end of Biting Cold I think that changed but it took the whole book to get to that point.
A lot of this came down to Ethan and Merit. I ship these two SO HARD but they never seem to get past one hangup or another and it’s been SIX BOOKS COME ON. Now, Merit was pretty freaking awesome and put Ethan in his place about the whole relationship/not-relationship deal and it was great and it took far too long but THERE IS HOPE. I want to see these two tackle the world and all its troubles TOGETHER. Their relationship needs to grow beyond this back-and-forth that seems more like a plot device to create tension than natural to the characters.
It was odd. This book felt more like a standalone or companion novel instead of a continuation of a larger story arc. Granted, not all story arcs are going to last six books but I guess I expected more to cross-over from the previous ones. But it did open up a whole new can of worms to be challenged in upcoming installments.
I’m also waiting for Merit to join the Red Guard. She’s been working with them the last few books and there’s some serious hinting that they’re going to be a bigger part of the series in the future so wondering when that’s going to happen. I like Jonah’s character so certainly wouldn’t mind seeing more of him.
I don’t think this was my favorite book of the series (it might be my least favorite so far) but it was STILL GOOD. I don’t think I’ve read a bad book by Neill yet which sets the bar pretty high for all future books but if this series is any indication, I see many book purchases in my future.