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I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Review: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5)Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

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Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit 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 haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.

Chicago's mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. 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 vampires and humans alike.

I anticipated this book almost as much as I anticipate each Kim Harrison's new novels. The end of 'Hard Bitten' was so intense that I wrote a love/hate message to Chloe immediately. Of course there was more love than hate and the hate wasn't really hate per-say, but I did beg her to tell me more.. November couldn't come quick enough.

Something that sort of bothered me was how people have compared this series to Laurell K. Hamilton's, Anita Blake series. Don't get me wrong, I like L.K.H's novels very much. I just don't see the comparison. Most UF/PR can be compared to these days, it's just how things have turned, but IMO, this novel is it's one of it's own.

That being said, it has a beautifully written world like Kim Harrison has done with her Hollow series, but again, I don't get the feeling that it resembles a certain type of series other than its own.

Okay, enough of my ramblings. What did I think of 'Drink Deep' is the question. Honestly, it was okay. Not bad by far, but not my favorite. 'Hard Bitten' stands as my favorite. What I loved about this novel was the anti Apocalypse scare. Dark, still waters/The sky bleeding. It had a punch of spooky mystery that held strong.

Character wise, I found myself liking Mallory less and less each time she appeared in the novel. Ending aside, I kind of felt that I wouldn't have had the patience that Merit did, when Mallory would snap at her every second word.

I like Jonah. He's a great character. Funny, strong, loyal and of course good looking. I felt kind of bad for him towards the end. Not extremely, since he didn't seem too sad. Although, I still felt he got slighted in some way.

***SPOILER*** Highlight to read!
I knew Ethan would be back. I'm glad too, because I really love his character. It felt less explosive without him. Again, I feel bad for Jonah and I know we'll be seeing more of him when Merit joins the Red Guard, but I wonder how things will go from there?

Merit, Merit, Merit! She's had a rough go from the start of this series and it doesn't seem that she'll have it too easy for some time yet. I think she's in need of a vacation.

In the end, we were left with an open ending. Many questions are left unanswered, but it's obvious that, that's what she intended. A new journey is just beginning and I'm looking forward to it!

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