Saturday, July 28, 2012

Review: Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires, #6) + GIVEAWAY



Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6)Author: Chloe Neill
Publication date: August 7th 2012
Publisher: NAL
Paperback, 337 pages
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


Chloe Neill sure knows how to breathe life back into a series. I am relieved to say that Chicagoland Vampires is back on track and that Biting Cold is just as good as the first three books.

The main plot continues from the previous book. Ethan and Merit are leaving Chicago to hunt down the person who wants to steal a very powerful book, the Maleficium, and unleash the evil magic imprisoned within. They are both personally invested and unsure whether they could, or even should, hurt this individual if it comes to that. Things get even more complicated once they realize that there are far more dangerous creatures trying to find the book. It doesn't help that at home, the vampire government is threatening to forever change the Cadogan House.

For six books now, Ethan and Merit have been dancing their exhausting will-we-or-won’t-we dance, and I’m relieved to say that we finally get some answers in Biting Cold. There were hints (just hints, mind you) of a love triangle in the previous book, but I guess Chloe Neill really listens to her fans because she removed it quickly and thoroughly in Biting Cold. Merit is not the same person she was when Ethan changed her into a vampire, but neither is he, and they are, in a way, forced to rediscover each other and find out whether they can function together. When they started their relationship, Merit was not just Ethan’s subordinate, but also inferior to him in terms of wisdom, patience and experience. In Biting Cold, however, the balance of power shifts and these two finally become equals, which makes negotiating the terms of their relationship even more interesting.

As Ethan himself pointed out, Merit has grown in the year since she became a vampire. She became comfortable in her own skin and her role as a Sentinel. She is strong, confident, and not afraid to show her emotions. Rarely is an urban fantasy heroine so easy to relate to: walking alongside her as she experiences love, loss, rejection, triumph or just a quiet evening with friends is a true priviledge.

And where does one even begin to describe the delectable Ethan Sullivan? Tall, blond and stubborn? That’s one way to put it. Perfect on the outside, almost perfect on the inside, poor sense of timing? Defintiely. It’s best not to think about him too hard, though, or I might end up in a funny farm just because guys… ummm, vampires like him don’t really exist.



Those of you who have yet to discover this series (or just want to own a physical copy) can enter to win the first book, Some Girls Bite. Trust me, even if you’re not a hard core urban fantasy fan like yours truly, you will enjoy meeting these characters and spending time in their version of Chicago. The giveaway is US only this time, I’m afraid. Sorry, international friends and readers, I’ll definitely be having another international giveaway soon.



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23 comments:

  1. Great review! I can't wait for this one!

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  2. As always,great review,Maja. I am so glad Biting Cold doesn't disappoint. Can't wait to read it.

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  3. Another lovely review, Maja! I'm glad to hear this series is back on track for you. Even better that the author hasn't decided to let the hints of a love triangle from the previous book develop into something more in this one. If only all authors were so easy to listen to their fans. ;)

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  4. great review. I'm looking forward to book 6.

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  5. Love the interview and I am new to this series. will check it out. :)

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  6. Absolutely fantastic review Maja!!!!!! I'm definitely interested in this series now!!! I'm so glad both of the main characters are equal in strength!!!!!! Yay for an author who listens to her fans!!!!

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    1. Thanks for the giveaway too!!!!! My favorite vampire series are Cirque Du Freak, Vampire Academy and Evernight!

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  7. I should stop reading reviews of late volumes when I've yet to get started in the series... because I get funny urges about catching up! And I can't possibly get into six books now... But I will. Oh, yes, I will. I love urban fantasy, more so when there's good romance involved, more so when there're well-written characters who happen to be vampires. And you made Ethan sound so yummy!

    Thanks for sharing, Maja! Great review, as usual ;)

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  8. I'm so happy I live in the US now! Ha! Didn't you say this is one of your favorite UF series? I'm glad to hear the story is just as good as it was in the beginning. Ethan's tall, blond and stubborn? Sign me up!

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  9. Fantastic review, Maja! I'm so so curious about this series now. It sounds amazing and all the new vampire books sound so good! Though I'm six books behind, I want to give it a try when I can! :)

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  10. Love this series...can't wait to read this one. Great review...Thanks!

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  11. This is a series I really want to read, I'm going to reserve it in the library now while I'm thinking of it. Glad to hear that the author listed to her fans and pulled the love triangle. I'm starting to get a bit fed up with them. Great review Maja.

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  12. My favorite vamp books? Probably the first 6 or so Morganville vamps by Rachel Cain ;)

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  13. I'm always happy to hear that a series improves, even if it did take a turn for the worse! I like the sound of the couple, Merit and Ethan and I'm sure it must have been satisfying to find out if they do/don't get together after waiting so long!

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  14. I'm glad you found this series was able to pick up a lot more with this book, you've just reminded me that this is another series that I need to start soon, I will try to after, VA, Morganville and Kate Daniels, can't believe some of the awesomeness I still need to pick up! Another great review lovely! )

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  15. Thanks for the wonderful review my favorite vampire series would have to be the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J R Ward

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  16. Beautiful review, Maja! I enjoyed the first book in this series so I'm happy to hear that this book is working for you too! <3 I'm glad that the love triangle doesn't appear (sorry, can't stand another boy-girl-boy formation! :P)! x) This review is a good reminder for me to read more of her books! ;)

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  17. Awesome review, Maja! I only read the first 2 books in this series and then completely forgot about the rest, but I'm glad to hear that it's better than the previous book! Yay for no love triangles! One more yay for Ethan! The romance sounds great. It's so good to hear that Merit and Ethan become equals! I think that's the most important part of a relationship.

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  18. Lovely review, sweetie!! Since I haven't heard of this series yet *goes and hides under a rock*, I'm just gonna ramble on and on about my favorite vampire series. :P TWILIGHT! OMG I swear, people go to such ridiculous extremes with those books! I mean, it's like, you either hate it, or love it. Can't a girl be in between?? Well I love it but just saying. Go Team Jacob!! The Vampire Academy series are really awesome too. Although after a few books I just started getting a bit bored... :P LOVELY REVIEW MAJA!! You ROCK!! Thanks so much for the giveaway!! Fingers crossed I get into this series soon. :)

    Btw OMG Rebel Heart??? Going over to your goodreads to spas....

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  19. I read book one for a read along in January and loved the fresh take on vamps. I really really want to get back to this series soon! I am endeavoring to dig out from the NG pile and start reading what I want. I am anxious to see what happens with Merrick and Ethan!

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  20. I wanted to love this series, I really did. I want to be part of the legions of fans, but I only made it up to book 3, and I didn't even finish it. Something about Merit just got under my skin and irritated the heck out of me. Plus, I quickly grew frustrated by the will they/won't they dance. I know its a UF series, but I can't believe it takes until book 6 for them to get there.

    Still, it's gives me hope that maybe I can still jump on the bandwagon. I like knowing that a more mature Merit has developed.

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  21. Huuuge exhale. I am so happy that this one is back on track. I couldn't really handle a lot of the last book and I know I am not alone in hoping that she'd actually get together with the adorable bookworm smart guy with the hot bod. Seriously, I've spoken to several people in one of my book clubs and they also agree:) I think I have a habit of always rooting for the underdog.

    Anyway, I'm ecstatic to hear this. I have it sitting to read next. Can't wait!

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