Review: Biting Bad by Chloe Neill
|Collage by the amazing Olga Daniels!|
So release day is finally upon us, and I have to wait only one more day to discuss book number eight in Merit's adventures. Did I love it? Did I hate it? Will I be continuing Merit's journey with her, or have I given up on our favorite newbie vamp? Click through the jump for uncharacteristically non-spoilery discussion of tomorrow's hotly anticipated release!
Okay, it's going to be really hard to tell you how much I loved this book, without telling you the specific things I loved about the book. But I've accepted the challenge. I have already given it away, though, haven't I? I.loved.this.book! It had everything a Chicagoland Vampires book should have: adventure, snarkiness, sweetness, a kick-ass heroine doing what she can to save her city, a bad-ass hero whose brush with death has made him so much more awesome, and a cast of supporting characters who are all fantastic in their own rights.
The main problem Merit was dealing with in the story, the one that affected the whole city, kept me guessing until the end. I didn't see the connection to the bad guy, but it came together perfectly. There was a second problem, focused on Chicago's vampires, with Cadogan House in the middle again, which showed me so many of the ways that Cadogan's master has grown since his return. It's no secret that I love how much Ethan has grown in regard to his relationship with Merit, but I am equally excited about his growth as a Master, as a leader of vampires, and that is beautifully demonstrated in the resolution (sort of!) of the vampire problem.
|Ethan is in fine form in BB.|
Biting Bad moved forward some storylines that have been developing over the last few books, and we met characters we had only heard about. I really enjoyed that, and I loved that there was definite set-up for more Chicagoland shenanigans. There's clearly a lot more in store for Merit and the gang.
But my favorite part of Biting Bad is something I knew unequivocally that I wanted. Merit and Ethan together. Truly together. And we got it. In Biting Bad, Methan are working together, living together, building a life together. There are no distances, no misunderstandings, no hurt feelings. Just two people who are perfect for one another, loving and living and making the best of what they have. It is an amazingly beautiful thing, a thing we have waited seven books for, endured a number of heartaches and a couple of tragedies for. Every reader has her own thing that flips her pages. Some love the chase, some love triangles. I love love. Two people overcoming their obstacles and choosing to be together, working hard to make their relationship work. Merit and Ethan have done that, and are still a joy to read about.
|If Methan isn't proof of that, we don't know what is.|
Bravo, Ms. Neill. You have killed it, once again, with Biting Bad. I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for February, Wild Things, and the continuation of Merit's story.