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Wild Things

A Chicagoland Vampires Novel
Neill, Chloe (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Wild Things
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"Since Merit was turned into a vampire and became the protector of Chicago's Cadogan House, it's been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan's vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead--or both. But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit's closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who--or what--could possibly be powerful enough to outmagic a shifter? Merit is about to go toe-to-toe, and cold steel-to-cold heart, to find out"--P. [4] of cover.
Authors: Neill, Chloe
Title: Wild things
a Chicagoland vampires novel
Publisher: New York, New York :, New American Library,, [2014]
Characteristics: 350 pages ;,21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "Since Merit was turned into a vampire and became the protector of Chicago's Cadogan House, it's been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan's vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead--or both. But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit's closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who--or what--could possibly be powerful enough to outmagic a shifter? Merit is about to go toe-to-toe, and cold steel-to-cold heart, to find out"--P. [4] of cover.
Local Note: 53 60 69 74 78 112 118 148 151 152 167 172 173 216 231 242 243 258
ISBN: 0451415191
9780451415196
Statement of Responsibility: Chloe Neill
Subject Headings: Chicago (Ill.) Fiction. Vampires Fiction. Merit (Fictitious character : Neill) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Occult fiction.
Topical Term: Vampires
Merit (Fictitious character Neill)
LCCN: 2013038459
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Jun 22, 2014
  • TheAnnaPiranha rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Without revealing any plot points of this installment, this book telegraphs that Merit will have an 'easy out' from the limitations of being a vampire, vis-a-vis reproduction. I sense an impending plot twist in a future installment that will violate the major confines of the vampire genre. Do Not Want!

Mar 26, 2014
  • komal3 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

As much as it sucks to say this, I'm beginning to think Chloe Neill is losing her touch. Ever since Drink Deep, Neill has been stuck in a cycle of backtracking. She moves the story forward only to hit rewind and take it back. For this reason, these books no longer hold a progressive arc that can be tracked for the characters. There is no growth for Merit because she has no need to change when all the situations around her stay the same. She remains the same girl we meet in Book 1. And I'm not saying that has to be a bad thing but her personality is more childish, overgrown teenager than it is that of an adult. After 9 books, it's starting to grate. In terms of the story lines, Neill seems to be recycling old troupes again and again. It's the same political drama and kowtowing for Merit and Gang.

The CLV series is slowly transforming into dull murder mystery of the week type books. And that makes me very sad. Unfortunately, if Neill continues on this trajectory with very little forward movement for the overall story line, the same ploys, and typical Merit with her now annoying one liners, I don't know if readers will keep coming back to the series. Once you hit 10 books in a series, you have to keep it fresh. Just look at the Anita Blake, Sookie Stackhouse, and Stephanie Plum! I don't want to same fate to befall this series but Neill seems to be leading the story that way.

I am losing interest in this series. And I don’t know why. This book isn’t any worse than past entries. The characters are still fresh and exciting and they have new challenges ahead that sound promising. But there was just something about the plot devices and the sex scenes that set my teeth on edge this time. Hopefully this is a passing phase I’m going through; I’d be sad to have to say goodbye.

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