11 6 / 2011
"Although security and warfare had never been my gig, vampire security was highly contextual and thus incredibly interesting. There were links to history (Vampires were screwed over yesterday!) and politics (House X screwed us over yesterday!), philosophy (Why do you think they screwed us over yesterday?) and ethics (If we didn’t bite, would they have screwed us over yesterday?), and, of course, strategy (How did they screw us over? How can we keep them from screwing us over again or, better yet, screw them over first?)."
10 5 / 2011
After reading the fourth book in the Chicagoland Vampires series, Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill, I think I’ve finally come to appreciate how fresh a voice and perspective Ms Neill brings to the genre. I’ve always loved this series but the fourth book has pushed me firmly into fan-girl territory. Ms Neill is on fire! How do I love this book? let me count the ways…
1.Merit has everything you want in a heroine, a mix of vulnerability and strength- the vulnerability from being oh-so-new at this vampire game and the strength from being oh-so-good at the vampire game- without ever pushing any of the readers ‘SRSLY???’ buttons.
2.The love story woven through the books is so deliciously fraught with tension it makes you shiver in anticipation several times before it ends. The hero is gorgeous, flawed and so redeemable, with an intensity that just bleeds off the page.
3.The challenges each book brings to the vampire Houses get better with each book. The villains aren’t bringing about the end of the world as we know it, but it doesn’t lessen the urgency any less, a refreshing change from other series.
And then we come to number 4. that ENDING! I won’t go into it too much, but kudos to Ms Neill for taking such a risk. It made me squeal and reread it in disbelief, but it will not be something I forget in a hurry. Bring on November and Book 5!