In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something
Why change narrators? It always hurts the story. This narrators voice was so different, I just couldn't get used to it. If you listen to oh about 5 books on audio, hearing another voice read it is like taking cod liver oil. No one ever likes it unless this is where they jumped into the story. Tsk, tsk, tsk . . .
There's no "again." I skimmed it the first time, and don't intend to go back for the parts I skipped. That said, I do still like the series, and intend to continue with future books.
Devourer of all books fantasy
I listened to this book on audiobook and have a lot to say about the new narrator (not positive). Anyway this is the sixth book in the Chicagoland Vampires series and it was a solid continuation of the series.
I need to comment on the narrator change in this audiobook first. The narrator change was horrible; all the characters fail to sound like themselves and all the voices for male characters sound the same. Merit sounds much drier and less emotional than in previous books; like a pale ghost of her fiery self. Why did they have to switch narrators? If they keep this narrator for future books I will no longer be listening to these on audiobooks. Such a disappointment; these were such great audiobooks....
This book follows up on a lot of issues that started in the last book. Ethan is dealing with Mal being stuck in his head and Ethan and Merit are trying to cobble together a new relationship. Things get even worse when Tate consumes all the evil in the world and goes rogue. Ethan's house is also under investigation by the vampire GP and they are threatening to kick the house out of the GP. So a lot is going on and it is up to Merit to deal with it all.
Merit and Ethan continue to have an on again, off again type of relationship and this drove me crazy. I wish they would just decide what they want and get on with the story. That being said there are some very good scenes between the two.
Mal is trying to kick her addiction to black magic. I am not sure how I feel about the whole Mal storyline; it is so sad to see her degraded from the sparkly and happy person she was earlier in the series. She makes some progress in this book to kicking her black magic addiction, but not a ton. It will be interesting to see how this storyline goes.
It was incredibly interesting to finally have the Tate storyline expanded on. We learn a ton about what Tate is and his history and that was fascinating.
We also finally get some incredibly interesting resolution around Cadogan’s status as a House. I am hoping that we can finally move past this whole political issue and get on to a different storyline.
These books are a bit hard to review because they are so connected to each other. You definitely need to read previous books in the series or you will be totally lost. There are a lot of little storylines going on here and because of that the story progresses, but slowly.
I still enjoyed the story and hope that the Ethan/Merit drama can be set aside for a while in the next book. The ending was exciting and I am eager to see how some of Cadogan Houses’s decisions play out in the next book. The book ends on a very positive note; which was nice to finally have happen in this series.
Overall I enjoyed this addition to the series. We get some resolution around the Mallory issue and around Ethan/Merit. This book ties up a lot of things and sets up some interesting new storylines. The ending is spectacular and I am eager to see where the series goes next. This was a bit of a transition novel and it tidies up a lot of the loose ends from the last couple books. I definitely recommend this series to fans of vampire urban fantasy.
I've enjoyed all of the Chicagoland vampire series, but this is by far the best -- the new narrator doesn't "trip me up" with mis-pronunciations!! There were many, many times over the course of the first 5 novels that I was annoyed, confused, perplexed by the narrator's inability to sound out words to the point where I would lose my place, have to start the chapter over so that I could remember where the story left off!! Much, much nicer!! Thank you!!
My only hope with this narrator is that she continue to improve the role-playing voices. Her diction, pronunciation, and tone are perfect... she just needs practice with her voicing. Great job!
I was a little hesitant to buy the next book in the series after reading all of the reviews regarding the new narrator..Sophie Eastlake is definitely not as strong a voice as the previous narrator but I was very happy with the 6th book and cant wait to get to the 7th..The new narrator makes Merit a bit softer and a little bit more feminine. LOVE the series
This book really answered some questions and seemed to move the storylines forward. It gave us some answers we've been looking for and also seemed to finally end the will they won't they between Ethan and Merit. I'm looking forward to how things progress with the Greenwich Presidium and the house as well as the city in general. I found the foe in this particular book very interesting and I hope we see more of Seth in the future. I like how Merit really seems to be growing into herself as a vampire and is in general more confident in her skills. In general, I hate the switch of narrators in the middle of a series. I thought Cynthia Holloway did a great job in the previous books and read a bunch of reviews on how bad Sophie Eastlake was. I actually thought she did a good job. No, the voices weren't exactly like they had been but I had no trouble distinguishing who was who and I like the sound of her voice. I would have preferred to keep the same narrator but as a substitute, Sophie did a good job.
I wish they had not changed narrator. It was very hard to distinguish which male was speaking or which female was speaking because there was not much difference between them. I do not feel that the characters had the true audio voice that they hade with Cynthia Holloway. I wish she was back.
The story itself followed the journey of Ethan and Merit. It was good. I did enjoy it and was very happy with the ending. I can hardly wait for their next big adventure and where their journey takes them.
Chloe Neill tells a very good story. I would have never guess what former Mayor Tate was. Please keep this series coming. I enjoy it so much. I didn't think I would when I picked up the very first one in the series. I thought it would be "fluff." But, I am hooked and glad to listened to it. Thank you for bringing this series to the world. It is good entertainment.
The only thing I wish would change is the narrator. Go back to Cynthia Holloway. She gave the characters their own audio voice.
I really enjoy the Chicagoland Vampires series, Merit is a great character. The story lines are good but the romance between Ethan and Merit is more frustrating than enjoyable.
I have listened to a few other narrators and I really don't like Sophie Eastlake as much as the others. The way she reads the books, it's very noticeable that it is being narrated. The other narrators make it feel like you actually hearing the story from the main character and not a third party.
I am tired of the same ol same old, their personal stories seem to go forward 2 steps and back 1.5, nothing new really happens. Also there really is no convincing reason for the take on the worries of the world thing, I am waiting for a conclusion, the only reason I get the new book!
Loved all 6 books! Can't wait for Audible to get Book 7. It was released in January and am waiting impatiently!