Turned into a vampire against her will, 28-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago's vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye - and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing - among humans or inhumans.
Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he'll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.
©2012 Chloe Neill (P)2012 Tantor
First, let me say that the new narrator is just fine. I hadn't even known there was a new narrator. The only thing I thought about the narrator this time was: finally the narrator has learned to pronounce the words correctly. Second, the story this time was tedious at best and eye rolling long. Infact, I couldn't even finish the book. Since I purchased this book I have stopped it 7 times to listen to other books all the way through (I never stop a book midway through to listen to something else). Every time I have finished a book I would return to this one and had to start a new book almost imediately. Somehow, the main character Merit has turned into a insecure, whiney, self centered, wimp, who couldn't hold a candle to her previous self in earlier books. I don't know what happen to the author this time around, but boy did she miss the mark. I say skip this book, it is disappointing.
Passionate lover of literature. Give me a good read and a passionate narrator and my money or credits are yours!
The stength of the previous stories was the combination of the story moving forward, and the wonderful narrator. The addition of the new narrator while adding too many changes didn't create a congruent transition between the two.
It is always understandable that a new Narrator will bring slight changes, but the Names, and titles of characters names changes enough to make it hard to follow. It was painful, and I believe a Narrator should make their own forage into the book but at the expense of irritating the returning customers just makes things difficult. I believe this could have been averted with just a little effort, or training on the new Narrator's behalf.
Which isn't to say she was a horrible narrator. I enjoyed her voice. There were just too many times that the broken congruency as difficul and required re-winding and re-listening to figure out what the new Narrator whas covering.
All in all it would have been better suited as a spin off.
I was disapointed in the narration and the lack of furthering the long list of story lines that made next to no advancements.
What is going on between Jeff and his honey.
What is going on with the Wizards. I don't buy that they believe their story that he would be what brings it down, but that I believ they knew he would slow the progression over what every experiment he forsaw. I believe that is the real reason he was kicked to the curb.
I enjoyed the addition of the Archive and her ability to think strongly and her new relationship with the Librarian. I want MORE!
Go to original narrator, when you spin off use the new Narrator because she is well verced in the art and it wouldn't be so difficul if it was another character because that would allow the subtle shift in a new character that otherwise just bugs the dickins out of same characters.
I want more of the pack. I like them.
I want more of her grandfather, and I want his department to be infused to all the non humans, creating a new Non human and trans human police force. Between the Merit Police pressure and the Merit Billion I think this would work out well. I am in no way ready to give up,but I have reached the nervous area. I want to see it pull it all out.
Live the New Cadigan House, which I hope will ne re-named Sulivan house since it is under re-birth. Eventually, Merit house funded by daddy, and supported by Sullivan house... entirely OUTSIDE the Gp would be the way to go. I want the GP to show up and see the groups of houses standing strong, together and ready to say... No taxation without representation GP. So we, the Vampires of the house of the US have devided that you no longer have the best interested in our well being. You have no business but the status quo, and today and life is evolving too quickly. We move fast,we will survive. I think Cadigan, grey and jerk hole's house would be best to make allergience to the new Mayer as soon as the psycho is out of office and degailr they are CHICAGO vampires. Here to protect Vampires, and if they re-iinstitute the Umbuds office as a checks and balance and center they could endear themselves to all but the undecided, and the jerk holes.
The Super Natureal Swat team. They would train with the local Police office. Helping eachother, being called in on tough jobs and seen as a dependable resource headed by a trusted Merit, slightly paid by the Merrit family.. because daddy dearest owes some serious buck to make up for a slight part of his distruction of the life she believed she loved. Perhaps she now has a life she felt she was born to, but she has always missed what she was working so hard. Daddy dearest need another talking to.
I bought "Biting Cold" as soon as I knew it was out. I love this series. First I listened to the second part of the previous book to refresh my memory about the characters and details. Then I started "Biting Cold." What happened!!? What a disappointment! Where was Merit, Ethan...?
Although the Chicagoland Vampires stories are really, really fun, Cynthia Holloway's reading brings them to a level quite beyond many other series. And its her characters whom I love reading about. The only other time I had that reaction to a reader was when Kelly Lintz read "Immortal Beloved."
Sophie Eastlake is a good reader, but listening was like asking Mary Poppins to step in for Lady Gaga! The edginess was gone from all of the characters! They became bland. The sarcastic quips were lost! The totally fun tension between Merit and Ethan didn't exist. Catcher sounded like a total idiot.
For once I had to write a review rather than just rate the book. Sophie is a good reader. There are series I will never listen to again because the reader is so bad. And I will not listen to any other series they read. I'd listen to Sophie in another series where her voice is cast correctly, not in Chicagoland Vampires.
The story for me was fun and the loose ends another reviewer referred to leave the field wide open for more books. I'm giving it 5 stars. It might not be as good as a couple of the previous books, but it was good enough to keep me listening, even though it was painful. If Cynthia Holloway does not read the next book, if I buy it, I'll buy it as one of my reading books. I won't listen again.
If you can get past the narrator, then the book is good. I tried, but she was just that bad.
I really don't understand why the narrator would change in the middle of the series, but I couldn’t listen past the first 10 minutes. Her Merit wasn't that bad, but as soon as I heard what was supposed to be Ethan, I couldn't keep listening. I really tried because I wanted to find out what happens, but I will just read it myself.
I am so disappointed in this book. I followed the series thinking that the plot was moving along and the character "merit" was growing. Then in the last book they bring Ethan back from the dead. Ok, I can try to go along with that, then, Ethan is back, but he has issues so he pushes Merit away again. Same story different book. Seth Tate's character and plot line jumps around way too many times.
Young adults may enjoy this, but it's way to juvenile for me.
I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend. I came late into the Chicagoland books but I was caught up in a very short time. I love the series all of the characters The person who narrated the book was something that I had to get use to but the story just too good for that to be a real issue.
When Dominic put Merit in the sun, and it was Morgan who could mind-link with her to save her. and then in came the calvary!!!
The sad scene when Merit came to visit Mallory and found Catcher there and when he went to leave, there was no tenderness or touching between them
I hope there is a happy ending for Catcher and Mallory I think they are being too hard on her and I hope the next book is about the Order so Mallory can get more time as a main character.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
I was eagerly awaiting this book, and I am so disappointed. It just drags on and on. The only time it got interesting was whenever Seth appeared the rest was a snooze fest. Not much action and having Ethan linked with Mallory was pure boredom. Don't waste your time on this one, not up to the parr of the others.
I'M MALE NOT FEMALE, BUT IT'S ASKING TO MUCH FOR AUDIBLE TO CORRECT THERE RECORDS, THERE NOT SMART ENOUGHT
DON'T CHANGE NARRATOR MID SERIES AND IF YOU DO, TRY TO AT LEAST GET SOMEONE WITH THE SAME STYLE.
I was so exciting for this book to come out, but was so disappointed when I started listening. After listening to the same narrator for the first 5 books, it was very disorienting to have a new one. I could barely keep up with the book because I was so distracted by the new narrator. She had trouble distinguishing between the male characters and used accents were there weren't any before. I usually don't have a problem to listening to any narrator, whether they mispronounce words or have trouble creating multiple voices for multiple characters. I have even listened to Sophie Eastlake in other books. However, the personality of Merit seemed to change a little from this narrator's voice. She seemed younger and definately not the Merit we have all come to love. Very disappointing.
Chloe Neill has given us another enjoyable read. Supernatural Chick Lit at its best.
Merit, just a regular gal turned into a vampire is, once again, out to save the world, and tempt us with more of the best that Chicago has to offer, from baseball to pizza. Glad to see that Ethan is back and I'm really looking forward to see how that plot line works out.
Biggest complaint is that there is a new narrator! While Sophie Eastlake did a good job, she isn't Cynthia Halloway. Ms. Halloway IS the voice of Merit. She has a very distinct speaking style and I found it hard to get over the new narrator. Cynthia Halloway is to Merit what Johanna Parker is to Sookie Stackhouse.
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