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Biting Bad

Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 8
Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
Series: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 8
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,294 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she's already seen a lifetime's worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back. Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most.

A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water. Merit and her allies rush to figure out who's behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there's any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

©2013 Chloe Neill (P)2013 Tantor

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Biting Bad/Tastes and Sounds Delicious

Being a huge fan of Chicagoland Vampire books, this book was greatly anticipated. And, it does not disappoint. The story is well thought out, the characters (who by now are old friends) are fun to reconnect with, the writing is crisp and strong and Ms Neill's voice becomes more clear and effective with each successive book. Sophie Eastlake's performance is SPOT-ON!! She delivers a great and masterful interpretation of the dialogue; her voices match the characters (she does a damn good Ethan) and the intonation/inflection certainly indicates that she didn't just pick this book up and start reading it out loud. The relationship between Ethan and Merit continues to evolve and Ms. Eastlake's reading of them reflects exactly that. Of course, the read is contingent on the writing and Ms. Neill is getting stronger with every book. I sure hope the next one is out soon and that Ms Eastlake is once again in the driver's seat as the performer. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Love this series!!!!!

Not so much the narration but I am still hooked on the first narrator for this series. I am getting used to the change but it's a real pity to have to. I think it should be a rule that if you start narrating a series you keep at it (unless you are voted as real crap) The story line is chugging along nicely. Not real explosive this time but a carry-on in the story..waiting on the next installment.....

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I love these stupid books.

I have a Master's degree in English Literature. I am also eight books into this series and have no intention of stopping. Do they make me cringe sometimes? Yes. Do I want to replace her editor, who apparently cannot pick up on repetition of words and phrases within the same paragraph? Absolutely. Do I occasionally skip forward through the sex scenes because I just cannot deal with the incredibly purple prose? Definitely.

All of that said, I am riveted by all of these attractive vampires and their problems. I've read similar series: Laurel K Hamilton and the Sookie Stackhouse novels, for example, but they always jump the shark (wereshark?) and lose me along the line. These books manage to keep all of the intrigue and sex appeal of the supernatural world without drifting into the ridiculous or the masturbatory. Neill has a real gift for coming up with plausible mysteries that are compelling without making you roll your eyes at them. Her bad guys are bad without being absurd and her good guys are good without being too perfect. It's clear that she goes into each book with a solid idea instead of just the desire for another paycheck.

Another thing she does well is actually produce likable characters instead of just deciding who the 'good guys' are and telling you to like them.

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DON'T CHANGE NARRATOR MID SERIES

DON'T CHANGE NARRATOR MID SERIES AND IF YOU DO, AT LEAST GET SOMEONE WITH THE SAME STYLE.

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Its Late, But Its Getting Better!!

When I started this series I wasn't a big fan, and I don't think I am now. But the series is getting better and better in my opinion and lately I have started to enjoy listening to it rather than forcing myself to finish it.

A lot of changes happen when you compare it to the first few books and I like that, and few twists here and there which i didn't expect at all.. And I always like that.

it was a good read.

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Getting used to.....

Well I am getting used to Ms. Eastlake a little bit. Her male voices still sound a little dweebie! But, that being said, I still love the series a lot.

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Riots in the streets of Chicago.

Chloe Neill takes us into some turbulent nights in Chicago. Rioters bombed the factory that makes "Blood for U". Then the Gray House has rioting. The "Clean Chicago" movement demands the death to all vampires. Merit trys her best to get to the bottom of all this commotion. Sophie Eastlake does an amazing job of story telli g. This story has some very emotional situations and a must hear. ⚘⚘⚘

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Did not see that one coming!

What a cliffhanger? I am very anxious to find what happen next for Merit and Ethan.

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Another Great Read in this Series

The stories are similar but the characters keep getting more and more defined. We keep learning new nuances that allow the story to be much bigger than it seems. Definitely recommend this title if you've read the others in this series.

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You know a books good when...

You get angery at the fake politics. Usually I listen or read books to escape from the real world. Neill has a way of making characters so real I rant about these events to my friends almost as often.