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Publisher's Summary

In the first thrilling installment of Chloe Neill's spinoff to the New York Times best-selling Chicagoland Vampires series, a new vampire will find out just how deep blood ties run. As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she's a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he's prince of the Pack and its future king.  

When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

©2018 Chloe Neill (P)2018 Tantor

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  • 08-17-18

Pleasantly Surprised

Though I loved the Chicagoland series and was super exited for this book, I didn’t have high expectations, as spin-off series can often be a pale imitation of the original. In addition, the cover of the book made me think of a Young Adult novel, so I thought it would be written in a younger voice. However, in my opinion, this book was a lot like the beginning of the Chicagoland novels~ written in the voice of a young adult just coming in to her full power and trying to figure out where her place is in the world. The main character doesn’t idealize her parents or hate them; instead she tries to discover who she is as an individual outside of her parents’ shadows. The book kept my interest, was well written, and the narration was excellent. In my opinion, the best narrators bring the story to life but in an understated manner that doesn’t distract the listener from the storyline. I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the series!!!

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Rated PG 13 for violence; no intimacy!

This first book of this spin-off, had a lot of similarities to the original series. There is a magical threat to Chicago and old Allies work together to combat the threat and put things to rights.

However, it’s different, in that, there is very little romance between the Hero, Conner, the prince of wolves, and Elisa, the princess of Vampires. By the end of the book, only an interest in a relationship is brewing. Perhaps the author intends to continue their story, in the next book. This isn’t the typical hot and sexy vampire or shifter romance; it more resembles a YA novel.

This was a well written novel but, I prefer more of a romantic edge, to my books. Therefore, I was a bit disappointed at the lack of a real love story.☹️
-V from Kansas

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Good story

I liked the story and when the narrator uses the main characters voice as she’s talking it’s beautiful and sexy, but then she goes back to the annoying cadence with the snobby, hoity toity voice that has no pull.

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Not as compelling as Merit's story but still fun

The reader could have helped by giving a less robotic performance, and I would have liked to have more development of the characters, but otherwise entertaining.

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the Chicago stories continue

I'm glad the Chicago stories are being continued. I'm hoping to feel more chemistry between the main characters. The beginning is there but the electricity of the first series is missing. I hope things heat up in the next book.

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Great start to a new series

This really was good. It’s a bit slow but then gets nicely into the groove. The narrator‘s cadence was a bit slow. I had to set .25 times it faster and once I did the cadence was fine.

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So-so start to Chicagoland Vamps spin-off

(★★½ rounded up for narration)

Narrator Suzanne Elise Freeman did a very good job with various voices & 'vocal acting'. This may have been my first time listening to her & I enjoyed it enough to keep an eye out for her narration works. (FWIW, I understand decision to have a new narrator for spin-off. Ms. Freeman handled the transition well.)

WILD HUNGER, book #1 in the Heirs of Chicagoland series, features the ‘next generation’ of Chicagoland Vampires. Fast forward 20+yrs since the final CV book and... 23yr-old Elisa Sullivan is all grown up & set to return to Chicago after spending the past 4yrs in Paris & earning a degree in sociology at École Dumas.

FWIW, my lukewarm response to WILD HUNGER may stem from my 'advanced' age; it's been @ 10yrs since the first Chicagoland Vampires & I'm that much closer to the half, rather than quarter, century mark. Consequently, WILD HUNGER read even more MYA/NA to my jaded eyes (ears). So many superlatives, so much specialness! And as if to prep the reader, this Harry Potter analogy in Chapter 1:

'If Cadogan was Gryffindor, all bravery and guts, Dumas was Ravenclaw, all intellect and cleverness. I liked being clever, and I liked clever people, so we were a good fit.'

(Look, Harry Potter et al. rock, but slightly misses the mark for me.)

WILD HUNGER had potential, but it felt draggy & formulaic. I also couldn't credit how Elise, newly-returned to Chicago after 4yrs, is instantly the go-to person for this, that, everything. What, more experienced personnel turned into chopped liver? However, most disappointing was the awkward/insta-love setup between Elise and Connor. After first learning of the prophecy & waiting all this time... *sigh* TBT, the Prologue was my favorite part :D

Despite the above, take my so-so reaction to WILD HUNGER w/ a grain of salt—typical more often than not for a first-in-series book. I fully intend to give the Heirs of Chicagoland series another chance w/ the next book, WICKED HOUR, b4 reading a final decision.

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Painfully Boring

I am a faithful follower of the Chicagoland series. This story never got off the ground for me. It was slow and way over described to the point of many eye rolls. The narration was just a little slow and I had to bump it up to 1.25 to keep it moving along.
I’ll try the next book out of loyalty to Ms Neill, but this story was a swing and a miss for me.

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okay

The story was okay it was the finally that was not enjoying or dramatic enough. I still may continue series to see if the characters get better.

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Great start to the series

I enjoyed the story a lot. It was great to be back with familiar characters again. I did not like the narrator at all. She spoke in a robot-like way that often caused my mind to wonder. Other than that, I'm looking forward to next installment. I hope there's a new narrator.

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