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Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires) Paperback – August 7, 2012
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- Publisher : Berkley; 1st edition (August 7, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451237013
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451237019
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.33 x 0.77 x 7.98 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secondly, the novels seem to be devolving one step above a YA novel. The mess with GP, the rationing of blood, determining if Cadogan is allowed to remain in the club etc smacks of the Ministry of Magic invading Hogwarts. It’s childish and beneath the badasses these characters purport to be. The whole thing is corporate vampirism.
Third, I’m bored. There are endless discussions about deep-dish pizza and dessert. Stupid comments about sex that again smacks of a sorority house. I get that Merit is 28, but some of these folks are 200. When do they plan to grow up.?
I just need more.
Merit has been forced to come into her own as Sentinel of the Cadogan House vampires. During her short stint as Sentinel, she has found many friends and enemies. A new threat will not hurt her loved ones, but all of Chicago and beyond. Will she be able to stave off this new threat?
This newest book takes off from where Drink Deep ends. Truth by said, it took a moment for me to become oriented, but when the gnome kicked Merit in the shin, I think the whole story became clear. You think I jest!
Merit is the woman we have grown to love, complete with all of the snarky stubbornness we expect. She's in the middle of everything and trying to save the world. But, she's a bit different after Ethan's death (or whatever you call it). She's become softer and can more easily express her feelings. A little bit. Baby steps, right?
As with all of the Chicagoland series, the book is plot-centric where the characters are second to the story. Luckily, the characters keep stealing the show through the drama of the plot, leaving the reader cheering or chagrinned throughout the book.
This book focuses on Mallory and her addiction. Plus, there is an old enemy that appears, but is not what he appears. I liked this twist in the plot, even if the good versus bad gets a bit muddled in the meantime. Honestly, I believe this confusion is on purpose and does play a role in the overall plot of the book and series.
Biting Cold does not leave fans disappointed. After a few "what the hell" moments experienced in previous books, Biting Cold sticks to the straight and narrow without any leaps of faith. Hence, readers will appreciate the story complete with a few twists and turns. Most importantly, the main characters remain solid, even if a bit more sensitive, which keeps the readers enthralled. This book is a definite must for readers of this series.
BookingIt Grade: A-
I thought Merit should have kicked Ethan in the 'nads for being such a scaredy cat at times; been there done that, get over yourself already. I am ready for them to get out of the "Moonlighting" pattern of getting together only to get spooked and break up over something stupid. Personally I would have jumped ship for Jonah who has way less baggage. I have a hard time seeing how Merit is near the physical fighting ability of 400 year old vampires and demigods when she has been a vampire for less than a year. If I were in charge of Cadogan House, I'm not sure that I would have let Merit in a position of authority, since she is a terrible role model. The benefit of being a Housed vampire is that there is always someone who can have your back, but she ignores this and the chain of command. I am frustrated by the way in which she takes the job as Senintel as an excuse to run off alone into extremely dangerous situations without backup and then is surprised when she is in a life threatening situation. At one point Ethan threatens to lock her in her room until she heals, and she becomes incensed, but for her own protection I would have agreed with him.
The characters are written so well that I find it easy to empathize with them. The story itself ties up several questions from previous books and I am looking forward to what will come next, especially as it appears the cross species interactions seems to be critical for their survival.
I do have some minor quibbles about the back story of the books in general. One difficulty I have is the parochialism of the Chicago story line. There are apparently 12 houses in the United States, and three of them are in Chicago. Why? If there were such a tight hold on the privacy of the houses, shouldn't there be some reason for three to be in one city? And how would you explain more than 100 very pretty 20 somethings in uniforms living in one place for hundreds of years? If vampires have survived in the shadows for all these years, Cadogan House has been cursed. If they have been hidden for so long, wouldn't they have either been more frustrated by the endless catastrophes in the last year, or been better at hiding them? The Rogues seem to be more effectively camoflaged for long term survival, but clearly being Housed is preferred. Only one city has 'outed' their Supernaturals. Does this mean that all of the other vampire enclaves are staying in the closet? If that were true, then what would be the need for the shifters to move to Alaska? Couldn't they just move out of Chicago? If all of the other houses were being outed at the same time, why is Vampire Registration directed by the city? Realistically, if there were a new class of human suddenly showing up, it would be national registration, not city wide. The Kim Hamilton, Patricia Briggs, and Charlaine Harris books have a more believable backstory, in my opinion.
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I won’t spoil what Tate is, but it’s a nice segue and tensions are high as Ethan is still connected to Mallory and afraid to let go and truly be with Merit.
There’s lots of violent battles, worry as the GP are investigating the Cadogan House again, and as always, lots of fun and sizzling chemistry between Merit and Ethan.
When I think about how much I love this series I'm amazed it has taken me so long to get around to reading Biting Cold. I don't even have a good excuse considering how thrilled I was by Ethan's return at the end of Drink Deep! I guess the good thing about putting it off is that I already have the next 2 books and a novella ready to start reading though, I hate the delay between series books so they should keep me going for a little while. Bearing in mind it had 2 years since I read Drink Deep I was surprised at how easily Chloe Neill was able to suck me back into her world, I was worried that I'd have forgotten what was going on but she was able to recap enough to remind me of the important things without bogging down the story with too much extra information. It was like catching up with old friends, you know the kind where you can go months without seeing each other but the moment you meet up it's like you were never apart?
Anyway, let's get back to my review! I wasn't too sure what to expect from this book since my friends all seem to either love or hate it but I'm happy to say I really enjoyed it. I knew there were going to be big problems to deal with thanks to Mallory's previous actions and I was worried that she would never go back to being the girl I loved at the beginning of the series. The things she has done are pretty unforgivable and she still has worse up her sleeve in this instalment. Thankfully she does eventually realise what she was in the wrong and although she has a long way to go she has made a start at atoning for her actions. It's going to take her a long time to put things right and I'm not sure if her friendship with Merit will ever get back to the way it used to be but I have hope for her now which is good.
I have always had a thing for Ethan, even though there have been times when he acted like an arrogant ass and made me want to slap him there has just been something about him that I love. The chemistry between him and Merit is fantastic and I love the way she always stands up to him and puts him in his place. After his miraculous return I had high hopes that they would finally get their relationship back on track in this book but frustratingly Ethan has other ideas. Although I understood his reasons for backing off I still wanted to throttle him, he knows Merit is more than capable of standing up to him when she needs to so he should have trusted in her more. What I did really like is that Merit doesn't let him get away with pushing her to one side, she knows what she wants from him and she will fight to get it. Hopefully things will go a little smoother for them in the next book.
There is plenty of action in Biting Cold and some very interesting developments with the world that guarantee to make things interesting as the series continues. I would have liked to have seen more of Merit's grandfather, Jeff and Catcher but it was great to see more of the shifters and we spend a lot of time with the vampires that Merit has become friends with. I'm very curious to see what direction things will take after the latest revelations and there is no way I'll be waiting another 2 years before I read the next book!