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Review: Drink Deep

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Dear Readers: Please help me welcome my friend Wendy, a big fan of the Chicagoland Vampire series. She brings you today’s review of…

Drink Deep
Author: Chloe Neill 
Release Date: Nov 1, 2011
Publisher: NAL
Chicagoland Vampires #5
ISBN: #978-0451234865
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can’t tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city iself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven’t been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.
That’s when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.
Chicago’s mayor insists it’s nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She’ll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who’s behind this, and stop them before it’s too late for vampires and humans alike.
What Wendy is talking about:
Warning: If you haven’t read Book 4, Hard Bitten, then this review contains a MAJOR spoiler. 
This installment of the Chicagoland Vampires series starts off in a really dark place: Ethan’s dead and Cadogan House is in receivership with the Greenwich Presidium (the “GP”), blood is being rationed and junk food is off of the House menu! Everyone is grieving for Ethan, especially Merit, which is realistic but kind of gloomy.
I missed Mallory and Catcher in this book. Although a lot of the story revolves around them, Merit doesn’t directly interact with them very much. All of Merit’s primary partners are off of the table for most of the book and it causes the story to drag a little bit.
Although there was an embedded mystery for Merit to solve (what’s wrong with Lake Michigan?!) there wasn’t a lot of character development until the last 50 or so pages. Then… boom! With a major twist the whole series went sky-high and all of the major characters underwent huge life changes. I really wish the rest of the book had been as exciting as the end.
Honestly, this story felt a little bit like filler. It was like a moderately cute “transition boyfriend” that you go out with while you’re waiting for “the ONE”. Ms. Neill just announced that there are at least 5 more books to come in this series and I do think she has set herself up for some great storylines. I’m just ready for them to start now!
Wendys Rating:

Liked it a lot – recommend (B+)



CHLOE NEILL APPEARANCE INFORMATION:
Thursday, November 3, 2011 @ 7:00 PM
BARNES & NOBLE
Oakview Mall
3333 Oakview Drive
Omaha, NE  68144
Meet Rachel Caine & Chloe Neill!
Sunday, November 6, 2011 @ 2:00 PM
BARNES & NOBLE
2100 North Snelling Ave
Roseville, MN  55113
Meet Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, and Andrea Cremer (author of the Nightshade series)!
Come to the bookstore, meet the authors, have your books signed, and participate in a raffle drawing to receive cool prizes!


BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1)
Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 2)
Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 3)
Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 4)
Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 5)

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