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Description: Hard Bitten : Paperback : Orion Publishing Co : 9780575100183 : 0575100184 : 12 May 2011 : Merit is about to discover that you can't be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands. The Book Depository Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: AyJay

Rating: 5

Review: The order for the series is Some Girls Bite, Friday Nights Bites, Twice Bitten and Hard Bitten. Remember the issue of vampire raves [mass feedings on humans] that came up a few books ago, but went unsolved despite being looked into? Well the situation resurfaces and its gotten a lot worse then last time. Ever since the existence of shape-shifters was revealed to the world, worried humans are now turning against the supernatural and have started protesting against the vampires in 'their' city. The mayor of Chicago has started to worry about his popularity and the upcoming election, so he requests that Ethan and Merit meet up with him. Basically he knows about the raves, but he also knows that they have recently become a lot more violent; three humans have just died at one. Now mayor Tate wants Ethan and Cadogan to tidy everything up, and to make sure that it's done quickly he drops an bombshell - Tate someone knows that Merit didn't give Ethan her consent before he turned her into a vampire, so now he gives Ethan one week to solve the rave problem or else he will have him arrested and charged with murder. As if solving the ongoing problems with raves inside a single week wasn't enough of a problem, there is also the issue of the leader of the Greenwich Presidium coming to Chicago. Darius isn't happy about the way Cadogan House is being run and he is considering having the House placed into receivership, so he tells Ethan that he has more then enough concerns and should leave the raves for the humans to deal with. Of course as vampires living in Chicago and dealing with angry protesters and a military style vigilante group, Ethan doesn't feel that it's safe for the Cadogan House vampires to leave the raves unsolved, so he's torn over what he should do next. So it's Merit to the rescue; she tells Ethan to concentrate on keeping Darius out of the way, whilst she - using her position as sentinel - will go undercover and try to solve the rave problem before time runs out and Tate has Ethan arrested. This is the second UF book in a row that has swapped non-stopped twists and turns for a simpler storyline that allows the author to spend more time developing the relationships between the characters, and I once again find the change of pace refreshing. I say simple storyline when there is the issue about the Greenwich Presidium and Cadogan's potential receivership running alongside the main blackmail plot as well as the introduction to the vigilante group, but whilst there is plenty of action and tension building the plot does feel slightly more scaled back, compared to previous books. That said this is definitely a huge turning point; one of the biggest questions in the series gets answered and by the end of the book the lives of several characters will have drastically altered [the author has been receiving hate mail on a daily basis since the book's release]. Excuse me whilst I go and pre-order the next book... This book mainly focuses on the relationship between Merit and Ethan; I won't dissect everything that happened over the course of the past three books here, I'll just say that they are stuck between the professional and Merit's lack of trust on a personal level. It becomes more complicated when you release that everything they do can impact on the lives of over three hundred vampires, so I do feel sorry for them as there is a huge weight on Ethan's shoulders [in particular]. I admit that Merit's doubts over him did get a little annoying as I thought his behaviour around her clearly says everything, so I got a little impatient that she didn't get it.. Merit also gets to partner up with Jonah when she goes undercover to look into the raves; he is the Guard Captain of Gray House. Gray House and it's vampires have barely ever been touched upon before now, but this partnering up and budding trust and friendship is a glimpse of the future directions in the series and promises to introduce other Gray House members to readers in later books. Even though this is book is written in a first-person narrative, the author still manages to explore the secondary characters relationships to varying degrees, thanks to the pared down storyline. Mallory was pushed into the background in previous books [she and Merit fell out], but we get a grasp on how her magical training is going and how she and Catcher are progressing. It is heavily hinted that future books will prominently feature Mallory and whatever problems have left her worried/scared. Cadogan House guards Lindsay and Luc aren't in the book much, but we do still get to see love/hate relationship and Lindsay's reasoning's behind it all. Granted; her reasoning makes me roll my eyes, but at least I have something to go off now. Shape-shifter Jeff has always been a relatively minor secondary character, but the author is gradually fleshing him out as a person and whenever he is included in a scene he always has something to do which progresses the plot - he's not just padding and fodder for one-liners. Whilst it was never a huge deal, we do get details about why Merit and her father don't get along and why no-one uses Merit's first name [we didn't even learn what it was until the third book]. Like I said this was never portrayed as a huge mystery, but it always niggled away at the back of my mind, so it's nice to have a reason given for it all. ** Book five in the Chicagoland Vampires is titled Drink Deep [released in November 2011] **

 

Author: Elsie

Rating: 3

Review: Firstly, I do like this series and will be purchasing the next book (if only to find out what happens next). However, I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a YA series. In all the books I've found some of the language between the girls to be pretty juvenile, particularly Mallory and Merit, but it was especially irritating in this book. There are a few references to Buffy in the books and I guess the author is trying to emulate that style, but I don't recall Buffy continuing to talk to her friends in this juvenile way by the time she left high school. That apart, I also found the tying up of all the loose ends at the end of the book a bit too pat and very fast. As others have already said, there is a bit of a shock at the end and it seems that the author was more focussed on that than tying up the rest of the story in a more believeable way. The way that the book ended does mean that I want to know what happens next (and hopefully Merit will grow up a bit in the next book). I just hope that the author's 'nod' to Buffy doesn't means she's going to copy the obvious storyline from the Buffy series.

 

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