Biting Cold by Chloe Neill {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 10 April, 2013 by Amanda / 18 Comments

Biting Cold by Chloe Neill {Amanda’s Review}Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #6
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined.And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans. Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed.

No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.

Forgotten how much this world rocks.

Thoughts on Biting Cold

Back at the end of 2011, I tore through this series, devouring books two through five within a month and culminating with a signing with Chloe Neill. I hardcore LOVED this series. It seems, though, that with time, my rabid passion for this series has lost its rabidness*.

Don’t get me wrong: this was a solid Chicagoland Vampires book. I liked it. Merit is still determined to save Chicago at all costs, Ethan is still as sexy as sin, and the supernatural shenanigans abound. I think the problem is me (and my reading slump) or the length of time between books (over a year for me).

One aspect I really appreciated about Biting Cold was that even though it’s been more than a year since I picked up Drink Deep, I had no trouble whatsoever sliding back into Merit’s world and all that was happening without doing any rereading. I liked the way that Merit’s world gets more complicated without being difficult to follow along. Things are happening, but it’s never confusing. And it’s always fascinating. Merit’s world is often a very political one–politics steeped in magic.

I think that Merit is becoming more likable with each book as she grows into her position. She’s got some things going on that really work for her, but she’s also quite involved in other…things that could blow up in her face eventually. (Which only makes me want to pick up House Rules, the next book in the series.)

*When I originally read this series, I was listening to Adele’s 21 album on repeat. For a while, Adele’s songs became synonymous with the Chicagoland Vampires. Part of me wonders if I would have been able to recapture my feelings if I had remembered to listen to Adele while reading Biting Cold. Does anyone else associate certain music with series? (No matter the reason why?)



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18 Responses to “Biting Cold by Chloe Neill {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I love sliding back into old worlds, but I agree there is something magical & awesome about going from book to book. That momentum is powerful and satisfying.

  2. I don’t the problem is with you. I think the thing is that Neill took a really ballsy movie with book 4, but didn’t seem to think through what would happen next. There were so many plot holes in book 5 and 6 didn’t have answers that I *needed* to know. Actually, it was hard for me to concentrate on the book. It’s sad to see a series that I loved at the beginning starting to decline. Not sure if I’ll make it to the end if it continues to go downhill. :(

  3. Hang in there. Truly. This one was NOT my favorite. It’s almost like we got off the awesome train and onto the okay, we’ll get there soon train. But the next one brings it back home to Chicago (where it should be) and ramps all that we love about the Chicago Vamps again.

  4. I’ve only read books 1 and 2 in this series (although I own… 4 & 5). I got scared when everybody went crazy with whatever happened in one of those books and I’ve been procrastinating with the series. TALK ME DOWN OR UP. I DON’T CARE WHICH! JUST REMIND ME THAT I NEED TO READ THIS SERIES!

  5. Mariana

    I feel like this with the Morganville. It’s always a surprise reading them and I miss Claire and her buddies so much, but I actually let a couple of months go by before I actually read the last two. I hope you move to House Rules now before I liked that one better.

    I get what you mean about getting back into this world. This book started sloooooow for me. It was redeemed by… oh, the last quarter? What I found worked for me was diving straight into House Rules when I finished this, and I just wanted to go straight back into living in Chicagoland ♥

    Agreed on all points ^__^

  7. I’m sorry you weren’t quite as rabid over this one Amanda, but I know exactly what you mean. That’s happened to me with a couple series – I’ve devoured the first however many, and then after a year long wait, gotten my hands on the next one only to find my enthusiasm dimmed a bit. BUT, I will say HOUSE RULES was awesome and seemed more like the earlier books in the series, so I hope you give it a try:)

  8. I haven’t fallen in love with this series yet but I am on book 3. I do like the world though.

    As to your second question: YES I listen to classic rock when reading PNR. I don’t know why, it just fits!

  9. I VERY much so associate music and reading. I listen to what I call my “speechless” playlist while reading (I don’t like words in song while reading). Now when I hear that playlist, it pulls on my emotions. Which makes me even more excited to see one of the composers live next month :)

    I wonder if I should try this series…