Book Review: Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires #9) by Chloe Neill


wild thingsSince Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.


My Review:

It felt so good to dive back into the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. I forgot how much I love Merit and Ethan and all of the vampire goodness in between. Wild Things started out really strong. It was action packed and full of adventure. I really enjoyed the inclusion of the shifters and a whole bunch of other supernaturals that made their appearance in this book.

The chemistry between Merit and Ethan was off the hook. I thought that Wild Things incorporated more emotional scenes between the two of them that we really haven’t seen before. Ethan was sort of coming out of his shell and showing more emotion and love toward Merit. The only thing that sort of bothered me between the two of them, and it was minor, was that the sexy scenes sort of seemed a little stiff and forced. It’s not that they were bad, they were just a little yawn worthy.

I did have a few complaints throughout Wild Things. 1) It seemed unrealistic and hard to believe that the humans dictated over the supernaturals and controlled their incarcerations and interrogations. In the previous book, Ethan killed a supernatural. Shouldn’t that be solved with the supernatural world? I wasn’t overly sure why the humans were in charge of that. Don’t they only dictate over human murders and issues? So, that really bugged me throughout the whole book, and I just couldn’t shake it. 2) I was slightly annoyed that there were some fancy words thrown in to exclude normal sounding words. Quite a few times I had to click the work on the Kindle to see what the definition was. That didn’t happen throughout the entire book, but it happened enough times that it really started to bug me. 3) Finally, there was a big chunk during the middle of the book that was just kind of boring. It didn’t last forever, but that section was really difficult to plow through.

What I really did enjoy about this book was they mystery aspect to it. Not all of the Chicagoland Vampire books have that aspect to them, and I really loved the carnival/kidnapping theme that was going on in Wild Things. I just found it really entertaining.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. Chloe Neill has set it up so that the next so many books in this series have great potential and an endless storyline. I’m really excited to see what will happen next with Ethan and Merit and the whole vampire world!

Definite must read series!

Pages: 350

Publication Date: February 4th, 2014

Publisher: NAL Trade

Rating: [rating: 3]