At the tender age of 27, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal —tested like never before.
It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.
I have been such a huge fan of the Chicagoland Vampires series for several years now. I remember sucking down the first three books in a matter of days, and it has been a struggle to wait for the new releases ever since then. I cannot even being to tell you guys how much I love this series and how excited I was for this book to release. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it, and I’m going to find it really difficult to write this review.
I noticed in the last book, Biting Cold, that the series was starting to develop a sort of slowness. It took about a quarter of the way through for me to get interested in Biting Cold. Once I did, though, I fell in LOVE with the book. House Rules started out exactly like Biting Cold. It was really slow, but this time it started to edge on borderline boring. Unlike Biting Cold, House Rules just did not pick up. I ended up skimming the very last half of the book, because it just got too painful to read.
Ethan and Merit are still as adorable as ever, but I feel like there’s nothing really to latch on to now that they’re officially a couple. In previous books, we got to see the hunky, snarky, masculine side of Ethan, but now he seems pretty tame. Likewise, Merit has also changed. I have always liked Merit’s character, but I couldn’t stand her in House Rules. I felt like she had a total personality change. I cannot really put into words how she was different, but she was.
One thing that really bugged me was that I had a really difficult time finding individual voices for all of the characters. Some of you may know what I am talking about when I say that I can see the characters in my head and hear them speaking when I am reading a book. This time, though, everyone sounded like Merit. Another way to put it is that everyone sounded like Chloe Neill. I was reading the words, I was staring at the characters, but nobody really stood out to me. It kind of felt a little bland to me.
I’m starting to fear that this series is going on too long. I love these books, and I want to read about Ethan and Merit forever, but the books are no longer holding my interest. They are lacking the spark that the first three or four books have, and I want that spark back! But I did not feel that spark in House Rules, and I am unsure if I will be continuing the series.
Publisher: NAL Penguin
Source: Finished copy provided by the publisher
Publication Date: February 5th, 2013
Rating: [rating: 2]
Teaser Quote: “But is like Twilight in real life!” Berna protested. “Sparkles!”