Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Review: Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill




Publication Date: 3/1/2016
Series: Chicagoland Vampire Series #12
Rating: 5 Stars






Official Blurb: 

Merit is one of Chicago's most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn't scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won't give up until he owns the Windy City.

With his last plan thwarted, he's more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House's vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting vampire against vampire...

In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death—and winning might mean sacrificing everything... 


As I set down to write this review, I noticed something odd on the Goodreads page for Midnight Marked. When the hell was it announced that book #13 will be the last? It can’t be coming to an end! I need my Merit and Ethan fixed dammit!!!

Okay, now that I have that rant out of the way…

Midnight Marked as I have now discovered marks the ticking time bomb of the end of this series.   Ethan and Merit are still waging war with the supernatural and human communities of Chicago. Just when you think “Oh, look, a calm and peaceful moment” the proverbial shit hits the fan and off we go on another wild and crazy adventure.  While I received a very early copy of this book, I can’t dive into everything about this book because who likes spoilers, am I right?  I will say that Midnight Marked will leave fans happy and yet anxious for what’s to come in the final book.  The think the biggest shocker for me was the plot twist that brought certain events from the very beginning of this series full circle.  I did not see that coming at all. I think one of the best portions of this book is Merit finally settling into her role as Sentinel and finding her inner warrior princess. She’s had battles and near death scrapes before, but Midnight Marked truly set her up to be the best Sentinel Cadogan House has ever seen.  She may love the man she’s protecting, but her love for him only fuels her duty to her Master and her house.  Merit truly shines in this book.

Midnight Marked lays the ground work for what’s to come in the final book and it is spectacular.  As I binge read this book in a single day at work (Sorry, boss), a familiar sense of foreboding and dread crept into my bones. I know that in just a year’s time that I will have to say goodbye to two of my favorite characters.  I honestly don’t think I’m ready to do that just yet.  Does that mean I’m not ready for grand finale? No, I am ready to see how this series wraps up, but after the events of one of the earlier books, I’m scared to death about what’s to come at the same time. I just hope Neill doesn’t leave my heart shattered when this story comes to a close.


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