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text 2017-04-29 09:08
Book Haul
Conan Doyle: Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes. - Andrew Lycett
The Penguin Book Of Etiquette: The Complete Australian Guide To Modern Manners - Marion Von Adlerstein
The Book of Killowen - Erin Hart
The Library of Shadows - Mikkel Birkegaard
I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks - Gina Sheridan
Blade Bound - Chloe Neill
Dangerous To Know - Renee Patrick
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle

It's not all decomp and deodorisers here at la casa de la rata muerta; I hit up my local FOTL semi-annual book sale yesterday and came away with a few possible gems.

 

 

(Three of the above actually came this week in the mail; 2 new, 1 used.)

 

Conan Doyle: Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes. I know nothing about this biography and can only hope it's enjoyable.

  

The Penguin Book Of Etiquette: The Complete Australian Guide To Modern Manners This one is likely going to tell me it's rude to post gross disgusting stories about dead animals in your walls, but better late than never.

 

The Book of Killowen I was sucked in by the story about a book.  Of course.  Seems to be a mid-series entry, so hopefully it'll work as a stand-alone. 

 

The Library of Shadows I think I've heard about this one before - might have even looked at it in a bookshop, but again, it's about books so of course I bought it.

 

I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks 

 

Blade Bound The last in the Chicagoland series.  *sniffle*

 

Dangerous To Know The first one was excellent, I hope this one lives up to expectations.

 

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes I had a suspicion I already had a copy, but just in case... (of course I did).

 

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review 2017-04-26 21:29
Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires #13) by Chloe Neill
Blade Bound - Chloe Neill

BLADE BOUND was a thrilling conclusion to Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series.  The story starts out with Merit’s and Ethan’s wedding.  After an attack, Merit, Ethan, and friends once again help to save the city from a sinister supernatural onslaught.  This contemporary urban fantasy is suitable for adult audiences. 

 

I love Merit’s character.  She grew tremendously throughout this series.  She is an admirable character that makes an amazing Sentinel for Cadogan House and protector for Chicago.  She and Ethan make an astonishing couple that support one another. 

 

I love that Mallory played an important role in this story.  The series began with her and Merit as roommates.  I think it is appropriate that she played a pivotal part of the final story in the series.  I love Merit’s network of friends.  They are all unique and have an instrumental function in Merit’s life and adventures.

 

The plot was exciting and full of unexpected and creative twists.  I enjoyed this story from start to finish.  Being a Chicagoan, I have always appreciated the hometown references that Chloe Neill includes in her stories.  It makes me feel a bit nostalgic. 

 

Chloe Neill did a remarkable job with the Chicagoland Vampires series.  Her character development and writing style are noteworthy.  I’m really hoping that there is going to be a spin off series with Elisa, Lulu, and Connor. I am going to miss this series, and am sad that it is ending.  I will be re-reading it.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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url 2017-04-25 17:26
63 Books in Series release today
Snared (Elemental Assassin) - Jennifer Estep
Blade Bound - Chloe Neill
Legion (The Talon Saga) - Julie Kagawa
Within the Sanctuary of Wings - Marie Brennan
Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS) - Charlie Cochet

Per fictfact's new release calendar at https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar .

 

Look there to see the full list.

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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text 2017-04-21 13:06
Blog Tour Stop for Blade Bound by Chloe Neill with Interview, Review and Two Giveaways

 

 

Today’s stop is for Chloe Neill’s final book in the Chicagoland Vampire series, Blade Bound. We will have info about the book and author. A great interview with Chloe, my review of Blade Bound. As well as two giveaways. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaways.

 

Happy Reading :) 


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The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees a sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it may usher in the fall of Cadogan House…

Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation to vampire, Merit’s stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She's saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.

When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire seemingly under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have ever imagined. As a malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It’s her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.

 

 

 

Will be available April 25th 2017

 

 

 

 

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     What will you miss the most about the Chicagoland Vampire series and characters?

I'll miss Merit and Ethan the most, because their voices are so clear for me.  Merit and I have so much in common, but
she's also a very different person with very different hopes and fears. Ethan is so arrogant, but so protective of his
people. I feel very honored to have known them both.

     Will we see them again in the crossover series?

No spoilers! :) But check the back of BLADE BOUND for the spinoff announcement!

     If optioned to film. What would you prefer a TV series or your books or movies?

I think a TV series would fit the characters and recurring jokes better, but I wouldn't say no to either option. I'd love to
see someone's version of Merit on the big or little screen!

      If you could co-write a book or series with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

JD Robb (Nora Roberts), without a doubt. Her IN DEATH series is my all-time favorite. I love the characters so much.

Thanks for having me today!

 

 

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OMG. This is it folks. This is the FINAL book of the Chicagoland Vampire series and I must say it is bittersweet. There were some books where I wasn’t sure if I gonna stick with the series but in the end I did and I’m glad that I did.

It was an overall enjoyable ride with Merit and Ethan. I always find it hard to review the final book of a series and this is no different in this case. Anyway, I will try to make it short and sweet without giving anything away and without only reviewing just end of the series, if that makes any sense.

 

 

The book starts in full prep of the wedding and what may or may not be in stall for our beloved characters. The wedding is actually happening even with some killer security all over the place since it is kind of a big deal not only for Methan but for Chicago as well. I have to say that the wedding, which includes the bridal shower, dress, reception and the whole thing was just beautiful and fit for Merit. It had Merit and Ethan written all over it while still catering to Chicago and of course her parents.

Of course it doesn’t take long before Chaos breaks out and Chicago is once, more in danger. Methan and gang are of course right in the middle and willing to help, but not everything goes smooth and they once again end up being the target for humans. It gets so bad that the humans including the Mayor are ready to hand over not only Merit, but also Mallory to end the whole thing. Of course that doesn’t go over well with neither Ethan nor Catcher.

We see almost everyone and all supernatural races throughout the book once to help or at least they are mentioned to what happened to them. That includes the Fae , the council of vampires , the pack of shifters and of course the Order, plus some others.

I wish we would have seen more of Gabriel and his pack given he was a big part of the series and let’s not forget the prophecy her foresaw but overall it was okay.

In the end the of course defeat the “big bad” with the help of not only the order but also the RG.I liked how everyone came together in the end to figure it out and fight.

Merit in this book was a bit more, hmmmmm sad maybe…… she kind of grieved for things she couldn’t have or may or may not have in the future. But in the end she picker herself up and knew what to do. I liked how while kind of sad she was still super happy with Ethan and being married to him, it was odd seeing her married but it really fit her. Of course she kicks butt in this book, just like all the previous book and I don’t think there is much that can take her down. It is kind of hard believe that it has only been a little over a year for her since her journey as a vampire began. But she came very far and I was happy for her outcome.

Ethan, well it was no secret that most the books I was either not sure about him or didn’t like him. Only the last few books had I started to like him. Well Ethan managed to finally win me over with this book. I really like him in this book for what he did and the way he handled things. Not only with Merit but also people, vampires and humans alike. He became funnier with each book as well I guess more relaxed. It was nice to see him that way funny, relaxed, but still very alpha and protective. He came a long way from the stiff vampire who ate a hotdog with fork and knife and had very little humor that we met in book one. Oh and we finally learn the nickname he has for Merit and it actually is really fitting.

Mallory and Catcher were a big part of this book and a big part of solving the problem but I think what came over most was the friendship between the four of them and of course between  Merit and Malory . At one point in the series I wasn’t sure if I ever could forgive Mallory but I really think I can and did. She did some truly bad things and it took time to heal for everyone but in the end it all worked out. 

I always liked Catcher and what he stood for and I liked his relationship with Mallory I don’t think there could have been anyone else for them. They were perfect for each other and balanced each other out greatly even or more so after everything that went down throughout the series.

Okay, now to some thoughts of the overall ending of the series, it will be spoiler free.

Most things in the series will be tight up by the end of the book, what happened to some of the supernatural races or other little things, some things were either not mentioned or just left hanging. Some characters that were in previous books and are still very much alive are not even mentioned which was kind of disappointing but I can understand that not everything can be included sometimes. They were not major characters or storylines so it was not so bad.

Thing with the AAM and the RG are mentioned and some things are solved. The RG thing, well not sure about that it was almost too neat and easy, and if that case could have been solved like that a few books ago. It kind of made no sense.

Now to the prophecy that we been hearing about for forever………. I liked the outcome but again it was a bit too easy again……. I saw it coming that way at a certain point at the book it was predicable (in this book) and kind of a cop out I thought, At least for something so big we been waiting for almost the entire series. There were also some minor issues I had with but don’t want to mention or I would spoil some and really it was nothing big anyways.

I heard that there is supposed to be a spin off series but to be honest I have not checked of it has been announced about who and where. But I think I have some ideas after this books.

Overall I thought it was a great ending to a great series, while it had it lows it many more highs and I enjoyed this book and series. I really will miss Methan and the gang.

I rate the book 4★. The series I guess would be a 3 ½★ - 4 ★

 

Some of my favorite Quotes

 

Luc saluted. “Sire.” He glanced at me, grinned. “Mrs. Sire.”

“Nope,” I said, shaking my head. “I’m going to nope that one right there.”

***

“I hope to God that is Chris Pratt riding a velociraptor.”

***

“Happy Darth Sullivan Eve.”

***

“I am your husband, and your friends, and you lover. And I am also a soldier. I am a vampire. I am monster, in no small part.” The Emerald shifted, transmuted to quicksilver- one element battling another. “And if I must show them in that order ti protect you, I will. Should it come to that, God have mercy on their souls. Because I will have none.”

***

Luc saluted. “Sire.” He glanced at me, grinned. “Mrs. Sire.”

“Nope,” I said, shaking my head. “I’m going to nope that one right there.”

***

“I hope to God that is Chris Pratt riding a velociraptor.”

***

“Happy Darth Sullivan Eve.”

***

“I am your husband, and your friends, and you lover. And I am also a soldier. I am a vampire. I am monster, in no small part.” The Emerald shifted, transmuted to quicksilver- one element battling another. “And if I must show them in that order ti protect you, I will. Should it come to that, God have mercy on their souls. Because I will have none.”

***

 

 

 

 

Abouttheauth

 

 

 

 

Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil's Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she's not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys--her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

 

Links 

 

Website***Twitter***Facebook***Goodreads***Amazon

 

 

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Like I mentioned above there are TWO giveaways. One which is the Grand Prize Giveaway will be on Chloe’s site.

 

The prizes for that are:

 

Engraved Cadogan House medal pendant

Signed 11×16 Merit poster

$50 Amazon gift card

$50 Garrett Popcorn Gift Card (Chicago’s hometown favorite!)

Tote bag containing Chicagoland Vampires and Devil’s Isle Swag

 

 

 You can enter for it on Chloe’s Site

 

here.

 

The second giveaways prizes are

 

 Signed, limited edition, 8.5 x11 Merit posters

A Cadogan House lanyard

A Cadogan House tote bag

Cadogan House seal sticker

Bookmarks

 

 You can enter the second giveaway right here with the Rafflecopter below.

Good luck on both giveaways :) 

 

 

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review 2017-04-17 18:24
Finished my second Booklikes-opoly read last night!
Hard Bitten - Chloe Neill

 

(Rolled doubles first time. Now I'm ready to roll for today.)

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