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Today’s post is for Chloe Neill’s Midnight Marked. We will have info about the book and author. A great interview with Chloe, my review of Midnight Marked. As well as TWO great giveaways. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaways.
Happy Reading :)
A vampire’s grudges don’t stay dead long… 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…
Will be available March 1st 2016
Do you have any plans to maybe someday write a spin-off series or book of the Chicagoland Vampires series? About the Central North American Pack or any other characters?
I have all sorts of ideas for new books and series, but nothing has been formalized right now.
Which book was the most challenging to write in the series ?
That's a good question! Probably Friday Night Bites. I didn't know how to write when I sat down at wrote Some Girls Bite -- I just did it. I was under contract for Friday Night Bites, so the writing had a completely different -- and more terrifying -- feel to it.
What does your typical writing day look like?
I've opted to keep my day job, so I work during the day and write (or market, plan, outline, etc.) for usually 2-3 hours most nights. I might spend 6-8 hours on those types of things on the weekend. During the week, I'm in pajamas with my laptop, usually while Adult Swim is on television. On the weekends, I try to get out of the house, so I'll usually camp out at Starbucks for a while.
Which if any of your personality traits did you write into you characters?
None, at least not on purpose. I try to write each character as their own fully-fledged person. That said, I enjoy sarcasm and witty banter, so my characters tend to like it, too.
I was really looking forward to this book. But also saddened that it is the second to the last one. The Series is coming to an end after the next book. I really will miss the series, with all it’s up and downs though out the books.
That being said things are heating up and the stakes are higher than ever. Also some things are starting to wind down the closer we get.
I really enjoyed this book A LOT. Merit is stronger than ever and it is hard to believe that it has been only a year since she became a vampire. She grown quite a bit and in this book more than ever she knows who and what she is. To herself, Ethan the house and her family and friends.
Ethan almost surprises me in every book with his action, that doesn’t mean always good though. He had some truly too stupid to live moments in this book. Some things, I couldn’t believe I reading the things he done other moments I could not have been prouder of him. He really was up and down in this book but, it all came from a good spot and that is all the matters in my book.
With all the fighting and wars brewing in the supernatural world it was no surprise that the house and the NAC pack face each other. Things are very tense between the pack and the house. On top of some other supernatural groups.
The tension between Merit and the RG comes to a full blow. Things are finally getting resolved, I’m not saying whether in her favor or not. The same goes for Jonah and her and some things come to light about him .
A new magic is in this book and I really enjoyed it even if it was terrifying. Also a new, they meet a new person with a different power than they knew liked her but would have like to see more of her “power” made being useful to the case.
But maybe we see more of her and her power in the next book.
Page and the librarian are also a bigger part in this book, and we learn more about both of them.
Merit’s father also becoming a bigger part in the overall story and I really like where it is going, although, I’m really not a fan and trust him just yet.
Catcher and Malory were absolutely awesome in this book. I think it is great how far Malory has come after her “dark “period.
I’m not 100% sure of the ending of the book of course it is a cliffhanger …of sorts. But also it all seemed wrapped up and all the sudden BOOM and all hell breaks loose. Also it is very clear that it will be continued in the next book, which is the last and I’m curious to see how it ends. But also like to see the rest of the series and being wrapped up nicely and not seemed rushed or forced.
Over all it was a great book, with the usual snark , romance . Action and twist and turns on every page.
I rate it at 4 ½★
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Will Catcher throw a fit if he loses?” I asked. He was the generally grouchy type. I liked him very much.
“Catcher thrives on moderation and reasoned action.”
I snorted. “And Ethan is humble and operates the house as democracy.”
“So we’re both full of shit.”
“I’m fine,” he said testily. “You stepped in front of me.”
“I will always step in front of you. You named me Sentinel.”
“In the larger scheme, not my wisest decision.”
“ He gave you an alphapology.”
An alphapology. The apology made by the alpha male, which isn’t really an apology, but more a reason for insane behavior. Catcher does it all the damn time. Drives me up the wall.”
“The print media are generally positive. The Internet is the usual mix of praise, condescension, idiocy, and trolls.” He glanced at his computer. “And, at my last check, four marriage proposals for my sentinel.”
My mood brightened, and I leaned toward the desk trying to see around to the screen. “Really? Any good candidates?”
“I don’t find that amusing.”
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.
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
$25 Amazon gift card
Tote bag containing Chicagoland Vampires and Devil’s Isle Swag
You can enter for it on Chloe's Site here.
The prizes for the second one are:
Cadogan House mini-pennant
Cadogan House tote bag
Swag, including bookmarks Cadogan House key-chain
You can enter the second giveaway right here with the Rafflecopter below.
Good luck on both giveaways :)
March 2 – Consummate Reader Thursday,
I recommend reading Eve as a work of fiction, but with great care. Some of the teachings are disturbing and show disregard of the scriptures.
Furthermore, in a bid to please women readers, Young dangerously minimized Eve’s contribution to the fall by putting all the blame on Adam. Young created a fictional turning away from God, absolving Eve of any guilty. It is sad that the this otherwise good book is based firmly on this warped theology.
Eve: A Novel is an excellent work of fiction, but a misleading work of theology.
as you can see I took my mini break in May :) I didn't read any ARCs and just caught up with the Charley Davidson series, including the 8th book that just came out.
While the mini break was super fun and relaxing I now have to catch up for June. I'm not sure what will fall into my lap yet and I might have another book related project coming up, which I have no idea how long it will take me. I don't have to many details on it yet to share but as soon as I can I will :)
Anyways, here are the six books that I did get done in May, they are all from the Charley Davidson series. The buy links will be in the reviews that I have linked as I always do.
Have a good June and a great start into Summer :)
Happy Reading :)
Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones
Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hell-bent on murder when the devil’s son just won’t give up?
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
Welcome to the world of grim reaper extraordinaire Charley Davidson. Try as she might, there’s no avoiding her destiny.
Sometimes being the grim reaper really is, well, grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple of months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above…or at least get dressed. It becomes clear something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. But the more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.
In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved.
Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans in this hilarious fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling series.
Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
Never underestimate the power of a woman on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high.
Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth…but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason. When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma is the serial killer’s next target, Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’s help. Arsonist or not, he’s the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.
Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones
Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it’s time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?
Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn’t come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.
Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she’s used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.
Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts
ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.
A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.
Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.
Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.
While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….
4 ½ ★