Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: House Rules by Chloe Neill

House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires #7) by Chloe Neill
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: NAL Penguin
Number of Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
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In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

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.

 With Cadogan house breaking away from the GP by choice.So naturally there would be chaos around the house. Making sure everything is set. But ever since Merit has become a vampire, when has anything been easy? When the GP shows up a few days early, Ethan knows they are up to something, and he wants to know exactly what it is. In the middle of everything vampires are being killed, rogue and house vamps. And in fear of the GP the other houses aren't very cooperative, even if their own are being stalked. And of course Lacey is invited to help with the transition.

I haven't been disappointed with one of Neill's books yet. And this one doesn't disappoint. There are characters I wished were in the book more. I need more Merit and Mallory scenes. I want to see these two get back on track, and it seems they are headed in that directions; you can tell it's going to be a long road. We did see a little bit of Catcher though, but not enough. We get the information that him and Mallory are talking and working through everything, but I wished we get to see that first hand.

And then we have the shifters, which I absolutely love them, especially Gabriel. If you remember a few books back, Gabriel had a vision of the future of a little boy with Ethan's eyes. We get a mentioned in this book, but not enough. And I for one need to see Gabriel more often and I need more information about this little boy. I absolutely love Merit joining their poker game.

And of course we have Jonah and the RG. Merit if officially inducted into the RG, but her luck Lacey sees her with Jonah. This is one of the points in the book when I wanted to slap Merit. After Lacey confronts Jonah, Merit assumes she knows that she joined the RG. Which I have no clue how Merit concluded that. All Lacey saw was them two in a parking lot, I knew Lacey had assumed she was having an affair with him. And then there's the matter of the RG stealing the Cadogen's egg to force them to physically leave the house. I had a good feeling it was in the house, especially after her conversation with Gabriel. Just took Merit longer to figure out.

Usually I'm good at figuring things out before they were reveal. But the person who was killing vamps? I didn't see it coming until the last second. But who he was working for? Knew that from the first moment.

The book is pretty much a filler, but it's a very enjoyable one. I know most people don't like filler books, but you can tell that the events books need to happen for the series to continue. We have that humor that we all are accustomed to. And no shortage of the mentioned of food. Which I advise don't read any of the books in this series if you're hungry.

Rating: 4/5

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