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Review: Wild Things by Chloe Neill

Review: Wild Things by Chloe Neill
Wild Things by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #9
Published by Penguin
Published on: February 4, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.

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The plot of WILD THINGS isn’t groundbreakingly original but that’s to be expected of the ninth installment in any series. This book does however highlight the exhilarating supernatural detective-type story line that I’ve come to expect from Chloe Neill’s CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES, emphasizes great chemistry between Merit and Ethan, and also introduces some pretty significant changes to this series’ main arc. I didn’t love this novel, but I did like it a heck of a lot, and the ending definitely gave me plenty of great reasons to pick-up BLOOD GAMES in August.

There seems to be new breed of supe in town that’s making the rounds of paranormal fiction because this wasn’t the first book that I’ve read this year that’s featured this previously scarce race. They don’t play an extremely large role in this story but just the revelation that they exist was still pretty significant. Neill’s werewolves have become a semi-permanent fixture in this series which makes me wonder whether these supes will as well. Either way, I really enjoyed this installment’s set-up because the first half revolves around the werewolves which are always a recipe for success in my opinion. I loved learning about Lupercalia, and the author’s description of Pack magic was beautifully written.

I adored Merit and Ethan in WILD THINGS; they acted like a couple who’s in their honeymoon stage—constantly stealing kisses from each other, even when facing life-or-death situations. They are finally putting each other first! It was such a relief to see them united after having been at odds for so long; their love has stabilized into something healthy and strong. There’s even a pretty racy scene between these two sweethearts that’ll have you hoping that Chloe Neill decides to branch out one day and add Paranormal Romance to her writing repertoire because she’s definitely proved that she has the talent for it.

Even though I wasn’t horribly surprised by any of the twists that are introduced in this novel; they bode well for the future of this series. This installment reinforces the fact that the CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES are here to stay, and I for one am excited about the new direction Neill has decided to take them in. There are some major things in the works for both Merit and Ethan. And, although one of the eventual outcomes has already been prophesied, the road to get there will undoubtedly be bumpy and difficult, i.e. immensely entertaining to read!

WILDS THINGS is a great addition to the Urban Fantasy genre, and another thrilling installment in Chloe Neill’s best-selling series. I can’t get enough of these books!

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  1. Great review sounds like I am missing out on this series, oops need to pick it up. Lots of installments! I think numbers that high would scare me but glad to know that the twists seem to direct towards the future of the book. Hopefully it will keep growing strong! and not suffer the misery that some other high number series books do.

    • Yeah, I hear ya. I hate discovering a series late when there’s always a bunch of installments. Playing catch-up sucks. These books are really great though!

  2. I hadn’t heard of this before but it sounds like it could be good, and I’m not usually a fan of vampires. My library seems to have the first book, so I’ll give it a try!

    • The first three books are my favourites; I hope you enjoy them!

  3. I feel like such a broken record..this series sounds amazing and as soon as the Hollows and the Mercy Thompson series finish I am all over it! Great review!

    • Yeah, I hear ya. I JUST got caught-up on Briggs’ series while as I’m in the same boat as you but with the Hollows series. A girl can only commit to so many series at one time!

  4. I’m in the middle of this book right now and that race just showed up. And to think I thought Chole had pretty much covered it all already! LOL I’m excited to see how Merit’s going to work this favor too. 🙂 See how that’s totally spoiler free if someone happens to read my comment hehe

    • Good job! LOL I think I did a pretty good job of keeping my review spoiler free too which is a feat in itself considering this is the 9th installment!

      • That’s so hard to do when you get this far into a series, but yep I think you pulled it off 😉 *applause*

  5. I am afraid I gave up, I got to book 3 and she just annoyed me sooo much, sad

    • Aaww, well you can’t like ’em all, right?

  6. I think it’s always a little difficult to have real new things in the series when we’re in a long series. But wow… already book 9? Really? I’m so behind!!! And as you told me I really need book 1! Will try soon!