Tour Stop and Review: Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill (@chloeneill, @BerkleyNAL)

Posted February 29, 2016 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 26 Comments

Tour Stop and Review: Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill (@chloeneill, @BerkleyNAL)
Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #12
Published by NAL
Published on: March 1, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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As the Chicagoland Vampires series continues, Merit and Ethan find themselves in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, where winning may require the ultimate sacrifice...

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...

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The CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES series is twelve installments deep, so it’s kinda crazy that Merit is only now celebrating her one-year vampire anniversary, but there you have it! It’s been a heck of a journey thus far, and Chloe Neill wrote the ideal story to honour such a momentous occasion. The latest antagonist is at it again, all of the beloved characters get their due, and I just loved the ending. The action and romance were in perfect harmony, and there were so many little things that made me smile that reading over my notes in preparation of drafting my review made me doubly appreciative.

I liked how the author brought a thread that I hadn’t even really thought about since book 1 to the fore; it was such a fitting choice given where we’re at in this universe’s timeline, and answered a whole whack of questions that I’d figured would remain mysteries. The House called in Paige’s help for this particular riddle which made me happy, and just when I thought that Neill had covered the spectrum of supernaturals she brings in a necromancer! I’m unsure if Annabelle will be added to the list of rotating secondaries, but I hope so because she was quite interesting (and useful).

The Chicago flavour that’s injected into every novel is something that I always look forward to, and in this addition instead of familiarizing fans with another hole-in-the-wall food joint, we got a little history lesson on Belle River. I’m not sure how much of it was fact/fiction, and my internet research didn’t pan out, nevertheless it was thought-provoking. The humour was as good as ever with Merit-isms like “alphapology” and despite the absence of a local dish to add to my wishlist, the heroine made sure to bring a battle snack. Merit & Ethan fulfilled a fantasy of mine too—they did it in the Cadogan library!


There was one important slip that spoiled the anonymity of the big bad way earlier I would have preferred, and that was his/her name. The villain basically had a flashing sign over their head with an arrow pointing to them that said “I did it”. It’s like naming a character Luna, and not expecting readers to guess that that character is a werewolf. So, that took some of the thrill out of it for me because half the fun is trying to guess who the wrongdoer is. And, of course this person somehow managed to thwart the legal system, and fly the coop which means we’ll definitely be seeing them again.

The training wheels came off in MIDNIGHT MARKED. Happy one-year vamp birthday, Merit!

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Author Bio

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Devil’s Isle, Chicagoland Vampires, and Dark Elite series. She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When 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 favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.) Photo © Dana Damewood. | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter the Midnight Marked Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs February 11 through March 4 on Chloe’s web site.

What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?

Blog Giveaway
  • Cadogan House mini-pennant
  • Cadogan House tote bag
  • Swag, including bookmarks, a pen, and a Cadogan House keychain


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26 responses to “Tour Stop and Review: Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill (@chloeneill, @BerkleyNAL)

  1. Alyaki  

    Only one more day! Can’t wait for this book, even if I can’t read it on release day (in middle of re-read still *sigh*).

  2. Kim S

    I LOVE this series and cannot wait! My favorite would have to be Some Girls Bite because it was the first:)

  3. Chris Bails  

    I actually have not read any of this series before. I have heard about it but have never had the chance. I would love to check this out. will have to check out the first book and see how good it is. thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Kimberly Curington  

    I am impatiently waiting for Midnight Marked, which will become my new favorite. Because they are ALL my favorites, as I am reading them!

  5. Jessica from a GREAT read  

    OOoh that’s a toughie! I know the one that killed me the most was Hard Bitten! LOL! Drink Deep was good because, yeah! I guess though I still have a fondness for Some Girls Bite! The first book makes or breaks a series for me and that one definitely made it for me! 🙂

  6. Nancy L.

    Oh, man… I think my favorite book is Twice Bitten because that’s when the Pack shows up and it’s really the start of METHAN! I love rereading it, it never gets old.